I'm a bit confused
MaryandGary: I would need to understand your desire for the 456 better. Although, all are stating fine evaluations of alternatives, I believe they are addressing perceived notions of what you want and why.
Was it the looks or 12 cylinder power/torque that got you? or ??? Since you looked at two seat alternatives, I'm a bit confused. just asking.
Got the drift of a racer and road car. 456 would not IMO be the best for track. I was going to, but you'll really need to stiffen up the suspension and expect some drift anyway. IF your intention is to feel what a 456 would be like up to real speed and corners as configured, then forget the mods: What are you looking for?
Like said above, 550/575 would be a better track car with awsome power, but as far as power to weight ration goes, 360 might be better, but is no bargain either in race mode.
12k/year: OK, not bad [even for] a 456, but do expect to budget about $5k IF all is in order AND expect to see it in the shop at least 2-4 weeks a year. AS A MATTER OF caution only. BUT you could easily experience NO problems and would be good to go, however you'll need a good PPI.
COMMON [even the 550 shares some of these traits lately] probs:
- exhaust manifolds are staring to experience failure: Get them checked.
- Radiators: getting failures too, get them check, rebuild or non-OEM are not bad --$2k range, where you'll be > $9K!!! if OEM installed, ya'...large number.
- seats, front on 456 = problems.
- leather, cheap to replace, sometimes, but expect wrinkling if in sun too long on front and rear.
- didn't mention M vs older, or even the year in question, but the non-M has a deployable spoiler, great stuff, but can be problematic.
- valve guides: GET THEM CHECKED!!! $22k rebuild with better than OEM stuff. IF someone knows what they are doing.
- ECUs, like all Ferraris = problematic
- older 456 has OBD I, not much more, newer, IIRC, has II series...someone help there.
- Of course I would suggest the stick and not automatic, some are fearful of the auto series, which is not founded. PLUS, I can steer someone towards having them rebuilt from one of the original persons who mfgr them for lots less than expected.
- ADJ Shocks: can get them rebuilt for about $300 each: they are RARE and not normal even though it says Bilstein, and were junk, sort of, when new.
- Motor mounts go bad quickly: have them replaced period. IF not watched your steering will absolutely go toast.
- have all the hoses upgraded if not done, OEM = cr#p from Ferrari.
- get a better exhaust
- wheeel bearings, luckily are not too expensive
- Motors for adj shocks go once in awhile. but alternatives and/or rebuilds abound...typically they last if set into a mode for tracking.
- have the gas/fuel inputs checked, if gas smell, might be costly.
- IF M you only have SPORT and Regular adjusting, if older then 3 adjustments, where the SOFT = Freeway only and NOT needed IMO
- Expect to have topline oil products in there for about $300/year min. I replace all fluids every year for about that price to include trans and coolant= cheap insurance, clean stuff.
- wrinkled HVAC console, of little consequence.
- I'd also have a switch installed to disengage the airbags, don't ask the price.
- I bought race wheels, and later just dumped them, but you both know better what to get there than I.
- Yearly maint for me = approx $3k/year, but I drive mine a lot, and about 4kmiles max per year. IF it were not getting fixed I would have it on the road more.
I have an EXCELLENT mech, one who is highly rated in the Ferrari community and knows this car: Lucky, you may not be so, which begs to ask, if this is from the FofWash, or Portland area, they you'll have better luck than most too.
I could go on, but need to understand more of the needs, desires
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1990 Mondial T Cabriolet SN 86247 : Red/Tan
1995 456 GT 2+2 SN 99987 : Roso Metalizzato [Fer 311/C] & Tan
Last edited by Granucci; 11-25-2009 at 10:42 AM.