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Posts: 4Registered: Apr 2008
slapshot
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 7:41 PM

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This question may have been answered by Mr Badurski back in 2004, but I will ask again for my own peace of mind. An industry colleague and I are both getting different advice (from the same dealership) on when the 348 belt service should be performed. I have a '91 TS while he has a '94 spider. Mine is a daily driver whenever possible in the summer and I put 6,000-7,500 miles between May and October. I will roll it over in the winter and drive it around the neighbourhood at least twice a month. His is a garage queen that has seen 3000 miles in the last two and a half summers combined. The dealership has told me to change it every two years or 6000 miles which isn't much driving for such an expensive engine-out. My buddy was told 6-8 years between belt jobs. Each of these contrast with the manual which says every 40,000 km (25,000 miles on my Euro model 348) but the manual also does state a two year window to change out the belt.

To other 348 owners, are you changing the timing belt every two years as per the manual? That is a lot of engine removals

thanks in advance for the help


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Posts: 7From: PhoenixRegistered: Sep 2010
Rascasse
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:30 PM

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The dealer is just drumming up service work. This whole belt stuff is another pathetic effort at taking it to the Ferrari owner.

I had a 348 for 20 years, and I did engine out majors myself twice and each time I basically changed a belt that was in perfect condition, with no wear or slack, but I fell for the BS fright tactics of FNA and the dealer network. I had them d it twice and I did a better job each time.

Ask yourself a question... How is it that a timing belt on let's say an Audi last for 8-10 years and 80K miles, and Ferrari's are good for 2 years and a few thousand miles?

Does Ferrari use inferior parts? I doubt it.

While we are at it let's talk about the time that they charge for these services. I believe book time is ~20 hours to remove and install the engine. With no lift and 2 friends, we removed it in 2 hours and back in 3. A 'real' tech with a lift, engine cradle, etc should easily beat this time, but you get the pleasure of paying for 20.



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