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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

WATCH FOR NE­GLECT

Ig­ni­tion is by ei­ther Marelli Digi­plex or Mi­croplex ig­ni­tion, with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel in­jec­tion (Motronic on the 3.4 T). En­gines are broadly re­li­able but di­ag­nos­ing prob­lems can be time­con­sum­ing and costly, so check for dash­board warn­ing lights. The ex­haust is prone to corrosion and re­place­ments start at £800. Mon­di­als can’t be run on a shoe­string – ser­vic­ing ev­ery 6000 miles is a must, so DIY main­te­nance wasn’t un­com­mon when these cars were cheaper. Bud­get at least £1500-2000 for an­nual main­te­nance, and slightly more for a 3.4-litre car.

GEAR­BOX GLITCHES

The Mondial’s five-speed man­ual gear­box suf­fers from the usual Fer­rari idio­syn­crasy of sec­ond-gear stiff­ness when cold – to the ex­tent that most driv­ers shift straight from first to third un­til the gear­box oil has had a chance to warm through – but is other­wise ro­bust. Clutch re­place­ment is £1000 at a spe­cial­ist, though. A hand­ful of Mondial Ts came with a Va­leo clutch-less trans­mis­sion that’s com­plex and costly to fix, and there­fore not as pop­u­lar as stan­dard cars. Else­where, check for oil leaks and un­pleas­ant noises from the ZF lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial.

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