Free scheduled maintenance has helped manufacturers like BMW and Volkswagen sell cars for years. In most cases, the “free service” offer is more hype than substance, since manufacturers drag out service intervals to 10,000 mile, requiring the motor savvy (or paranoid) among us to buck up for every other oil change. Worse, there’s all sorts of absurd restriction on most plans, so that manufacturers don’t have to pay for wear items like brake pads or rotors. Still, the idea of free anything is enough to make most buyers feel warm and fuzzy, and now buying a Ferrari can give you the same warm and fuzzy feeling of satisfaction.
All 2012 Ferrari California, Ferrari 458 Italia and Ferrari FF models now come with seven years of no charge maintenance at 12,500 mile intervals or annually, whichever comes first. The plan covers parts and labor, and extends beyond the initial owner to cover all subsequent owners for the first seven years.
I haven’t seen detail on what’s included versus what isn’t covered, but if I don’t feel comfortable dragging oil changes out to 10,000 miles on my GTI, I seriously doubt I’d wait for 12,500 miles (or annually) on a Ferrari 458 Italia. Ferraris have earned a reputation as being notoriously expensive to maintain, so the plan is definitely a step in the right direction. Still, like the other plans out there, Ferrari’s free maintenance deal still isn’t enough to make me feel warm and fuzzy.
Source: Inside Line