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    Ferrari recalls California, Italia models for faulty crankshafts

    By Jerry Hirsch May 21, 2012, 10:28 a.m.

    Here's a big oops for Ferrari, the maker of mega-bucks sports cars. It made a mistake building the crankshafts for the engines in its California and 458 Italia models and now will have to repair or replace them, depending on what the owner picks.
    Ferrari said it will recall the 2011 and 2012 model-year cars because the crankshaft error can cause the engines in the vehicles, which sell for $200,000 or more, to freeze suddenly and possibly cause a crash.
    The Italian automaker learned of the problem in a uniquely embarrassing way. The first of these models to have its engine freeze was the car the company was lending to critics to review.
    Ferrari said that after launching an investigation in March, it learned that the crankshafts of the F136 engines in the vehicles were machined incorrectly. It turns out that the crankshaft-grinding machine was incorrectly set up. The company has since reprogrammed the machine.
    The eight-cylinder engine produces up to 562 horsepower and gets 14 mpg. The car rockets from stopped to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds
    This will be one expensive repair for the automaker, but it affects only 74 cars because the sales volume for exotic vehicles is small.
    Owners of the vehicles have the option of having a new crankshaft and bearings installed by their dealer, having the engine removed from the car and the repair work done by Ferrari North America, or having a new, correctly machined Ferrari engine installed in the car at the dealership.
    Getting owners to take their cars in for repair following a recall is more of a problem than most consumers realize, according to auto information company Edmunds.com.
    In a report earlier this month, Edmunds said its analysis of two General Motors Co. recalls showed a completion rate of just 52.5% as of December 2011. GM says its recalls generally reach a completion rate of about 70%. No other automaker would provide Edmunds with a completion rate for recalls.
    But it is unlikely Ferrari owners will overlook this defect, which could leave $200,000 strewn across the road. Ferrari owners with questions about the recall can contact the company at 201-816-2600.

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    Ouch, that is a big problem. I mean at least it's only 74 cars they should contact them asap. I would rather get a new engine instead of taking that $#@! apart.
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    Yeah at least they are stepping up and taking care of it. I would expect nothing less. I know if I had one I'd be beating the snot out of it LOL.

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    That's a big mistake but I'm honestly surprised this stuff doesn't happen more often. A black eye to someone like Ferrari though but some Italian probably spent the night watching a little more football at the pub than he should have and the machine got set incorrectly.

    With the danger of it seizing though this is a pretty big recall and one they need to do quickly to avoid huge liability. A shame but they seem to be going about it the right way.

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    At least they admitted to the fault then just hide behind blaming the customer for 'mis-use', something BMW loves to do.
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    Person A while installing the crank: "I'm hungry Luigi."
    Person B doing the same thing: "Me too Giovanni. There is a good restaurant across the street, let's go eat something there."
    Person A: "Good idea."

    This is always the case. They go out do something, usually eating. And all Italians know this. But if you ever mention this to them, they will tell you the longest "Nooooooooo" that makes you think that you just said the stupidest thing ever in the planet earth.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
    Person A while installing the crank: "I'm hungry Luigi."
    Person B doing the same thing: "Me too Giovanni. There is a good restaurant across the street, let's go eat something there."
    Person A: "Good idea."

    This is always the case. They go out do something, usually eating. And all Italians know this. But if you ever mention this to them, they will tell you the longest "Nooooooooo" that makes you think that you just said the stupidest thing ever in the planet earth.
    My brother, is your car affected by this?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    My brother, is your car affected by this?
    Fortunately, No Click here to enlarge

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    WOW Thanks for posting this LZH! Just told my Cousin to check with the dealer and his 458 is already at the dealer for an ECU failure!
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    ECU failure? I was under the impression that current Ferraris were much more reliable, mostly from the F430 onwards?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
    ECU failure? I was under the impression that current Ferraris were much more reliable, mostly from the F430 onwards?
    Yup. I'll get more details from him when i see him but he just spoke to the dealer and they are checking up on the recall. He'll be asking for a new engine.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
    Yup. I'll get more details from him when i see him but he just spoke to the dealer and they are checking up on the recall. He'll be asking for a new engine.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
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    I highly doubt that.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
    ECU failure? I was under the impression that current Ferraris were much more reliable, mostly from the F430 onwards?
    They are but it is still Italians building them.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    They are but it is still Italians building them.
    Yes. Ferrari/Lamborghini cars aren't like what they used to be. They are much more reliable, but still there is some Italian dudes in production line that had a rough night and couldn't sleep.

    Check this, first burning Ferrari FF which is the most refined Ferrari ever. But still it was built by some dude called Roberto.

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    If they took less smoking breaks while assembling these things...

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