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88 spider 07-30-2005 07:09 PM

before i bought the 355 i have now that already had the 30k done, i called ferrari of atlanta about doing one on a perspective red berlinetta i was looking at and they qouted me 6500. i have found that not all 30k services are created equally... you have to make sure you are getting all the necc. stuff done. more stuff needs to be done than the owners man. suggests if you want to make it "right".. also, that 30k is due every 3 years, i think.. or maybe 5. i can't recall..

AlfaKidGtv6 08-01-2005 08:34 PM

Alot of the owners of the older cars will work on their own cars. We have had many Ferraris. The Gt4 is next on the list. It will be no harder to work on then the Gtv6. People are just afraid to really get into it.
As for the comment that a Ferrari parts house doesn't do much in the way of sales. That is 100% not true. I know for a fact that a good living can be made out of selling Ferrari parts.
The Ferrari community is also a great place and information on the cars is easier to get to then it use to be. Ok that is my 2 cents...

Sherpa23 09-14-2005 08:49 PM

I have owned several Ferraris and the price of service and maintenance varies greatly from model to model. The 348, 355 and 360 are EXPENSIVE. Nothing is quick and nothing is cheap. I had a 355 with 20k on the odometer and it already had a $21k service (counting a valve guide replacement). The 328, Mondial 3.2, and to some extent the 308qv are probably the most reliable and "inexpensive" to maintain. The 30k service for a 328 was $4k including new hoses in addition to the usual things. Some of the carbed 8's like the GT4 and the late 70's 308s can be good too. I like the older cars with less complicated electronics but new enough to be reliable. If you own an Alfa, you're not going to find it to be much more high maintenance for a 308 (except maybe the GTBi/GTSi), Mondial, or GT4.

I guess it's funny in a way. I am lusting after an Alfo for a daily driver but I am pretty concerned about the maintenance yet owning a Ferrari doesn't seem nearly as intimidating. I guess I know what to look for in a good Ferrari and I am kind of clueless in what to look for in an Alfa.

D&SW 12-05-2008 04:39 AM

Following the ferrari model sequencing, the more modern the Alfa the more complex (and electronically-based) it is....with the 164 line representing the latter.

Alfas to 1974 are (I guess) blissfully mechanical and relatively simple, and with exceptions of the 1900, 2000 and 2600 based models, parts are pretty plentiful.

also, my experience with Alfa is that everyone can WORK on an Alfa, but only a few can reliably FIX it efficiently...and by that I mean an experienced specialist always has the edge on diagnostic capability and generally, on learning curve...that is, they've most likely already fixed a similar problem on someone elses car, and don't have to learn on yours...

sound familiar? really applies to a lot of things in life, lol....

Alfisto Steve 12-05-2008 05:40 AM

I learned real fast once the warranty ran out on my 164. Wonder what those Ferrari prices look like today (2008)?

lgbalfa 08-01-2010 11:59 PM

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i have a friend who has an 89 328 gts with 11k miles.

he still takes it to the dealership.

besides the major tuneups every few years which is very expensive, he does not spend a ridiculous amount to maintain it every summer.

alfabender 08-02-2010 05:37 PM

Any car can cost a lot to maintain. I had an '86 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 for about 3 years and had it maintained at a high-end shop specializing in Mercedes and BMW place because the location was convenient for me and, unlike the dealer they at least knew something about the car. I spent something like $20K over 3 years maintaining a car worth $5K and it never ran completely right. And no part seemed to be standard--everything needed to be ordered from Germany. I finally dumped it and got a more reliable car--a '99 Porsche 996.

On the other hand, we've had good luck with the two 164LS's we've had. Yes, things can go wrong but it's not a backbreaking expense.

davbert 08-02-2010 06:21 PM


i hope it wasnt my brothers old 2.3-16...

we had an eurospec car with the dog leg 1st.


alfabender 08-02-2010 10:53 PM

Nah, mine was an automatic. Sweet driving when it was running right. Much nicer to drive on the open road than around town. Good handling car.

tussegaaas 08-03-2010 01:47 PM

oh my god, if I read this, I realise I have to raise my prices. I have a workshop specialized in ferrari, maserati, alfa romeo etc. Today finished a 355, major service, airbag problem, the exhaust by pass valve was broken, the F1 display was broken, and a few minor things... the client had to pay just over 2700 $, I start to think it may be interesting to get the ferrari's shipped to belgium so we can do the service and send the car back, and it still be cheaper :D

David993s 08-03-2010 01:59 PM

I've found labor rate on my Alfa to be about the same as the labor rate for my Ferrari (both at independent shops). Of course the complexity of the work can vary and that can make a big difference in the cost of similar procedures. However, I recently put a new Bosch fuel pump in my Alfa and just the part was $240......quite expensive for a "nothing special" fuel pump.


tussegaaas 08-04-2010 12:29 AM

David, that's just the price for a fuel pump, it's never cheap. a ferrari 348 fuel pump is +/- 600 $.

mbk 09-08-2010 07:36 AM

Cost of ownership
As a Ferrari owner 308 QV, yes the cost is somewhat high but think about owning a Ferrari for 30k and having an automobile at the price of a present day mid-range automoble. I have kept up the maintenance and with the 308 pretty much bullet proof ---I have an Alfa and yes people look --- but a Ferrai is worth owning if for only a while...people ask why I am selling my Ferrari -- response I have enjoyed the ride now for something different --- if you can wrench on your Alfa you can take care of a lot of maintenance issues with the 308 --- not an engine out car when time for the major...

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