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Discussion in 'FF/Lusso/F12/812S' started by Crocodon, Mar 15, 2021.

  1. Crocodon

    Crocodon Karting

    May 12, 2020
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    Daniel
    Hi everyone,

    I currently have a Cayenne as my family’s only car. As the kids get a bit older, I’m not going to need as much space (huge pram, big cars seats, etc.) so can move to a car with a smaller carrying capacity.

    Am I crazy to consider having an FF as my only car? I know there are a couple of known issues: PTU and DCT sensor.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Altoria F

    Altoria F Karting

    Jan 24, 2020
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    Hi Daniel,
    I have a Cayenne as well as family car for the long trips (>1000km), all weather and when I don't know where the car will spend the night ("standard" hotels).
    My FF is more for short trips with garage waiting for her (nice hotels or friend's home).
    Some guys here run their FF daily but I consider it needs too much care everywhere and I can't be serene that way.
    Don't be afraid with the PTU and the DCT, you live in UK, the best place imho to fix them in the eventuality it happens!
    The FF is a very great machine, far more race than an RS6 or Panamera TT for example.
    To answer precisely your question I would buy one but would buy as well a "cheap mule" for the really bad weather days or when you want to keep "stealth".
    My fifty cents.
    P.
     
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  4. ANOpax

    ANOpax Formula Junior

    Jul 1, 2015
    579
    The Netherlands
    How often will you use the car if you’re living in London? Will it only be used for weekly groceries or does it do the school run as well? There are better cars for stop start traffic and it’s potential is wasted below 50mph.

    It’s comfortable enough for 4 adults and their luggage and my wife and I have had 2 week holidays complete with road bikes in ours but it really comes alive at higher speeds and less busy roads. Do you live in central London or on the outskirts? Proximity to the M25 means that you can hit the open road more easily.
     
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  5. Crocodon

    Crocodon Karting

    May 12, 2020
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    Daniel
    This is really helpful and kind of in line with what I’ve been thinking. I’ve owned cars that break down regularly, but that was before I had a family. If I got a backup car, we could daily the FF without being too stressed.

    Nice to hear re the PTU- I believe Furlonger can fix them.
     
  6. Crocodon

    Crocodon Karting

    May 12, 2020
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    My wife would use it daily during the week for errands around town and then we would use it to leave London most weekends (or this is what we used to do pre-Covid!). So it would spend most days just pottering around, but would definitely get its legs stretched regularly!
     
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  8. ScottS

    ScottS Formula 3
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    Mar 2, 2004
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    I drove my FF daily and now my Lusso. But not in London. Would I in Manhattan? Tough call. For all activities the car is docile and manageable without concerns with the possible exception of traffic and or potholes. The only question is how much traffic you’ll deal with. Lastly what is the price of petrol?

    Ahh go for it. Worst case scenario you buy another car for around town.


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  9. 350MH83

    350MH83 Formula Junior

    Jul 11, 2014
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    I had a GLS and moved to the Lusso as my sole family car while in France. It is definitely tighter to make the luggage fit for road trips, but besides that, everybody loves it. I have 2 kids, 7 and 9. I did get the iPad holders for the back so that makes it a little better for the kids.
     
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  10. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

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    #8 greyboxer, Mar 16, 2021
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2021
    Speed bumps and width restrictors would be an early consideration - 7 ft difficult 6'6" impossible at a guess - I'd also have concerns about getting the length around tighter left turns without using all of the road - oh and reversing into parking spaces but perhaps 'Fulham parking' would apply ie just dumping it in the middle of the road and turning on the hazards !
     
  11. ANOpax

    ANOpax Formula Junior

    Jul 1, 2015
    579
    The Netherlands
    The Cayenne which the OP already has is longer and wider than the FF so width, manoeuverability and parking shouldn't be any harder in the FF.
    Admittedly, the FF's wheelbase is slightly longer but the FF has as much ground clearance as a BMW 3 series and a lift equipped and engaged FF has almost as much ground clearance as the Cayenne so, again, speed bumps shouldn't be an issue. I sometimes feel that The Netherlands is the world capital of speed bumps and the FF copes fine here.
     
