First Ferrari (looking at 308 or Testarossa) How do I drive it?!
So I have driven stick shift before. Many different cars, Mercedes, BMW, Honda. But never a Ferrari. I have test driven one (Mondial so far) it didnt shut off and I had no problem changing gears. But I have read a few things I am confused about. Below are two quotes can someone further explain them to me?
I have always warmed up the engine prior to driving - I wait till the oil temp gauge kick up -and then drive no higher then 3,000 RPM for a few miles and shift from 1st to 3rd till trans is at operating temp. This is one of the reasons the trans feels and shifts like new! NO syncro issues, no noises. Easily downshifts without double clutching, etc.
Ferrari's are meant to be driven hard, that’s better than any garage queen
So for Quote 1 I'm a bit unclear on the shifting from 1st to 3rd. I only drive about 2 miles to work in the morning, however I live in southern CA so should I still wait for the oil to heat?
Quote 2 I know what a garage queen is (Testarossa with 5 miles) but explain the driving hard? Like high speeds? Downshifting for acceleration?
Finally any other thoughts about what you wish you knew about Ferrari's and the way to drive them let me know! How have you changed the way you drive now that you drive a Ferrari?
Thanks guys this is my second thread on this forum the first one stopped me from buying a Mondial so I am now in the market for a 308 or Testarossa. Going from a childhood dream to a reality! I will have one soon!!!
Last edited by TestaLA; 03-07-2012 at 12:35 PM.