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California what to watch out for (new buyer)

Discussion in 'California/Portofino/Roma' started by Carlinhos1904, Jul 10, 2024.

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  1. Carlinhos1904

    Carlinhos1904 Rookie

    Jul 9, 2024
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    Carlos Freitas
    Hey everyone,

    Newbie here and a rookie question
    I am going to buy a natural aspirated California with 50k Km on the clock, what are the key things I should be looking at that are critical around this mileage and/or will require attention shortly ? Just want to make sure the car I am buying is in great condition …

    I am with bull family at the moment and this would be My First Ferrari hence the newbie question…

    Any insights and guidance regarding this vehicles would be awesome - thank you in anticipation

    Carlos
     
  2. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

    Dec 8, 2004
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    Spend some time looking thro this section and check out the many similar threads over the past few years especially those relating to DCT
     
  3. alex

    alex Formula Junior
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    Dec 19, 2003
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    Early Cali's (2009 through 2012) seemed to have more DCT issues. Also check motor mounts. They fail early on these cars. Take greyboxers' advice and search threads for California Issues and California Problems. A PPI (pre purchase inspection) is always a good idea to uncover any issues not immediately apparent. Having the full service history is also a plus. Good luck!
     
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  4. Carlinhos1904

    Carlinhos1904 Rookie

    Jul 9, 2024
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    thank you Alex, makes sense on the PPI . I read about DCT just wondering if that common with NA versions..

    appreciated the time will do my homework and will revert here :)


     
  5. gregwang

    gregwang Rookie

    Oct 23, 2021
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    When I bought my 2012 California 3 years ago, I paid $500 and met the seller at my Ferrari Independent Expert Mechanic’s shop for a PPI (Pre-Purchase Inspection.) And during the PPI my Expert Independent Ferrari Mechanic discovered the car needed new motor mounts, gear box mounts, new belts, new spark plugs and air filters, and some other cosmetic items such as window buttons and missing clamps for the air box vent hoses . The seller paid almost $5,000 for all the repairs discovered from the PPI before we finalized and consummated the deal.

    Therefore, since this is your first Ferrari I highly recommend you have an experienced and expert Independent Ferrari Mechanic who has extensive experience working on a California or a California T perform a PPI before you take the plunge and buy it, so you can be in a much better position to negotiate the price, so you know the condition of your new Ferrari going in. Good luck to you! And Happy Top Down Day! Image Unavailable, Please Login


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  6. alex

    alex Formula Junior
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    Many new buyers forget to check tire age. Tires are important, too! May be a point for negotiation.
     
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