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Discussion in 'Lamborghini Discussion (not model specific)' started by odythedog, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. odythedog

    odythedog Rookie

    Mar 30, 2004
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    I am very close to purchasing a 1987 Countach but I am worried about maintnance and reliability.If there are any countach owners could you please give me some advice as to what I am in for and I also have heard that some of the countach's had a problem with catching on fire,what is that all about?How much money should I set aside to maintain a countach.Thank- you for your time.
     
  2. ralfabco

    ralfabco F1 Rookie
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    First of all I sell Silversulfadiazine Cream. This works real good with
    2nd degee burns. SSD Creams costs about 24.95 for a 400 gram jar.
    You will need a prescription from a physician. The name brand:
    Silvadene will set you back more money. SSD is the generic.

    As far as what to look for. CLUTCH CLUTCH CLUTCH


    This is the problem to check for. Lamborghinis do not have belts.
    The clutch will last, if the driver knows how to leave stop signs and
    traffic lights. You may also want to check the AC. My car has
    been quite reliable. There were a few bugs that had to be worked
    out. The car has started up every time. It is a "thrill" to turn the
    key and here the motor begin to turn. I enjoy turning that key.
    The engine comes to live, and the garage shakes.

    Check for # of owners, and service records. It is important to see
    where someone has serviced the car consistently. You do not
    want to purchase a car that has almost twenty year old radiator
    fluid. Believe me there are cars out there that have original fluids.

    Take your time and find the best car you can locate. Then go to
    Autoparts and find a fire extinguisher.


    P.S. They are a blast to drive. They do not flex.

    No power steering. Gotta love that. I do.

    Don't beleive all the BS about how difficult they are to shift. The clutch
    is stiff. The rear visibilty is very poor. I have not been honked at yet. LOL


    Good Luck
    Ralph
     
  3. 4re308

    4re308 Formula 3

    Jun 13, 2001
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    I drove several Countachs. I have found that the Countach is an amazing handling car, and realyl fun to drive. I had some guy pull up next to me in a white Countach and ask me for some Grey Poupon! The cars make people go crazy. I have always wanted one.
     
  4. tifosi69

    tifosi69 Karting

    Dec 23, 2003
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    Ralph, LOL about the burn cream, and the last part about the fire extinguisher is PRICELESS!! Seriously, your Countach is the ultimate, I would not mind having an '84-88 white-on-white with the factory white wheels, the ULTIMATE supercar in the looks department IMHO. So you love it? Not too much in the headache department? Do you find people kind of look at it as "ancient?" I have heard someone yesterday make that comment regarding the Countach as getting long-in-the-tooth as compared to the new offerings but I gotta believe, even with Diablos, Murcis and Gallardos that the Countach is still a real head-turner kitty magnet, is it not? Besides, only real gearheads know there are newer models.
     
  5. tifosi69

    tifosi69 Karting

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    BTW Ralph, not to be too personal but how long have you had it and what, in rough dollars, would you say you have spent on maintenance, repairing gremlins, etc. over that time period?
     
  6. 6.0 se

    6.0 se Formula 3
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    Have had my 88.5 white since new.Just purchased another 88.5,yellow.Make sure that regardless of miles,that the engine had come out of the car 1 time.My yellow 88.5 has only 3200 miles on it,but the original owner never had a major service.The valves have to be adjusted,and chains tightened.Very rare to find one that hasnt had a clutch replaced early on,but they are out there.Make sure that if the car you are getting hasnt had it,that you allocate 8-10k,because it will need it at some point.Again,most have had it.Check for sagging springs in the rear,and tires rubbing in the wheel wells.That is very common on U.S. cars because of the extra weight.When I take my Diablo and Countach to a show together,the Countach still gets more attention.It is an incredible and radical car,particularly 88's and older.
     
  7. superX

    superX Karting

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    I have an '87 also. for almost 2 years now, 16k Km. Awesome car and very reliable. I wouldn't hesitate to drive my car anywhere...and I do! The bigest PIA has been getting the AC to work. I had to rebuild the whole system, but it works pretty good now. Needed a new voltage regulator on the alternator, new belts, various minor things....nothing out of the ordinary for any 15 YO car. Ditto on the clutch...avoid the burnouts and it will last a long time. It gets attention like you wouldn't believe. I've been video taped, flashed, propositioned, the reactions are 99% overwhelmingly positive. Countach is just one of those cars that will never go out of style. It stikes such a universal chord. good luck with it.
     
  8. ralfabco

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    I have had it one year. The car has had just over 3K in maintainance.
    The majority of that invoice was for AC Rebuild. The car cost me 75K.
    All told I have 79 in the car.

    The original owner lived in The Bay Area. I understand he had little
    reason to run the AC. The AC was rarely used. The fittings and
    connections corroded. Everything had to be rebuilt.


