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For that ridiculous do you drive your Ferrari in the Rain Thread

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Juan-Manuel Fantango, Apr 2, 2008.

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  2. irondogmike

    irondogmike Formula 3

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    no,I never drive it in the rain or on wet roads
     
  3. tatcat

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    the reason i don't drive in the rain isn't that the car can't handle it, my worry is the nitwits that run around here in jacked up pickups and suvs can't see me.
     
  4. irondogmike

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    I got that up here in northern california too! I get out on the highway and along comes a 4x4 so high up its stupid looking and I wornder also when he moves from one lane to the other and I lay on the horn as for the wet roads I don't want pits or mud under the car because its spotless like the first day it left the factory
     
  5. Gatorrari

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    I drove back from this past weekend's Georgia Tech car show in the rain, and we passed a customized blue Lexus that had backed into the wall bordering the right side of I-75. I recognized the car, because it had been at the show as well! Oddly, this was on a straight, flat stretch of highway, so it's puzzling what put him into the wall. (Driver brain fade or excessive speed, I'd guess.) I just kept serenely on in the Ferrari, at a reasonable speed.....
     
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  7. Juan-Manuel Fantango

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    so is that 70's or was it 80's jacked up red kneck truck craze on the way back...?
     
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  9. tatcat

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    it never left down here. yee hah..
     
  10. chrismorse

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    That's it, I have rust enlarged drain holes in the drivers door that you could drop a silver dollar through

    No rustproofing = no driving in the rain.

    Now, if you have a realy well heated garage and you can heat up the car to the point that it will evaporate all of the rain out of it, that might help.

    I am not obsessive about it but if i need to drive the car to something important, i will. I just try not to make a practice of it.

    It rains a lot up here, roughly 50 inches a year, so i chose goodyear F1s and am really happy with them, particularly in the rain. As always, it is good to kep the lights on and give others a wide safety margine, (distance). This is possible up here in humbug county, with a population of 120k for the whole county. bad roads but fun and scenic.

    drive it if you can,
    chris
     
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  12. Fred2

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  13. spirot

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    I drive mine in the rain as long as I can keep moving... its when you have to sit in traffic that problems start.... electrics get really wet, the rubber seals to the cabin start to leak etc... to me that is the problem. Big deep puddles in Atlanta are also a problem... brakes get really wet, everything stays wet for ever... if you are out on the open high way... no problem, no matter how heavy the rain. I've driven both my 308 and 328 in heavy rain... the 308 leaked really bad if you had to come to a stand still.. the 328 is not as bad, but eventually it will start to leak from the top of the drivers side window... its just not comfortable then. De misting can be an issues on super humid days too...
     
  14. RonnieF430Spider

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    I own only one car, 07 430 Spider. Drive it 1500 miles a month, rain or shine, and drive it everywhere. It will not melt, rust, skid off of the road, and is not allergic to being washed!
     
  15. Bullfighter

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    I keep my car bone dry. It gets wet twice a year for claying/waxing. I guess I view it as a long-term keeper (even if it won't be mine forever).
     
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  17. James_Woods

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    I agree with that. But, I got caught by a sudden downpour in the Testarossa on the way from my office to Norwood's this past winter and the wipers, defroster, tires, etc. were all very effective in the rain - not at all the barely working specialty car thing you might suspect. I will not be doing that again, however - I fear for rust under the car.

    The Norwood guys were almost incredulous that I actually drove it in that day, but I did have an appointment.
     
  18. amenasce

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    There is that much more excitement when the road is wet. I love it.
     
  19. James_Woods

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    You are right, and just for everyones incidental pleasure, I did get it to spin both rear tires and get a little sideways - that diff really does hook up about as hard as anything I have ever owned.

    Scared to do that on dry pavement, of course.
     
  20. Terculees

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    I gladly drive my Lotus in the rain, but keeping grip on the road is a little difficult at speed. At <2000 pounds, it's like it wants to float! And yes, the 4X4 pickups on raised suspension/tyres that blast 90mph in a downpour scare me.
     
  21. Tarek K.

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    No reason not to drive the Ferrari in the rain................not that we have much rain over here.
     
  22. ProCoach

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    Hate to say it, but there's an automated car wash (and has been for over twenty years) at the Factory... :)
     
  23. curtisc63

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    Exact same thing happened to me this week. I had scheduled the yearly fluid change and a check of the A/C system on the TR. Monday broke with constant rain and drizzle. I had an appointment and obligation to a local independent shop. I kept the appointment and learned that the TR does great in the rain, to boot.

    Of course my neighbors looked at me funny as I was washing the car later that day in a light rain shower. I will drive her in the rain but won't put her away that dirty.

    Oh yeah, and I turned over 30K miles this week. I guess between that and driving it in the rain I should just part it out...
     
  24. ProCoach

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    LOL :) I think I crested 35K this week. And to think I bought her two years ago at 19K!
     
  25. Bullfighter

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    Yeah, but it's Ferrari factory water. There's a difference.
     
  26. Andrew Bolton

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    I never drive mine in the rain. I never subject it to water. I take it to the drycleaners when I want the paint job clean. Rain + pre-84 Ferrari = the devil.

    Andrew

    p.s. I was kidding about the drycleaners part.
     
  27. zakeen

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