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Cross-country in my 550

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by itamar, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. itamar

    itamar Rookie

    Feb 25, 2006
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    I have wanted to drive my 550 around the US for the longest time.I usually fly from LA to Montreal, Canada in June for the Canadian Grand Prix(great city,great event), so I decided to drive there instead...Bottom line, my wife and I hopped in the car, and took off.Amazingly, the car can actually carry quite a bit of luggage if you pack it right. The total miles we drove were 7540 exactly.The car performed flawlessly.It's a 1998, and now has 38000 miles.Our route took us from LA to Utah(Bryce & Zion),Steamboat Sprngs,Co.,S. Dakota(MT. Rushmore,Badlands), Wisconsin, Chicago, Ohio,Pennsylvania, N.Y., Vermont,up to Montreal, then back home through N.Y. Penn., W.Virginia,Tenn, Arkansas,Oklahoma,Texas,New Mexico,Arizona, and back to LA.We had some very high temps. along the way, and some torrential rains, and I was amazed as to how well the car performed, no issues at all.It does not burn any oil at all, A/C worked well. The slow down light flashed a few times, but went away.The seats were very supportive and comfy as well.BTW, I had the 30K service done prior to leaving, and the timing belts looked as good as new! The tensioners were excellent as well. The 2 other drive belts were quite worn,though.
    I also drove up to Monterey last month as I do every year, and we're going to Las Vegas in 2 weeks. What can I say, I just love to drive this car!
     
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  3. S Brake

    S Brake F1 World Champ

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    I am very envious. I hate driving long distances but I think I would be able to handle it in an F-car
     
  4. yetis

    yetis Rookie

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    Owns Ferrari and uses the heck out of it!!! Good to hear and hope to follow your example soon.

    Any pics of the car????
     
  5. donv

    donv F1 World Champ
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    Great to hear! That is exactly what that car is designed to do.
     
  6. the_jay

    the_jay Formula 3

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    Any pics of the roadtrip? I love seeing dirty Ferrari's :)
     
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  8. Cielo

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    I put 350 miles on mine this weekend, nothing in comparison, but a lot of fun!
     
  9. riverflyer

    riverflyer F1 Rookie

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    Itamar, thanks for posting the story and pics. Would love to see some more if you have them. Sounds like a complete blast. How long did you take to make the whole journey?
     
  10. Modificata

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    Itamar

    Wow. I think there is nothing better than using these cars for what they do best. More pics would be appreciated.
     
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  12. TrentS

    TrentS Formula Junior

    Nov 22, 2005
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    Congrats itamar... It's nice to see someone using a Ferrari as it was intended!

    Keep on posting pics, they're great! :)
     
  13. Evan.Fiorentino

    Evan.Fiorentino F1 Rookie

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    Wow awesome first post!!! Atleast someone is using the car the way it was meant to be used!!
     
  14. synchro

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    That arch is defintely the upper section of Zion, I'd know it in my sleep (from previous rafting club trips).
    What a fantastic bit of scenery and the most perfect car to see it in!

    Perhaps that stunner of a lady accompanied you?
    Darn lucky having the best of all worlds.

    Kind regards (with envy) ,

    Scott
     
  15. PaulK

    PaulK F1 Rookie
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    Thats beautiful! It is something you will never forget for the rest of your life I'm sure. I wouldn't mind some more pics ;)
     
  16. Ferrari_lvr

    Ferrari_lvr Formula Junior

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    Tons of open road, a great destination, and a bright red Ferrari...what a fantasy.
     
  17. itamar

    itamar Rookie

    Feb 25, 2006
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    Total trip: 31 days. That day in Zion by the arch was so hot...107 degrees! I'll post some more pix soon.
     
  18. Townshend

    Townshend F1 Veteran
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    You are one of my new heroes. Sounds like an awesome time! Welcome to FChat btw.
     
  19. synchro

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    How did the 550 A/C work - all OK?
     
  20. itamar

    itamar Rookie

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    A/C worked well. In some of the exreme heat we encountered it took a little while to cool the cabin down, but it was not bad at all. In fact, when I returned I had the A/C serviced,the system was vacumed-out,and new lubricant and freon added.It turns out that I was low on freon,not too much,but low.There were no leaks detected at all, and now it blows ice cold.My windows are lightly tinted, and I always use a reflective winshield sunshade when parked-it helps...
     
  21. steveirl

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    Well done, Im sure you will always remember it, no better way to get to know your car, this year I drove from the UK to France through Belgium for the LeMans 24 and then back to Ireland. The cars are meant to be driven.
    Steve
     
  22. itamar

    itamar Rookie

    Feb 25, 2006
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    Absolutely,the longer a car-any car,sits idle, the more likely it will develop problems,leaks, etc.I'll take a higher mileage car over a super low mile car any time.Unfortunately most Ferrari owners view the cars as an investment,not a car ,big mistake! I say life is short,enjoy it...
     
  23. TrentS

    TrentS Formula Junior

    Nov 22, 2005
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    +1

    You get it, drive them as they were intended... Garage queens are nothing but trouble.
     
  24. saleenfan

    saleenfan Formula Junior

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    +1
    Finally some one who really uses there Ferrari! (not that others on this site dont ;) )
    Great pics and great story
     
  25. Ferrari 360 CS

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    Great story, nice to see a Ferrari being driven and enjoyed, after the 550 was built as GT car. Nice pictures too..
     

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