Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,871
Scott- A bunch of 360 F1 problems were caused by an undersized, 30 amp F1 pump relay. This relay overheated, fused, and kept the F1 pump turning continuously, which burned it out. That relay was replaced in the 360, CS, and 575M with a 50 amp relay early in the 04 MY around November/December 03. Other than that, the system has been pretty reliable.
The 360 can be analyzed with an SD3, but the SD2 is superior for the cars prior to the F430 and 612, when the SD3 was introduced. The SD3 has an SD2 emulation mode, which is not as good as the SD2 for all funcions. Ask if they have an SD2.
Belt change interval is every three years. Hard to believe it was serviced by a Ferrari dealer continuously and they cannot verify a belt change. Anyone who says they can look at the cambelts and tell they do not need to be changed is an idiot, so do not trust him. Get all those promised additions like tools, etc in writing or it will never happen.
On the PPI, whoever does it for you should be somewhat of an expert and know what to inspect. Clutch life remaining is an important thing to know. Read the buyers guide in the members section since you already signed up as an Elite member.
The F1 software was updated a couple of times on the 360 and the MY 04s have the latest software. This extends clutch wear, makes for easier starts, and smooths out the shifts. That and the 50 amp relay should keep most F1 problems at bay.
On the A/C, Ferrari was a bit behind the latest from the US and Germany. The air conditioning receiver/filter/dryer should be changed every two years, along with an R134 refreshing.
Ben Deetman has a website, ferraridatabase.com, where you can download a Spider workshop manual, 360 owners manuals, and much other technical data. Might as well learn as much as you can before buying the car. The owners manuals have a maintenance schedule you can use to figure out what you need to do.
With as little info as you have on the car, I would want to change all fluids and filters before taking delivery. This includes oil, transaxle oil, power steering fluid, cooling system coolant, and brake fluid. Plus air and environmental filters. Then you will know where your starting position is.
Sounds like a nice car. Hope she checks out for you.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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Last edited by tazandjan; 06-30-2012 at 03:29 PM.