WHAT TO LOOK FOR
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.
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.