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  1. ttforcefed

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    i dont take any of the comments as insults - what was i supposed to do? tell the dealer i wasnt going to pay? i did ***** and moan as they never let me know the what the tally was along the way so those prices i listed include a 10% discount. i will never use the dealer again obviously.

    wrt to the interior the carpets really do look like they were put together but an 8 year old - i think if i straighten the dash out as you said and redo all the carpets it will feel much better.
     
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  2. Rossocorsa1

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    We agree, which is my point. Aside from being outraged by the price tag, the truth is, most have few options. Here in the states, there are only a few reputable vintage Lamborghini technicians. Finding one that you can trust who charges a fair rate for trusted work? Well, that’s a whole additional challenge.
     
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    Absolutely outrageous that the dealer did not keep you informed of what was being done and costs. Again same problem in the UK that there are very few good shops, the objective seems to be to obtain the highest bill possible. As to specislists chose carefully even the so called experts make mistakes.
     
  4. ttforcefed

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    i haven't been able to track down any service or history on my car before i bought it in 2011. ive tried contacting anyone listed in the carfax so if anyone has or knows of who owned/serviced my car before me please let me know! also realized carfax shows a mileage discrepancy but its because someone converted KMs to miles and reported the miles number. ive reached out to carfax to fix it. motorcars of atlanta sold my car in 2007 - anyone have a contact there that wld be willing to search the files for any docs?

    ZA9CA05A6KLA12479
     
  5. joe sackey

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    Agreed, any professional shop, specialist or authorized dealer, should furnish an estimate prior to carrying out the work, no question about that.

    As regards good shops, I actually think there are a lot of them out there, when you think of all the carbureted cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s that are kept in fine fettle to run in the abundance of rallies and vintage races, you realize there is a significant cottage industry of specialists that know their way around Italian classic cars. Sometimes you have to look outside the scope of the small group of people who have branded themselves as Lamborghini-only specialists, I have done this in the USA (my restorer and maintenance specialist started off many years ago as a Ferrari restorer) and I know others who have done this in the UK to good success. I think the group of Lamborghini-only specialists who used to have a sort of monopoly over the work on the cars no longer enjoy this privilege as the values of cars have increased and owners have sought a higher standard of work.

    As regards 'experts' (read: Lamborghini-only specialists) making mistakes, I'm sure it happens, surely they know better and are simply cutting corners or doing sloppy work to save money.

    Having said all of this, anyone who thinks a Countach is a car that can or should be inexpensive to run is deluding themselves, if you want to own a Countach that actually works & performs like one should, and you actually use it regularly, it's going to rightfully cost you much more than a modern car to run, in the range of the numbers we have discussed elsewhere.

    Being in the business I cannot tell you how many times I have encountered classic car owners who proclaim that their car costs them next to nothing to run, and the reality is that although they claim their car to be 'perfect', upon thorough inspection their car turns out to be a haven of deferred maintenance throughout having been run on a shoestring budget.

    My advise is, find a skilled specialist (not necessarily a Lamborghini-only shop) who is still passionate about maintaining the cars, and let them do what needs to be done to make the car do what it can & should do, Ferruccio will be smiling up there.

    This is a very common CARFAX discrepancy created entirely by mechanics who don't realize the odometer reads in kilometers, or bother to make the conversion.
     
  6. ttforcefed

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    Btw the best part is the dealer said all that work needed to get done to get the classiche which ended up being a ******** piece of paper which i posted in the past.

    this car is really loud. 40 min ride and im exhausted. I may put the cats back on - is that blasphemous? Cant imagine anyone makes hiflow cats for it?
     
  7. ttforcefed

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    Do the front and rear fog light buttons actually do anything in a usa countach or diablo?? Either im a moron or they dont work!?
     
  8. cnpapa24

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    Going back to factory spec is never blasphemous.
     
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  9. ttforcefed

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    figured it out - what i thought were front fogs are actually brights for when the lights arent on.
     
