Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,928
Any experiences of Cam belt failure?
As a potential Ferrari owner you get it drummed into you that you must check cam belts have been replaced every 3 years and when you buy one, you must change them every 3 years max, if you don't your pistons are going to end up embedded on the underside of your hood (bonnet).
About 15 years ago, my car was at the workshop for a service so I borrowed one of my company's pool cars, a 1991 GM Vauxhall/Opel Cavalier 1.6 LS. It was about 2 years old and had done approx 50K miles. 5 miles into the journey, it made a strange noise and came to a shuddering halt. I was towed back to the local GM dealer, who promptly repaired the car, stating that the cam belt had gone, but it hadn't caused any damage to the engine and it was going to cost about £100. They also said that GM (Vauxhall/opel) had designed their engines so that in the event of cambelt failure no other damage would be caused.
My first question is this, if GM plus other manufacturers can manage this, why can't Ferrari?
My second question - Are the stories about Ferrari's eating cambelts just a myth, and does anyone have any real experience of cam belt failure on their Ferrari?
Having said that, I don't intend to use my 328 as a guinea pig for cam belt life expectancy, it's due a major in 2009 and will have the belts changed.