RE: jondokic's Ferrari 456GT

RE: jondokic's Ferrari 456GT

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bennno

Original Poster:

7,376 posts

238 months

Tuesday 30th April 2002
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i am interested to find out how your 456's are running as i bought one myself and as a new fe***** owner, would appreciate your experiences?

relaible? good dealers? running repairs etc...I saw on one it said one of your cars had an early timing chain change? do they have chains?

Look forward to hearing, good to see you back on line..

Bennno

456mgt

2,482 posts

235 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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Hi Bennno,
I've had my '99 456M GT for about 18 months and covered 7,000 miles (total is 17K miles). So far (I'm touching wood here) the only outlay has been 1k for a standard service at Maranello Sales. The only thing to go wrong was that the battery died on the alarm siren, and Maranello Sales sent out a technician to my home to replace it, free of charge, even though it is not a warranty item. I now keep the car on a trickle charger plugged into the cigar lighter, since they told me >50% of their callouts are because of flat batteries.

The other things I've done are have the front bumper and wheelarches armourfended against stone chips, and fitted a Koenig sports exhaust.

I estimated mpg to be 10-14. All the cars I like have appalling fuel 'economy', the only exception being a Caterham SLR I had last year. Same deal as all the foods you like making you fat.

Hope you enjoy your car as much as I enjoy mine. It's a fantastic car and one of the best kept secrets in the automotive world.
Regards
Kevin

>> Edited by 456mgt on Wednesday 1st May 15:56

bennno

Original Poster:

7,376 posts

238 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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kevin,

thanks for the reassurance. Mine is a 96 with 14k on the clock. No real probs so far and loving every minute.

Only shock was seeing the prep bill that was prepared within the dealer, lets see 1640+VAT stone chip repairs, 1700+VAT parts, 1700+VAT warranty, 2040+VAT labour...gulp a total of 8400

I have been reassured that all it will need next time round is a very basic sub 800 service!

Could you advise on the exhaust, where did you get yours from, how loud, any good etc??

Bennno

Roadrunner

2,690 posts

236 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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Sheeesh! 8k for stone chips. More like boulder dents.

jeremyc

19,890 posts

253 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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Bennno - check this month's evo which has a second hand buying guide for 465's (DOH!).

They reckon:
cambelt change: 800+VAT
radiator: 1400+VAT
new brake pads every 3000-8000 miles (575)
new disks @ 10,000 miles if not used regularly (700)
carbon fibre bonnet: 7000
electronically controlled rear dampers prone to leaking (450 each)

They do heartily recommend them though

Roadrunner

2,690 posts

236 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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Benno,

If you ever need a new bonnet I'll knock you up one out of a few scraps of alloy, for say, 1k all in?

Roadrunner

2,690 posts

236 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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...it'll be made from apple pie tins mind.

bennno

Original Poster:

7,376 posts

238 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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you can add 10,000 to the price of that bonnet, i think the figure they got was not quite right.

i am told a new engine would be 60k

is the evo mag out yet, i was advised the 456 article was in it as the dealer mine came from helped with the article. Its not a dk blue with black lthr 456 in the pics by chance is it ???

Bennno

jeremyc

19,890 posts

253 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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is the evo mag out yet, i was advised the 456 article was in it as the dealer mine came from helped with the article. Its not a dk blue with black lthr 456 in the pics by chance is it ???
The magazine is out (to subscribers at least).

Yup, it's dark blue with black leather - from MTH.

bennno

Original Poster:

7,376 posts

238 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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cheeky sods,can you see a reg no??

bennno

Roadrunner

2,690 posts

236 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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Looks like a personal reg. Something like H1SCOCK

Roadrunner

2,690 posts

236 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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Read the article this morning. They gave it a damn good thrashing.

bennno

Original Poster:

7,376 posts

238 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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hohoho

in all seriousness can anybody see the reg no??

sounds suspiciously like my car??

Ben

jeremyc

19,890 posts

253 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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in all seriousness can anybody see the reg no??
sounds suspiciously like my car??
No registration visible.

Did the former owner swap it for a 550 Maranello?

Roadrunner

2,690 posts

236 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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This months Evo:

"the 456M provides a high-performance 334 cu. in a V12 engine but at the same time guarantees the comfort and roominess typical of a GT car. Although this example shows signs of bearing wear due to the slight vibrations transmitted via the gear lever. The next service may be an eye watering experience."

jeremyc

19,890 posts

253 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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p.s. 'Gis a ride, mister

bennno

Original Poster:

7,376 posts

238 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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ho ho ho ..... i think it is not mine then...no bearing wear on my gearbox, funny boy.

Bennno

Roadrunner

2,690 posts

236 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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couldn't resist

right I'm off for a jar.....

rpk

29 posts

232 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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am looking at buying a 456gta (the wife insists on an automatic for ferrari number 2), '96 w/ about 14k miles. everything looks great, but thinking of lowering it as per the other one in the showroom. apparently you cna just notch down the suspension without hurting your clearance too much. anybody heard of this before?

flasher

9,224 posts

253 months

Wednesday 1st May 2002
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This months Evo:

"the 456M provides a high-performance 334 cu. in a V12 engine but at the same time guarantees the comfort and roominess typical of a GT car. Although this example shows signs of bearing wear due to the slight vibrations transmitted via the gear lever. The next service may be an eye watering experience."



LMFAO!!!!

Evo arrived on my doormat today Ben, and it's definitley your car, MHT don't have another like yours for sale anyway.....

Not another bloody gearbox mate.....

>> Edited by flasher on Wednesday 1st May 21:52