The Ferrari 360 Modena is now what you would consider modern classic. Starting in 1999, the 5-year production run spawned about 4,200 cars that made it over to the U.S (1,810 coupes & 2,389 Spiders).
The choice of a 6-speed manual or an automatic single-clutch F1 transmission was offered, although only 469 coupes and 670 spiders were specified with the manual.
The Ferrari 360 Service Guide is intended to not only keep your Italian exotic up to date with maintenance, but to give some insight on the brilliant mechanical engineering that makes these cars so special.
Bred from the minds of highest level of racing, the Ferrari 360 Modena requires regular service and maintenance to avoid costly repairs or failures down the road.
For example, not changing the oil in the Ferrari 360 Modena at the required intervals has quite literally costed owner’s tens of thousands of dollars when the contaminated oil corrodes their titanium connecting rods.
The Ferrari 360 Service Guide provides when and what to expect at each interval.
Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
Ferrari’s high revving V8’s are truly masterpieces in their own right. The Tipo F131 3.6L V8 is universally praised for its power and responsiveness.
Though just like any mechanical component, they become worn and stressed over time.
The Ferrari 360 Service Guide recommends oil change intervals every 3,000 miles, or once a year.
Many owners skip their yearly oil change because they haven’t driven 3,000 miles, however condensation and acidity builds up and can corrode the engine internals.
Regular service intervals are recommended by the Ferrari 360 Service Guide at
These service milestones usually come annually for most owners, however in the case of a low mileage vehicles, it is recommended that the vehicle is serviced at least once a year, regardless of mileage.
They include oil & filter change, air filter & cabin filter replacement, Brake fluid change, F1 fluid change (if applicable), transmission oil change and full inspection. Every second year also includes the coolant and power steering fluid change. Spark Plugs should be changed every 18,750 miles.
It is crucial that the Camshaft Belts be changed every 3 years, regardless of mileage. These belts are prone to cracking and can lead to a very expensive engine failure, or even a whole engine replacement.
Clutch replacement intervals differ between the manual and F1 transmissions.
An owner that drives with consideration to his clutch in an F1 transmission can see well past 20,000 miles, and under 10,000 miles if they are hard on it.
There is a clutch wear indicator on F1 equipped vehicles to make it easier to maintain it.
TIP: You can significantly prolong the life of your F1 transmissions clutch if you refrain from lurching forward in stop and go traffic. Stay on the brake until you are going to start moving and avoid “stop and go” movements because that what burns out the clutch faster!
Manual transmission clutches tend to last a little longer, usually 27,000-35,000 miles, depending on how it’s driven.
Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid
Fast cars need excellent brakes, and there is no exception here. The Ferrari 360 Modena comes equipped as standard with four 330 mm diameter vented & cross-drilled steel brakes. Four piston Brembo calipers are at each corner.
Brake wear varies between cars due to driving style, conditions, type of driving (road or track), etc. The Ferrari 360 Service Guide recommends that the brakes be inspected at least every annual service.
This includes inspecting the life of the pads and rotors. Some of the more common issues include brake fluid solidifying in the lines if not regularly driven and uneven pad wear.
Ferrari recommends only DOT-4 brake fluid as it withstands higher temperatures.
Tires, Suspension & Alignment
The only part of your car that actually touches the road are the tires. Therefore, it is extremely important to be mindful of your tire wear, and which tires you choose to eventually replace them with. The Ferrari 360 comes on a stock tire size of
GI Automotive has a wide selection of tires that fit the Ferrari 360 and would be happy to consult on the perfect one for your driving needs.
In order to keep the tires in proper contact with the road, the suspension and alignment must be properly set-up. The Ferrari 360 Modena has been engineered with an active suspension system to be suitable for various driving conditions.
This need to be inspected for leaks and electronic error messages every service. The wishbone ball joints are prone to wearing, and as such, need to be properly inspected and replaced when necessary.
TIP: Another aspect many Ferrari collectors or buyers over look is that most of the high-performance rubber components (bushings, hoses, brake & vacuum lines, coolant & heating hoses) start to degrade naturally after 10 years. This happens even if a Ferrari was sitting in proper storage. It’s prudent that you have a full inspection done on the car in order to closely examine and look for any signs of rubber degrading that might fail while driving. Any hoses or bushings that might look slightly worn will fail sooner than you think after the 10-year period.
Alignments should be done at least once a year, or if any suspension changes are made. The Ferrari 360 Service Guide recommends that camber, caster, toe, and height be adjusted to OEM spec, or a custom specification if necessary.
The Ferrari 360 Modena has proven to be a reliable car if cared for properly.
GI Automotive has the proper tools and Ferrari trained mechanics available to extend the life of your Ferrari 360 Modena.
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