A few days back I came to possess a pile of Ferrari stuff including an old price booklet from Ferrari Brisbane. I don’t know how old it is but the most recent car listed is the 458 Italia which went from 2010 to 2015 so these prices shouldn’t be taken to be recent, they are only mentioned here as a guide. Also, these prices are in AUD, your $$$ will vary.
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Okay look, there is nothing cheap in Ferrari-land but the price to have your car serviced isn’t as bad as you might think. Mostly. Yesterday, I came across a price booklet that features many cars and it should give you an idea of what to expect. Here are some examples:
Ferrari 348: Oil change, and a few fluids etc. will be about $899 while a belt change (timing belts and associated pulleys and brackets etc.) comes in at an eye watering $7,199. Having said that, a belt change on a 348 is the most expensive one in the book with most others coming in under $2K. I don’t know for sure but I’d guess it is an engine-out service, I’d have to look it up. The next most expensive belt service is on a 355, that being a bank account blistering $6,990. After that, however, it’s not so bad as we’ll discover. (I’m not putting these high examples on here to pick on Ferrari, just to let prospective owners know what they might be getting into.)
Ferrari 360: One of my favorite Ferraris, an oil & brake fluid change runs $899 which isn’t all that bad really. A timing belt service is about $3,199 which again, isn’t bad when you compare the cost to a blown up engine due to belt failure. I think the recommended interval is every 3 years or 36,000 miles which is conservative for most cars but just right for a Ferrari. (Double check with your dealer.)
Ferrari California: These have a timing chain so no need to pull the engine every time you turn around so that is good. A basic oil change is still going to cost you $899 but hey, if you can afford a California you can afford to take care of it. If not, buy a Toyota. With that in mind, for an extra $400 you can have the brake fluid as well as a few other minor things done while you are at it. (Might as well.)
Ferrari 550 – 575: Someday I will own a 550. It is one of my favorite Ferraris because it has a V12 engine and it has a very understated appearance which I like. Even better though is the low maintenance cost which I bet you thought you’d never hear me even whisper when it came to a Ferrari. Anyway, again, a simple oil change + a few bits = $899. Another service which looks to be primarily about fluids is around $1300 with the dreaded timing belt service priced at $1,699, a price which I find reasonable and honestly it is about as cheap as you are going to get.
Ferrari 599: Another understated V12, the cost to run a 599 is a bit cheaper than a 550 and since it chain driven, no belts to worry about. The oil change is still at $899 but a pretty thorough service including oil, some fluids, and a bit more is only $1399. Sadly, like in other Ferraris, it is $1200 to change the spark plugs but fortunately those can last nearly forever. (I don’t know for sure but I’m guessing getting to the spark plugs is damn near impossible, hence the high cost.)
I don’t want to make it sound like you need to be a millionaire to own one of these cars (though it helps) but they are more expensive to run than a Hyundai. That’s the nature of the beast. I read once where someone said that if you can’t dish out $10k for a sudden repair, you shouldn’t have a Ferrari primarily because these cars are meant to be fun and if you are stressing over them then there is no fun. I think I agree with that.