Long term tests

Ferrari 550

It was service time this month and, to make matters worse, it was the big one, the one that demands a tick in every box on the job card (new gearbox oil, brake fluid change, carbon filter thingys, etc, etc) before they'll allow it to leave the workshop. The service manager was kind enough to warn me the bill might end up around £1900 - provided there were no extras. I've bought cars for less than that in the past - and they were good ones, too.

It was service time this month and, to make matters worse, it was the big one, the one that demands a tick in every box on the job card (new gearbox oil, brake fluid change, carbon filter thingys, etc, etc) before they'll allow it to leave the workshop. The service manager was kind enough to warn me the bill might end up around £1900 - provided there were no extras. I've bought cars for less than that in the past - and they were good ones, too.

The only fly in the ointment? It's June and in Ferrari fairyland that's the month every other Fezza owner chooses to have their car serviced. As I'm beginning to understand, Ferraris aren't like other cars; the vast majority tend to hibernate inside cocoons for most of the year, only emerging once the motoring season kicks into action, often with a trip to Le Mans. So it's a bit of a rush down at Dick Lovett's this month and I'm forced to wait my turn. In the end it takes 25 days from the initial phone-call to the time the car finally goes on the ramp, although half the delay was caused by me asking for the car to be picked up from home, meaning they had to weave lorry availability into the workshop logistics.

Two days later there's an unbelievably shiny Ferrari outside my house (even the insides of the wheelarches are now polished black) but I'm also £1706.10 poorer. What's more, Lovett's couldn't look into a possible syncro problem on third gear that I'd reported; apparently the mechanic wouldn't drive the car due to the rear tyres being illegal! Good grief, knackered tyres after just ten weeks and fewer than 5000 miles of commuting; to coin a popular phrase, 'I don't believe it!'.

Running Costs

Date acquiredDecember 2004
Total mileage28,189
Costs this month£1706.10
Mileage this month1069
MPG this month15.8mpg
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/ferrari/22636/986bhp-ferrari-sf90-stradale-stars-in-cetait-un-rendezvous-recreation
Ferrari

986bhp Ferrari SF90 Stradale stars in C’était un Rendezvous recreation

15 Jun 2020
Visit/ferrari/202495/this-ferrari-250-gte-is-the-worlds-coolest-police-car
Ferrari

This Ferrari 250 GTE is the world’s coolest police car

21 Apr 2020
Visit/ferrari/202486/updated-2020-ferrari-portofino-spied-testing
Ferrari

Updated 2020 Ferrari Portofino spied testing

20 Apr 2020
Visit/ferrari/15589/top-10-most-expensive-cars-ever-sold-at-auction
Ferrari

Top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction

21 Jan 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m4/22869/new-2020-bmw-m4-spied-testing-ahead-of-launch
BMW M4

New 2020 BMW M4 spied testing ahead of launch

BMW’s next M4 promises much, but will it deliver? Here’s everything we know so far
7 Jul 2020
Visit/aston-martin/21621/first-ps275m-aston-martin-db5-goldfinger-continuation-model-produced
Aston Martin

First £2.75m Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation model produced

Aston Martin has finished its first DB5 Goldfinger Continuation; the other 24 James Bonds to receive their cars soon
6 Jul 2020
Visit/mercedes/cla/202850/mercedes-amg-cla-45-s-shooting-brake-review
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake review

Good looks and stonking performance, if you can stomach the price tag
4 Jul 2020
Visit/skoda/202145/full-2020-skoda-octavia-vrs-engine-range-detailed
Skoda Octavia vRS

Full 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS engine range detailed

Skoda’s engine range for the Octavia vRS topped by a 242bhp turbo petrol
3 Jul 2020