Ferrari 599 GTB engine
Russell Smith, service manager at Ferrari specialist Bob Houghton Ltd, says the Tipo F140C engine is proving issue-free, but it’s vital it’s serviced meticulously. Maintenance is relatively straightforward in supercar terms, with timing chains rather than belts.
Bob Houghton Ltd charges £1200 for a basic annual service, with additional items according to the service schedule – the auxiliary drive belts are changed every three years, for example. Check that everything’s been done on schedule and this magnificent V12 engine need hold few fears.
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Ferrari 599 GTB transmission
The F1 gearbox is also fundamentally robust and reliable, but it’s important the oil is changed on time – at the very latest at 37,000 miles, but every two years is recommended. Check for a smooth pullaway from stationary and crisp changes up and down the ’box; if it drops into neutral at any point there are expensive problems ahead.
Get a dealer or specialist with SD3 diagnostic equipment to check the percentage of clutch life remaining. Wear obviously depends on use; Russell recently changed a clutch at 30,000 miles and it’s a £5000 job for parts and labour.
Ferrari 599 GTB suspension, steering & brakes
Ball-joints are one weak spot, and replacement costs around £500 per side, so listen for knocking noises on the test drive. Also check for leaking dampers – the Delphi MagneRide units cost more than £1500 each and can only be bought in pairs. Brake disc life can be checked with SD3 diagnostics.
Tyres are a significant expense (around £300 per rear tyre) but it’s important the 599 wears the correct Ferrari-spec Pirelli P Zeros or Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
Ferrari 599 GTB body, interior & electrics
No serious corrosion issues, but check for the usual signs of accident damage. Also get the car on a ramp to inspect the undertray, while any shimmying through the steering and suspension might suggest an off-road excursion.
Fault messages are quite common, but can often be cleared by restarting the car (or turning the battery isolating switch off for a few minutes). If they remain, get the fault codes read to avoid big bills ahead. A few owners have reported cracks or crazing in the perspex rear quarter-lights (c£500 per side to replace them), so check their condition.