Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) MegaDork
10/18/20 1:58 p.m.

I ask because they're sexy and there is one for sale on Facebook.

Considering how people have rebuild AMG Mercedes engines and we've got others doing restorations on old Italian stuff, I figured maybe somebody on here could chime in on how awful the ownership expreience for one of these might be.


Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) MegaDork
10/18/20 2:17 p.m.

I've seen more of those gathering dust in garages than I have on the road but I'm all for enabling you to get it and fix it.  Need help loading it?

Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) MegaDork
10/18/20 2:21 p.m.
Stampie (FS) said:

I've seen more of those gathering dust in garages than I have on the road but I'm all for enabling you to get it and fix it.  Need help loading it?

It's purely hypothetical at the moment. I really kind of want another convertible- probably an NC Miata.


An NC Miata with that engine in it? OMG, yes.

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/18/20 2:24 p.m.

The automatics are prone to expensive failures.  Otherwise they seem like good bargains if you can DIY and don't mind it being laid up a bit while you acquire parts, etc.  If you can find a manual, the reliability apparently goes up.


Steve_Jones HalfDork
10/18/20 2:25 p.m.

The main issue is they're unsellable when you're tired of it, no one wants them. The linked one is $9k and it's not done depreciating yet.....

Jesse Ransom (FFS)
Jesse Ransom (FFS) UltimaDork
10/18/20 2:58 p.m.

That's quite a bit of awesome for $9k. Depending on how bad parts costs are and how much time it would eat, it could almost sound sane.

TurnerX19 SuperDork
10/18/20 3:28 p.m.

Cambiocorsa is the bad transmission. Even when new and perfect the low speed driving experience is dreadful. OK on a track, period.

chandler UltimaDork
10/18/20 4:24 p.m.

When I bought my E55 the seller had a row of the early ones in his warehouse, "any one you want, same price as the e55". Ok... when I went back and bought my 986s from him they were all still there, probably still are.

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
10/18/20 4:30 p.m.

My cousin had one for a while about 5 years ago. It was very pretty, and the driving experience was very good. His was a manual, and it had a leather interior that was literally like, leather everywhere. Even the headliner. The only issue he had was a fuel pump, but it ended up costing him several thousand to get it fixed. As a guy who doesn't wrench on his own car, he probably shouldn't have bought it. But for a GRM'er.... maybe?

Jesse Ransom (FFS)
Jesse Ransom (FFS) UltimaDork
10/18/20 4:36 p.m.

I'm going to guess it probably lost $9k driving off the lot when new. It won't do that again!

Sine_Qua_Non SuperDork
10/18/20 5:13 p.m.

My neighbor used to have one. It was in the shop so much that he sold it in less than a year (5 months IIRC) and went back to a BMW M3

Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) MegaDork
10/18/20 5:36 p.m.

Right, I'll just completely avoid this one, then.

slowbird SuperDork
10/18/20 5:57 p.m.
frenchyd PowerDork
10/18/20 6:08 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) :

One of the mechanics at the bus company bought one and used it as a daily driver.  It needed brake work and the pieces from the Dealer were way more than he paid for the car. However by shopping around he found another source for the exact same parts for a few hundred. 
    As I kept in touch with him he loved driving it and didn't think it was any more trouble prone or expensive than  other high end car. 
Jaguars are the same. Once you own them and repair them yourself they cost the same as any other car 

Olemiss540 Reader
10/18/20 6:35 p.m.

Wait. The biturbo coupe? EV. Ree. THING.

The Biturbo may be the greatest chariot in the history of wheeled transportation. 

noddaz UltraDork
10/18/20 6:45 p.m.

That is quite the looker.  Has one ever been LS swapped?

Stealthtercel Dork
10/18/20 6:52 p.m.

in reply to Olemiss: I presume that what you mean by "greatest chariot" is "most luxurious thing that needs to be pulled by a horse in order to reliably get from Point A to Point B, and back"?

pointofdeparture UltimaDork
10/18/20 7:02 p.m.

Models with the Cambiocorsa transmission are the ones to avoid because of $$$$ maintenance and poor drivability, and that one's a Cambiocorsa, so...

RossD MegaDork
10/18/20 7:29 p.m.
noddaz said:

That is quite the looker.  Has one ever been T-56 and MegaSquirt swapped?


stanger_mussle (Forum Supporter)
stanger_mussle (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
10/18/20 7:40 p.m.

This thread is timely because I literally stumbled upon this yesterday:

Beautiful Italian Paperweight!


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