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    Carrera GT maintenance

    Could anybody here inform me what kind of servicing Carrera GT has?
    What I am especially interested is whether the engine needs every 10000km or so rebuilt, whether the clutch needs replacement very soon etc. Generally speaking, how much money does the carrera gt cost every 10000km? I know that in this league of cars a possible buyer should not care about the service cost, but I ve heard weird rumours that every 5000km the clutch is burnt and the replacement costs 16000euro plus 3500euro fittment and that the engine needs a major service every 15000km (cannot imagine how much this would cost).
    I am thinking of doing the big step and buy a used one and I want to know if I am going to regret it or not. Many of them have 15000-20000 km and have been depreciated a lot ( than new).

    Please if you can give me as much information you can.

    Thank you very much

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    An owner in rennlist needed a clutch replaced at 8500 miles and it cost EUR 19500. Oil changes are about EUR 1000 and not all dealerships can do it.

    Before checking the costs I would check that you have an OPC near you that can handle the CGT. In the Tokyo region there are about 20 dealerships but only 2 that can take care of the CGT.

    The biggest concern you should have is that the warranty is only 2 years and is NOT extendable. The parts are bespoke and should you need a new gearbox for example you might end up paying EUR 50,000 or more!

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    The clutch should last a long time unless it is abused. The problem is some owners have difficulty using the clutch and shorten its lifespan. In the US, the cost to replace is around $25,000.

    Regular maintenance is not costly. No more than any other supercar. However, tires need replacement almost every 5000 miles and they are expensive.

    At 20,000 miles the engine needs a valve adjustment. I believe the engine needs to be remove to do the job. The cost and who is qualified to do it I am uncertain about. I have heard up to $35,000 for the adjustment but it was only a rumor.

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    the clutch is designed to last 100.000 miles if you know what you are doing
    that's why porsche as a problem warrantying them
    the clutch is not designed to be slipped

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    nberry said:
    The clutch should last a long time unless it is abused. The problem is some owners have difficulty using the clutch and shorten its lifespan. In the US, the cost to replace is around $25,000.

    Regular maintenance is not costly. No more than any other supercar. However, tires need replacement almost every 5000 miles and they are expensive.

    At 20,000 miles the engine needs a valve adjustment. I believe the engine needs to be remove to do the job. The cost and who is qualified to do it I am uncertain about. I have heard up to $35,000 for the adjustment but it was only a rumor.



    Nick,

    Back when I was looking at CGTs I looked into the maintenance issues, mostly because of what you posted about $35K valve jobs As far as I was told, there is no service on the CGT that costs anywhere near that much. I don't remember the numbers off hand but something in the $5K - $7K range was the most expensive I heard.

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    So the clutch issue that I was told is correct (around 20000euro).
    The only thing that remains is the engine maintenance. I wonder weather people sell it at 15000-20000km because they will need to pay a lot of money for that service. If that is the case I should add to the buying cost the engine and maybe the clutch cost

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    Nick- barring the clutch which as you said SHOULD last a long long time, if properly used, you think the CGT is not meaningfully more $ than your F430? pretty cool!

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    An italian C GT's owner has more than 70.000 on the odo...and he bought a new engine to be sure of use as daily-car his c gt in the future

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    andrea said:
    An italian C GT's owner has more than 70.000 on the odo...and he bought a new engine to be sure of use as daily-car his c gt in the future



    70000 km on a cgt? OMG

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    Raz, it is not in dispute that the CGT requires a valve adjustment at around 20,000 miles. However, no could tell us what the cost of the service would be. The up to $35,000 came from a couple of sources neither one being certain of the eventual cost.

    It would sem to me that Porsche could clarify the issue and to my knowledge have not done so.

    Did you buy one? Don't you have a Gallardo? If so how do you like it?

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    Quote:
    nberry said:
    Raz, it is not in dispute that the CGT requires a valve adjustment at around 20,000 miles. However, no could tell us what the cost of the service would be. The up to $35,000 came from a couple of sources neither one being certain of the eventual cost.

    It would sem to me that Porsche could clarify the issue and to my knowledge have not done so.

    Did you buy one? Don't you have a Gallardo? If so how do you like it?



    My dealer confirmed the valve job but pricing was much lower than $35K. I would assume any dealer's service department would be able to confirm the actual cost with just a phone call.

