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Old 05-02-2010, 08:46 PM
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2004 Gallardo- any issues to look out for?

Im looking to pick up a 04 Gallardo with low mileage from another state. Seller claims clean title, new clutch, flawless etc etc.

Any issues I should know about the 04/05 Gallardos? It is a paddle shift. Thanks fellas.
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Is it a private seller or a dealer?
Be careful of vin numbers under 400 (last digits of vin). Have a PPI done by Lambo dealer. Dealer can check if there is any clutch wear on a computer.
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Is it a private seller or a dealer?
Be careful of vin numbers under 400 (last digits of vin). Have a PPI done by Lambo dealer. Dealer can check if there is any clutch wear on a computer.
You mean VIN numbers under 0400. Obviously the cars over no. 1,000 are later, e.g., 1125 or whatever.

Newer clutch and upgraded E-gear software on '04's is a must, but virtually all of them have it at this point.
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The main thing I dislike about the '04's is the absence of the front end lift system. That just comes in SO handy with the Gallardo.
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if you're willing to spend the $30-40k premium for an 06 vs 04, go for it...me, i had better things to do with the dough.
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The 04 does not have the front lift system... I have never needed it. Most of those who have it rarely use it (if ever). The nose of the Gallardo is short and I have not had any problems getting over bumps (as long as you hit it an an angle) The 06-up have more HP. But if your not tracking it or racing every vette and mustang at the red lights, then who cares.
But as jcpca356 said if you're willing to spend more for an 06 vs 04, go for it"
I did not care if I had a front lift system or the extra HP. The 04 car looks and drives FANTASTIC!
Get the 05 if you can (but not for the lift system....just becuase its a newer year when you resale it). If you find an 04 thats in your budget and it makes you happy, then grab it. Either way you will love the car. The main thing is have a dealer check it out first so that you know of any issues. They are actually pretty reliable cars.
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You mean VIN numbers under 0400. Obviously the cars over no. 1,000 are later, e.g., 1125 or whatever.

Newer clutch and upgraded E-gear software on '04's is a must, but virtually all of them have it at this point.

Yes...thanks for clearing that up for me.
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The 04 does not have the front lift system... I have never needed it. Most of those who have it rarely use it (if ever).
Down here in Florida, and places like California, where we deal with a lot of rain runoff, it's really common to have steep entrances into driveways and parking lots, so the front end lift does come in handy.

I agree though, if you don't have that issue...then the front end lift is not a big deal. I didn't mean to imply that there's anything wrong with '04's....they're still amazing cars.
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i'm in the flat midwest so bumps are never an issue...not enough curves though
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any other reliability/wear issues to look out for? '04/'05 Lambos are actually rather affordable now......
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The main thing is clutch wear. Stick with a 6 speed if u can. If not have the Egear clutch checked by a dealer. They are pretty reliable cars. My 04 has almost 28k miles and no issues yet.
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The main thing is clutch wear. Stick with a 6 speed if u can. If not have the Egear clutch checked by a dealer. They are pretty reliable cars. My 04 has almost 28k miles and no issues yet.

Silly question, but the e-gear clutch wear is checked by a computer.. How is the 6mt clutch checked? Computer as well?
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Keep an eye out for the E-Gear actuator (pops out of gear while driving), self dimming mirrors drip the liquid onto the a/c controls (mirror is inexpensive but the a/c unit is around $1200), broken door handles (driver side key cover) which have been glued in, burnt out front diffs because of improper size wheels and tires, spark plugs that have never been changed, crooked wing or a wing that doesn't pop up...pretty much all that comes to mind right away

Seat position is different on some of the 04s as only the backs move plus the cushion material is different (little more plush on the new ones)
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I have had an 04 for year now and am close to 40k miles. The cars are great. I have never really missed the front end lift and while the system is very good, I have always been glad not to have to worry about any malfunctions with it.

The E-gear pumps can occasionally go out but I have had no issues with mine. Because of an earlier design and occasionally old (if non-updated) TCU software, they are prone to excessive clutch wear. It is important to drive them correctly.

The rear main seals are prone to leaking. The AC compressors are somewhat weak. The rear view mirrors can eventually leak and ruin the switch panel beneath them so I replaced mine before it became an issue.

If anyone used aftermarket wheels on the car it can mess up the differentials in the car and cause clutch wear.

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For what its worth you can scrape the front end over some driveways that you would not think were nearly steep enough. Learned that the hard way. Although, ironically enough, once you end up scraping the front end over a driveway then you can forget about the lift system because well its already scratched so who cares anymore (until you repaint it I guess - I'm not going to bother noone looks under the nose anyway).
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