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Ferrari recalls the 458 Italia and California

By Rigval on 14 May 2012

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Ferrari is recalling some V8 powered Ferrari 458 Italia and Ferrari California cars worldwide. It seems the recalled cars had their engines built with a slightly faulty crankshaft which may cause engine failure in the affected cars.

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Now unlike bread and butter cars, a Ferrari's engine may cost a kidney or two and even people who could afford a Ferrari may weep at the cost of an engine rebuild. While this s a global recall, it isn't as wide spread as you may think only 206 Ferrari 458 and California out of a grand total of 13,000 units.

As reported by Autocar, only 6 Ferrari 458 and 10 Californias are affected in the UK and going by the same ratio, there could be a few stricken Ferraris in South-East Asia (including grey imports). Ferrari is currently writing to all affected owners so that the affected cars are brought in to the nearest dealer for repairs. And as the problem warrants a replacement crankshaft it would mean an engine out job with new conrod bearings, gaskets, seals and what-nots.

This could be pretty good to those who actually rev their 458s and Californias silly as they would end up getting a free rebuild from Ferrari even with the low mileage that these cars usually rake up.

This is a good deal in some ways. Much better than the flammable adhesive that caused a few Ferrari 458s to catch fire when it was first launched.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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