Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,410
Mark- The other thing Ferrari has in their database that we do not is the affect of the cars not being driven very often and the belts taking an irregular shape or set. This affects life.
P- If you want to hear about failures, talk to some of the high volume shop managers that are on this site like Brian Crall. They are the only ones with enough experience to have some real numbers. Belt changes are insurance, and everybody differs in how much they carry.
Now, just so you do not think I am a totally by the book guy, I have been recommending (recommendation not worth anything, practically) that 456 and 550 owners go to 5 years or 30,000 miles for cambelts because they now use all the same parts in the cam drive (some early brackets need upgrading) system as the 575 and 612. But we have real data to back that up.
A 550 owner did have his old style belt break at 29K miles and about 6 years. That one is fully documented, but the belts are different from the 308/328.
The main reason for me jumping in is that there are newbies here, and they should hear both sides of the story. This includes having access to the real recommendations, since there are many misconceptions out there on factory belt change recommendations.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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