New owner, SW UK
So............... Unfortunately, Maranello Egham felt that my car wasn't running quite right. Although I do t particularly agree with main dealers methods etc I thought I would at least get a 2nd opinion. On Saturday I decided it was worth a trip to Rardley Motors, a Ferrari specialist that I used to go to as a kid for various reasons......... I phoned the guys up & they kindly offered to take a look at the issues I was having.
I got there at approx 11am, they agreed that it sounded terrible. Partly because of the aftermarket exhaust & partly as they felt it running on less than 12.
I was not expecting any work to be carried out as I had interrupted their day, but they then made an executive decision to start stripping things :-)
Firstly they noticed the remains of a K&N sticker, so they took apart the air boxes & ripped out the K&N filters. They explained their reasons for doing so..... I was glad of it. Then they removed the spark plugs & replaced with new units, followed by the checking of the leads....... A rest period of the engine for half an hour, then an ECU reset & BOOOOOM...... The car is running like never before. :-)
I can NOT thank the guys enough. Just to stop what the were doing & help a young oik & his unpolished turd was just amazing in my eyes.
They have advised that the cam belts are due to the age of the last ones, so its staying there for a major service, as well as a steering wheel airbag retrim, a standard exhaust setup & a general going over. They also spent time showing me the condition of the engine mounts & compared them to those of another 550 in their workshop (a stunning car in TDB currently with over 100k), so I've asked them to replace these too, I believe with 575 items.
Whilst there they spent a good couple of hours checking the steering & braking etc, all to be found good :-) I'm a happy boy!!!