My 458 caught on fire today

Discussion in '458 Italia/488' started by leead1, Feb 15, 2011.

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  1. leead1

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    #1 leead1, Feb 15, 2011
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    I was leaving the reasturant and the engine started to pop. Then the car started running rough then it would bearly run. The "check engine" light came on then the car must have a siren in the dashboard and it is loud. I looked at the engine and saw smoke, alot of smoke, I shut her down.

    Sad about the car but I was impressed by the dealers response. he called back within seconds. After I hung up my cell phone the flatbed truck was calling me and he was on the way and there within 15 minutes. The car is now at the dealership and it maybe a few days days before I know what happened. It is still a new car and under warrenty. I must admit I am amazed by the dealers quick response.

    Oh well life goes on :)

    They agreed to sell my ZR1 for me and they have an F40 I want to look at again. Maybe with some thought I can get into it.

    Lee

    Lee
     
  2. nizam

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    Gosh, Lee. That's a rough turn of events ... just when you were starting to like the car too.

    Keep us posted with the root cause once your car returns from the dealer.
     
  3. PAP 348

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    Sorry to hear mate.

    Was there a lot of damage? Any pics?
     
  4. Enzo's long lost U.S. Son

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    I wonder if you had the recall, fender liner problem?
     
  5. Financialman

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    Oh my, that's terrible! I do like your attitude about the trouble though.
     
  6. needspeed

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    +1...got to agree, it's tough to take something like that with such grace and dignity. OP good luck, get the F40 you deserve it :D....Steve
     
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  8. Rcktrod

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    +1. What a great attitude.
     
  9. ferrariKP

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    Sad to hear...

    Hope things would go well at last!
     
  10. Jedi

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    Wow... so sad to hear. But kudos to your calm response.... I truly hope it
    all works out OK for you in the end. Glad no one got hurt - other than the car.

    Jedi
     
  11. S Brake

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    What a shame. Glad to hear you're ok.
     
  12. Ferrari 360 CS

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    Sorry to hear but at least the dealer responded quickly.
     
  13. S Brake

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    Did I miss something? Lee was actually starting to like the Italia?
     
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  15. NSXLuvr

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    Wow - you are taking it like a champ. You are a better man than I.
     
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    Lee, sorry to hear about your car! Question.. Did you valet park? Any chance they did something to it?

    Hope the F40 works out too..

    Rb
     
  17. Dipsomaniac

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    terribly sorry to hear about your 458 and glad you made it out without harm.
     
  18. Stackhouse

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    #16 Stackhouse, Feb 16, 2011
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    1st... Glad you were not on the freeway when this happened! Glad you are ok!

    2nd... Not surprised at the dealer's response, given the 458s history of burning to the ground I'm sure Ferrari would airlift that car out of the public eye to avoid any more egg on their face!

    3rd... If Possible I Would Total The Car!!! Smoke Damage + Melted Electrical + Any Other Damage + Now It Has A History= NO RESALE VALUE!!!

    All the best!
     
  19. Dereiter

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    I hope that everything is going to be okay...
     
  20. igirl

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    Same question...?
     
  21. bobbyd

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    How long have you had the car and what mileage do you have on it? Glad you're OK and keep us posted. Best.
     
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    Bummer...
     
  23. leead1

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    #21 leead1, Feb 16, 2011
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    I was at the ferrari dealer today. The cause was a rubber hose that failed, it sprayes oil on the engine causing the smoke and electric sparks. The good news is the oil is from a blowbye breather and was not a large quanity of oil. Most importanly the crankcase oil was not depleted so the engine did not zeize. I should have the car sometime next week.

    The dealer said there is a service bulletin out on these blowbuy tubes. So other 458 owners might want to call their dealer to check it out.

    The repair is no cost to me. I am still amazed on how fast the dealer reponded to my fire call. A great dealer!

    Thank you all for the kind words and support :)

    As a side bar I finally got into the F40. It was very difficult for me. The dealer told me to stay with the 458 it is a better drive for my purposes. So it is still in Orlando Ferrari. Only 7200 miles on the clock and in wonderful shape.

    Lee
     
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    So if I understand your post, you have or will have an F40!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pics Pics Pics Pics Pics......PLEASE!!!!!! Congrats.......Steve
     
  25. leead1

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    The car is a 2010 I bought it october 1 of that year. The car has 2300 miles or so.

    I have had no problem with the fenders as several people asked.

    I am happy and relieved it was not a bigger problem with the car.

    Thank you and others for the concern for my well being.

    Lee
     
  26. leead1

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    I love the car but as I posted I had trouble getting into the car. The dealer told me to stay with the 458 because it was a better drive. He said the F40 would most likely be a better investment at some point. They were 1.5 million $ now they are $470k asking.

    Lee
     
  27. Rifledriver

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    Kind of premature to be genuflecting over the car don't you think?

    Lots of minor things cause a lot of smoke.
     
  28. leead1

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    Hello robert

    Great to hear from you.

    No I do not go to those type of resturants. I must confess I went to Taco Bell :)

    Lee

    Okay I do once in a while but I park my car and normally the valets give me a special protected space so they can quard the car. I keep the key while eating :)
     
  29. S Brake

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    Good man!
    I see your fine taste translates to food as well as cars.
     
