The throwout bearing costs $2800... The front bumper? Don’t ask


They say that going to bed early converts into wealth and wisdom, doctors resent the preventive power of apples, and the most expensive car you can buy is a cheap exotic. While I can't comment on the effectiveness of fruit on medical industry professionals or what a healthy sleep schedule looks like, I can convey some mighty fine anecdotes when it comes to owning cheap cars that were never intended to be cheap.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/05/16/cost-of-fixing-lamborghini-murcielago-front-bumper-throwout-bearing

Ouch ouch and ouch. Painful to read, shocking prices. Thanks for enlightening me. No Lambo in my future!


Makes our Jaguars look like Camrys - and in fact many of the parts for our S3 XJ6 are indeed cheaper than the equivalent Toyota parts! (Well over 300,000 miles on our '79 XJ, BTW, with little beyond normal maintenance on the original drivetrain. Our '66 E-Type coupe is pretty low mileage, but has also been super-reliable since purchase in 1984.)


Please don’t call it a “Murci”.


It’s a Forrest Gumpmobile.


He’s got enough invested in it to call it whatever he wants.


With the money he put into it can he make a profit if he were to sell it? Does the car being in a car movie help increase the value? If not, then just threw his money away. Think it would had been better to buy one that was well maintained. When you see these older super cars in the 60,000-80,000 range or even something like a Ferarri 360, you have to be prepared for the cost of maintenance and the cost of replacement parts. You can’t just go down to the local Pep Boys or Autozone to get parts. Another factor with super cars in the resale world, the car buyers want to see a history of car repairs done at an authorized repair shop as compared to someone who does the work themselves. This is not like working on something like my old Triumph TR4A. Those old British cars are fun to drive too and the cost of maintenance is a lot better on the wallet but again my old car is not going to go 0-60 in 3-5 seconds.


At one point you mentioned Audi, which is another part of the Volkswagen Group. I was in aftermarket repair shop some years ago that had a Countach in for an oil change. (That’s an $1100 bill including the $200 oil filter BTW). What was most interesting was that the part numbers for the rear wheel drive shafts were visible and legible. The shop owner showed them to me and said "If you call the Lambo dealer and give him this part number, they’ll tell you that these shafts are about $1500. Each. But if you call the local VW dealer, give him that same part number, they’ll tell you these shafts are about $150. Each. Bottom line: It pays to know “The Volkswagen Family” of cars…


Always lusted after Ferrari and Lambo as a child, never dreamed I could ever afford/own one, but now that I actually can…I find that my common sense side says “Forget it, just buy a Porsche, and spend much less for the car, insurance, maintenance, repairs, etc.” Don’t get me wrong, I still love them, but not enough to spend my money on one.


I think you got a great deal … on a parts car. For the $150K or more you could get by dis-membering this one, you could afford a minor collection of fun cars, none of which would be threatening your financial solvency every time you noticed a small leak under them. I think it might have been Jamie Kitman who had written that the most expensive vehicle he had ever owned was a Lamborghini Espada - one that he had gotten for free.


And I assumed his financial solvency is fine. He is car knowledgeable about the can and knew what he was getting into, it’s a cool story


I respect this owner for getting under that beast and wrenching on it. This project would be a Supreme project and I really admire someone who takes on a huge project like that and makes it happen. I especially like that he only has $150k into the project.
I roll like that too and can relate to his tenacity and ingenuity. I’m always into projects that I know little about; but there are a lot of setbacks, but they do come together for me. Lately my projects have been rental renovations, house projects, etc. In 2001 I bought a 328 Ferrari and for many years I loved it I was intimidated by the projects like timing belts Etc. Nowadays there is a lot on line and a lot of great people are willing to steer you in the right direction. I still liked the 328, but I’m looking for a new toy. I drove and loved a Huracan, but because I would prefer a simpler life I may sell the Ferrari and get an older, fully restored Corvette.


I will stick with my c6 2010 beautiful car and damn near as fast