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post #1 of 3 Old 05-22-2013, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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annual service critical.......or mileage

Question for you guys and galls........

A car I looked at today (3 owner on an 01 plate) is low mileage (sub 30k) and some years has done very little mileage at all (1000miles). The owners appear to have serviced the car every 1 and 2 years (typically every 18mths) in the case where the annual mileage was low. The service record, MOTs and invoices are all there and the engine recently had a full rebuild (15k) as a result of a problem with the big end bearing (caused by residual detritus left in the engine from initial casting) which included new crank, clutch, belts etc.

The price is ok and is for sale through a reputable specialist (who did the engine rebuild back in December). They know the car and recommend the car and say it is better than average condition for the year and runs very tight

Your experts views/comments are much appreciated on the lack of annual service concerns I have.

thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-22-2013, 10:30 AM
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If the car just received a major overhaul this last Winter, the previous servicing intervals are of little concern now. The thoroughness and workmanship quality of this last overhaul is the point of contention in this transaction.


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post #3 of 3 Old 05-22-2013, 12:57 PM
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As a general rule I avoid and advise avoiding a car with that history. The engine overhaul, no matter the reputation of the shop, creates too many variables.

On a vintage car, say a 250 or 275 that situation is unavoidable but a major repair of previous bad work would be a very small percentage of the total value.

Also, just based on my experience of over 30 years working on Ferrari's I don't believe the story of the engine failure. No question, the factory makes mistakes but of all the Ferrari motors that I have seen that needed major repairs or personally performed major repairs, only two were Ferrari's fault.
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