16th Mar 2007, 18:48

I just purchased a 1997 355 spider, and I have not experienced many problems as of yet with the top. I live in Chicago where it is essential that the top work correctly. Is there anything I can do to prevent this i.e. maybe bypassing the electronics and doing it manually if that is even possible. This is my first Ferrari cab, and I sure hope I do not encounter these problems for it will be my last.


10th Apr 2007, 18:38

I have a 1995 Ferrari Sypder whose top has stopped working. I was given the same advice from the Ferrari Dealership, either leave the top down or look at an 18k expense for a new top. I am currently trying to find options to make it a manual top and would appreciate anyone's feedback.

6th May 2007, 06:27

I am shortly taking delivery of 1997 spider and the top,though a bit slow worked well at the garage. I have now read the comments on faulty tops and like previous correspondents I am now a bit anxious. Surely some faults can be be avoided with some sort of regular inspection/service of the mechanism? I live in the north east of England where frequent showers can be the norm.

8th Sep 2007, 17:50

I just got the '97 355, shes awesome... The engine roar is everything... acceleration is good.. I have already run into to issues with the top. During the opening process the roof gets caught on the top of the seats. Has that happened to any one else. If so is there a fix?

Please let me know.


18th Oct 2007, 20:45

You guys must all have forgotten to read the manual because most of the problems with the top you have mentioned are from not having hydraulic fluid in the top. You don't run a car without oil, right. The fluid needs to be checked often and then it will work perfect. Ferrarichat has lots of info on how to check this for people who do not read the owners manual.


A very happy 355 owner who doesn't have any problems.

3rd May 2011, 17:24

Hi there. It's now been 3.5 years since you took delivery. Just reading your comments now. Have you had any issues with your top in since then? Just curious as I'm looking to purchase in the near future. Thanks.

2nd Aug 2011, 23:22

Wow... Just read the previous comments on this thread, and it is definitely a tough room.

I too have avoided buying into ANY FERRARI because of all the horror stories relayed by my friends who own or used to own one, or two. I have had just about every other sporting marque, but even with all the negatives, I am now drawn to the Ferrari brand and the 355 Spyder. Hopefully I won't get my pants pulled, but the experience of actually owning and driving one now that I'm almost sixty, is one that I welcome.

I'll let you all know how it works out..!

9th Aug 2012, 08:44

I have had no problems with the top. As a precaution, I check the fluid for the top, and I replace it every two years with the Mercedes fluid, because it is the best. When taking the top down, you must ensure that the seats are moved forward (normally, this is supposed to happen automatically). If it doesn't happen, then you need to make sure the seats are manually moved forward or "recline the seat as forward as possible (for both seats). Additionally, when closing the top, keep the windows down, until the top is closed and latched. I hope this helps! Enjoy the one of the best cars in the world (still)!