Join Date: May 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,305
I am FAR from an expert, but failing smog because of ECU programming does not sound right.
My 456 took a bit of work to pass smog before I bought it, but it was due to a CEL light, and unrelated to smog equipment. In the end, it was a relatively small electrical sensor and wiring problem, but still required nearly $6K to remedy.
The car youíre looking at is now 16 years old. Even with low miles itís an old car. So I urge you to read the Buyerís Guide, and thoroughly search the 456 section here and on the other site. You need to understand these cars and what youíre potentially getting into. While they are wonderful cars when sorted, and fairly reliable, they are and will be expensive. If you cannot afford the unexpected $10K repair, they are definitely not the car for you.
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