Join Date: Apr 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,199
Dave, not trying to dampen your enthusiasm - but nearly every order I've placed with Eurospares has had an issue when it arrived. Something was either misrepresented or just wrong, even after email discussions, sending photos and providing the correct Ferrari P/N's. Too, many parts come in unmarked packaging, so you don't know if they're genuine Ferrari, OEM, or just Chinese fakes. The issues with Eurospares are not unique; I'm aware, or have had similar issues with Superformance, Ferrparts and others.
For example, the infamous timing gear bearings (P/N 170787) which were formerly made by SKF and were discontinued by them 2-3 years ago, and all existing shelf & warehouse stock has now been exhausted. Ferrari and others are now selling a lower quality, unmarked substitute for these, and it's impossible to tell where they're made. Some owners have had OK results, but others have had them last less than 500 miles before failing (do a search on the other site for "170787") I still have two of these I bought from Claudio in 2012 if you want them, 'cause I'm not taking a chance with them in my engine.
Ferrari themselves, Eurospares, Ferrparts, Superformance, and others still sell these unmarked bearings, but Daniel @ Ricambi, because of his close relationship with the technician/owner community, refuses to sell them because of their poor track record, and dubious provenance. Paul Hill is supposed to come out with an equivalent or better product than the SKF, however it's been two years that he's been working with various bearing manufacturers to try to get this to market.
I'm not trying to be a poster child for Ricambi, but I do get tired of dealing with all the others' issues. So, IMO, the bottom line is "caveat emptor" when dealing with any of these other suppliers who offer "much" better pricing than Ricambi. At least Ferrparts are on our side of the pond, so returning their mistakes doesn't incur the transatlantic shipping costs and Customs charges that returns to Eurospares or Superformance would. And when dealing with Ricambi, Daniel typically makes things right at his cost, if the mistake was his.
When your order arrives from Eurospares, it'll be interesting to hear if it's 100% correct?
'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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