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What about buying parts.. Clutches.. Oil change.. Etc.. I need to do my first car service in 19 k which is 3k away
Check with Jeff at Formula Dynamics for regular service consumables.

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For clutches and more heavy duty parts, most of us in the UAE order from Euro Spares in the UK. They send stuff directly to Max or whoever (apparently Alex Renner won't accept) and get it installed. Just make sure Max now has his SD diagnostic machine up and running, otherwise he'll just install the clutch and send to dealer to adjust the kiss point and add an ugly charge to the bill. Ask Vijay (owner) if he's running the SD already (last time I saw him he said he bought it) and please let us know. I am in Singapore now, otherwise I'd pick up the phone and tell u.

http://eurospares.co.uk/index.asp?M=3&G=

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friends,

I went to Alex Renner to replace the pads, and was told the cost of parts alone is over 11K Dirhams. I asked if I can provide parts, can they install, and the answer was NO.

I am planning to order pads and rotors from Jeff Dynamics, and was wondering if anyone knows of trusted workshop that can do the pads replacement and surfacing of the rotors.

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Hi, check in the Autotrader magazine, in the last pages, you see will several pages of garages...

i found one in AbuDhabi Automatic engineering garage
 

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Out of curiosity, living in a country full of sand, how does your car cope with it? Have you seen any issues?

One day I was at a local garage and there was an Aston DB9 (imported from Dubai) which had a lot of AC problems, they eventually had to strip the whole AC out of the car and rebuild it. The pump was blown and the intake/piping were full of sand.
 

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Out of curiosity, living in a country full of sand, how does your car cope with it? Have you seen any issues?

One day I was at a local garage and there was an Aston DB9 (imported from Dubai) which had a lot of AC problems, they eventually had to strip the whole AC out of the car and rebuild it. The pump was blown and the intake/piping were full of sand.
My mechanic says you need to replace the air filter more frequently and ideally you don't want to leave your car sitting outside for many days. If it was so bad, you wouldn't see as many supercars running around. Some owners are more caring than others, but there's a huge car culture in the Mid East and you get to see lots of nice metal.

How about in Greece?
 

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Greece is awful and I avoid driving there, the roads are good for an SUV only and the people not very friendly towards expensive cars (because too many politicians have been stealing money and buying expensive cars, so an expensive car is like placing a target marker on your head).

Southern Italy is also bad, not many good roads and crime is rather bad. Northern Italy is better, but there is considerable lack of good fuel all over Italy. Germany is the best, best roads and everywhere you go you can find 100 octane fuel.

Probably an overlooked country, but France has very nice country-side roads, very beautiful and full of corners.

Funny thing is, a nice place to drive is Switzerland, but the police is anal about their speed limits, so you have to behave ;)

One thing in common to all Mediterranean countries, is the sun, which is deadly to all cars, the paint looses its luster, the rubber parts harden and flake, the interior gets messed up really bad.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings... :)
 

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Surely you can get a better picture than that!
 

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Very nice. Looks like some other nice cars in that garage.
 

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That explains it. Thought the garage was in Modena. Where is it? Seems really large.
 

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Hi everyone,

I'm planning on moving to Dubai next year and looking to purchase a 08/09 Gran Turismo.

I've looked on Dubizzle and there seems to be a few, I'm just wondering if the summer heat effects the car, or if you guys know of any reliability issues with this year of car.

Are there issues with servicing or parts?

I'll be using it as a everyday commuter.

How are the people you deal with on Dubizzle?

Thks JD
 

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Hi everyone,

I'm planning on moving to Dubai next year and looking to purchase a 08/09 Gran Turismo.

I've looked on Dubizzle and there seems to be a few, I'm just wondering if the summer heat effects the car, or if you guys know of any reliability issues with this year of car.

Are there issues with servicing or parts?

I'll be using it as a everyday commuter.

How are the people you deal with on Dubizzle?

Thks JD
Be sure to put on some high quality tints (I have clear ones) to keep interior cool so the plastics don't melt and get sticky, this can be avoided by parking in the shade. Be sure to have air filter changed more frequently due to dust and change fluids and check tyre pressure often. Other than that, you'll enjoy having something more special than a 911, which is a dime-a-dozen car in Dubai.

What you need to be careful of is the running costs.

In Dubai you have 2 options to service the car: 1) dealer (pricey) and 2) ARM (less pricey, but not cheap by any stretch) both will do a fine job, but be prepared for the occasional big bill. Such is life with these cars.

If you pick up one that is still under dealer warranty, that would be ideal.

Also, if you plan to drive in the city everyday, you are better off with an Automatica version vs. the F1; you'll also save some $.

Good luck with the move and keep an eye on Dubizzle, you can find some good deals, but be sure to insist on an inspection at the dealer or ARM to make sure you aren't picking up someone else's problems. :cheers:
 
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