Roma Time

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Gregmitchell

1,747 posts

120 months

Friday 29th December 2023
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I saw one that looked pretty much written off on Christmas eve just outside Oxford, grey one, front end looked in a right state. Bumpy bit of dual carriageway, rear wheel drive..... = hello hedge

Rob26

15 posts

86 months

Saturday 30th December 2023
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Congratulations, it looks beautiful. I was just considering one of those yesterday, but the throttle house review was very scathing of the infotainment system and as much as that shouldn’t matter, I think when spending 150K plus, it could be annoying. How do you find it? Wonder if there could have been a few updates in the years since it launched.

Leithen

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11,402 posts

270 months

Saturday 30th December 2023
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Recent updates have moved CarPlay from the binnacle display to the centre screen and enabled wireless connection.

Works very well and the sound seems fine. Heating and seat settings which are also within the central screen are good too.

There was criticism of the haptic controls on the steering wheel, but you can set them to switch off after a few seconds, so that you don’t accidentally select things by mistake.

Only way to know if it works for you is to try it out!

DeejRC

6,012 posts

85 months

Sunday 31st December 2023
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I think you are being very forgiving of the Roma’s foibles there OP. Having also put 1000 miles on a Roma, I simply cannot abide the thing. The sloping screen was semi-impossible to use in any kind of sunlight. The steering wheel pad thing was atrociously anti user friendly, the noise was like a diesel and they made the boot far more irritating to actually use.
I will accept it was comfortable and easy to schlep across country, esp when tired at end of the week and coming home. Overall though, I was just grateful to return the keys and get my “antiquated” F12 back.

Leithen

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11,402 posts

270 months

Sunday 31st December 2023
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Entirely respect your opinion Deej, but we are all different!

I genuinely haven't had an issue with the sloping screen. Perhaps that is because I'm in Scotland and the sun is an infrequent visitor. Maybe driving it in Europe I will come to hate it, but I suspect not. The updates that have put CarPlay onto it are good. I generally like to set things and not fiddle with them, so apart from selecting a different podcast, book, destination, it appears to be perfectly fine to me.

That applies to the haptic steering wheel controls too. I'm not a fan of the idea, but given the implementation it's workable. There's nothing I want to change on a regular basis apart from selecting cruise control on motorways and I appear to be able to do that without drama.

It isn't a V12, and apart from the comparable price, second hand vs nearly new, I'd argue that it and the F12 are very different cars. I still have two children that can get in the rear of the Roma and the six years of servicing is a big comfort blanket to someone coming into the marque.

I also own a farm, so I do know what diesels sound like! Again it isn't a V12, and I did seriously consider the Lusso, but the looks and size in the end steered me away from it. I have done 1000 miles in the Roma, with some highland roads that I know well, and compared to my previous 992, I love the sound. It might well be not as good as other V8 turbo incarnations, but I'm enjoying it regardless.

I love the beauty and the view down the bonnet gives a thrill every time you get in it. It also, in my humble opinion, is a good steer too. Reviews by those that know better and can compare regard it soft, but in a good way. As I have said before, the bumpy road setting is a revelation.

So, perhaps unsurprisingly, I'm a fan. That might change in a the next year or so and if it does I'll try and be brutally honest. I'll keep you posted.

Happy New Year!


DeejRC

6,012 posts

85 months

Sunday 31st December 2023
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HNY indeed.
There are a few of us farmer types on, though I dare not ever call myself one as the locals would just laugh me out of Devon smile

I do thoroughly enjoy my local rep though as the idiot who drives stupid cars up and down our farm tracks and local pot holed single lanes smile

funboxster

214 posts

126 months

Wednesday 24th April
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I've been reading the various posts both the Roma with interest, as I'm seriously thinking of buying one. This would be my first Ferrari, having had McLaren, Aston Martin and just coming out of a 911 Turbo S.

My main question concerns colour. I've presumed you should have the classic red, because it's a Ferrari, right? And also for resale?

However, I see there are some lovely colours available. I'd be getting a 6-12 month old one.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

Leithen

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11,402 posts

270 months

Wednesday 24th April
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funboxster said:
I've been reading the various posts both the Roma with interest, as I'm seriously thinking of buying one. This would be my first Ferrari, having had McLaren, Aston Martin and just coming out of a 911 Turbo S.

My main question concerns colour. I've presumed you should have the classic red, because it's a Ferrari, right? And also for resale?

However, I see there are some lovely colours available. I'd be getting a 6-12 month old one.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
Reds can be quite a divisive subject when it comes to Ferrari....

I personally don't think many of the Reds suit the Roma. But I would proviso that with the fact that there are many, many Reds that have adorned Ferraris over the years. Many older cars are repainted in different hues, either by choice or even perhaps ignorance of what came before. There are some really lovely shades/versions, but it is ultimately entirely personal - it's your car. I do love Rosso Fuoco for example, but it's a rare colour.

I also think the Roma is quite colour sensitive, so be sure to try and see any potential car under different light conditions. Also bear in mind that historically Ferraris have been painted many colours, and the company has produced some stunning ones.

As a quick update, the car is great - due a service in a couple of weeks. The dealership has been trying hard to get a spider order out of me, but I'm perfectly happy right now. I've played a bit more with different modes, but the bumpy road setting is exceptional in all of them. So make sure any car you look at has had the Magneride option ticked. I think most cars have been ordered with it.

Keep us updated with your search.

Soleith

501 posts

92 months

Thursday 25th April
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Mine was also resale red (rosso Corsa) and I loved it. It was my first Ferrari.

