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Hi guys,

i currently have a Maserati Spyder F1, and i explore to change it for a 550 Maranello.
IMO, the Maranello is the greatest Ferrari, it's the most elegant yet somehow discreet.
Anyway, are there things to take of when looking for a used car ?
How reliable are they ?
How long lasts a clutch ?


Let me know guys, Thanks in advance, Pierre.
 

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Pierre,

Welcome to the site. The 550 is very reliable with few problems. One of our members here has one with over 40,000 miles and still going strong. The clutch shouldn't be an issue either as it will be a 6 speed manual and not the F1 gear box which means less chance of heat damage.

Be sure to have a used car inspected by a mechanic as he will find things you don't. If the owner kept good records you shouldn't need to worry so much, if the owner did not keep records this may be a cause for concern.

There is also a nice Maserati site with useful info on your car at: www.maseratiforum.net

Regards,
Andrew
 

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One area to be concerned with is the undercarriage. 550's have a very low clearance and if you hit speed bumps or a major pot hole it is easy to tear the belly pan and crack the radiator, oil cooler, and the oil sensor unit. Check the condition of each and see if they are original or new units. I have also heard of some problems with ac hoses being worn through. The engine is basically bullet proof. Good luck and welcome to Ferrari Forum.
 

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Thanks !!!!

Hi,

first thanks for your feedback !
I forgot to mention i would buy the car from a Ferrari dealership, not from a private owner.
Also, how recommended is it to use these car as a daily driver ?
Are they hard to get in underground parkings etc ?

Thanks, Pierre.
 

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From personal experience, underground parking lots are an "experience" in any Ferrari. How "challenging" really depends on how tight the curves in the ramps are and what angles you have to navigate going in and out. As a daily driver, no reason why not that I am aware of. I know of several 456 GT's (similar engine to the 550) with well over a 100,000 miles on them that are still going strong.
 
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