Ferrari Enzo Reviews from North America

2003 Ferrari Enzo 6.0L V12

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 6.0L V12 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired532 miles
Most recent distance650 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

Fun, but the adrenaline rush could be had elsewhere for less..

Faults:

Nothing, people thinking I am a rich, egotistic man. Otherwise, nothing.

General Comments:

The Enzo is an exhilarating love affair. Though not practical for street use, it is a very well engineered vehicle. The Enzo is a great looking car, but is not perfect. It is very uncomfortable to drive, and is a pain to use the side window. Many people on this site claim to own one, and I find that ridiculous if you do not. These cars get bad words that sometimes are not deserved, but sometimes these cars are over-rated. The Enzo does have incredible acceleration, but incredible acceleration could be achieved in a nice Z28, with much more comfort. But, I am not comparing. I am simply giving some downs. It gets horrible gas mileage, as to be expected. Many people say I am egotistic and rich, which gets old to me. I am not, and have worked my butt off to get where I am today. I am not any better than anyone here because I drive an Enzo, I simply put my pants on one leg at a time just like all of you.

Now, these cars are stupidly hard to acquire, which is why I purchased mine used from the Dupont Registry. To buy one new from the Ferrari Dealer, you must own a F40, F50, go to some driving school, and be approved before they even accept your cash. I did not want to go through that, I simply wanted to spend my money, and get my car.

Now, the car does not seem to have any problems as of now. I do usual leak-down, and wet compression test to my vehicles. I have not put too many miles on it yet, and do not intend to race it. I simply drive it to business meetings, and the occasional house showing.

I hope you guys like my review, and you probably do not believe me. And I do not care about that. I simply wanted to write a review that you can all read from a true owner. Feel free to ask any questions, and I will answer them truthfully, and thoroughly. Please do not resort to insults, they get you nowhere. I would simply like a civilized question and answer type setting. Have a happy Easter, and a safe week.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2007

3rd Dec 2008, 11:00

What other Ferrari's do you own?

19th Aug 2011, 06:59

You do seem to an owner of an Enzo. I would rather like to find out how you got it. Because I don't. In fact, I hate to watch all these great cars and not have any of them. So I started a project to smash a Ferrari. Just Google 'Smash a brand new Ferrari' and you'll find us!

2002 Ferrari Enzo

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired106 miles
Most recent distance106 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A no-frills, no-compromises Italian thoroughbred with reckless abandon

Faults:

None; perhaps the owner himself would have rather concentrated on everything that had gone right with the car.

General Comments:

(Note: I have never owned a Ferrari Enzo, nor have I ever driven one. I just had the pleasure of riding shotgun in someone else's for five minutes.)

From a design standpoint, this is the closest resemblance a road car has ever held to a million-dollar-plus F1 race car. The design is a bit awkward and lacks some continuity, especially when looked at from the side. However, it is a functional, clearly F1-inspired design that's especially apparent should you nervously glance at this thing coming fast at you in your rear-view mirror.

Inside, the driver gets a good view of the outside world from a high-tech, but still very much spartan interior. The bucket seats are comfortable, and drivers of 5 to 5.5 feet in height should fit into this Mario Kart with more than enough room to wear the a racing helmet for the real Schumacher look. 0-60 comes and goes in about 3 seconds, and the handling at legally permissible speeds is excellent. The F1 paddle-shift transmission is a welcome benefit that allows for lightning-quick shifts in a matter of milliseconds. I haven't experienced the Enzo's handling capabilities beyond 90 miles per hour, because that was as fast as we could go without frightening the locals or upsetting the police (even if the owner was skilled enough to outrun them).

You may note that Ferrari has left out some traditional design aspects with the Enzo. Gone are the rear spoilers and egg-crate grilles of yore, replaced by a purely functional, visibly Schumacher-esque design from nose to tail. Also, the car is available from the factory only in Rosso Corsa Red and what I think is Fly Yellow, although other colors have also been seen. My guess is that Ferrari's corporate officers probably saw the bright green F50 posted on the Google Image Search and learned their lesson. (I saw that image myself; it was somewhat awkward. Like a Photoshopped image of Ben Affleck in lingerie.)

The (very lucky) driver told me that he had to visit the gas station about two days after owning the car. He probably didn't mind either; normally cars like this are bought for the exhilarating experience they provide to their lucky owners, as well as the implied snobbery that comes with owning a car for which the odds of seeing another one just like it are roughly a billion to one. These cars usually aren't bought for the thrills of balancing your checkbook and amazing yourself with how much you spend to let loose your inner Schumacher on the Interstate on a daily basis. Maintenance may be a difficulty unless you happen to have connections at a local Ferrari mechanic's shop. Even then, finding parts for this car can be an exercise in patience, dealing with apologetic mechanics, and then dealing with unapologetic I.R.S. auditors.

While the Road & Track figures are respectable, the car's design almost begged for an admiring crowd. Some comments on this car ranged from "the performance turd of the millennium" to "Oh my God, what has Ferrari done to itself?" To me, however, the design is a blend of functionality and passion that sums up everything Ferrari has learned from F1 racing. To those lucky few who actually own this automotive masterpiece, congratulations! As for the lucky and generous owner featured in this review, thanks a bunch and see you at Le Mans!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2002

17th Jan 2003, 07:22

I'm sure it's a stunning machine to drive, and the most capable car money can buy, but it's as ugly as sin. Ferraris should be unquestionably and unconditionally beautiful - look at the 288GTO, F40, F355, Daytona, Dino, 328 etc.

29th Apr 2003, 09:39

Hmmm...perhaps it is too early to say if it's ugly. Many people said that the Testarossa was ugly back in 1984... I am not decided. What I DO know though is that if I ever see one on the street my jaw will need reconstructive surgery!

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews