Yes, I would like to own a Ferrari one day. Perhaps not the latest model just off the showroom floor, but a used one. A Ferrari 360 Modena is one Ferrari I have my eyes on. The reason being, most of the other classics are rather too expensive while some of them are really not that great, to be honest. Owning a Ferrari is one thing and maintaining it over the years is something that can blow a big hole in your pocket. Jalopnik has recently published an article summarizing the costs of maintaining a Ferrari sports car and I thought I had to share this with my readers. So here’s an estimate of the service bills and the cost of ownership.
A simple oil change on a Ferrari 360 can cost $195, while a full service could set you back by a hefty $3200. A major service would include replacement of perishable parts like belts and tensioners, bearings, gaskets and seals and does not include brake pads.
It is advisable to check the service history of a used car to see whether the said parts have been regularly replaced. If that’s the case, a Ferrari 360 can go without major service for up to 5 years without a hiccup. A fluid change is recommended every 12 months and that would cost about $1000.
The clutch is one of the most expensive parts to replace on a Ferrari 360. Costing $3785, it is advised to take good care of the clutch and brakes that cost $816 for a set. So, given the attractive price at which Ferrari 360s are selling nowadays, it ultimately boils down to one’s driving style. As with any other machine, a Ferrari too can fail if driven like a maniac.
Finally, drive a Ferrari like it should be, but be gentle with it as it is just another car with mechanical parts that can break. One way to save on the service bills is by learning to do basic maintenance on your own. DIYautoFTW.com is one website that has a large database of DIY jobs including how to replace certain parts on a Ferrari 360. I would highly recommend you to visit the forum.