I spend a lot of time on ferrarichat.com. Before I had my car checked out by the pros – I thought I would ask around to see if anybody had any ideas on what was wrong. A whole group, fraternity really, jumped in and lent a helping hand. Admittedly, I was in over my head – but some thoughts from my Ferrari brethren were:
1) Coil modules
2) spark plug leads
3) Bad Battery/Loose Battery Cable
4) Broken or loose vacuum hoses
5) Bad air filter and/or pathways
6) Dirty throttle body
7) “Hot start problem”
8) Fuse box failure
9) Engine management connectors
My goal is to bring these up with Johannes (at Dino Motors) and have him go through the list and do his best considering time/money constrains – then repeat the whole process again with “Dr. Brian Crall” with him giving a “second opinion.” It would appear that as long as you do proper maintenance and get all the problems sorted out (and not ignore them) – This should be a fun ride. By the way – I purchased the Ferrari from a Catholic Charity for $27,000
Just took delivery of my 91′ Mondial today (48K Miles) – it is a beauty. It is much better looking in person than in photos. Also, my ‘cherry’ got popped with my first Ferrari Gremlin. When driving at slow speed or a stoplight – the engine will stop spontaneously – requiring a restart. I thought it was perhaps low on fuel, so I took it to the gas station and filled it up.*It does not seem to have a normal auto stop on fuel.
When trying to re-start it – it would not until I applied some gas and started in first gear after numerous tries.
I’ve scheduled some service at Brian Crall and Dino Motors to have them sort out whatever issues the car has…
Now it is a fool’s errand to attempt to “magazine” race using pure numbers. “Fast” is also a relative term, a Hummer will think a Prius is fast. A Prius will think an Accord V6 is fast. An Accord V6 will think a C7 is Fast. A C7 will think a Bugatti Veyron is fast…
I’ve divided cars into 5 main categories when describing straight line performance (what most would use to define “fast”.) I know speed is not just what a vehicle can achieve in a drag race – I’m just talking about what good old’ Americana usually gauges as “fast” in a stop light encounter (which I long ago abandoned to my ignorant youth)
0) 0-60 in the >6’s 1/4 Mile >14s (The Rest)
1) 0-60 in the 6’s 1/4 Mile in 14s (Sporty)
2) 0-60 in the 5’s 1/4 Mile in 13s (Fast)
3) 0-60 in the 4’s 1/4 Mile in 12s (Faster)
4) 0-60 in the <4s 1/4 Mile in <12s (Fastest)
This being said; I’ve driven enough cars to know a vehicle’s dynamics is based not on numbers on paper, but on pure driving pleasure. I by no means want to convey quantitative snobbery. All Mondials are fine vehicles, in fact as I said – they are my “Dream Car.”
A consideration in purchasing a classic is not just pure “numbers” but the subjective qualitative experience. The Mondial I expect will provide this far more than any V6 Accord can.