My 458 caught on fire today

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by leead1, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. leead1

    leead1 F1 Rookie

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    #1 leead1, Feb 15, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2011
    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.


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  3. nizam

    nizam Formula 3
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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.
  4. PAP 348

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    Sorry to hear mate.

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

    Feb 11, 2011
    I wonder if you had the recall, fender liner problem?
  6. Financialman

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

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    Steve 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
  9. Rcktrod

    Rcktrod F1 Rookie

    Dec 21, 2010
    +1. What a great attitude.
  10. ferrariKP

    ferrariKP F1 Rookie

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    Sad to hear...

    Hope things would go well at last!
  11. Jedi

    Jedi Two Time F1 World Champ
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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.

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  13. S Brake

    S Brake F1 World Champ

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

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

    S Brake F1 World Champ

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

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    Wow - you are taking it like a champ. You are a better man than I.
  17. rblissjr

    rblissjr Formula Junior

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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..

  18. Dipsomaniac

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

    Stackhouse F1 Rookie

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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!
  20. Dereiter

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

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    Jan 23, 2010
    Same question...?
  22. bobbyd

    bobbyd Formula Junior

    Nov 17, 2003
    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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  24. leead1

    leead1 F1 Rookie

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    #21 leead1, Feb 16, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011
    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.

  25. needspeed

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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
  26. leead1

    leead1 F1 Rookie

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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.

  27. leead1

    leead1 F1 Rookie

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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.

  28. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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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.

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