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post #11626 of 14781
It is more to do with long term branding. They are saddled with a reputation that says the cars are delicate flowers, in need of constant care. By offering the 7 year warranty they are trying to make be people more brand confident. I suppose they are going after the MB AMG customer, who wants German engineering in their super car.
post #11627 of 14781
I think you can add european and north american sales number on top of that.

I think most new Ferraris go to Asia(China) or the middle east, where money doesn't matter and mechanics wages are minute compared to Europe.
post #11628 of 14781
There is probably also an element of competing with their now VAG-owned Labor rivals. They probably don't want to risk being perceived as a small-time operation now that the "passionate but tempromental Italian village manufacturer" niche has closed down.
post #11629 of 14781

There isn't a lot left in the current Ferraris that had previously contributed to the reputation the older cars had for being unreliable and expensive to maintain. The maintenance program essentially covers oil and fluid changes and brake pads. There are no clutches to worry about, no belts, and very (very) few cars will have to worry about the ceramic discs needing replacement. They've engineered (most of) the maintenance out of the cars... 

 

It's clever marketing, but Ferrari really isn't stepping up to the plate like it would first seem. If they offered this on the F355, then I'd be impressed... 

post #11630 of 14781
This thread has actually made me less interested in cars.
post #11631 of 14781
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This thread has actually made me less interested in cars.

May I interest you in a ZHP?

Edit: It comes with a 1-year un-bannable account at DU.
post #11632 of 14781
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May I interest you in a ZHP?

You actually at least talk about....the car you drive.
post #11633 of 14781
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

You actually at least talk about....the car you drive.

But at the same time, we can't only talk about the cars we drive.

I appreciate the commentary everyone else comes up with in regards to other manufacturers and car models. Otherwise, the thread would get stale very, very quickly.

And it's not like there are a lot of members here who have really exciting exotics or anything.
post #11634 of 14781
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There isn't a lot left in the current Ferraris that had previously contributed to the reputation the older cars had for being unreliable and expensive to maintain. The maintenance program essentially covers oil and fluid changes and brake pads. There are no clutches to worry about, no belts, and very (very) few cars will have to worry about the ceramic discs needing replacement. They've engineered (most of) the maintenance out of the cars... 

It's clever marketing, but Ferrari really isn't stepping up to the plate like it would first seem. If they offered this on the F355, then I'd be impressed... 

This is precisely the point; they haven't done anything much outside of dolloping a few globules of "peace of mind" on their future customers. It is a nice nod to modernising their branding efforts though, there is only so far a brand can trade on heritage in a premium market spot and "last a lifetime" angle is being heavily utilised (by people like Patek Philipe, Hermes, Rolls Royce et al).
post #11635 of 14781
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

But at the same time, we can't only talk about the cars we drive.

I appreciate the commentary everyone else comes up with in regards to other manufacturers and car models. Otherwise, the thread would get stale very, very quickly.

And it's not like there are a lot of members here who have really exciting exotics or anything.

It's more the commentary. Many of the cars talked about are very fine cars, cars I would love to own, but they get run down by people I think that are without cars or drive modest ones. Each to his own but it sometimes gets like the 90lbs weakling commenting on a Mr. Universe contender than his calves look a little weak. Could just be the mood I'm in too.
post #11636 of 14781
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It's more the commentary. Many of the cars talked about are very fine cars, cars I would love to own, but they get run down by people I think that are without cars or drive modest ones. Each to his own but it sometimes gets like the 90lbs weakling commenting on a Mr. Universe contender than his calves look a little weak. Could just be the mood I'm in too.

Everyone has an opinion. Only you get to choose which to give credence to.

I've lately been reading up on car detailing and it's been consuming me. My car has a fair number of rock chips on the front bumper so I'm going to get that and the rear resprayed in the spring.

I've begun to amass a lot of products: compounds, polishes, clay, quick detailer, foam gun, Dual Action polisher, backing plate, microfiber and foam pads, leather cleaner, vinyl and trim protectant (303), glass cleaner and treatment, tons of microfiber cloths,along with all the various brushes and tools necessary to clean and apply products. It's quite like caring for suits and shoes, if even more OCD/anal.

I'm reading up on (semi) permanent coatings, the latest being Pinnacle Black Label Diamond paint coating. Claims of 3 years of protection, greater than that of even EXO, CQuartz or Opti-Coat.

It gets pretty intense... I'll probably practice compounding and polishing on family member cars which are generally pretty neglected outside from a dozen or so touchless or home hand washes a year. Then move onto my car after the bumpers have been re-sprayed.
post #11637 of 14781
Porsche has leaked videos of macan, looks nice.
post #11638 of 14781
I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who is refraining from fantasizing about buying ferraris because they're ugly. For what it's worth, I'm also staying away from theoretically purchasing $10 million plus homes because they don't meet my honest living requirements and I wouldn't even talk to supermodels, should I come into contact with one, because they frankly aren't that good looking. Finally, I thought about doing some space tourism at some point, but since going to the moon is not yet possible, I don't really see the point and have taken it off my pretend bucket list.
post #11639 of 14781
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I've lately been reading up on car detailing and it's been consuming me.
Man, are you sure you want to go down this rabbit hole? I have, would not recommend
post #11640 of 14781
Car detailing is a bitch.
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