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I am looking to buy either a Gallardo. I plan to use as a daily driver but less than 5K a year. What type of maintanance is needed, such as major service, cost of repairs, common problems. Whats considered high miles? What should I beware of? I really appreciate anyones help as this will be my first Lamborghini (I've waited a long time). Thank you
 

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Less than 5K miles and a daily driver? Are you sure? Once you get a taste, I doubt that 100miles a week will do it for you, especially if that includes getting to and from work.

That would be about a service every 18 months or so, I guess (service interval of 7500m) . Insurance will be your biggest cost with those miles.

Best to search the board for problems - but the car has no major issues. :)
 

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The insurance is not much concern as I have a Viper ACR edition, Porshe 911 Turbo, and two MV Agusta SPR motorcycles. I decided to sell the two cars and just have one. To be honest with you the motorcycles are more to insure than the two cars. They are limited edition (Italian of course). Anyway, my company is only 1 miles from my house and I work 24-7 so driving is limited. This is the reason I want a beautiful car so I can cruiz the Las Vegas strip on weekend. Just want to know what I am about to get myself into. I dont mind shelling out cash for repairs but having the car in the shop regularly is my main concern. We do not have a dealership in the area, only in California.
 

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I agree with mhh, the Gallardo has generally proven to be pretty much fault free and the car does not require a high level of constant maintenace or service. Service costs do not seem high for a car of this calibre.

There have been some issues and adverse publicity regarding the e-gear, but these seem to have been pretty much sorted out in later versions of software. Even so, the e-gear can be a bit "clunky" in stop-start city traffic, and standing starts on steep hills can require some special "e-gear" driving techniques, but it really excells and excites once you get going. On the other hand, the manual versions have had some clutch issues, but new clutch upgrades seem to have sorted these problems also, and the pedal "box" is a bit cramped.

I think this is the main decision for any prospective Gallardo buyer. E-gear or manual. Both have their good points and not-so-good points, and this topic certainly always seems to attract a fair bit of emotion and division - and I'm not going there!

As an owner myself, the car has proven it's reliability to me, and I have absolutely no concerns that the car is "going to have to be in the shop regularly" due to problems. Hasn't happened.
 

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i believe there were some issues with water getting into parts of the engine during a wash or rain on early models, but those have been largely resovled (new coil covers). i've had a minor thing here and there (grease on the rollers that raise and lower the windows, squeaking brakes--common on most cars, etc.), but the car has really been sensational. i've been using it as a daily driver and have no issues with it. mine is a manual, and prefer that to e-gear since i live on a hill and i've read that getting an e-gear car up tricky hills (i have to nurse it over the first incline) is not fun.

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I have an 05 model and they recalled the service schedule booklet and replaced it shortly after I took delivery.

No more need for a 1500 mile service on the new cars! First service is now c. 7500.
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Finally bought a Gallardo

Thank you all for sharing your knowledge as it has helped me make my final decision....and the winner is 2004 Gallardo. It is being shipped from Houston. Orange (blue/orange interior) and transparent engine bonnet. I am very excited. I also contacted my insurance company and was quoted only $1600 year. Less than the Viper. Kind of odd!!! Now that I have read your replies I have decided to use the car everyday as I am no longer worried about the mileage. :) Anyway thank you again for your help.
BTW: Where is the best place to buy center caps?? I ordered new rims and need new center caps. I would use the ones off the OEM rim however I plan to sell them. Any suggestions?
 

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Congratulations! You'll have a blast. I left from a 355 spider without any regrets. Also have same color as yours with the black interior. It's a great daily driver. Too bad another snowstorm is on our way but I got to put in another 100 miles on mine this New Years Day. Next project is the Tubi.

vinrey :wave:
 

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Vinrey,

I see that you're in Michigan. Unfortunately I am as well. Very cold right now. I see that you are interested in the Tubi for the Gallardo. Just in case you want a second option, my company sells the Larini Gallardo Sport System. If you have any interest, let me know. I'd be happy to meet with you and show you the product.

Happy New Year.

Jason
DexM LLC
www.dexmllc.com
 

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Clear,

Congrats on your car!! Are you in Las Vegas? If so, the place to get your car serviced would be John at Italy Service. They are excellent. Everyone I know with an F-car or L-car in this town goes there. Although you would have to check as far as warranty work was concerned.
 

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I am in Vegas. Where is their shop located? Does all warranty work need to be at an authorized dealership? Finally, I hear that Wynn casino is planning on opening up a Lambo dealership along with a Ferrari and Maserati. Hope this is true.
 

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Jason,

Saw your site. I'll be giving your place a visit this spring and listen and compare. Thanks for the heads up. Can't wait for all this stuff to melt.

Happy New Year as well.

vinrey
 

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Jason,

Vacationing in Vegas? This is the best time...no snow. You own a bike?
 

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Well, we do have snow here now!! I have about 2 inches outside. ha ha. Italy service is on 2407 S. highland between sahara and Charleston. Their # is 702-382-5008. The wynn resort is opening up a Ferrari/ Maserati dealership. I have heard rumors that Symbolic motorcars of San Diego is thinking about it, but who knows. Yes, all warranty work does need to be done at a dealership unless you want to pay out of pocket.
 

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Tubi for the Gallardo

Just installed a Tubi exhaust on my Gallardo. Not only does it sound incredible, there is a noticeable improvement in performance. I have heard that the Larini is nice, but I have had three positive experiences installing the Tubi exhaust on a couple of past cars. :)
 

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Where did you buy the Tubi? Cost?

michaelo said:
Just installed a Tubi exhaust on my Gallardo. Not only does it sound incredible, there is a noticeable improvement in performance. I have heard that the Larini is nice, but I have had three positive experiences installing the Tubi exhaust on a couple of past cars. :)
 

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Gallardo problems

Careful with your new Gallardo... as I've posted elsewhere, the ARE problems with the car's clutch, sensors, and problems in the all wheel drive due to the lack of a viscous coupler. I also had touble with the trim coming loose around the windows and window setting problems. These glitches are a huge turn off for a car supposedly with Audi reliability. Try getting warranty work on a clutch after only 3500 miles! :mad:
 

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......problems in the all wheel drive due to the lack of a viscous coupler. :mad:
What problems? I'm happy with mine. This is the first I've heard of this. Please explain.

Seems you've had a few problems all around. How many miles has the car done?
 

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Amount of miles on a 1-year old car is not relevant, the disintegration of a G-car should not happen so fast.

Heard that all G-cars are real crap with respect to the clutches, and that one should look at a nice Diablo or F430 instead. But does this apply to e-gear cars (which presumably also have a clutch pack, albeit automatically actuated)?

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