Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet

posted Jan 2, 2010, 12:13 AM by Quentin Ballard Tremeer   [ updated Jan 28, 2010, 2:06 PM ]

So……… three months ago my life long friend and technical guy Bruce Oz had been telling me about the stats on the site…. He told me that we have an average 15 people a day visiting and approx 280 per month……. Not bad he said for a month on the web wide world (or is that world wide web.... I'm just the car guy)……….. AND as he started getting passionate about telling me which articles are getting the most hits I started drifting off and dreaming about the day I will buy my first Porsche and the day I will drive and then buy my first real Ferrari………………..  now three months later, blogging is addictive and frustrating all at the same time. Watching those numbers rising as fans enjoy your latest blog post and then the black dog of depression as the next day people find something else better ……… Bruce Oz is away in snowy London at the moment and I have been having to do the technical stuff myself. I have to say ……….. it is more exciting, more irritating and more frustrating than I ever imagined.

 

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Ferrari Mondial cabriolet

 
 
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Sort of like driving the Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet that my brother in law and I where thinking of buying together……. the Mondial was sort of like …………..your ex wife the retired super model………….. She looks great, is very exciting to be with and be seen with, but has a lot of problems………………. you can’t control her and she requires constant maintenance……

Nobody gets out of your way when driving this car and nobody tries to race you from traffic lights…… I think they are all simply too petrified to either move or race…….. NO FUN. You get stuck behind people and you are driving like a lunatic all by yourself in something that feels like you are trying to turn an original Leyland Bus. The smell of petrol is just too much and the sound from the engine a little too sewing machine like. For R350k (for a good one) you are far better off in a 996 (last shape Porsche 911)….. and much less likely to kill yourself… it will just be more your fault in the 996… in the Mondial you will die when somebody else pulls out in front of you and it is completely impossible to leg press the 400kg’s with one leg that is required to stop in time. The smallest bump scrapes the bottom of the car (the rail of the sliding gate on our local shopping centre parking lot gave us a good scrape), the controls are so heavy you can only drive around the block once and you feel like you have done a full gym work out……….ALL the electronic warning lights flash at you constantly while meanwhile everything is actually fine………… How you know when something is actually wrong is beyond me…… the warning lights won’t give a clue and the car feels broken most of the time anyway…………. Maybe I drove a bad one…………. I will let you know next time I find one for sale……………… rare as hens teeth so maybe don’t hold your breath…………

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