Join Date: Apr 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,206
Nick, I'm not a pro, so I wouldn't want to guess what it would take to do this job, because some front covers come off fairly easily, while others seem to be "frozen".
And to get it off is going to require taking off the cam belts and then putting new ones on, so it's going to be the better part of another "major" service, cost wise.
I know that's not what you want to hear, but if you tell your shop that a DIY'er on a forum estimated it would only take 30 manhours, for the job, when they might estimate 50 to do it, you'll be laughed right out of their shop. In fact, most good shops won't quote a flat rate or manhours to do a job, but will give you their hourly rate, and may give you an estimate only for the job, but the final price could be well over the estimate because of some of the things I mentioned above. Ferrari's are a challenge to work on, even for the pro's and sometimes things don't go as well as they should.
The best advice I can give you is to make sure you bring it to a knowledgeable shop, and develop a good rapport with them so you can trust them to do the right thing for you.
'99 550, Rosso Corsa / Nero, S/N:114654, Assy: 31836, Engine: 52084
High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.
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