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Old 04-29-2012, 03:52 PM
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Having driven a MB diesel to 480K miles on the odo, I have an issue about referring to a 25+ yr old auto with 60K or 70K as "high mileage".
But these cars aren't Daily Drivers. They are special to be enjoyed on weekends less they loose their specialness - IMHO.

Mine is an '83 with 91K on her. I've had her for 10 years & 60K miles. She had her engine pulled to find a work drive spline shim and all her hoses replaced. All of 'em.

It seems most Ferrari as casual drivers average 3K/year.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:06 PM
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Mine is just a few kilometers short of 100K.

- engine has never been pulled;
- clutch and water pump are about 12 years old;
- all hoses replaced;
- timing belts and tensioner bearing done 4 years ago
- smokes a notch during hard acceleration;
- oil consumption about 1 quart every 1000 kms.
- a few oil leaks.

Fires up and idles like a charm.
Just drove her all afternoon, mostly highway. Ran beautifully.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:08 PM
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Having driven a MB diesel to 480K miles on the odo, I have an issue about referring to a 25+ yr old auto with 60K or 70K as "high mileage".
Thanks for that!

I have a M-B turbodiesel (84 300cd) with "only" 170,000 miles on it. Think I'll keep it a while longer.

As for my Ferrari, I've got about 103,000 miles on it now - but I plan to keep her forever!

Never any engine or tranny problems so far, never any smoke, no trouble starting, never had the famous "second gear" issue. But I am due for a belt change soon. . .
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:12 PM
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The mileage numbers posted here show that "Ferrari" means substantially more than performance and glamor. These are tough cars. It's a shame so many F-cars spend their days bedridden; hovered over and polished while on trickle charger life support, and how the corrosive "collectible" syndrome is relentlessly pushing priorities from driving these marvelous thoroughbreds as intended, to fawning over decal authenticity and tool roll completeness.

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No rant at all, far as I'm concerned! Couldn't have said it better.

(But I do have two complete tool rolls. . .
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:25 PM
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No rant at all, far as I'm concerned! Couldn't have said it better.

(But I do have two complete tool rolls. . .
I've all the original tools, books, accessories, and service records, but am obsessing over where to find a proper sticker to replace the wrinkled-up one on top of the left wheelwell, next to the engine.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:08 PM
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The mileage numbers posted here show that "Ferrari" means substantially more than performance and glamor. These are tough cars. It's a shame so many F-cars spend their days bedridden; hovered over and polished while on trickle charger life support, and how the corrosive "collectible" syndrome is relentlessly pushing priorities from driving these marvelous thoroughbreds as intended, to fawning over decal authenticity and tool roll completeness.

Rant over.
+1 - I was roaring into the sunset just this evening in my '85 with the top off and couldn't have said it better.

A couple of kids, maybe 13 years old were looking closely at the car today in a parking lot. I said "hold on, guys...I'll open it up". I opened the door and asked one of them "want to jump in there and check it out?", and he did. Later he says to me "this is maybe the second Ferrari that I've seen in my whole life.....what model year is that, 2002, 2003?" I told him "1985, it's going on thirty years old".....he paused a second to contemplate the years. kid: "no way...I'll bet you never drive it, huh?"...me: "I drive it all the time, just keep it cleaned up and maintained".....kid: "wow...". Not so much about some amazing job that I do keeping the car up, but it was more about the quality, durability and "staying power" of these cars. Fun conversations

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Old 04-29-2012, 08:41 PM
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I've all the original tools, books, accessories, and service records, but am obsessing over where to find a proper sticker to replace the wrinkled-up one on top of the left wheelwell, next to the engine.
Oh, damn! Now I'm going to have to find that decal and see if mine is wrinkled!
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:14 AM
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Oh, damn! Now I'm going to have to find that decal and see if mine is wrinkled!
And after that, another...and another.
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