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Old 02-24-2013, 05:49 PM
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I bought a 2008 LP640 a few weeks ago. Because of my travels, it will finally be delivered Tuesday of this week. (You can imagine my anticipation.) The funny thing is that it's supposed to be cold and snowy here all week, and then I leave on a trip to China for 2 weeks. I'll also wait for all rocks to work their way off the road from sanding crews. Realistically I could own this car for 2 or 3 months without turning it loose on the roads! I flew out and inspected the car and it shows like brand new. Even the driver's seat. It's full of carbon fiber and has clear bra everywhere. I didn't drive the car. I have the entire history and service records since the car was new. Its Orange with black wheels.
Question... Do I feather the gas similar to letting a clutch out on a typical standard transmission? I read about lurching from another thread on Lamborghini-talk. I don't want to embarrass myself in this thing. Also, do I let off the gas pedal when paddle shifting, or do I just keep the pedal down? I'm concerned with normal driving conditions.
I'm also interested in a reliable shipper to ship my car between Colorado and Northern Wisconsin a couple times per year.
Thanks in advance for your input.
Dang, I can't wait for summer!

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Congrats on the new addition! As a 2009 LP640 Roadster relatively new owner, who never drove the car before purchasing it, I can relate to your anxiety about the first drive. Don't feather the gas when shifting up or down. You'll lurch a bit the first few times you drive it until you the get hang of the shifting patterns. It's all about preserving clutch life so avoid Reverse as much as possible, avoid keeping it in gear at the stop lights, hit the gas hard in between shifts--I don't ease off the gas when shifting. Get a CTEK battery tender and plug it in until you'll be driving it. You're in a cold climate state like me...be careful you don't get mice in the car if it's going to be sitting for a long time not driven in your garage! Post pics when you get her home. Enjoy in good health.
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Congrats! Looking forward to your photos and stories!

Consider over inflating the tires if it'll sit a long time (we put them at 50 lb) - but be sure to remember to adjust them if you take it for a mid-winter run.

We add a gas stabilizer after topping off (STABIL) since it tends to sit. We keep it on a battery tender. We start it about once a month and run it up/down the driveway and let it run maybe 20 min.

If you search for winter storage you'll find various suggestions about what to do to the car for cold climate storage.

Good luck and welcome!

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NICE buy! I remember when this car was debuted at the 2006 LA Auto Show! Such distinct character! With regards to your question
"I'm also interested in a reliable shipper to ship my car between Colorado and Northern Wisconsin a couple times per year.
Thanks in advance for your input. "

I recently transported my 1992 lp400 countach from Los Angeles to Miami. I used a company based out of Miami named Nick's Auto Transport. They were pretty great and were highly recommended on transport review sites. Here is their link Car Shipping Quotes | Auto Transport Quote | Ship My Car | Nicks USA Transport Any pics of your car you can post?
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1992 LP400 Countach? I'd like to see some photos of that.
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"1992 LP400 Countach? I'd like to see some photos of that." Sorry, meant 1990.... I would like to see pics of a 1992 model as well lol
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I drove a Murcielago for the first day. Man, the car just hugs the road better than anything else out there. The car I drove is lowerd and has 20".

It was a gated shifter and I found the clutch to be very easy, much to my surprise.

Visibility was not too bad either. No worse than a Gallardo!

The car is very hard to transport given its width. I think you will need to do it in a wide trailer (winched in and not driven in). The larger enclosed transport with lift gates had only 3/4" cleance on each side when on the lift gate.

Some egear tips:
1. give 20% throttle on start up
2. always come to complete stop before launching again
3. avoid dropping into 1st when coming to a stop by putting it in neutral from 2nd or 3rd gear
4. if car ever bucks, let off gas for 2 seconds
5. never backing up onto an incline/drive way
6. always leave your car in gear with handbrake on
7. when driving onto an incline, use left foot on brake and release after you press on gas with right foot. use some momentum to help you if possible.

Enjoy the car!
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Thanks to everyone for their comments and help. I'll post a few pics. I get it tomorrow morning off the transport truck set up by the seller's dealership. I'm having it delivered straight to the Auto Sound shop for an Escort front and rear radar detector installation. (It might help keep me out of jail...) Thanks again everyone. I'm sure I'll have a ton of other questions in the near future.
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Congrats on the new car...
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The driver just called. It's going to be here in an hour. Good think it's snowing! Sheesh...
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