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post #1 of 14 Old 03-12-2012, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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How important is to have a good mechanic service if....

You buy a car like an F50 or F40?????
I ask because i am considering it for Panama where there is a mechanic service shop , but not a great one!!!
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A good service shop and tech are the difference between enjoying your car on a regular basis or having it in the service bay for long periods of time. In a nutshell find the shop and tech who provide the best service you can possibly afford. Save money by purchasing single ply toilet tissue
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gotta have a mechanic. of course, you can ship the car to be worked on as well. will add shipping cost to the total, but you gotta pay to play.



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you'll need a great mechanic for the F40/F50 issues, so, as above, I would recommend shipping it to someone who knows or it will be not only a long time in the shop but perhaps never addressed correctly.

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Is it really that bad?????

There is a shop here in Panama and they service several cars! The owner of the shop claims there are about 30 Ferrariīs in the city from having tow 458 Italiaīs to several F430īs and Californiaīs , etc... and also claims to have had training directly from Italy.
But i donīt know if this would be enough knowledge and training to handle an F40 or F50!

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Pablo- You will have to ask him yourself. No way we can answer that question for you. Does he have tech data for the F40 and F50 and does he have any of the specialized tools necessary to maintain the cars? These are not your run of the mill Ferraris and were built in very limited numbers, especially the F50.

Maintaining a Dino and maintaining an F50 are two completely different tasks. I maintained my own Dino, but no way I would try the same thing with a nearly $1M limited production car.

If you end up with a Dino, an F50, and an F40, you might consider hiring a full time, qualified mechanic.

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How about getting parts into Panama? If you need something specific for an F50, I imagine you can have some really difficult issues getting your parts through customs etc.

Ultimately, you will only find out how difficult it is going to be when you try it. There won't be anyone to ask who has done it before.


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How about getting parts into Panama? If you need something specific for an F50, I imagine you can have some really difficult issues getting your parts through customs etc.

Ultimately, you will only find out how difficult it is going to be when you try it. There won't be anyone to ask who has done it before.
Parts going thru customs i am not worry! The skill of the mechanic is what has me thinking!!!!

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Parts going thru customs i am not worry! The skill of the mechanic is what has me thinking!!!!

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Pablo- You will have to ask him yourself. No way we can answer that question for you. Does he have tech data for the F40 and F50 and does he have any of the specialized tools necessary to maintain the cars? These are not your run of the mill Ferraris and were built in very limited numbers, especially the F50.

Maintaining a Dino and maintaining an F50 are two completely different tasks. I maintained my own Dino, but no way I would try the same thing with a nearly $1M limited production car.

If you end up with a Dino, an F50, and an F40, you might consider hiring a full time, qualified mechanic.
Tazandjan , is there people that when they have a Dino , an F50 , and a F40 happen to hire a full time qualified mechanic??????? Has it happened??? Is there anybody in this forum done that???

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not to put down taz's suggestion, but you won't need a full time mechanic for 3 cars. Most large collections don't even have full time mechanics. Your mechanic in panama may very well be able to handle the job. It is for you to find out. He certainly could handle most of the routine maintenance and many of the other repairs as well. Just to give you an idea, i haven't had much done on my 328 in the last 5 years that most competent mechanics couldn't handle well. Now a 328 is not an f50, but my point is, if the regular maintenance is kept on top of, you may not need a major repair for years. If you need something your mechanic can't do once every couple of years, you could easily ship it to texas or cali.

side note, factory trained mechanics on the f40 and f50 are like hens teeth. We are lucky to have one close by. Richard at Competizione (enzo too).



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I'll have to side with Wet on this one and sure that is where Taz was leaning also [but I should not speak for him]

As Taz and Wet state: That is no run of the mill Ferrari in terms of special issues known to an indoctrinated few. I have read and discussed some of the issues at most and feel only an experienced person would do you well.

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I spoke with the mechanic here in Panama and he claims to be able to handle the F50 and the F40. He says that the manuals he will order them from Ferrari since he is certified by the Factory and some software. My worry is that there are only about 30 Ferraris in Panama accordingly to him and none of them being an F50 or F40! He is a nice guy and has certifications from the factory. I have seen them hanging on the wall of this office shop , but i still worry. i donīt know what to do!

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Ed, Rik- Yes, your own mechanic is kind of overkill.

Pablo- If he is certified and has access to MODIS, the Ferrari computer system, he probably is capable of maintaining an F50. If he runs into problems, he has access to the factory specialists at Maranello, with whom he can maintain contact through MODIS.

Worth a try. If he can maintain a 458, he should be able to maintain an F50 with a little help.

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Ed, Rik- Yes, your own mechanic is kind of overkill.

Pablo- If he is certified and has access to MODIS, the Ferrari computer system, he probably is capable of maintaining an F50. If he runs into problems, he has access to the factory specialists at Maranello, with whom he can maintain contact through MODIS.

Worth a try. If he can maintain a 458, he should be able to maintain an F50 with a little help.
Yes , i think so! I am getting exited!

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