    The car fires up all the time.
     
  9. ralfabco

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    LOL


    My wife and I went to a Ferrari Party on the north side of Houston. We
    drove the car about 1 1/2 hours that night. We had "five" different people take pics of our car while we were on the freeway. It is funny to see this while you are driving. You are concentrating on the road and then the little mini-nuclear flash lights up your car. LOL

    Imagine all the people that forgot there cameras. LOL
     
  10. ralfabco

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    It does appear to look older next to the latest vehicles. So does a BBi,
    Daytona and "others."

    Not much in the way of headaches. Every 16 year old + car while require
    minor repairs. It is the major repairs you want to avoid.

    REMEMBER ONE VERY IMPORTANT POINT. Buy the best car you can locate.
    A 60,000 bargain that needs 18,000 in work; is still a 60,000 car at the end
    of the day. That is a very valid point. That does not apply just to a
    C/T. That applies to other exotics as well.


    6.0 SE. My car has the original clutch. I am the 2nd owner. My clutch
    appears strong. It pulls the car from the top. My car has 11,100 KM.
     
  11. odythedog

    odythedog Rookie

    Mar 30, 2004
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    This is the one I am looking at. www.zrauto.com-----I have to drive from Edmonton to Calgary to look at it.It seems very nice.The thought of me owning this makes me tremble.If it all checks out this little beeeotch will be in my driveway by the first week of April.---Tell me what you think.
     
  12. superX

    superX Karting

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    I have an '87 also. for almost 2 years now, 16k Km. Awesome car and very reliable. I wouldn't hesitate to drive my car anywhere...and I do! The bigest PIA has been getting the AC to work. I had to rebuild the whole system, but it works pretty good now. Needed a new voltage regulator on the alternator, new belts, various minor things....nothing out of the ordinary for any 15 YO car. Ditto on the clutch...avoid the burnouts and it will last a long time. It gets attention like you wouldn't believe. I've been video taped, flashed, propositioned, the reactions are 99% overwhelmingly positive. Countach is just one of those cars that will never go out of style. It stikes such a universal chord. good luck with it.
     
  13. superX

    superX Karting

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    Exterior looks very strong, no signs of wear and tear at all in those pics. Nice that it has the euro style front bumber and no rear bumper. Now I got the urge to drive mine!
     
  14. 6.0 se

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    Yours is the exception to the norm.If I had to make an educated guess,I would say that 90% of the cars over 6k miles have had or need a clutch.I have owned 8 myself,and have inspected 15 or so for various people,and all had or needed a clutch.It is the largest and greatest problem,as you said in your first post.
     
  15. 6.0 se

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    What is the price in U.S. dollars?
     
  16. odythedog

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    While I am in calgary I will also be looking at a BMW M roadster for a friend.Is there anything that you guys can tell me about this car.I imagine after looking at the countach anything else will look bland.--Thank-you for your input.
     
  17. ralfabco

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    I also own a 01 Z-3 3.0 Roadster. It will be bland. LOL



    & it is a Saturday night car. Has only 2,300 one owner miles.

    It is like 7/11/Circle K/Stop and Go Vanilla Ice Cream.
     
  18. ralfabco

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    6.0 SE can you tell me about this ?



    Can I purchase 3/4 of your 6.0 SE ? That is my budget my boss at home
    has allowed. LOL She learns fast.
     
  19. allanlambo

    allanlambo Formula 3

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    My Countach had over 76000 on the clock, on its original clutch, still good. AWESOME CAR.
     
  20. Senna1994

    Senna1994 Karting

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    Why did you ever sell it?
     
  21. allanlambo

    allanlambo Formula 3

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    I traded it in, and made money on it.
     
  22. ralfabco

    ralfabco F1 Rookie
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    Look whom the cat dragged in.


    Please kindly leave the current Countach owners to handle this post.


    It is not often that people ask about our quaint cars.
     
  23. allanlambo

    allanlambo Formula 3

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    ahhh Ralphie buy, hows those pics coming from December?
     
  24. ralfabco

    ralfabco F1 Rookie
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    I did ask for an extension. My extension is almost up. The weather is
    improving.


    As far as my earlier comment.

    About leaving the "current" owners to handle this.


    I am just concerned that you might bang your pots and pans and charge
    down the hill. See we are a bunch of Fighting Bulls at the top of the
    hill looking at all the females at the bottom. You cannot just charge
    down the hill. You have to carefully walk down and get/F*** them all.
     
  25. 6.0 se

    6.0 se Formula 3
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    76000 miles?How many of those did you put on?How many times was the engine out?Just curious.Im thinking of submitting that one to Guinness world book of records,along with the 800h.p. Diablo.
     

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