Brian- With Brian to help, maybe you can cure them all.
You guys have been a huge help, with comprehensive, detailed and articulate answers. Much thanks.
I am committed to getting this car sorted out. At first I thought it was. Then, little things popped up. A tiny drip here, a rattle there...
For example: The clutch was done in Ohio, about 1500 miles ago, by an independent shop, before I bought it. I think they neglected to change the main seal. Ferrari said it wouldn't be worth it to tear it apart to swap a new one in...if it drips one drop every 2 days, it would be a pricy job, and I should just keep an eye on it. I agreed.
The axle boots both had tears. Changing out the axle boots wasn't cheap, but cheaper than a new axle.
The AC. They said we could upgrade it to the new kind...wasn't tooooo pricey, but I figured what the hell. Summer is coming, and I had not tried out the AC yet. Done.
Tires. Enough said. Left rear looked like hell.
E-brake light was always on. We adjusted the shoes. Solved. Now I have an e-brake.
The listing for the car said the timing belt was done in 2011. It wasn't, as far as I could prove. Made lots of calls. LOTS. Previous owner was unavailable. This car was bought at an auction by a Mitsubishi dealer. Ok. Let's do an engine out to be safe. $$$ Better than worrying about doing a rebuild if the belts jumped or snapped.
They suggested an alignment. Ok fine. Let's do it.
Now I have to replace the main oil line to the oil cooler...1 drop every few days...A very pricey job, prob 1700 with labor. Same with the radiator that blew up and sprayed coolant ALL OVER THE PLACE. I think these 2 items will be finished today.
They will see about that vibration in the rear while making tight turns. Question:
Would the fact that the shocks were on the "comfort setting" affect the body roll such that things would be rubbing/ contacting/ vibrating? I would think not. Kind of wish I turned the comfort setting off. (dash light OFF)....and then tried to make the tight turns. It might have helped me isolate what the hell that vibration is. WHATEVER it is....it's bad.
Going to ask them about the stalling when coming off the power, which happened twice.
The top not opening? Oh god. Who the hell knows. I am much more worried about the crucial stuff.
Thanks for all of the help so far....Taz, Brian and others. I will post more as I find out.