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What services must or should be performed by an official ferrari dealer?
Im refering to the annual, major, cambelts, valve guides, clutches, oil changes etc. What is the average cost i can expect to pay for these individual services?
I have bought the buyer's guide, but would appreciate feedback from 360 owners. From what i have read the 360 is one of the most reliable ferrari's.
I want to estimate what i can expect to pay in maintenace cost. There are no ferrari dealers in my state for service, but i have been advised of an independant that works on ferraris. Is it wise to have services done by an independant specialist?
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IF that Independant is qualified on the 360's then of course he should be considered.

You might be better off to just haul it to FL or such and be done with it correctly: how do I know? Had a 'qualified' mech on the Mondial T do an engine out etc. and he was not truly qualified on that model, although he was trained on older models, and worked for Ferrari in San Francisco....had to have the entire service redone .. almost lost the thing had I gone longer, not to mention I had a lot of issues to repair he messed with [a/c, clutch, OIL DRAIN PLUG, alternator etc.]

There is a reason qualified make a living on these things.

now on the yearly maintenance, that is fairly easy, and with some inquiries here, you can get what to do and what not to do, like don't flush the radiator etc.
Using good fluids, and changed with good regularity will be the easiest maintenance/insurance you'll do. Why do Ferrari's sometimes have more issues? The stories and such abound, but they do....engines are great, but things attached to them, have issues.

average cost for your car can easily, ONCE already the mechanicals are sorted, be in the $800/year area. IT can and usually does cost more. but that's from a good mech that knows what he's doing and is not a dealer. The latter, you can ad another $400-600 ish.

REMEMBER: there is a lot more they do than just drain, fill and wipe, they look about and know what to look for and make pre-emptive service...that's why I use good mechs that know the car...

Might want to search for an easy shipment, the small cost in that can be easy on the mind.

I just shipped my 456 to a local about 80miles away...luckily, AAA did it for free, as I have 3 x free 100 mile shipping allowed per year. Ya' might want to subscribe to AAA's extended service ...they have flat beds too :) not that you'll need them of course :D
 

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Rik flatbedded his car so he could consume another bottle of wine and not have to worry!!!

The 360's are very reliable, and $800-$1,000/year is a good estimate unless you are very mechanical and can do the work yourself.

The standard services are 5K, 15K, 30K etc.

Belts are recommended every 3 years or 30,000 miles per Ferrari's tech doc in 2004.

The reality of belts is that if you drive the car decently 4-5 years is probbaly a good rule; if you track the car, 3 years is beter.

Belts are average $1,500.00 +/- plus other necessities. You can't tell until you open the housings as the tensioner bearings may need replacement at about $300/two units.

If you can do yourself it's about a $300.00 deal again consider tensioner bearings.

Oil once a year minimum and that's about $400 unless again you can do yourself.

Great car and I highly recommend.
 

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Rik flatbedded his car so he could consume another bottle of wine and not have to worry!!!

The 360's are very reliable, and $800-$1,000/year is a good estimate unless you are very mechanical and can do the work yourself.

The standard services are 5K, 15K, 30K etc.

Belts are recommended every 3 years or 30,000 miles per Ferrari's tech doc in 2004.

The reality of belts is that if you drive the car decently 4-5 years is probbaly a good rule; if you track the car, 3 years is beter.

Belts are average $1,500.00 +/- plus other necessities. You can't tell until you open the housings as the tensioner bearings may need replacement at about $300/two units.

If you can do yourself it's about a $300.00 deal again consider tensioner bearings.

Oil once a year minimum and that's about $400 unless again you can do yourself.

Great car and I highly recommend.
+1 but I would raise my annual budget estimate to $1000-1500.

Overall though, very reliable in my experience.
 

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Rik flatbedded his car so he could consume another bottle of wine and not have to worry!!!
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drinking and driving is illegal...it was a social compromise worthy of high honor


BTW< I owe brian a bottle.
 

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Hang on guys, this sounds like it could head the way of a bank bailout!!!:yikes:

naw, a 360 typically has more oversight if not better return on investment.
 

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I was being a little bit conservative because I did not want to scare him the first time!!!
I try to lean the other way and build a bit of a cushion. Seems like every couple of years there is something unexpected that comes up needing replacement. Last year it was the engine mounts, rear light lens, and alarm module. The light/lens had melted and needed to be replaced while the alarm module malfunctioned and we had to have a new one fitted. Nothing major but the two added up to a few extra hundred $$$.
 

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I would only offer that to him after the work is done.

I think I now know where his happy smile comes from!!!


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just kidding, like the guy.....
 

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speaking of which, I like sailboats too.
 

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arrr, the salt in me lungs, the slap of the waves at the gunnels...a hearty take that luff out-o-em sails...hike the main and ready for tiller to lee..rrrrrrrr

where's the pirate in yer landlubber :D

love sailing, real test against nature
 

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err, talk to me parrot
 

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