BIG thanks to Ferrari Service of Bedford!!!!
2007 F430 with manual gearbox.
I just feel like I have to give props to the guy who got me to finally love my car and make me feel like I didn't waste 125K on a car that didn't perform up to my expectations.
I sent my car to David / Ferrari Service of Bedford a couple of weeks ago for it's annual service (the first under my ownership) and to have it lowered because it sure looked like it sat high and didn't handle as well as I had expected a car of this caliber to do.
I got a pretty sad report after he had evaluated it. It didn't seem like any of the fluids...other than oil changes... were ever done to the car in it's 7 years and 14,000 miles. The transaxle screen was clogged solid, as was the vent, which made it build up so much pressure that when he loosened the drainplug, it shot gear oil all over his shop. The brake fluid was very dark causing a low and slightly soft pedal, the clutch wasn't working up to spec....but worst of all, the car just didn't handle as well as I would've expected. It seemed to have too much lean in the corners and tended to wallow. Turn in wasn't anywhere near as crisp as I though it should be.
Turns out that not only was the car raised a bit (probably the previous owner who lived in an area with crappy roads??), but a frightening amount of suspension pieces weren't torqued to spec, and a couple of things were actually just finger tight (rear shocks).
Even though I have close to 20 years experience racing, HPDE, etc, with at least 35,000 track miles in various cars....this is the only Ferrari I've ever driven. So, with no other F430 driving experience to compare my car to, I guess I kind of assumed that they just didn't meet my expectations when it came to handling. Boy was I wrong! After David went through everything and returned the car, I can now say that I couldn't be happier with the car!!! The car is tight, corners flat, crisp/sharp/precise turn in, brake pedal is high enough to comfortably heel/toe....
I just felt the need to give David the credit he's due. I'm sure most of you guys who have been Ferrari owners for years know of him and his reputation...but I'm the new guy around here, and I just want him....and all of you....to know how VERY VERY happy I am with him!! :-)
Now what the hell am I doing sitting behind my keyboard....it's time to be behind the wheel! :-)
And a brief, two word comment to the previous owners who didn't maintain the car properly: (F*** YOU.)