Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Ferrari Life Posts: 69
Update on my Slow Down warning message
Well, the shop did change all four coils on the right bank and installed eight new plugs. Car seemed to run better and idle smoother. The plugs actually looked pretty good. I'm hearing more and more that the coils don't fail that often. So Stef, you were right, the plugs and coils were probably not the issue and it's obviously something else causing this problem.
Anyway, I drove the car home and it seemed to run great! Well, the next morning I did some more driving and the SLOW DOWN message appeared once again. This time it's not blinking, but, solid red. This all happened while waiting for a traffic light. The light changed and I turned on my hazard flashers, so the guy behind me wouldn't rear end me. It took about 15 secs and the warning light went off and I was able to put the car into 1st gear and drive normally.
So back to the shop once again. It's been sitting there for three days and it will be five days after the weekend. The independent shop services Lambos and Maseratis. He's very busy and doesn't seem to be in any hurry to trouble shoot my car and get me back on the road.
Since I purchased this car, it's either in the shop or waiting in my garage for an app to go into the shop. Not the fun ownership I expected...
After talking with San Diego Ferrari, I'm having the car towed there on Monday. I'm beginning to think that the independent shop doesn't have the proper diagnostic equipment to determine the root cause of the warning message. The independent shop wasn't able to pick up any codes that would lead him to solving the problem.
By the way, the car has 25k miles and has some pretty good service records that followed the car.
Recent work performed: Annual fluids change, new clutch, new rear tie rods, four wheel alignment, new water pump, brakes and rotors turned, and I just installed new tires. I hope I'm coming to the end of spending cycle and nearing the beginning of enjoyment cycle. I do have my fingers crossed. All the worked was paid for by the seller and I only purchased the tires recently. So to sum it up, the nearly 8k spent was paid for by the seller, But, soon, I will be picking up all costs that are incurred. That's what worries me.
This is my first Ferrari and I'm beginning to think maybe my last. I keep hearing how reliable the F 430 is? Maybe I just got a bad one?