At six years old, Lamborghini’s useable V10 supercar has dropped to half its original price and can be had for around £60,000. Now’s the time to buy, says James Ruppert. Here's what you should be looking out for:
An issue on ’04 cars, but all should now have been upgraded. With a manual you can gauge clutch health by a visual inspection and pedal feel; an e-gear needs to be electronically interrogated. Replacement will cost £3000.
Pre-2006 e-gear models can have a lumpy gearchange. That could be a clutch issue in the majority of cases, but could also be the pump actuator on its way out. Paddle-shift system can be adjusted, but that won’t always solve your problem.
Tyres really do need to be the right sort. Pirelli P Zero Rossos are the ones to have; if Corsas are fitted it affects the traction control. Also, look at the alloys for damage and check the brake discs for scoring or warping.
Numerous examples have been damaged on track days and wild nights out, so it’s vital to look at the fit and finish of the car’s panels and investigate the history. There is a five-year bodywork and corrosion warranty. Look for respray telltales too.
If you hear creaking and cracking from the ball joints, they may need replacing. See if you can drive over potholes reasonably quietly. It will cost around £500 a side and is a fairly common occurrence.
V10 is a fabulously reliable unit. Provided it has been serviced properly — £1200 annually, £2500 every two years — there should not be a problem.
What we said in the original road test - 16/23-12/2003