Don't be put off by negative comments, it's a fabulous machine and I thoroughly enjoyed every one of the almost 8k miles I put on it before I switched to an F12. The F12 is wonderful but I do miss the Roma still.

funboxster

214 posts

126 months

Thursday 25th April
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Thanks for your input above. I've got my eye on a classic red one, but also one in Grigio. Decisions, decisions!

blueg33

36,883 posts

227 months

Thursday 25th April
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Leithen said:
funboxster said:
I've been reading the various posts both the Roma with interest, as I'm seriously thinking of buying one. This would be my first Ferrari, having had McLaren, Aston Martin and just coming out of a 911 Turbo S.

My main question concerns colour. I've presumed you should have the classic red, because it's a Ferrari, right? And also for resale?

However, I see there are some lovely colours available. I'd be getting a 6-12 month old one.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
Reds can be quite a divisive subject when it comes to Ferrari....

I personally don't think many of the Reds suit the Roma. But I would proviso that with the fact that there are many, many Reds that have adorned Ferraris over the years. Many older cars are repainted in different hues, either by choice or even perhaps ignorance of what came before. There are some really lovely shades/versions, but it is ultimately entirely personal - it's your car. I do love Rosso Fuoco for example, but it's a rare colour.

I also think the Roma is quite colour sensitive, so be sure to try and see any potential car under different light conditions. Also bear in mind that historically Ferraris have been painted many colours, and the company has produced some stunning ones.

As a quick update, the car is great - due a service in a couple of weeks. The dealership has been trying hard to get a spider order out of me, but I'm perfectly happy right now. I've played a bit more with different modes, but the bumpy road setting is exceptional in all of them. So make sure any car you look at has had the Magneride option ticked. I think most cars have been ordered with it.

Keep us updated with your search.
I tend to think of reds being best suited to the mid engined cars. The front engine ones all seem to look best in colours that are not rosso or giallo.



murphyaj

721 posts

78 months

Thursday 25th April
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The correct answer is, of course, to get the colour you like. But since you asked for opinions I feel the mid-engined cars work especially well in red, my first Ferrari was a red 430 and I am very happy I made that choice. However the front engined cars can be really lovely in other colours and I think the Roma in particular looks nice in grey.

mogg

260 posts

261 months

Thursday 25th April
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murphyaj said:
However the front engined cars can be really lovely in other colours and I think the Roma in particular looks nice in grey.
+1. Mine is Grigio Titanio Metall and really shows off the curves in various lighting conditions. Also the yellow side shields and giallo calipers look great with the body colour.

blueg33

36,883 posts

227 months

Thursday 25th April
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mogg said:
murphyaj said:
However the front engined cars can be really lovely in other colours and I think the Roma in particular looks nice in grey.
+1. Mine is Grigio Titanio Metall and really shows off the curves in various lighting conditions. Also the yellow side shields and giallo calipers look great with the body colour.
That will be very nice indeed

Grantstown

1,017 posts

90 months

Thursday 2nd May
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Thank you very much for this write up, very interesting.

I’ve had a look at a dark blue Roma. It looks fabulous in this colour.

My 2 young lads could sit in the back for the ocasional journey.

The biggest concern I’ve had is that the CarPlay box wasn’t ticked. For me, I always think this is a good idea in a modern car to future proof it. Modern infotainment won’t age as well as classic instruments and buttons. Is the infotainment in the Roma liveable without CarPlay, or would it be too annoying? I’d definitely miss having live traffic updates and re-routing etc.

johnnyreggae

2,962 posts

163 months

Thursday 2nd May
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I believe Carplay can be retrofitted by dealers to the Roma eg https://store.millermotorcars.com/products/ferrari...

Grantstown

1,017 posts

90 months

Thursday 2nd May
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johnnyreggae said:
I believe Carplay can be retrofitted by dealers to the Roma eg https://store.millermotorcars.com/products/ferrari...
Interesting, thank you.

Leithen

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11,402 posts

270 months

Thursday 2nd May
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The first Roma I looked at didn't have CarPlay and the dealer insisted that it couldn't be retrofitted. That may have changed, I don't know.

In the end I bought a car that was nearer to me and did have it. Software updates have moved it from the binnacle to the centre screen, which works very well in my experience. My concern re not having it was twofold - I listen to a lot of podcasts whilst driving and I wasn't certain that the built in system would be able to play these from my phone without me having to fit some kind of phone holder. I also wasn't confident that the maps would be updated - no idea if that is unfounded or not.

I think it all depends on how you will use the car. I have some wonderful driving roads around me in the Highlands and all I care about is not losing my license - no infotainment required! But I also take the car into Edinburgh and that's at least an hour of boring driving where I will listen to something and do like to have Waze to see if traffic is snarled.

Patsy

153 posts

243 months

Sunday 2nd June
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Following this thread with real interest as whilst I'm not in market for a Ferrari just yet, I hope to be in the next 12-18 months. I drove a Roma a little while ago, and between then and now I've driven an F8 and a 296 GTB.

The Roma was the first Ferrari I'd ever driven on the road, and I loved it, perhaps more so than the two mid engined cars I was fortunate to drive more recently. Roma's strike me as pretty decent value (in relative terms, clearly!) and the write up they're getting on this thread makes me even more keen investigate one when the time comes.

I'm really keen on an F12 but I think the Roma might be a better all rounder, for me at least...

blueg33

36,883 posts

227 months

Monday 3rd June
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I would go Roma over F12 and F8 over both wink