Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,881
Rik- That is why I said 348 and F355 owners tend to ignore the recommendation, because you have to pull the engine. No sweat on a 360 or 308/328, where the engine stays in.
It really comes down to it being the owner's car and they can do whatever they want on belt changes or any maintenance. Just do not expect to find any justification for it. Nobody actually cares what an individual does with his car unless they are buying that car. If buying a car without a recent belt change, that gets factored into the price and the new owner drives it to the shop and changes the belts. Whether the car missed any belt changes does not affect how the car performs, since the belts survived, but it does point to a car that was not maintained by the book.
Dayco does not rate Ferrari belts for 60,000 miles, unlike what SJ said. Their quote is to follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
On 456s and 550s with late (used through 612 production) tensioner brackets and the 5 year 575M/612 belts, I tell owners five years is fine, but my opinion is not worth much.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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