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im looking at getting a used and probably broken ferrari sooner rather then latter and just wanted to know what you guys think about working on your own car. i have been working on cars for 12 years and have done any and every thing to one type of car or another and i wouldnt hesitate to put new cam belts on my own ferrari or change the oil.

just wanted to know why you wouldnt want to work on your own car. thanks
 

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I will comment on why i do work on my own car though. I have always built and restored cars in my spare time in my younger days. Then put my tools away happily.:thumbsup:
Then once i started to drive ferraris and later own them. i discovered that alot of so called Ferrari tecs both trained and untrained were making the most stupid of mistakes. There are a lot of people who put Ferrari tecs on bloody high pedestals thinking that they were machine made at Ferrari its self:happy2: But they are not and there are so many stories of shoddy workman ship. Dam i ever know of Ferrari dealerships that employ mechanics qualified in other marques, and give them a set of Ferrari overall and as if by magic.......
Its all very well people saying that this dealer is great or that specialist is great.....BUT you can find other people who will give there horror stories of the same specialists recommended by some one else.
Its swings and round abouts i know and there well may be some good one out there. But i am very hard pushed to name any dealer or specialist in the UK that i have not heard incompetence stories about in my years with Ferrari....not one. From Greypauls to Hollingworths and i have a list, though on the forums there seems to be a taboo about naming names. Try choosing a name of a specialist and then do a forum search and you will see what i mean;) I am not risking mistakes on my expensive car. Its mine and i care for it more than some guy who really dont give a toss about my pride and joy.
So i dusted my tool chest of and thought that i would do a better job myself. But i have to say that a great tool that i have found has helped me fix my own Ferraris is.............Ferrari forums and there posters:thumbsup: Plain and simple:D And if there is a job that i have never done before, i research it very carefully indeed and then get the job done.
 

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I would have to concur, I have recently bought a slightly damaged 348 Ferrari and have done most of the work on it myself. Having done a lot over the years on race cars & road cars I found the Ferrari a reasonably well thought out maintainable car in comparison with others. If you have the time to hunt around for the parts etc and look on line for all the resources available and dont rush things, prices are surprisingly reasonable. Not in Ford or GM price range but you don't need to promise you first born just to pay for an oil filter. If you need specialised work done I would want stand and look over the guys shoulder while it is done and ask questions. If he won't let you, find someone else. There are a lot of "Ferrari Technicians" out there that don't have a clue. Take your time, do research, ask questions and learn as you go along would be my advise. Good luck....
 

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A Ferrari is just as mechanical as any other vehicle, and there is no reason why if one has talent he cannot work on it.

If one is careful, clean, and meticulous, the work will be on par or beyond any Ferrari mechanic's work. Why should it not be.

Chaz speaks from good experience, and he is a meticulous mechanic as are many others here.

Just get a workshop manual, follow what it says, use your skills, and you will be rewarded with good work.

Don't hesitate to do it and forget the B/S that no one would buy your car if not dealer maintained.
 

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Best thing I ever did was to give my 348 to a friend for him to do an engine out. I watched the whole thing and we're going to do it again next year after only 2 years.

Not only will it be cheaper, but we'll do a better job. Not because we are better, but because it's MY car.
 

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As Chaz mentioned working on the Ferrari gets way easier with peace of mind knowing you have help from fine forums such as this one. But in the end it is still and engine with all the basic rules of operation.
 

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The forum help is invaluable indeed.

Ferrari and related mechanics have always tried (in my view) to maintain an air of mystery surrounding the cars' maintenance.

The wizards on the sites have debunked a great deal of this.

If you take your time and do it correctly there should be no issues and it should be enjoyable as well.
 

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Stay Tuned

My wife will be doing the Engine out, on the Mondial T / 348 very soon. Hoping to start on the stuff next Sat.

Just waiting for parts.
 

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just wanted to know why you wouldnt want to work on your own car
Oh, it's not so much that I don't want to, but I lack the talent/skills, time/patience, and minimal infrastructure/tools to do anything beyond absolute basics
 

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Oh, it's not so much that I don't want to, but I lack the talent/skills, time/patience, and minimal infrastructure/tools to do anything beyond absolute basics

That is true: Lacking some of these areas means to pony up with someone to be the fly on the wall. Some very good mechanics will allow such and others want no one near what they do.
 

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I know the feeling

And he has a few cats that would get in the way!

They can't even torque the wrentch correctly....mainly because mine are NOT polydactyle and they only read Standard not metric: Damn cats
 

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