FERRARI 550 MARANELLO BUYING GUIDE: INTERIOR
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A recall was sent out by Ferrari for the 550 Barchetta as its seat runners could potentially be misaligned, which would mean the seat not locking into position and letting the seat slide back and forth when driving.
Ferrari provided climate control, lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat and a Becker CD stereo as standard. When looking at a car to buy, check it comes with the tyre inflator as there is no spare wheel, tool kit and all three keys. There should be two black keys and the red master key.
A lot of leather is used in the 550's cabin, so make sure it's all in good condition. Higher mileage cars may have worn driver's seat bolsters, which are easy but pricey to repair. Also make sure the leather on the dash has not been damaged if an aftermarket stereo or satellite navigation system has been installed.
The electric windows can become sticky in operation, which is an expensive fix as the doors have to be stripped to get at the mechanism. Another complaint from owners is the boot release is only inside the cabin and not on the boot or key fob. Also, check the boot carpet for damp as water spills in here when the boot is opened on wet days.
Barchetta owners are unlikely to bother with the simple fabric hood as it's fiddly to erect and is only intended as a get-me-home measure, not a year-round roof.
"The window seal of my car always made a snapping noise when closing the door. Also, a bead of water could be seen creeping past the seal when the car was being washed with a jet hose."
Jean-Claude Etter, Asphalte.ch