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post #1 of 9 Old 03-08-2008, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ferrari 400 -81

Hi!
I'm thinking about purchasing one of these lovely Ferraris, however I am not very familiar with this particual model.

If someone has any experience and buyers-tips regarding this modell please post them.

Any weaknesses i should know about?

Parts that usually break down?

Which repairs can be very pricy?

Kind Regards / Philip
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-08-2008, 08:38 AM
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The electrical system is generally considered the weak link. Fuse boards were a big problem and are expensive to replace if they are even available. Have a look at it. It is under the passengers feet. If it has the old German style ceramic fuses you are in trouble. The later better boards use the ATO or blade style fuses. Hood, trunk, and fuel doors are opened electrically and the only item of worse quality than the solenoids that perform the function are the switches that actuate them. The basic motor is a sound design but due to its complexity and labor intensive service procedures when it does need work it will be expensive. Just the act of changing all the accessory drive belts is quite a job that requires some degree of patience. By the time you are done you want to beat the daylights out of the individual who designed the belt drive system. Also it has the longest cam drive chain of any Ferrari motor made and they stretch so much they have a scheduled life span of 25,000 miles. Most I run into have never had it done and need a new chain. It is a pricey operation. The injected cars all came with TRX wheels from the factory. By modern standards those tires are very average at best and they are very expensive to replace. A good running example with a 5 speed is a nice car to drive.
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A friend of mine had one for a few years, and had issues with the injection and the elecricals related to it. The injection parts tended to be either expensive or obsolete.

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They have a long reputation as being cheap to buy and expensive to run. Rust is a major issue. Suggest you take a look at the Buyers Guide

http://www.ferrarilife.com/library/guides.php
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They have a long reputation as being cheap to buy and expensive to run.


Those 2 attributes have a habit of going hand in hand in cars, boats and airplanes.

There is no free lunch.
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Those 2 attributes have a habit of going hand in hand in cars, boats and airplanes.

There is no free lunch.
Growing up, my family ha a few boats. They make Ferraris look light on the wallet.
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All three are vices of mine. The airplane habit is definately the most expensive!
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5 speed I hope-
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If it has the old German style ceramic fuses you are in trouble. The later better boards use the ATO or blade style fuses.
Sorry to disagree with you but I've owned both and I can tell you the early style board is much better. The later printed baords are NLA and fail often.



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The injected cars all came with TRX wheels from the factory. By modern standards those tires are very average at best and they are very expensive to replace..
The series 2 injected cars came with TRX's, the series 1 injected cars had 15" wheels.
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