Ok. I'm F***king depressed. My stupid Ferrari decided to blow up a couple of months ago, so I've been paying for the damn thing, and not getting to 'enjoy' it at all.
I never missed a gear change the whole time I owned it, and yet after 75,000 km's a Ferrari gearbox apparantely has to blow up. Shame that it's not like a Toyota where you can abuse it for 400,000 kms and it'll still work perfectly. And oh yes - the clutch needs replacing too.
Cost to fix gearbox and clutch? More than the deposit on a decent NZ home. What a waste of time Italian engineering is!
So basically, because there were only 1400 of my car ever built, my options are now either to sit on the car while it depreciates and gets rusty waiting for a second hand gearbox to turn up somewhere in the world, or trade it in at a pretty nasty loss.
Unfortunately it looks like the trade in option is the only one left. Total cost of owning a Ferrari as an experiment for 18 months? Well over 6 figures. *OUCH*
NEVER buy one. Not only are they mechanically a damn nightmare, but you can't get parts, repairs are expensive, and little things that work perfectly in Japanese cars will drive you mad - such as leaky windows, lights that don't work, flat batteries, electrical problems, aircon problems, poor build quality compared to a Japanese robot and many more...