Car Video:  Oversteer

Here's Everything I Hate About My Cheap Ferrari F355

RELATED READING
See all Ferrari any articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Tyler Hoover March 2018

I'm still very much in the honeymoon phase with my latest Ferrari F355 purchase -- but nobody's perfect. Much like newlyweds do with each other, I began noticing little things that bother me after living with it for a few weeks. Fortunately, it's not anything serious, like leaving toenail clippings everywhere, or buzzsaw-level snoring -- but after driving my Ferrari 200 miles, I've discovered a few things that are broken, and quite a few things that I don't like.

The most annoying broken item with my Ferrari is the air conditioning. According to the previous owner, it never worked the entire time he owned it. I guess the drop top was enough air conditioning for him, but I plan on driving this car a lot more than he did, so I want it to be functional. I can't find the AC lines to discover if the fittings are still on the old R12 freon style refrigerant (which is tough to source) or if this Ferrari is modern enough to have the more environmentally friendly (and much more abundant) R134 refrigerant. If a simple recharge did actually revive my AC, that would be two unlikely home run repairs in a row -- but usually, the refrigerant has leaked out from somewhere that needs repaired. Fortunately, if the culprit is the AC compressor, it's one of the few accessories that's easily accessible in this Ferrari that's notoriously hard to work on.

My parking brake, or lack of one, is another big problem. It's not strong enough to hold the car on any incline, so I have to shut off the engine and leave the car in gear every time I get out of it. The F355 almost rolled out of my garage once, after I hopped out to grab my sunglasses. I thought the garage surface was level enough for the parking brake to hold -- but as it began rolling away, I had to grab the car by the wheel well to prevent it from ghost riding down my driveway. This wouldn't be a big deal to fix on a normal car -- but with Ferrari parts prices, I'm bracing myself.

I've also been experiencing one intermittent suspension height warning light. The F355 has a fantastic adjustable dampening system -- but something occasionally triggers the warning light for the system, and it seems to go away every time I shut off the car and restart it. I'm doing my best to ignore it, as the car drives fine otherwise. I might be the first Ferrari owner to publicly admit that I'm ignoring a dashboard warning light like someone would do with their Kia Rio.

Of course, as it's a 1995 model, there's some wear and tear on the interior -- but my Ferrari interior is looking even more ratty due to the melting plastic trim. Over the years, the sun has caused some of the interior bits to begin bubbling, and they feel sticky to the touch. I imagine the belly of Jabba the Hutt would have a similar look and feel. That's really the only eyesore on the interior, but one other annoyance I have inside is with the seats. Even though I'm skinny enough to be knocked over by a stiff breeze, the bolsters on the bottom end are way too narrow for me to feel comfortable.

Another issue I'm struggling with is the Ferrari ownership experience in general. My old Acura NSX was mistaken for a Corvette more than once -- but overall, it was mostly ignored by fellow motorists. From the very second I pulled the Ferrari out of the wizard's lair for the first time, people were gawking at me. This is not an exaggeration, as I even caught the first time on camera. The constant compliments don't bother me, but people have no reservations asking personal questions, as well -- like how much my Ferrari cost, and what I do for a living. It's kind of fun to say I traded a Honda for it, and I make YouTube videos to pay for it -- but I imagine this will get annoying after a while.

Of course, there's also the looming engine-out major service that needs to be completed -- and now that I'm a few months overdue on this big job, there's some anxiety of a timing belt snapping every time I turn the key. Still, I think I'm going to wait a few more months on this, just so I can enjoy the car through the spring. Overall, I'm still very much in love with my Ferrari -- but it's totally true that love hurts.

Tyler Hoover went broke after 10 years in the car business and now sells hamburgers to support his fleet of needy cars. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.

MORE FROM OVERSTEER:
There's a Range Rover Coupe, and I Don't Think It's a Bad Idea
The Manual Land Rover Discovery: Yes, They Exist
Am I the Only One Who Thinks the Tesla Model 3 Is Ugly?

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Here's Everything I Hate About My Cheap Ferrari F355 - Autotrader