  10. Rossocorsa1

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    #3585 Rossocorsa1, Nov 9, 2019
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    One thing is for certain, light switches on vintage Italian cars are always puzzling. Same for ventilation/air conditioning controls. But, that’s actually part of their odd charm.
     
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  11. ttforcefed

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    Yeh for the life of me i cant get the air to stop blowing - even with the circulation button off the air still blows and the system is off!
     
  12. joe sackey

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    Don't put the cats back on, old catalytic converters are a common fire hazard, instead take the exhaust off an have an exhaust specialist install supplementary muffling within the muffler tubes to quieten the system.

    They are flashers to be used at high speed in the fast lane to inform the car ahead that you are closing in and wish them to move out of the way!

    When you take care of the upholstery have someone skilled take a look at the electrics as they relate to AC system's switches, it's stuck on for some reason
     
  13. ttforcefed

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    ok i hear ya
     
  14. ttforcefed

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    #3589 ttforcefed, Nov 9, 2019
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    just drove it for another full hour. i take back any negative comments i've ever made in the past about driving it. the car literally changes personalities after 20 min, and i don't think i had driven it longer than 15 minutes a shot prior to today. when its cold it drives like a truck, i stand by that. but once its warmed up it becomes a potent GT. it certainly takes effort to enjoy but OMG how are these things under 300k usd?!?!?!?! what an experience. so glad i was able to spend time in it.

    now the dash lights at max setting are not even close to being legible - is that just how they are or do i need to have all the bulbs replaced? the dash lights up but it's so feint.

    need to figure out how to secure the passenger mirror because switching lanes at night is white knuckling!
     
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    Exactly! They need to be driven on proper roads to be enjoyed. Glad you were finally able to bond with it - they take some time to get over the intimidation of the Countach factor.
     
  16. ttforcefed

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    i think i might change the tan carpets to black...the tan carpet hasnt aged well...
     
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    Since for some reason this site still blocks links to the other site, here is the text of the write up that I posted.

    I just replaced my old incandescent instrument bulbs with the LED units. WOW!!! Talk about a night and day difference!! When I drove the car at night, the instrument lighting was so faint, I couldn't read ANY of the gauges!!

    Both photo's were made with the Rheostat turned all the way up. I used my Nikon D7000 on a tripod with remote so I could have a longer exposure that really showed the differences.

    Thanks again to RomanDad for doing all the research and finding the correct bulbs that are literally "plug & play".


    Here is the URL to the place RomanDad used. They are only $2.59 each. You will need 9 bulbs (1 each for volt, oil temp, oil pressure, water temp & Fuel level gauges and 2 each for the Tach and Speedo gauges). Also, you can replace the bulb for the little red light in the oil pressure gauge and the the light for the low fuel if you so desire which means you'll need 11 bulbs. I left those 2 alone since they were bright enough to see with the standard bulb.

    https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/194-led-bulb-4-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/198/

    I went with "Cool White" and the 90 degree beam.

    Mike
     
  19. S_AGATA

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    Really miss this car, best running Countach I’ve ever driven. Had the legs on our e39 M5 but not our e63 M6. Pretty good for a car from 1989!
     
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    Looks like those bulbs are being discontinued - they're on a clearance special, and a few combinations are already discontinued I presume because they're out of stock.

    Also says they're not dimmable? Most of the LED installs I've read about in the 3X8 forums they bypass the rheostat.
     
  21. dinonz308

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    Looks like those bulbs are being discontinued - they're on a clearance special, and a few combinations are already discontinued I presume because they're out of stock.

    Also says they're not dimmable? Most of the LED installs I've read about in the 3X8 forums they bypass the rheostat.
     
  22. raymondQV

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    You can improve the brightness already with bypassing the unneeded rheostat.
     
  23. ttforcefed

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    we cant post .mov ?? have a good video clip of my car in 1st and 2nd
     
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