When do i replace the timing belts(Ferrari Recommended Miles or Years) and how much is it with labor by Ferrari(Please Estimate) on Ferrari 308 Ferrari 328 & Ferrari 348 PS Also which one is the absolute most realible and least cost to maintain for a person who drives 10,000 every year. THANK YOU!!!
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Re: replace the timing belt
It is recommended to replace both the timing belt and the tensioner bearings every 30,000 miles for the models you listed. Other models like the 360 Modena are best replaced every 3 years. The cost (parts and labor) to replace the timing belt on both the Ferrari 308 and 328 will run about $3,000. The Ferrari 348 will cost a bit more at $4,000. No Ferrari is inexpensive to maintain. However, the 308 and 328 will be the least expensive for basic maintenance. Furthermore, if you plan to drive under 2,500 miles per year (or 5,000 miles - 2nd tier), you can insure the car as a collector's vehicle and pay a much, much lower insurance premium.
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The manufacturer recommends replacement of the timing belt at 105,000 miles.
Due to the high mileage interval and the large amount of labor involved, I highly recommend that when you replace the timing belt, also replace the timing belt component kit and the water pump.
The timing belt component kit consists of the timing belt idler and tensioner pullies. The water pump is also driven by the timing belt. The failure of any one of these components will cause you to have to perform (and/or pay for) the same labor all over again because they will cause the new timing belt to come off.
If you call a shop for an estimate of the cost for replacing your timing belt, make sure they include these items in the estimate. I have seen many shops that will quote you the price of replacing only the belt. This way they will look a lot cheaper than the honest shops that quote the entire job the first time. (Then when you are in the shop and they have your engine torn apart, they hit you with the rest of the story.)
ALSO NOTE: The parts stores and the automotive information system that I use professionally, do not list the 2.5L engine as an interference engine, But I can tell you from experience that they have been known to bend valves if the timing belt breaks or comes off while the engine is running. (that is what an interference engine does) Another HUGE reason to protect your investment by replacing all of the components listed above.
Ask them why the timing belt components are being recommended when they are not due until 80,000 miles. If you do not have an owners manual, it would help that you get one because it has your factory maintenance schedule in there as well.
If your motor mount is bad, that just depends upon inspection. If it looks bad and your engine feels like it is bucking then it may need to be replaced. Most shops will try to get $120-$150 for the mount and 1.5 - 2 hours labor.
It would help to shop the local VW dealerships or VW specialty repair shops and see how much each one is charging for the timing belt replacement in the future, as well as your motor mount, in order to have a better idea of the going rate in the area.
Good luck and please let me know if I can further assist you.
Replace the timing belt at 90,000 miles or 10 years. Considering it is already 11 years old, replace it now. Warning: This is an interference engine. If the belt breaks you will have serious internal engine damage. The water pump is also driven by the cam belt so it is advisable to replace it at the same time you replace the cam belt in order to save labor cost later on when the pump fails. The pump will not last 180,000 miles so replace it now.
The factory manual has directions, some of it is overkill, but this procedure is an engine out service and requires more shop equipment than most people have, A shop with reasonable equipment can complete the procedure but, one notch off and your engine will be no better than a boat anchor.
yes, it is an interference engine, so if the timing belt fails it blows the engine, but 20K is very early to worry about that. at that mileage, there shouldnt be too much to worry about other then maybe some fluids.
Personally, replace the ENTIRE fuse box. This is actually relatively inexpensive ($60) so fear not. Basically the stock unit is lackluster (at best) and a nightmare (at worst). Please accept my apologies for pointing to another chat board, yet it is WELL documented at:
http://ferrarichat.com/forum/showthr...t=308+fuse+box http://www.ferrarichat.com/discus/me...20/202907.html Please believe me, DO NOT buy a new Ferrari fuse box, make your own as seen in the links above. The time and effort are WELL worth it!