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I've had my new 550 for about 1 1/4 years now and just discovered under the carpet behind the drivers seat a removable rectangular block of black plastic. does anyone know what this is all about? :question:
 

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Welcome to the board Tom

Eeuhmm, can you discrabe it a little bit better??
Or can you perhaps post a pic of it??

And what does your garagist say?
 

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:-? This is the first time I've asked anyone since I just discovered it over the weekend vacuumiing the interior. Behind the driver's seat on the floor the carpeting is formed with a hump in it. when you lift the carpet from the back you can remove an almost square black plastic piece about 1' x 1' x 2" or 3". When you turn it over it has several 3" or so diameter holes cut in (but not all the way through). The floor behind the passenger seat is flat with nothing like this there.

It almost looks like a drink holder that you would carry a 1/2 dozen cups of coffee in ... but I don't think so!!!

Don't have a pic right now but I will get one in the next few days.
 

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welcome

tomg,
Welcome to the forum. I hope to see more post from you and hear some stories about your 550. Perhaps the container was left by the dealer? There is another user on here with a 550. His name is Bart so hopefully he will see this post and will be able to answer your question.
 

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I have a 550. When I was first cleaning my car I discovered that box. It looked like a cup holder but very poorly done. I went to my mechinic and he had no idea. Down to Ferrari of Orange County I went. The service department had no idea. The salesmen were very hopeless.

At last, the owner came out and looked at it. He knew what it was.

Well, tell us!

It was for the computer if the car had the paddle shifter. Since mine is a manual shick, there is no computer. THe carpeting is the same for all so they put a junky piece of plastic in it.

This is a great bar bet. 99% of Ferrari people will lose to you if you asked.

PS: is the 550 as great car or what? I love mine. I cannot figure out how it could be better.

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The owner of Ferrari of Orange County said the computer for the paddle shifter was to be located behind the front seat. The carpeting was standard for all 550s. Since mine has no computer box, the plastic thing is a spacer. That is all I know. I do not even know if the paddle shifter was ever available on the 550.

Remember, mine is an early model. In the later ones they may have changed it. Mine is SS# 108108 which was made in May of 1997.

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Bart,

No, paddle shifter was never available on the 55o.However, it's possible that Ferrari left the door open for a paddle shifter. But decided to make an option on the 575
 

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Well, after all of this, I am going to e-mail Ferrari in Maranello with this question. It will take a day or two to get an answer.

:oops:

It has been sent at 3:30 9-10-02.
 

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I think it is possible that they kept the option open and I think I heard rumours of F1-shifting being available on late Maranello cars, but I don't think it ever went thru. However, it might be plausible since the F1-shift system was introduced on the 355. If I remember correctly it should be in that serial number range (around 109000-110000) So, very possible that they build space into a Maranello, just in case.


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there isn't a single 550 with F1 gearbox, well not officially at least (you never know).
it's possible that they kept in in mind for later on, but the 575 came out and that's where they placed it in.

I have this info from somebody at Garage Franchochamps when the first 575 arrived in Belgium for the Ferrari days at Spa.
 

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Did Bart ever get a reply from Ferrari on the supposed spacer for a potential F1 shifter? I started this question and would like to hear if the answer (which sounds good) is confirmed. :ex:

BTW, I think the Maranello is an outstanding car! Not only is it a fab over-the-road GT (I have driven it from Boston to Pittsburgh) but is performs very well on the track (I've had it on Watkins Glen a few times). You just need to turn off the traction control for certain types of corners. :D

Attached is a picture of my car.
 

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Tom,

Welcome to the site. I'm sure Bart's pretty happy there's another 550 owner around here. The majority of the talk is the 308/328 series.

Bart!

Is it nice to have a compadre here?? :eek:ha:

Forza,

Dane
 

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Tomg,
Your car looks like mine. Same color. Prettiest car ever made.

As to my answer from Ferrari, I was told nothing but to go to my dealer. Well, that is what I did refore. Therefore, the answer is maybe it is the space for the computer for the paddles.

Glad there is another person who has a great sense of cars and chose the correct one. We must defend the 550 against those V-8 people.
 

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Bart,

There's no need to defend the V-12! :D Your car is magnificent.

Tom,

Bart's already being a bad influence on you... 8)

Forza,

Dane
 
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