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New to me 240 mile 458 - Right Screen Issue

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by Dan Hearl, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. Dan Hearl

    Dan Hearl Rookie

    Jun 13, 2020
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    OH
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    Daniel Hearl
    A P-car owner for the past few years, purchased my first Ferrari in recent weeks. A nicely spec'd 2012 458 with just 240 miles on the odometer. In the first couple weeks of ownership I added 400 more miles. Amazing someone had the car for 8 yrs and didn't drive it! From having posters of such cars adorning my bedroom walls in the 1980's and 90's to seeing them in my garage is surreal. The ownership experience hasn't been perfect, and the car is currently in the shop to diagnose and repair the right TFT dash screen. It 'bugs out' then turns off at start up but minutes later returns. I am including some pics of said issue along with other pics of the car. 2 yr Power Warranty from Ferrari was included and I'm quickly learning this warranty is a far cry from the Porsche CPO warranty I have on my GT3RS. However, the selling Ferrari dealership has been great to work with so far and has committed to making it right.

    When the car was delivered to me I parked it in the garage right away. The following morning the battery was dead. I plugged the battery tender in overnight and the car started right up. The right TFT display began having issues followed by a suspension error message that disabled the 'Bumpy Road' road which is a MUST HAVE option on OH roads. The dealership had me disconnect and reconnect the negative side of the battery. This didn't solve the issues. The dealership towed the car to the shop and the day after they received it the battery was dead. They ran numerous tests and ended up replacing the battery. The TFT display issue and suspension errors seemed to go away and they tested the vehicle for any power draws on the battery and there were none. When they were loading the car back up to deliver back to me the TFT display began glitching again. This is where things stand at the moment.

    Has anyone encountered a similar issue depicted with the right TFT dash display? Thank you and I'm looking forward to driving this car!
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  3. wthensler

    wthensler Formula 3
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    Congrats, and welcome to our little cult! A real beauty you have there.....

    When was your battery last replaced? These cars are extremely battery sensitive, and the tenders don’t seem to help much. Mine started with weird messages, and I knew it was time to replace it.

    That few miles on a 2012 is something you’re going to have to pay close attention to. After almost three years of ownership, I’ve concluded these cars don’t like to sit. If I were you, I’d have it out just about every day, and pounding some good mileage on it. I was kinda in a similar position (low mileage purchase), but mine’s got over 10k now, so I fixed that problem, LOL!

    Good that you have a great dealer, and the sooner you get any problems identified and sorted out, the better.
     
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  4. Dan Hearl

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    Jun 13, 2020
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    Thanks for the welcome! The battery that was in the car was an Interstate battery that the dealership said was replaced just 10 months ago. Initial tests on the battery in recent days showed it was performing within spec - BUT - after the car died the day after arriving to the service department they tested again and it is faulty. The battery was replaced with new. They thought the display issue was resolved until it cropped up again soon after.

    I should also mention that the selling Ferrari dealership did the multi-point inspections associated with the 2-yr Power Warranty. They also did did the following: oil/filter, brake fluid, gearbox fluid, coolant, power steering, spark plugs. The service is completely up to date.

    And yes, the car will get driven!
     
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  5. FFan5

    FFan5 Formula Junior

    Jul 7, 2018
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    Yup. Beyond this issue, I'd encourage you to put at least 5k miles on the car in the next 2 years. Hit 9000 RPMs a few hundred times. Maybe take it to a track day or two. Try and break it while you have the power warranty. Maybe get the front shocks to leak. Make sure the transmission is sorted, etc, etc.
     
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  6. cole328

    cole328 Formula Junior

    May 9, 2014
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    It always amazes me to hear stories like this.....an 8 year old car, with less than 300 miles such a travesty that the seller never got to enjoy the car Its a machine meant to be driven....

    So, lucky you!!
     
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  8. socialpro1

    socialpro1 Karting

    Dec 6, 2017
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    Congrats on a 'brand new' 458!! She looks gorgeous and I'm sure you will get all the kinks and quibbles out in the next few thousand miles. Please post more pictures and enjoy her to the maxx!!
     
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  9. Dan Hearl

    Dan Hearl Rookie

    Jun 13, 2020
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    Agreed. Not sure how this happens unless the other auto options are superior but that's hard to believe! Even though the car had 240 miles it still had sticky buttons which were taken care of prior to delivery to me. The downside of a well-spec'd and very low mile 458 is the price. I paid a premium but like the idea of a no-stories car that I can feel good about driving.
     
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  10. rttj777

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    A 240 mile Ferrari isn't a car it's a Bookend or a coffee table book. Whip that puppy and get some miles on her! Looks nice!
     

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