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post #1 of 9 Old 09-09-2014, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Newbi Bumpy Ride

I have owned my 2003 Modena for about a year now and during this time have put about 1,000 miles on it. This being only over the last two weeks. My reason is that I work and live out of the country for long periods at a time. The tires are perfect with no flat spots from sitting as I have someone start and move the car on a regular basis

Now for the newbi question. My car is absolutely fantastic in every way but it rides rough. By this I mean you can feel every bump in the road. Is this a normal Ferrari ride? Do they have shocks that need to be replaced. The car has 14,333 miles on it. Is there anything that can be done to give it a more comfortable ride? Change tires?


Or does it supose to ride rough?
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-10-2014, 05:49 PM
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Is the sports mode engaged? This makes the ride harder than if not in sports mode. How old are the tires? Older tires will lead to road noise and harder ride.
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is it bumpy or harsh/stiff?
if the former, maybe try reducing your type pressure

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-11-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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Ditto "netman". Tire age a big influence on ride.
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I had a 360 here about a year ago...Odd handling and a harsh ride with very low miles on the odo. Original tires (from 2003) were the likely cause, despite the ample tread remaining. In the same breath, I've drive quite a few others that I feel the ride is firm, but in no way harsh. These cars had fresh (fresher) tires on them.

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-21-2014, 06:14 PM
 
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Just like what Netman said, Sports Mode makes the ride firmer so try Normal Mode.

And old tires gets stiff so try and put on new tires.

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-21-2014, 09:26 PM
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Andrew- Make sure you check ride height to ensure she has not been lowered, which can result in the shocks operating outside their optimum range.

Also, even though the workshop manual says you have Boge shocks, you actually have Mannesmann-Sachs shocks, which are pretty much bulletproof. Same brand I have on my 575M and I have only heard of one causing problems for her owner, and that was a leak.

Tires time out after 6 years, so if yours are older than that, like everybody said, time for new ones. You can check the manufacturing date. The one below shows the 51st week of 2007. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires I just bought were built in the 19th week of 2014.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-22-2014, 02:24 PM
 
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Another excellent info from Taz. Thank you!
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Taz, your depth of knowledge is amazing. I've been involved with Ferraris for nearly five decades and eveytime you post I learn something.
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