Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saratoga Springs NY
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,004
future availability of ECU's and other arcania
Just had lunch with a car guy good friend who is into Mercedes-Benz present and classic. Reported that he had recently been to an M-B Club gathering at which a factory rep spoke. The gist of it was that there is such rapid, profound and widespread change occurring that he - the rep - was concerned that some components, especially of the electronic variety, quickly become not only outmoded and superseded but could actually in a very few years become entirely unavailable.
If an M-B factory rep can express this concern about a huge Company with massive annual production, how much more true can it be of a really tiny Company like Ferrari, especially now that it is no longer under the 'protective' umbrella of FIAT/Chrysler?
Given that I have always considered my 575M a lifetime 'keeper' not only for me but for my kids, causes me to wonder if in a dozen years or even five or six, ECU's essential to running a 575M will be available or will these cars be rendered undrivable. Or should I buy a complete set of replacement ECU's for the car right now?
P.S. the odd thing is that Mercedes, like Ferrari, seems to be able to service such ancient and arcane models as 1930s 540K roadsters and 1950s 300SL's not to say 180 sedans and cabriolets, and Ferrari can 'Classische' a 1950s race car of which only 3 or 4 were made but, it is conjectured, may not be able to keep a 2015 car on the road in five years.
575M F1, Maserati Spyder, Cadillac STS-V & CTS
past: 330/365GTC speciale, F355b, 412GT, 400iA, 308GT4 2+2, 330GT 2+2, Porsche 356b Super 90, BMW 1800ti
what do I know? I drive blue Ferraris
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