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  13. Bamsefar

    Bamsefar Formula Junior

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    Sorry for OT, but damn that is the spirit!! I like that people, more and more, brings there road bikes with them, just like I do. Stockholm where I live is great, easy access for cycling (I think, others might say different), however sometimes I need to get away and well what a better way to cover some distance than in a FF?

    I drive my FF daily, and it is my only car since I got it in 2016. Go for it!
    (and yes, traffic is maybe not the best place to put an FF - it kind of likes to jump all over the place to show what's under the hood)
     
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  14. ANOpax

    ANOpax Formula Junior

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  15. haroonok

    haroonok Formula Junior

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    Awesome-and just what these cars are for.
     
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  16. RossoF8

    RossoF8 Karting

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    After trading in my Cayenne GTS, I’ve been daily driving my Lusso for about a month now. Other than a couple times that I didn’t want to show up at kids’ school with a prancing horse (took my wife’s car instead), it’s been a great experience!


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  17. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
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    I plan on dropping my kids off in it


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  18. 350MH83

    350MH83 Formula Junior

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    I did it once because we were coming from out of town with the Lusso and were late for school. I dropped them from afar so as not to be too obvious. By the next day everybody was talking about my daughters being dropped in a Ferrari:)
     
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  19. Bamsefar

    Bamsefar Formula Junior

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    You can drive, but you can not hide....
     
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  20. Moopz

    Moopz F1 Rookie
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    It has actually become a Friday favorite for my twins. I pick them up in the Lusso on Fridays. Thst way I can control it since they have extended day. I don't drop them off as it's too much of a circus.

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  21. shifter

    shifter Formula Junior
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    2018 Lusso T is my daily driver and only car aside from my F430. Took my son to T-ball practice the other day, ran some errands, shipped packages, etc. Totally suitable for everyday use.

    Wish the Ferrari badge wasn’t so obvious, as it would otherwise blend right in.

    I do think more about unintended consequences from DD a Ferrari and how it’s perceived... when I’m not smiling from ear to ear driving it around town.


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  22. Way2fast

    Way2fast Formula 3

    May 24, 2006
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    I have had an FF as a daily driver since May 2019. I have put 18k miles on it and it always puts a smile on my face at start up. I am planning on a 3k mile roadtrip of the Pacific Northwest this summer.

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  23. ScottS

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    Well. There is a stable of dads dropping off in a variety of Ferraris locally. My son was asked that he said he father was a surgeon but obviously works for Ferrari since he gets dropped off in a different one every time.

    Not exactly. But ........ at least i didn’t drop off in a red PISTA like my son’s friend’s dad dropped him.

    Oh and the school is a little down the block from the Ferrari dealer.

    Daily driving a Lusso in Florida is a no brainer.


    Do it and don’t look back.
     
  24. Altoria F

    Altoria F Karting

    Jan 24, 2020
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    Wow! Here someone driving a grey Ferrari a sunny sunday is looked as an "extraterrestrial"!
    I wish I lived in Florida! Not to mention the sun!
     
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  25. Crocodon

    Crocodon Karting

    May 12, 2020
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    Thanks for all the responses, everyone! I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on.
     
  26. Moopz

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  27. gougoul

    gougoul Formula 3

    Nov 25, 2004
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    To be honest, i went the different road... in many areas in continental europe the "ESGs" of a daily driven Ferrari are beyond acceptable...

    A panamera Turbo S hybrid is at least as fast, a bit less exclusive maybe, but just stays under the radar of most people.
     
  28. ANOpax

    ANOpax Formula Junior

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    #25 ANOpax, Mar 19, 2021
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2021
    Why are so many of you worried about what other people might think?

    If people want to judge you then that is their problem, not yours.

    Where I live, popular perception is that anyone driving an F-car must be an *******. So what.
    (At least in Italy, anyone driving an F-car is a god :D)

    As long as I'm legal, I don't expect the attitudes of other people to dictate my choice or enjoyment of a car (or anything else for that matter).
     
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