Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,871
V8- Try it directly. Should work. In general, you can shift to reverse from N, 1st, or 2nd gear while stopped according to Ferrari. Dealers will tell you all kinds of BS. A problem on shifting to R is usually caused by starting the car in 1st and making it go through the extra steps of selecting neutral itself. This is especially true if the battery is slightly weak. Since you already said you start in neutral, you should have no problem. The OM says there will be a delay if you start in gear, but start will be instant if you start in neutral.
That problem was so bad some dealers were telling clients to leave the cars in neutral with the parking brake engaged so they would not start the car in gear. Really dumb when all they had to tell the client was to leave the car in gear when shut down, and then select neutral before start. Guess they did not think their clients were bright enough to remember that step, which is kind of insulting but...
A large part of the cars at a dealership usually have marginal batteries from lack of use, so you can see why they are gunshy. A friend's 575M actually lurched forward when he started it in gear with a marginal battery. At least that is his story.
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