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post #1 of 18 Old 01-21-2016, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Driving in the rain

How many of you guys have taken your car out in the rain? I don't as I don't want to get the car all dirty

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-21-2016, 10:19 AM
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Mine is a daily driver, so if it rains, which it rarely does here in the desert, she gets driven. Has not melted her yet.

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I don't take mine out in the rain or when it's obvious that rain is coming. However, if I'm out and I get caught in the rain, I don't cry about it. I've gotten caught in torrential down pours and all was fine with one exception: Coming home from the vintage event at Watkins Glen this year, the drive home was in the rain the entire 2.5 hours and I had a small about of water come in around the passenger side foot well. I think it may have been coming in the air intake for the HVAC. No issues, just dries it and all was well.
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I avoid inclement weather if at all possible.
In over 5 years, the spider was caught only once in an unexpected rain.
It's not that I worry about any damage or wear, but the hassle involved with cleaning up the mess.

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When mine gets dirty, I wash her.
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When mine gets dirty, I wash her.
Before marriage i washed my 550 every time that i used and i covered in the garage ... Car was always wonderful....
After marriage wash frequency reduced....
After my little girl born , time is reduced ...
I don't know what is the next step ..... Ahah

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I have always driven my cars in the rain. It really does not affect them one bit, they are not made of sugar. And washing your car is therapeutic.

Snow and ice, a different matter. The salt on the roads is really bad for your car.


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How many of you guys have taken your car out in the rain? I don't as I don't want to get the car all dirty
Believe it or not, dirt can be washed off a car, even a Ferrari. That said, I tend not to drive mine in rain because spray from the road coats the underside of the car with both water and dirt and it's the underside of the car that can be difficult to clean properly. Especially true concering sand and salt in winter driving that I avoid entirely.

Most everyone, including the majority of Ferrari tifosi, are unaware that in 1948 the Commendatore decreed - and it is included in every invoice for a new Ferrari though in Italian and print too fine to read - that every car issuing from the Ferrari factory have a warranty good for the life of the buyer or the car, whichever is longer, that no Ferrari will ever melt in a rainstorm.


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I have it on good authority in rains in northern Italy...
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post #10 of 18 Old 01-24-2016, 10:41 PM
 
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not yet. As stated above, i prefer to avoid the cleaning routine involved. I wouldn't send my wife out in the rain without an umbrella, so being the mistress can't get an umbrella big enough or aerodynamic enough, she stays home during rainstorms. Its okay though because she doesn't complain. the Ferrari I mean.
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This was an informal poll and as I suspected most US based owners don't drive their car in the rain due to the headache of cleaning the undercarriage. I asked this question after I was amused by another thread(oops, goes back to my old Usenet days), which mentioned somewhere(Virginia?) at a rainy gathering of exotics and regular sports cars no Ferrari showed up.

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post #12 of 18 Old 04-29-2016, 10:44 PM
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I drove my Ferrari in the rain a few times over the 17 years Ive owned it,,I live in So Cal,,,so its not ever an issue,,with that being said, I wouldnt if the opportunity presented itself, its way to risky with the millions of bad drivers out here,,
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I live in a rain environment. I don't mind if a car has been driven the rain. Or driven in the winter here. Its in the actual snow or really low freezing temps, I do mind. Only because they put salt, de-icing chemicals and sand. That stuff will cause rust. I don't drive regularly in some cars in rain and freezing temps or on very hot days. Just because, things like heat, AC and the windshield wipers are not good tools for the job. VS I'm worried about the car itself. I mostly drive my truck in certain weather. It defrosts better. The windshield is kept clean better. Plus hit a big puddle it stays planted straight on the road! Little off topic. A few weeks ago, they found the boat belonging to the 14 year old boys who tried going from Florida to the Bahamas and they went missing. I read an article and comments. Everyone was saying they need to find what happened to them. The parents said the boys had boating skills and ocean experience. Fact is the parents sent 14 year olds out on the open ocean in a small single engine boat. Anyone who knows boats, knows a single engine dies on the ocean or even a lake. A small boat with low freeboard can be easily swamped with little chop! Its the parents fault! A VHF radio could have saved them. Better equipment would have saved them! I see it the same for rain. Since its always raining here, I use the right rig for the job! A sports car, Ferrari or not is not good when it always rains.
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I drive in the rain. The car is meant to be driven. The auto mode of the wipers are great. Do I punch it? No. The ground is slippery. Am I worried the rain will damage something, nope.
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post #15 of 18 Old 05-28-2016, 12:45 PM
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I agree with you..
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post #16 of 18 Old 05-29-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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If it rained a day or two every few months sure. But here its like Seattle. Rains all the time. Its rained almost the entire month here so far. We can also get a fair amount of debris on the road. (tree branches) Its more for comfort and safety. When it rains solid for a month. You tend to drive less cautious in the rain. I've hydroplaned a few times. Here for rain people drive normal, and Id rather be hit in my truck! Also branches kick up and hit the truck, I don't care its a truck!
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I do. I like driving in the rain as long as it's not crazy.
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Just saw this thread, please see posts #368 and #596 at http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/pr...es-2-a-10.html

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