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Hello all,
I'm new here, and looking at some used 550's c. 1999. One I looked at with about 17k miles the dealer mentioned to not shift into 2nd gear when the car is cold.... is this normal, or is it indicating transmission problems?

What are some of the major problem areas I should be aware of? Also, any major advantage/disadvantage to various years etc?
 

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Hello all,
I'm new here, and looking at some used 550's c. 1999. One I looked at with about 17k miles the dealer mentioned to not shift into 2nd gear when the car is cold.... is this normal, or is it indicating transmission problems?

What are some of the major problem areas I should be aware of? Also, any major advantage/disadvantage to various years etc?
This is normal and very typical of all Ferraris.
 

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Hello all,
I'm new here, and looking at some used 550's c. 1999. One I looked at with about 17k miles the dealer mentioned to not shift into 2nd gear when the car is cold.... is this normal, or is it indicating transmission problems?

What are some of the major problem areas I should be aware of? Also, any major advantage/disadvantage to various years etc?
Suggest you take a look at our Buyers Guide for the 550. It can be downloaded from:

http://www.ferrarilife.com/library/guides.php

or you can buy the book with all the guides from:

US
http://www.motorbooks.com/Store/Prod...ails_39033.ncm

http://www.amazon.com/Ferrari-Life-Buyers-Portfolio/dp/1855207478/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201265592&sr=8-1

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9781855207479&itm=1

UK
www.amazon.co.uk

or

http://www.motorbooks.co.uk/notes.asp?bookid=80912
 

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I do not agree - with Ferrari's younger than 10 years old it is not a problem at all, or at least my 550 has never shown reluctance to shift to second gear, even when colder than 10 degrees C outside.

However, it did show a certain sluggishness going into first for the first 10 minutes when it was that cold outside.


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Onno, On most of the new Ferraris it is not a problem but on a few this issue still comes up. 2nd gear on my F355 did not exist for the 1st ten minutes.
 

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