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  1. SfA

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  3. sherrillt

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    Wheels are usually the tell... but not always
     
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    Yep...an 88.5 or an 89. Convex wheels and the little yellow horsey badges on the rear-view mirrors are the dead giveaways.

    As far as I know there’s no way to tell an 88.5 from an 89 from the outside (without viewing the VIN through the windshield).

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    Does the front left tire looks flat to you?
     
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    I was having trouble with the driving lights arrangement. Don't recall the large lens below the indicators. No hood vents.
     
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    Indeed; the VIN on the steering column would tell, if it is a "K" VIN, then it's a M.Y '89.
    M.Y 1989 starts with chassis #78835, however with the exception of #78479, which is an earlier car but already has a "K" VIN.

    Or opening the front hood:
    - all US M.Y "88 1/2" (= convex wheels, from the revised suspension) starting end February '88 with #76626 were delivered without ABS, so have a small brake fluid reservoir in front of the windscreen, in the shroud surrounding the spare wheel, offset towards the passenger side.
    - all US M.Y '89 were delivered with ABS, so have a large brake fluid reservoir in front of the windscreen, in the exact center of the shroud.

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    Yeah, that's weird - that place is obviously not a specialist!
     
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    Why weird...“not a Specialist“?! For what...oil/fluid change, tire change, alignment, swap a starter or wiper motor, brake job, recharge a/c, find a vacuum leak, etc

    You don’t need a yellow sign with a horse or a fancy name like “exotica auto repair” to fix these things. It’s an internal combustion engine and all the auto mechanic 101 curriculum applies. I’m no specialist or trained tech and do many minor tasks myself on all my cars when within my skill level. Simple reading or now the miracle of YouTube videos is all you need.

    ive had a small garage rebuild a reverse button for my Aston that the dealer didn’t have the skills to do as all they specialize in, is parts swaps.
     
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    These are just a couple of the differences between a 308, and it's replacement ('86-'89) 328.
     
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    A shop pretty much like that in Annapolis restored a friend's original Ford GT40 (original serial number, not a replica) to like-new condition. They worked on the GT between doing general repair of virtually any car you wanted to take in there from grandma's grocery car to her grandson's weekend drift-racer. They obtained the necessary original/replica parts for the GT 40 by reference to the appropriate manuals. They never saw a GT40 in their life prior to this one. As stated, if you are a good mechanic, you are good mechanic!
     
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    I'm still not taking mine to Dan's Auto Repair.
     
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    #15 sherrillt, Aug 2, 2020 at 7:25 PM
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    just don’t overpay for basics at the so called “specialist”. I had a local “Ferrari specialist shop” hit me up for a $400 alignment on my 512TR and when questioned about the shockingly high cost proceeded to insult my intelligence by trying to explain (create a tale) about how complex the alignment process was on such a car...I mumbled “take that noise somewhere else“ - C’mon man.
     
  16. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

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    I've been using the same guy since 1998
     

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