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> Our 22k miles of Gallardo ownership: Buyers Guide, Remarks on the cars and costs of ownership
MrEd
post Nov 25 2009, 05:27 PM
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We have had our 04 Gallardo for almost 4 years now and put 22,000 miles on it. We have experienced many ups and downs, costs and freebies, and thought it was time to share our thrills and throes with everyone else.

You will find the buyers guide here:
http://supercarrentalsinc.com/the-complete...o-buyers-guide/

It is broken down into several parts but they are all available at that link. Please let me know what you guys think by posting here or on my site. I really appreciate it and I hope that it turns into something that future shoppers and buyers find useful.

If anyone else knows their own cost per mile number I would love to see how it compares to ours.


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post Nov 25 2009, 06:12 PM
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Very cool maintenance statistics. Very useful to the would-be buyer.

I mostly concur, except on 2 points that jump out at me:

1. Maintenance issues. Mostly in line with my experience, Escept your cart was rough driven. 2 sets of tires, new engine, etc. I imagine a non-rental car would have less issues...

2. Your website states: "Today, a 50k mile Gallardo is worth about $50,000." I have never seen a Gallardo below $70K retail, so how did you come up with this figure? Is this just extrapolated from a depreciation/mileage curve?


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post Nov 25 2009, 07:18 PM
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QUOTE (carbuff @ Nov 25 2009, 09:12 PM) *
Very cool maintenance statistics. Very useful to the would-be buyer.

I mostly concur, except on 2 points that jump out at me:

1. Maintenance issues. Mostly in line with my experience, Escept your cart was rough driven. 2 sets of tires, new engine, etc. I imagine a non-rental car would have less issues...

2. Your website states: "Today, a 50k mile Gallardo is worth about $50,000." I have never seen a Gallardo below $70K retail, so how did you come up with this figure? Is this just extrapolated from a depreciation/mileage curve?


2 good points. Driven more compassionately, I am sure that we could have saved the engine and gotten some more use out of the consumables. That being said, plenty of others have experienced the same issues. There might be a dollar or so that could have been saved by some James May Christian motoring!

There are not a lot of markers for high mileage Gallardos but I was offered an 04 launch car with 50k miles for $50k recently so that is what I was using. You could probably justify a valuation of $70k and I would not be surprised if there were plenty of buyers at that price. I did have an example there though. I think that the trade/wholesale value on it would be around there.

Thanks for the kind words and the feedback. I really appreciate it. I do realize that my use of the car is atypical but I believe that any real quantitative data can be useful.


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post Nov 26 2009, 09:08 PM
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Very helpful information for anyone looking to buy a Gallardo. It's nice to have the numbers and breakdowns even if they are largely representative of a rental car and may or may not apply to others.


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post Nov 27 2009, 12:58 AM
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Great read, very interesting, especially regarding the early engines.
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post Nov 27 2009, 05:21 AM
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Bring me functional Gallardos for 50K USD and I will buy 5 of them!!! OMG!!!


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post Nov 27 2009, 06:40 AM
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Interesting, but it really isn't applicable to private ownership as your write-up concerns a RENTAL car. Thanks, though.


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post Nov 27 2009, 06:43 AM
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QUOTE (slowpoke @ Nov 27 2009, 01:21 PM) *
Bring me functional Gallardos for 50K USD and I will buy 5 of them!!! OMG!!!


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Thats a what an used S5 goes for here!
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post Nov 27 2009, 09:50 PM
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Great write-up
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post Nov 29 2009, 04:58 PM
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QUOTE (jpohl402 @ Nov 28 2009, 12:50 AM) *
Great write-up


Thanks for the kind words guys.

Obviously the trials and tribulations of a rental car and different than many of us experience with our personal vehicles. That being said, I do hope that there is some validity here and that our experiences are helpful to others. I am certainly not trying to introduce them as universal but quantifiable data is always of some use.


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post Nov 29 2009, 05:01 PM
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Also, in case anyone is interested I did the same thing with our 360 Spider. The price of using the Gallardo came out to about 5% less than the Ferrari. Not a terribly significant difference but interesting nonetheless.

Here is the link:
http://supercarrentalsinc.com/the-complete...0-buyers-guide/


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post Nov 29 2009, 09:16 PM
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Thanks for the write-up MrEd!

I cannot believe this whole time my e-gear light has come on it was because I started the car with the lights, AC and amps on.

I just went out to the car, and turned all the gadgets off. Started the car and no E-gear light! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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post Nov 29 2009, 09:18 PM
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Ed how many total clutches did you do in 22,000 miles? Three? (every ~8000 miles or so?)

I haven't seen any 04 gallardos in the $50K range. $65 range, yeah. But nothing in the 50s.
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post Nov 30 2009, 08:03 PM
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I have 20k on my 08. Replaced the clutch when we did twin turbo, but we did a snap of it at like 12k and I believe it had 85-90% left.

Edit: Found my post http://www.lambopower.com/forum/index.php?...8&hl=clutch

15k miles 80% left on clutch.


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QUOTE (sprite @ Nov 30 2009, 10:03 PM) *
I have 20k on my 08. Replaced the clutch when we did twin turbo, but we did a snap of it at like 12k and I believe it had 85-90% left.

Edit: Found my post http://www.lambopower.com/forum/index.php?...8&hl=clutch

15k miles 80% left on clutch.


And those are all "easy" miles, right? icon_mrgreen.gif



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post Nov 30 2009, 10:05 PM
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QUOTE (TheAmericanStig @ Nov 30 2009, 08:17 PM) *
And those are all "easy" miles, right? icon_mrgreen.gif


Yes of course. Babying the car and never going past the speed limit.


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post Nov 30 2009, 11:09 PM
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QUOTE (joebiz @ Nov 29 2009, 11:18 PM) *
Ed how many total clutches did you do in 22,000 miles? Three? (every ~8000 miles or so?)

I haven't seen any 04 gallardos in the $50K range. $65 range, yeah. But nothing in the 50s.

Where did you see Gs for $65K?


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QUOTE (sprite @ Nov 30 2009, 08:03 PM) *
I have 20k on my 08. Replaced the clutch when we did twin turbo, but we did a snap of it at like 12k and I believe it had 85-90% left.

Edit: Found my post http://www.lambopower.com/forum/index.php?...8&hl=clutch

15k miles 80% left on clutch.


The OP did say that the second half seemed to go much faster than the first. Even if that is true it sounds like you should have gotten an easy 20-25k. Is your car an e-gear? Do you drive around in sport mode all the time or just regular?

PS... I would like to hear the story of the dude that blew up the car. Did he have to pay or?
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post Dec 1 2009, 03:54 PM
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QUOTE (joebiz @ Nov 30 2009, 12:16 AM) *
Thanks for the write-up MrEd!

I cannot believe this whole time my e-gear light has come on it was because I started the car with the lights, AC and amps on.

I just went out to the car, and turned all the gadgets off. Started the car and no E-gear light! THANK YOU SO MUCH!


I am glad that worked! It can be a real headache but that is a good way around it. There is some chance that it has something to do with the ABS control module but this trouble shooting solution has been sufficient for us.


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post Dec 1 2009, 03:55 PM
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QUOTE (joebiz @ Nov 30 2009, 12:18 AM) *
Ed how many total clutches did you do in 22,000 miles? Three? (every ~8000 miles or so?)

I haven't seen any 04 gallardos in the $50K range. $65 range, yeah. But nothing in the 50s.


I got the car with 17k miles

Replaced the engine and the clutch at 25k

I replaced the next clutch around 33k

I have 5.5k on this one. Still doing well but I haven't had it snapped recently.


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