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Valeo of Manual?

Discussion in 'Mondial' started by Jonmondial, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. Jonmondial

    Jonmondial Rookie

    Jul 28, 2018
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    Hi Guys,

    I am looking at purchasing my first Ferrari and the Mondial has grabbed my attention for its uniqueness, I love the look of them!

    I want a late car and a convertible, the question is which one to go form Valeo or Manual? I know the Valeo is a rarer car but for me is about drivability and what it ultimately more reliable and better for driving! I don’t let cars sit I drive them and enjoy them!

    Thanks
    Jon
     
  2. Temple

    Temple Formula Junior

    Jun 13, 2015
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    Valeo equipped cars are VERY rare; I think the total number produced is only about 35 or so. Evidently even Ferrari is unable to definitelively determine the exact number made/produced. If you’re in the US there is a Valeo being offered here by a well-known f-chat member (Alexion)- I believe it’s presently listed on eBay as well as in the f-chat classifieds. Good luck!!

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  3. Jonmondial

    Jonmondial Rookie

    Jul 28, 2018
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    Hi thanks, there is one available in the UK at the moment 1 of only 2 ever made in RHD.

    As I am not specifically seeking a Valeo even though I understand they are rare, my question is what is better? What are easier t own etc.

    Thanks
    Jon
     
  4. sixcarbs

    sixcarbs F1 Veteran
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    I know of 2 in the UK, one you are probably looking at, the second is a UK registered LHD coupe.

    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C984256

    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C788244

    The only difference I would say is the Valeo ECU. I am sure Alex will be in here shortly to share his experiences.
     
  5. alexion

    alexion Formula Junior
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    May 20, 2013
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    I’m a bit biased in that I own a Valeo Mondial, but from a drivability standpoint you get all the benefits of a 5-speed manual gated shifter without any compromising the fun of driving a manual transmission. The shifts are smooth and seamless, your left leg can rest on the dead pedal rather than being contorted to the right and confined in the tight footwell with your right foot. If you encounter some traffic, you don’t have to worry about depressing the clutch pedal, it’s all done for you.
    It’s truly fascinating technology for its time and I would highly recommend one to anyone considering it.
    To properly service a Valeo, your tech must have an SD1 computer to connect to the Valeo ECU. Besides that, they are reliable, simple electromechanical systems and a lot of fun.


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