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Can You Afford to Drive a Ferrari?

I can't, but check here to see for yourself

http://www.sportscarmarket.com/articles/archives/939
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Very interesting read. I can't fathom spending that much money per mile just to drive a vehicle. I once saw a picture of a Lambo Murci that had a clutch replaced. The entire engine and drivetrain had to be removed just for clutch! Can you imagine the cost on that? BTW, it was only after 10K miles.

I want supercar (or near) performance but I still expect it to be reliable. I don't expect Toyota reliability, but if my vehicle was at the service center 50% of it's life, I wouldn't consider that joyful ownership.

My next car will be something more performance capable yet still reliable. I think a used 997 GT3 or Audi R8 might fit that description. What's the cost of ownership on those vehicles? Of course, I could always just get a Z06.
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Is it me or does it seem like a LOT of things went wrong with the subject Ferrari, and not just ultra high performance related items but every car kind of things (i.e. dash lights, seat switches, etc).
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I once saw a picture of a Lambo Murci that had a clutch replaced. The entire engine and drivetrain had to be removed just for clutch! Can you imagine the cost on that? BTW, it was only after 10K miles.
Does the picture below look familiar dsb? The article associated with this picture said the car in question had 26K miles on it when it needed the clutch plate replaced. The engine iteself weighed in at 2650 pounds!

The clutch on the Murci was going out about once a year. They claim to have it fixed on the most recent models. This was particularly bad in the egear type which was eating up a clutch every 5,000 miles in some cases. Total bill per clutch - over $6,000.

The Lambo owners I know say the cars cost at least $2.00 per mile. Still worth it in my book. Thanks for posting the article, it is very interesting. It doesn't dissuade me in my pursuit of a modern exotic, but is food for thought. Take care!
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I think thats just bad luck, from my familys experience, our 308 gts and 355 spyders were very realible, and rarely had all those constant maintence problems, they always ran well. I guess tho they were MR, but so is the murci......I guess lambo just cant make a car!!!!!! <-----From a ferrari guy.
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Does the picture below look familiar dsb? The article associated with this picture said the car in question had 26K miles on it when it needed the clutch plate replaced. The engine iteself weighed in at 2650 pounds!

The clutch on the Murci was going out about once a year. They claim to have it fixed on the most recent models. This was particularly bad in the egear type which was eating up a clutch every 5,000 miles in some cases. Total bill per clutch - over $6,000.

The Lambo owners I know say the cars cost at least $2.00 per mile. Still worth it in my book. Thanks for posting the article, it is very interesting. It doesn't dissuade me in my pursuit of a modern exotic, but is food for thought. Take care!
That's the pic. So you're saying the rest of the car weighs approx 1000lbs or less. What is the total weight of a Murci?
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A Murcielago weighs 1650 kg (3650 lbs, I believe)
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A Murcielago weighs 1650 kg (3650 lbs, I believe)

Wow thats amazing...the car is so light, but how does it hold up in crashes? Does it give up safety for speed?
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Wow thats amazing...the car is so light, but how does it hold up in crashes? Does it give up safety for speed?
I beleive the body is all carbon-fiber - which is supposed to be 12 times stronger than steel while a fraction of the weight.
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