A return to form: Say hello to Banana MK2, the Italian Prancing Horse (Ferrari 458 Italia)

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Hides his M5Comp in the garage, Agrees somewhat though. But then its also nice and refined on a sunday drive.

However there isn't much sense of occasion that you get with a Ferrari or Lamborghini. And considering the price difference isn't "that" much... However I do still love the M5. But would love a screamer


E60 M5 they scream nicely. ;)
 
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Hi there

Had the Ferrari for over three years now, I've stopped extending the warranty, rather keep the £2500-3000 in my pocket especially as it only covers the stuff which tends not to fail.

Car is booked in for a service along with new drive belt and brake fluid change end of month at a cost of £1250 as this is my first paid for service as the car is now out of its seven year free service programme. So the service cost is not so bad really, that is at a main dealer too.

Also just grabbed a set of carbon door sills for the car at half price from main dealer, £730 compared to £1599 usual price so thought I'd give it a treat. Also grabbed a full steel conversion for the car, it is a gamble but if it improves the braking performance as I hope it will then the car will be more enjoyable on track, if not then my next option is a set of Surface Transforms.

In my ownership so far the car has pretty much been faultless and totally trouble free, in the last three years it has cost me £2800 for years warranty, something I am not continuing, £700 for some new exhaust brackets, £1000 for a set of Michelin PS4S which are now nearly worn on the rear but a nice forum member and other 458 owner essentially gave me his set of rear PS4S for free as I was struggling to source any new. In short warranty cost aside it has cost less than £1000 a year in servicing and consumables, just add fuel, pay tax and insurance, most of all enjoy. The car has not really depreciated, if it was sat on the same miles as the day I got it then it would now be worth around £20,000 more than I paid, but as I've driven it the value is holding around the 150k mark, which is what I paid. No plans on selling!

Car is now sitting on 25,200 miles, it gets driven!

Great time at Supercar Fest, some videos and photos people snapped on t he day of the car:




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There is nothing I really want to change it too, would not mind a Speciale but it is not twice the car and a Speciale would also mean no more long distance road trips due to the much smaller boot and their mileage sensitivity, I can essentially just keep driving this and not really lose much if any money. :)
 
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So I decided to compliment the carbon interior with some official carbon kick plates which cost an eye watering £1599 for the pair but was able to talk a Ferrari dealer down to £730 for a brand new set:


Before:

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After:

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Really happy with them. :)
 
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Hi there

Dropped the car of for its annual service today and brake fluid cap resevoir recall:

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Service all OK and a clean health check.

The keen eyed will also spot the car is now on the steel disc.

I fitted these at the weekend, was an absolute doddle fitting brakes on this car, clearly made for very easy pad and disc change overs, no doubt for when they used to race them.

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The steels are an absolute transformation in performance and feel, a lot more initial bite but at the same time a more progressive and feelsome pedal. Not sure on all out braking ability yet as I am still gently bedding them in so far, so just a few stops from 60 down to 30 and 70 down to 30 but it is easy to ABS threshold brake now, so at town speeds and legal country road speeds the steels perform and feel better. The dust however is not as welcome.

Also the ceramic disc weigh 6kg each all round, the front steels were 13kg and rear steels 12kg. So quite a bit of unsprung added, hard to say if I can notice maybe the ride is marginally firmer. Ferrari check my work / install on the brakes and said they could find no issues with the install, job well done. :)

Service was £1250 which also included brake fluid and a new drive belt. I think this is the first service I have paid for since owning the car. :)

Also spotted a couple of 296 lurking and wow what a beautiful looking car in the flesh it is, photos don't do it justice.
 
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