    I test drove a CGT and honestly it was the best car I'd ever driven, I didn't end up pulling the trigger because at the time the selling price was around $415K and I suspected that it may drop further. I still may pick one up second hand now that all of the new ones are gone, but I'm in no rush at this point.

    I did get a Gallardo Spyder at the end of last year and I've been enjoying it quite a bit. It has its own distinct personality compared to Ferrari and Porsche, not necessarily better than either, but different in its own way. I do appreciate the size and styling of the car, but from a performance standpoint I think it may be a little underpowered for its weight. The car does a good job of hiding the weight well, much better than my 996TT cab did in my opinion.

    The handling of the car is quite possibly one of its greatest strengths in my opinion, it just has a ridiculous amount of grip available even under heavy throttle in corners.

    The 6-speed gearbox is excellent, much better than the 360's 6-speed, but I haven't tried the F430's stick yet so I don't know how it compares.

    Throttle response is quite good, I'm so happy to be in a NA car again. When I sold my 360 all I had was the 996TT and Cayenne Turbo, and after a while you get sick of the turbo lag

    Then there's the sound. Oh the sound. Underneath overpasses, the Gallardo turns into a completely different beast.

    It is incredibly easy to drive, the only exception being visibility but the rear view cam helps with that. The interior is very nice, better than any Porsche or Ferrari I've had up to this point (note: my F430 doesn't get here until April).

    The driving position is good but not perfect for me, the seats appear to only go up at an angle and thus getting the perfect position between the steering wheel, pedals while maintaining visibility isn't always possible. The car's steering also isn't as engaging as I'd like it to be, although it is worlds better than the original '04 and non-SE '05 gallardos in my opinion. Some of this is going to be due to the AWD system.

    Overall it is a very fun car

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    Thanks. An excellent assessment of the Gallardo given your experience with its competitors.

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    i went several time with HA in his cgt, the car has 22k km, still original clutch , absolutly no problem so far to my knowledge. i just know that exterior parts are expensive as hell..

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    Have spoken to champion valve adjustment is required every 30.000 miles or 50.000 km and would cost 45 hours of labour at $110 .00 per hour /$4950.00 plus gasket
    service intervales are every 15.000 miles about $1000,00
    new clutch every 100.000 miles or 160.000 km [$30.000]
    I think thats unbelievable
    by the way I have over 10.000 miles on my CGT and have only had to replace
    rear tires and that's with many track days
    I found the tires very reasonable I only paid $ 350.00 granted I got them at cost but if you pay more than $500.00 you are being ripped off

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    DJC said:
    Have spoken to champion valve adjustment is required every 30.000 miles or 50.000 km and would cost 45 hours of labour at $110 .00 per hour /$4950.00 plus gasket
    service intervales are every 15.000 miles about $1000,00
    new clutch every 100.000 miles or 160.000 km [$30.000]
    I think thats unbelievable
    by the way I have over 10.000 miles on my CGT and have only had to replace
    rear tires and that's with many track days
    I found the tires very reasonable I only paid $ 350.00 granted I got them at cost but if you pay more than $500.00 you are being ripped off



    Best post so far regarding CGT maintenance. Thanks for the information, DJC.

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    DJC- 5000 per 20k miles seems fine for such an expensive car, but the clutch!!!

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    Well!! lets work this out I was told that the Maclaren F1 needs a clutch every3000 miles that means 30 clutches in 100.000 miles compare to 1 on the CGT I think it's a great deal nothing compares with Porsche reliability
    It would be interesting to have some info how long a clucth last on other +600HP supper cars last, this proberbly is why Ferrari does not offer a manual Enzo

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    i have also been told that the carbon rear diffuser and bumper cost 50000$

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    Quote:
    mpower said:
    [...] but I ve heard weird rumours that every 5000km the clutch is burnt and the replacement costs 16000euro plus 3500euro fittment [...]



    The critical element in using the CGT's clutch is temperature. The new carbonceramic material it utilizes doesn't transfer heat as good as the regular ones (which is due to the ceramics' specific heat conductivity). As long as you properly use the clutch (which means no excessive slippage in regards of duration and momentum) there should be no problem at all.

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    Quote:
    DJC said:
    Well!! lets work this out I was told that the Maclaren F1 needs a clutch every3000 miles that means 30 clutches in 100.000 miles



    According to Flemke on Pistonheads ( http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/ ), the clutch shims need to be adjusted, that's all. The F1 clutch does not need to be replaced every three thousand miles unless the driver is ignorant and insensitive with the car.

     
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