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Buying advice...Testarossa, Murcielago

Discussion in 'Boxers/TR/M' started by Chrisv123, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. Chrisv123

    Chrisv123 Rookie

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    Hello,

    Looking to buy either an ‘86 flying mirror or a pre LP manual Murcielago. I am wondering how problematic these cars are after everything is addressed. I plan to drive around 1500 miles a month with whatever is decided. I’m a believer in driving my cars...

    Any help would be appreciated and if there is any for sale...please send me pictures and links!

    Thank you!


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  2. Natkingcolebasket69

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    Welcome. This was recently discussed for those same cars. If u do a search u can find the answers.
    The Testarossa is pretty reliable but with its âgé and rare parts 18k mile a year makes it unlikely to be the car for u...
    as far as for sale there are a few on Autotrader you can find!
    Good luck!


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  3. UpNorth

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    I’m an owner sine 2009 of a 86 flying mirror.
    After a disastrous start my ownership was almost flawless.
    Natking is right in saying some part can be problematic but I’ve never ran in a situation where something was unobtainable.
    Just my 2 cents...
     
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  4. Shark01

    Shark01 F1 Rookie

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    I'm going to assume you have never owned a true exotic. You would find out very quickly why this isn't practical. So make sure you have a daily driver option.

    The next issue is that these cars are miles apart in almost every aspect, making for a really tough comparison.....reach out to Shamile, he could give you some good input.

    I own a Diablo and drove a Murcielago on a couple of occasions.....I didn't like it. I would skip that whole Gallardo/Murcielago generation. No experience with the TR.
     
  5. rpissm

    rpissm Formula 3

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    Save yourself money and get a higher mileage Testarossa if you plan to drive it that much. Any low mileage one will probably have more problems due to nonuse, rather than a higher mileage one that has a good service history.

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  6. Natkingcolebasket69

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    As long as the diff has been changed I guess!


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  7. turbo-joe

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    yes. try to find a high mileage TR with hnew ( not original ) diff and you will be happy
     
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  8. MOSS

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    I have owned numerous TR’s and pre LP 6 speed Murcies. The Lambo in my opinion is your choice. I have both cars now. Gosh, they are both so different so are you a Ferrari guy or Lambo guy? The Lambo has power steering, cool doors and will run off from a TR. TR’s are more fragile.


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  9. MOSS

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    TR’s have a console of switches like a Ford Pinto. Huge strike


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  10. Veedub00

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    In my opinion if you are not 10/10 on getting a TR, then don't get a TR.
     
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  11. sherrillt

    sherrillt Formula Junior
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    I disagree. The OP didn't say the car would be an only car. Any two seat/no storage car is impractical but can be a daily commuter. You can can drive any if these cars daily if you choose and they probably won't be on the side of the road from use. I have met exotic owners who daily their cars.

    The only issue that many exotic owners try to template/project on to everyone is a preoccupation of value/miles. Although I would say the majority of the secondary owners are, not everyone is worried about the value/miles of their car(s), hence you see higher mileage (a very relative term, since 50k mi is considered high in this brand) come up for sale.

    It's really an owner culture difference. Just keep in mind other than the maintenance down time variance, there is no reason a Corvette can be driven daily but not a Ferrari.

    The only reason I can think of is that the Ferrari shop takes 3-days+ to do an oil change.
     
  12. sinkman

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    I have an 85TR and owned till recently a 6 speed 2003 Murcie as well. I drove both quite a bit and I believe the Murcie makes far more sense as a regular driver. The AC works, power steering, good audio (though I never turned it on, the best sound track comes from the engine). The Testa is a wonderful car but the Murcie is way more modern in comparison. I found both easy to drive and live with. I still have the Testa... :)
     
  13. vincenzo

    vincenzo F1 Rookie

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    1500 miles per month on either car is a terrible idea. If attempted - you will soon hate the car.

    Buy a front engine corvette.
     
  14. ralfabco

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    Drive the car two days a month and it will always feel special.
     
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  15. APA#1

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    Having owned both, 4 TR's and one Murcielago I would say the Murci wins hands down. The Murci is more robust, save for clutch life. Plus if you want attention, there is NO comparison.
     
  16. Chrisv123

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    Both! Have an ‘86 328 and also an ‘01 diablo. Have shyed away from a TR for years now but I think it’s time. Both are daily drivers for the most part actually. I never cared for power steering, AC, etc.


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  17. Chrisv123

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    Such as replacing it with a 512TR differential?


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  18. Chrisv123

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    Thank you! That’s what I figured with these cars. Once all the problems are gone and handled, they can be pretty good.


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  19. Chrisv123

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    While AC is great, I’ve become accustomed to no AC in an ‘86 328 for over a year now! Not practical, but still joyful! I think I will be staying set with a Testarossa...


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  20. Chrisv123

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    Do you have any experience with the 6.0 diablo? How is the murci compared to that?


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  21. turbo-joe

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    NO
    with an aftermarket from for example from modena australia or newman, a member here or other manufacturer, all better than original
     
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  22. Shark01

    Shark01 F1 Rookie

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    The 6.0 Diablo (well any post '98 Diablo) is better than the 1st gen Murcielago in every way that matters. Your car is even faster than that is because of the power to weight ratio.
     
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  23. APA#1

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    Never had a Diablo, though it's on the list. I did own an LP640
     

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