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What is it about Ferraris?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 21, 2006

I went to Atlanta yesterday with a good friend to look at a 1985 Ferrari 308. Mike has wanted a Ferrari as long as he could remember, and is now in a position to buy one.

This particular car has 51,000 miles on it and hasn’t been driven much in the last ten years or so. It’s a beautiful car, but not perfect. Not even close.

The paint is chipped from the edges of the rims. The paint is bubbling on the headlight covers, the vinyl (not leather!) is coming unglued from the dashboard. The seats (leather) look worn. And it has an oil leak.

But it ran well on the test drive. After the test drive, Mike found out that a local exotic car tuner had looked over the car and determined that it shouldn’t be driven until the timing belts and tensioners were replaced.

So he bought it.

Made a down payment on it, rather. We will be going back tomorrow morning with a trailer to pay for it and pick it up.

This marks my introduction into the world of Ferrari maintenance, as Mike isn’t going to pay the $5000 to $8000 (!) quoted to replace the timing belts/tensioners and perform a tune-up.

So I did a bit of Googling and it turns out that Ferraris, or at least the 308/328s, aren’t really that much more difficult to work on than your average car.

Parts prices are even reasonable.

More to follow. . .


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