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My mechanic has just called me to say my car is ready. Great news but for the bill!!!

While doing the major service the list expanded somewhat and ended up at (converted) US$2,800 plus US$400 for parts. This is more than double what I had originally intended.

That said, for this amount I had the following done:

Service (new oil, fuel, & air filters)
Spark plugs
Cambelts changed
Oil changed
Speedometer serviced (wasn't working)
Rear brake calipers rebuilt (all seals replaced)
New suspension bushes all round
Shock absorbers all fully rebuilt
Replace heat shielding on various places on the engine
Sort out shorts on fuel pump
Repair loose fuse box terminals
Refurbish handbrake mechanism
Powder coat all suspension arms
Replace several oil hoses on the engine
Change brake fluid

Whilst I wasn't expecting such a big bill, I realise fully that the work was very necessary and will completely transform the car.

Also, I'm pretty sure that I couldn't have had all of this done in Europe or the USA for this amount.

I will take some pics and post once I have her back tomorrow (although I may just drive the whole days as well!!!)
 

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You post a thread like that again you 're not going to have any friends on this forum you know that right? But great for you man sounds like a great deal!!
 

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Wow, that is a low price! Congrats:thumbsup:

Chris
 

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If only we could all benefit from such reasonable rates. Great to hear the visit to the garage got co much covered, many more enjoyable miles to come.
 

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You must be happy to know you are getting the 308 back soon. After all that work it will probably feel like a new car again
 

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Thanks guys

I pretty much thought as much. Labour rates in SA are good but not as much if you use the official agents. I use an independent who has been working on Ferraris for the past 30+ years - he specialised in preparing rally Fiats in the 70s. Very cool guy named Luigi Fincati.

I will be past this morning to pick her up. Literally couldn't sleep last night!!!!!!!
 

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For all of what you had done if done here in Northern California I'd say you'd be looking at close to US$6,000.00!

You did get a good deal.

I am moving to S.A.!!!

Save me a spot.
 

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For all of what you had done if done here in Northern California I'd say you'd be looking at close to US$6,000.00!

You did get a good deal.

I am moving to S.A.!!!

Save me a spot.
6k, more like 8k plus, ask you friend how much that would cost. I was thinking of the same thing to move there.
 

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There are also other reasons to come here, namely spectacular weather, phenomenal scenery and attractions and possibly some of the hottest women on the planet!!!
 

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Come on Onno - get down here - it is 28 degrees plus (celsius)

Any of the Ferrarilife guys who want to come visit, I guarantee you a good time!!!
 

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Sounds like a very fair price to me. I went to a grand opening of a Ferrari dealership/sevice center last week and he quoted me these prices:

Oil change on F430: $1900. When I asked why he told me that the oil is $25 a quart and it's imported.

15k mile service on F430: $15,000. Again I asked why so much. He explained that the motor comes out,,mechanic goes completely through it. Also said "Cause that what Enzo Ferrari wants."
 

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$1,900.00 for an oil chnage.

I presume that includes replacing the timing belts!!!

Oil change costs me under $130.00= 10 quarts Redline and $45 for the filter!

I guess that dealer wants you to pay for his new building!
 

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I guess that dealer wants you to pay for his new building!

Ya think? Haaaa. From what I was told, this place is more of a service/repair facility than it is a dealership.

They did have this Masserati thing on the showroom floor that I just fell in love with. Don't know which model it was, but all I saw was carbon fiber everywhere. It looked to be more of a true race car than street car.:yikes:
 

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Sounds like a very fair price to me. I went to a grand opening of a Ferrari dealership/sevice center last week and he quoted me these prices:

Oil change on F430: $1900. When I asked why he told me that the oil is $25 a quart and it's imported.

15k mile service on F430: $15,000. Again I asked why so much. He explained that the motor comes out,,mechanic goes completely through it. Also said "Cause that what Enzo Ferrari wants."

That sounds about right for too top a quality.

The oil like redline can be acquired here in the US and shipped to you I suspect for a lot less. That change, in your area should be about half, but not far off if in the US.

The engine out!!!! what?!?!?!.. That can be done in situ. Doens't need to come out. the 348/Mondial T/355 = YES. but, not others. Might make it easier, but needles expense. IMO.

If that is what Enzo wanted, then it must have been a racer/F1 car...not his regular machine..... get a different mechanic IMO.
 
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