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Thinking of a 458 from a 12c – anyone local to CO?

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by Forza1, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. Forza1

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    Hi, I'm thinking of selling my McLaren 12C and getting a 458 but not sure if I will like the experience, and I can't find any locally– is there anyone in the Denver/Boulder area with a 458 willing to show their car and take me for a ride? Happy to lend you the keys to my 12c. PM me
     
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  3. RayJohns

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    The 458 is a truly fantastic car. I have never driven a 12C, but the 458 experience is hard to beat. Based on what I have seen online regarding the 12C, I would also say the 458 is probably a little more reliable car overall.

    One thing about the 458 is that it takes a while to really fully fall in love with it. You have to own and drive it for a few months to really start to appreciate how amazing it is. I'm not sure just a quick drive around the block and/or over the weekend would really give you a true picture into that.

    Have you owned any previous Ferraris? The 458 is a lot like a computerized 360 w/ a manual gearbox. It also has some of the fun elements of the 355, but sort of on a larger, more comfortable scale.

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  4. RayJohns

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    I think Rob says it best, regarding the 12C:



    The 458 is pretty much rock solid in my experience - especially with a Braille i48CS battery upgrade.

    Ray
     
  5. dustman

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    Off topic...the battery, really worth it for $2400?
     
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  6. RayJohns

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    Oh my gosh, yes. The electronics on the 458 work so much better with the slightly higher voltage of the i48CS.

    After my experience with the 458 + the i48CS, I would never have a 458 again without upgrading to the Braille battery. I even run the Braille G30 battery in my 1990 Toyota Pickup! :)

    Ray

     
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  8. Troy Slinkard

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    You are welcome to drive mine. I'm in Evergreen.

    I took Ray's advice and bought the Braille battery a year ago.
     
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  9. RayJohns

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    What was your experience since switching to the Braille? Did you go with the i48CS or the i48CX?

    Ray
     
  10. Troy Slinkard

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    I got the i48cs. I haven't plugged the car in since the Braille was installed. Voltage never moves when sitting for days or weeks.
     
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  11. dustman

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    Seriously! I have to plug in the 458 EVERY minute. I thought, how would I drive it away for a week and park at BigSur etc not plugged in? Wouldn’t be able to drive home. Frickin Ferrari.
     
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  13. RayJohns

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    Yeah, same experience here. With the i48CS, I never once used any sort of tender. I actually sold the factory battery tender for like $300 on ebay haha.

    Even after sitting for a week, the car fired up like it had a brand new battery in it every time.

    Ray
     
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  14. RayJohns

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    Yeah, with the i48CS you can leave the car parked for usually up to around 8 to 10 days and not have to worry at all - no tender, no charger nothing. I never turned the alarm on, but I doubt that would matter all that much. It fires up like you have a brand new battery installed, even after a week of sitting.

    Never have to worry about the car not starting and/or going some place and wondering if it will be dead when you come out after leaving it parked over the weekend, etc.

    With the number of 458's you buy and sell, you should have definitely get yourself the i48CS - it's life changing as far as how well the 458 electronics function, not to mention making the whole battery tender BS stuff a thing of the past.

    Ray
     
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  15. SVCalifornia

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    Same with the antigravity battery! No issues yet at all... haven’t used the tender in 3 months!

    SV
     
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    I’ve had my 458 Spider two years, and curious about all these battery and electronic voltage problems people report. I replaced one Interstate battery so far (third owner, so not sure how old the Ferrari battery was that I replaced).

    For $250, and a battery that lasts three years, I don’t get it. I don’t get any whacky behavior that show up in the displays at all.

    We’re on a two week super-duper fall road trip through 5 states and I left the charger behind.....then again we’ve driven 1,500 miles since last Saturday, LOL!

    To the OP: I’ve really pressure tested the 458 this past week on some of the best mountain roads in the southeast. The 458 will not disappoint you, whatever you decide.
     
  17. RayJohns

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    As long as you drive all the time, it's usually fine - especially if the battery is good quality and relatively new (only a couple of years ago). But give it a bit longer and when the battery starts to get long in the tooth, you'll eventually hit the wall and when you least expect it, no start.

    Ray
     
  18. IloveGT

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    stooopid!!! hahaha, but I love it!
     
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  19. Stams

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    Don’t know if you are in for an Italia or a spider but Ferrari of Denver has a spider in the showroom now. May be worth your time to give them a call - Derek Fennig is a great guy - and take a look at her, after the snow melts!

    Good luck!


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  20. RayJohns

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    You wish your Ferrari was as dialed in as my pickup truck lol:)

    Ray
     
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