how reliable are Ferrari cars really?

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by F50Fanatic, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. I have heard some people say that no matter how well you take care of your Ferrari, it still that have problems that pop up all over the place. Others say that as long you give your Ferrari good maintainance, it is reliable as any other car. So my question is, how reliable are Ferraris really?

    And how reliable are other brands of supercars. I heard Lamborghini requires even more maintainance than Ferrari. Porsche cars are pretty reliable. And what about other top level cars such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin?
     
  2. if you get it serviced properly and make sure it's broken in properly before you let loose it's gonna hold up.

    there was a black 355 (i think) on ebay wth over 100000 miles on it...i'm guessing that had held up pretty well
     
  3. bad. Really really bad. Unless your dont drive, look, touch, think about, or talk about it...oh..you also have to get it serviced every day even if you do all of that. AND it costs loads to service it.
     
  4. My buddy who had a ferrari and then a porsche.
    The Ferrari had problems with the rear end and it was finally replaced after a hassle, but the porsche would leak oil profusely no matter what they did.

    I've worked on a few porsches and all I can say is that they are high maintenance. Its like for every hour of fun 10 hours of shop time.
     
  5. My neighbor's 928 S is parked on the street in all weather and driven daily, he has no problems with it, it's also 18 years old. I have an aricle on two 993 911's each with over 170k miles on them with no engine rebuilds. In 2003 Porsche was ranked as the 4 most dependable manufacturer selling cars in the US by JD Power, far better than any other European brand. What model Porsches have you worked on?
     
  6. *cough*BULLSHIT*cough*

    porsches are renound for their reliablity and useability as an everyday supercar...
     
  7. I worked on 3 911 porches
    1982, 1985, 1986

    All of them leaked oil from the return line that comes down the right side of the engine. The line costs around $800 (can)
    None had an engine rebuild - reliable - but they are high strung engines and you can't flog on them like on a mustang or a 'vette and get away with it.
     
  8. Rally Car Guy is right and the rest of you are a buncha dumbasses who have never even seen a Porsche in real life. Those older air cooled Porsches had a tendancy to lose large amounts of oil. BMW's older air cooled flat twins had similar issues. And thats straight out of the mouth of the dealer who was trying to sell me a $10,000 BMW.
     
  9. The line costs around $800 in Canada huh? That's amazing, because it costs about $10 here in the US.
     
  10. Stay out of European before someone makes you look like an idiot again. $800 for an oil return line? You can't possibly believe that.
     
  11. check with a porsche dealership - it has a special 24 mm fitting on it at a weird angle (something like 120 degrees) that means that you can't just crimp it like you would usually do.

    Have you ever worked on a porsche and seen the the line?
     
  12. I would assume that daily driven Ferraris are very rare, so untill that becomes common practice, we can't comment generally.
     
  13. If I would ever have the money to buy one, I would want to drive it every day... that's what a car is build for isn't it especially when you pay that much for it
     
  14. that pic is really funny, look where KIA is placed <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>
     
  15. yes thats what i agree to and also look into it .. the other gentlemen is right about the 2003 rank of porche (as a manufactuer)we here about current ranks and all that other crap at work all the time, even though i sell toyotas we know are always gonna be up there, but we always also on the side have our managers tell us how the top tne manufacturers are doing, simply because alot of my managers make alot of Dough, so they keep up to date and try to watch the market, my gsm (general sales manager) is planning to buy "another porche", he has a 2003 911 gt3, but wants to prolly trade it in in about a year ( its leased) sorry not owned and actually buy this time, a 911 turbo...... (we keep pressuring him to do it and not be all talk)... we will obviously get to drive it!! at least me and my coworker robbie, (his top salesman, who have been with him and followed him to 3 different dealerships in the course of 2 years) , will get to take a spin in it... realitically though i think he wont let us get in the driver seat until he officially breaks it in :D
     
  16. Ferraris break down even if they are not turned on. Forget about revving it unless you wanna die from an explosion.
     
  17. *nuclear explosion
     
  18. Totally unreliable . most of my dads ferraris break down even before he exits the driveway ! He's about to change the F40 engine for the 15th time.
     
  19. LoL!!!!!

    *phew*
     
  20. I knew it!
     
  21. My understanding is that while Ferraris nowadays are far better than they were, say, 10 years ago, they're not what you'd expect from regular cars (of course). A healthy Ferrari is one that is driven regularly. Like any car, things can go bad from having the car just sitting around. Downside to this is that resale will go down. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. (Personally, I'd rather enjoy the car. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>) And dealer servicing costs are pretty insane. Edmunds.com did a long-term test of a 550 Maranello, and while it had little trim bits and electrical niggles one would not expect from a $200K+ car, overall it was fairly mechanically robust.
    F1-trannied cars can often develop electrical problems that render them inoperable, but nothing too catastrophic. Even the range-topping Enzo seems fairly reliable; there's the R&T test car, whose owner has put on thousands of trouble-free miles in a very short time period.

    I remember the high-mileage 100K mile 355 off of ebay too. But that one was driven primarily on long highway commutes. Still on the original set of brakes, as I recall.

    Try the F-chat or PH forums.
     
  22. modern Ferrari's are as reliable as anything on the road, provided they aren't locked away in garages and only driven once a month.

    Older Ferrari's tend to have some issues though. Cars liek the 308 and 328's from teh late 70's and early 80's, and before. Provided they are driven on a regualr basis, and the service schedulaes are prooperly maintained (and often they aren't, because people buy them because they can't afford a new ferrari, and then can't afford proper factory servicing).

    I was once told a saying once, if you can't afford a new Ferrari, you definitley can't afford an old one!

    Anything after testarossa/348 generation is okay. Anything before then is fine too, it just needs to have been perfectly looked after. And someone who ownes a Ferrari and doesn't properly look after it deserves to be shot.
     
  23. 80's Ferraris aren't the best.
     
  24. In addition, I heard that Ferrari cars actually last longer if you rev the engine hard on the highway. If you just drive them slowly around town once a week, they are going to break down. You drive a more ordinary car like a BMW 540 very hard you drive the life out of it. A Ferrari is different, it is designed to be driven hard.
     
  25. Get the hell out of here and back to what you know well - cars that go fast in a straight line.
     

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