Well, I [think] I understand the OP's intended directlon here, and without taking this either way as to right or wrong, I must confess I am not sure I got the entire story.
- gave to them to do a 'service', which was what exactly? Oil change or preping for winter vs tropic FL climate? I mean if they changed the belts etc. it would be a bargain at $5k.
- Cam seal leaks are not uncommon on a 348. Might just have come due. You did mention it was a year ago.
But that would be in question to the above. IF just an oil change I see no reason they would have fussed with that area. IF they did a full service [pricing seems a bit low for that job] AND they did not do the cam seals correctly, then perhaps an issue.
- 8 weeks at the shop. I probably would have been inquiring in between a couple times just to touch base, but not jerk their chain: Some people at dealerships you don't pi$$ on and besides your barber it's the mech/service mgr on your exotic. It's not unheard to be in a shop for 2x longer than their 'really quick out the door of two weeks
' : Been there done that many times.
- Did your 'new trusted mech' qualify that they did a poor job or it was due to wear and time. I'm still inclined to think the latter.
Getting satisfaction [long] after the fact, for a non-damaging problem probably won't get far, especially when they are a few hundred miles away. BUT, I do agree
. I like my trusted indep. mech more than most dealerships. AND I must say after having used dealerships in the first few years of owning Ferraris, that I have not ever been 100% satisfied.
And as said, I don't know I have the entire story to comment otherwise...but that's my take.
PS: Oh, ya' did I say welcome to FerrariLife