To Taz or anyone for that matter - couple of questions regarding some things.
My 360 is a 2000 model with 43k Miles at the time I purchased it. She had one real owner....for most of its life.....and knowing this person, it was well loved and actually driven...not a barn-baby. The second owner was someone I trust completely, but he did not drive it much and only had the car for less than a year. Sadly, the original owner is no longer alive - and every service book, tool bag, etc (meaning all factual history) was missing from the vehicle before it was sold to the owner before me. I have since gathered all of the missing pieces....tools/ books (Not the original to the car - but real actual factory books / tools / leather covers etc)......but that does not fill in all of the service gaps.
Prior to my purchase - I gathered as many recipts and details as I could...did a PPI etc...all in all - the deal I was able to make on the car outweighed the missing pieces.
Soooo.... A Local shop here (DBC Tuning LLC
) in San Antonio....has been highly recommended by a few different F-Car/Exotic etcc... owners that I know as being very reputable in terms of work done / pricing / integrity etc..
Took my new baby to them a week ago to give me a full Diagnostic on what their thoughts were on what has actually been recently done per what I was told and given reciepts for when I made the purchase to the car in regards to maintenance, service etc all having been done in the prior 30 days to my purchase..
We put the car on the lift - took off all of the under-sheating - started at the nose and worked our way to the rear. From what I can tell - we pretty much covered every nut and bolt - good and bad. I was assured prior to purchase that the 30k Service was done in that same time frame....questions about that specifically to follow in post.
Here is the rundown of what was 100% for sure done in the 30 days prior to my purchase on 12/15/12....based on what I personally could see with my flashlight and head buried up the skirt of the lady...LOL
*New Drive Belts (Timing Not Included...more on that further down)
*All Fluids looked to have been replaced, along with all filters, inlcuding the air filters.
*Very Recent Hoses or Very-Good condition of hoses....including Cooling / AC / F1 etc
Things I question:
1. The Clutch.
We took the bottom plate cover off - he showed me what to look for - tech said "he saw no glazing, chipping etc..overall the clutch plate looked to be in 65-75% life remaining condition...but that he was a little concerned that it seemed there may be a little oil seepage coming from somewhere...because it was along the wall of the inside of the clutch assembly housing." The side closest to the rear of the car. He did say that may be an issue - but that overall the clutch seemed to be in good shape. Is this something that should be alarming me?? Clutch and oil dont mix...
2. The Timing Belt.
If I remember his words correctly...He said without taking it (the engine or the belt???) out of the car, it would be hard to know for a fact the timing belt was in new condition. Is this the case???
Is there a way to tell timing belt life on these without basically having to replace it anyway? If so - what kind of mileage and time should it have been changed, or should I change it now since I am not sure exactly if and when it was done??
3. Oil Seepage.
I have heared from many people that all is well with a little oil seepage from certain spots on an F-Car....and the time to REALLY be concerned is when you see none at all on a Ferrari. Is this the case? And how much is too much??
4. The F1 System.
Is there a simple (respectively) way to tell if my F1 System has had any upgrades, has problems, etc....if nothing from what I can tell is actually wrong with the system? Out of all the reading - I guess this seems to be the biggie in terms of "when it goes, its gone....and break out 15K for a new one" other than a broken timing belt ruining the engine. Is there any way to diognose early and repair before a replacement?
5. Drive Axle - Passenger side.
CV Boots looked to be in good shape - no cracks or seeping from what I could tell. I may want to re-grease or replace the bearings because there is a faint sound coming from the driverd side rear wheel when Im going around a left-turning curve...but that's normal for any 12 year old car to possibly need. The scary Bit?
He grabbed the axle shaft - and it could move back and forth (Meaning Toward the engine / and back to the side of the car) by an inch or so!! Surprisingly - once he saw the terror on my face - he didnt act THAT concerned. Basically saying "Dont use it for drag racing - and yes we gotta fix that pretty soon....but its not going to make your wheel fall off. Just be careful with it until we get you a new shaft in and replace it." Is this accurate? What could be the cause...and Should I be ok to drive with it like that? Lastly - the thing that concerned me the most.
In speaking about certain things that need to be done and when - I was told by this same tech that a full blown maintenance, including replacing timing belt and all seals/gaskets...NOT including the clutch - would require a full engine removal from the car, and would run me around 10K.
If all of that is true - and the full work that would be done is worth it - fine.....I can swing it....but something on my B-S Radar is going off....and I need some guidance from the F-Life club to help me understand a little better I guess. Like specifically why the engine is being removed....and specifically what exactly is going to be done....in detail!
All in all - love the car - and understood what I was getting into....but there is nothing wrong with getting some un-biased opinions and secondary answers I guess....so any input will be greatly appreciated.