  30. photonut

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    it appears the problem has a simple fix.
    good luck
     
  31. needspeed

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    I am sorry that the F40 did not work out for you. But your F458 is one hell of a consolation prize. I hope, after this incident, that the rest of your miles are trouble free and full of enjoyment.......Steve
     
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    Lee,
    do you work with Anthony (Orlando Ferrari Dealer)?
     
  33. shawsan

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    Since your 458 is at the dealers, have them check for cracks in the heat shields as well. I took my 2010 July issue 458 in for all the formal recalls but during one of the recall fix-ups, an astute mechanic observed many small cracks in the heat shields. Ferrari completely replaced them.
     
  34. leead1

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    #32 leead1, Feb 17, 2011
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    I work with Anthony King. He is a great person and salesman. I also consider him a freind but that should not be a surprise, everyone who knows him feels the same way.

    I have asked him to find me a manual car. I am not a fan of any padal shifters. He did find a 599 6 speed manual. I do not know if I would like the 599 over a 458.

    Thoughts and opinions are vappreciated.

    Lee
     
  35. leead1

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    Thank you I will do that.

    Lee
     
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    #34 leead1, Feb 17, 2011
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    Thank you Steve.

    Well that what happens when you get fat and old. :)

    I love that dealership. I was there talking about my 458 and the office guys and mechanics came out and sang me happy birthday. I know that sounds like it is not a big thing but it was a nice gesture. They said I was family. i told them with a smile my first thought was I was going to be mugged for burning up a ferrari :)

    Lee
     
  37. S Brake

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    Many people say that the 599 isn't a very good match for the manual transmission, just doesn't feel right. I've never driven either, so I can't say from personal experience.
     
  38. igirl

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    Hello Lee

    After a R8 V8 and a LP560-4, I've got now a 458. But before ordering my 458, I've tested a 599 HGTE, and I didn't like it: it feels like a GT and not like a sport car, no sensation of speed, gear (paddles) too slow...

    We all should try cars before buying... If possible of course. :)
     
  39. stereotaipei

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    I drove the 599HGTE on track: feels heavy, too much roll, feels like a GT, not a real sport car. Switching between the 458 and 599HGTE, the 458 was so much more enjoyable!! (you can brake much later, it turns flat, etc)
     
  40. Dereiter

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    Absolutely! I know Anthony and agree that he is a great salesman.
     
  41. leead1

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    Thank you all for the 599 advice. I will look at it and maybe drive it. I tend to like sport cars not touring cars. Ths is why I also have a 450-4 lambo Garlardo convertible and not a Murci.

    The dealer called and my 458 should be ready next week. The 458 is easy to get in and out of, life is good :)

    Yhanks to all

    Lee
     
  42. needspeed

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    Life is good......Have fun when you get your car back......Steve
     
  43. xto

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    Hi Lee: The 599 GTB Fiorano is a wonderful car. Yes it IS a Grand Touring Berlineta and that is what I like. This car was designed to travel fast between cities and be comfortable at the same time. There is room for luggage and custom luggage is available. If you prefer a hard sport/track car than the 599 may not be for you but, watch out, for oldr guys like us its comfort and speed mayl seduce you. The beautiful Ferrari V12 up front may win you over aslo. Good Luck!
     
  44. Joe Mac

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    Lee, you know how much passion I have for the 458. Of all the ferraris I've owned, it provided the most fun for me. However, I just traded mine in for a 599. I think by the end of this summer, you'll start to see the depreciation curve start to impact the 458, so having driven it for 3000 miles, I was ok with the switch. I've only driven 20 miles or so but it is an amazing machine. Very similar to American muscle brute power. Try driving one. You may not miss the 458 when you do
     
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    Already Joe? I thought u were going to call me?
    A 599?? That will surely depreciate soon!
     
  46. leead1

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    Great to hear from you and thank you for your thoughts on the 599. My 458 should be ready early next week. They brought in a manual shift 599 for me to test drive. After your post I will give it deeper thought. The dealer told me the 458 is still worth what I paid for it so no loss there.

    Have you ever owned or driven a Mclaren? The dealer called me a few weeks ago and at the time they had a new model called the 12c coming in June. I have never seven seen one but the pictures look exciting and some one posted a video driving it.

    Any thoughts?

    Lee
     
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    So sorry to hear about your loss, but happy to find out that you were not injured.
     
  49. WILLIAM H

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    Sorry that really sux. The F40 is way different from a 458 but a great car & will hold its value much better

    This is a great reason for a fire extinguisher in your car. I have one in every 1 of my cars
     
  50. Joe Mac

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    The 599s took significant depreciation in 2010 and now are in a decent range for the value. I believe the % reduction in value between the 458 and 599 will hurt 458s more than 599s, especially when the spider version finally gets released. I sold above msrp which is not easy to do in any economy, let alone today. so, i count my blessings, prayed to my local dealer who pulled the deal together for me with the greatest of ease and now I have a perfect 599!
     
  51. Joe Mac

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    Lee, I'm lucky enough to have a Mclaren delaership opening in my backyard (Mclaren of Philadelphia) and was asked about going on the list. I'm impressed with the announced performance but it looks a bit too much like a Lotus to me and very plain. Not my taste, but certainly looks like a beast of power and performance.
     
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    Joe, congrats on your new ride! Did you go for the 6 speed manual?
     

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