Ferrari 575M - Pre Purchase Questions
First, thank you all for giving me some insight and thoughts in my quest for my first Ferrari. You all are very helpful.
I am looking at 2003 Ferrari 575M with 15,000 miles. I have had a PPI performed and it came back pretty much clean with a couple of anomalies. The CarFax is clean. The current owner has had the car for about 6 years. Overall the car has some cosmetic issues that I would take care of if I get the car. Here are some things that came out in the PPI that I would like your opinions / comments:
Back in April 2008, the owner experienced some severe transmission problems. The end result is the original transmission was replaced with a new one (updated?). The work order implied the clutch may have been replaced as well, but the owner says it was not. So guessing the work order was saying removed / installed clutch was the original clutch and not a new one.
There were some issues getting shift points set correctly and it was in and out of the shop a few times.
In April, the shop reported mileage as 19,000 miles, but the CarFax indicated the emissions test for that period recorded 9,000 miles, so assume the maintenance record had a typo.
The last major service was performed in December 2011. Engine and gearbox oil, coolant, belts, etc. Mileage stated as 14,000 and a bit, so that seems to confirm the "typo" assumption from 2008.
During the last major service (December 2011), the SD2 computer showed 2.07% clutch wear. During the PPI this week, the SD2 computer indicated the clutch had virtually no wear. This seems strange for a car that the owner says has the original clutch. Is this an indication of problem with the wear indicator? Or is 2.07% clutch wear something that is not particularly unusual. If the clutch was replaced with the transmission (2008), wouldn't you expect more wear? Even if there is problem with say a clutch wear indicator, how long would one expect a clutch to last? Maybe 25,000 miles (depending on how it is driven). What are the symptoms of a clutch nearing end of life?
The cosmetic problems I mentioned are:
- Rock chips on bumper
- Leather dashboard pulling away exposing some of the under layer of the dashboard.
Would appreciate any comments.
Last edited by bisel; 09-19-2012 at 07:48 PM.