I am creeping toward 28k miles in my LP640 which is relatively high but there is one out there truly eclipses any of the mileage that I have managed to accumulate on any of my cars. Simon George is a contributor to EVO Magazine in the UK and he has owned a first generation Murcielago for many years. He recently eclipsed 257k miles on it! That is right, over a quarter of a million miles in a Lamborghini. We should all be so fortunate. Bravo Mr. George!
Here is a compilation of several articles that should be helpful for buyers searching for new or pre-owned Gallardos. The Gallardo was produced from 2003 until now and there are a wide variety of configurations to understand. Use these articles as a start and then feel free to contact me with any further questions. If you would like help locating a car, I can certainly help with that as well.
I was curious to know what had become of the 2004 Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo (ZHWGU11S14LA00564) that I bought in 2006 and used for Supercar Rentals. I Googled the VIN number and didn’t find anything new. In 2010 I sold the car to an individual in Texas on consignment at the dealership. At that point it had about 40,000 miles. He enjoyed the car and drove it to around 51,000 miles in 7 months and then it popped up for sale at a small car lot in Texas.
The car was indicated sold but I never saw it turn up anywhere since then. I decided to pull the CARFAX and see what the records indicated to see how many miles it had and where it was located. Much to my surprise, this was what the CARFAX showed:
Last June it was exported from the US through Long Beach, California and imported into Hong Kong. The car culture in Hong Kong is insane and China is now outselling the US as the biggest market for Lamborghini each year. I will have to stay tuned to the Hong Kong Spotter’s thread on ChasingExotics.com to see if the car turns up. Lots of great memories in that car.
I bought my current 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo at the end of September. I just did an oil change after 5,000 miles. I wanted to take a moment to write down some reflections of the car during that time.
All of the driving actually took place in 4 months. I have been out of town some and the car was down for a couple of weeks waiting on some parts from Italy. Throughout the course of those 5k miles, I only had a couple of issues with the car. The first was a minor coolant leak. I noticed the temperature rising a couple of times and found a leak in the tube leaving the coolant reservoir. It was a simple fix with an $80 tube. The only other significant issue was with the tail lights. Gallardos create a a lot of heat around the engine and even with ample heat shielding, you will have some issues eventually. At almost 38k miles, I was getting some error lights for my brake lights being out. At first it was one side, then both. It turned out that the contacts were burnt up and the entire light assemblies really needed to be replaced. I was actually pretty happy to do that one because I preferred the non-tinted tail lights. That was approximately $600. When I had them put in, I went ahead and did an oil change.
That has really been it. I have driven the car in the rain a lot, in some light snow, and short trips on errands, on a long trip to Miami, and in every situation imaginable. It has been comfortable, reliable, and a ton of fun. The attention has been enjoyable and it has made my commute more bearable. I don’t miss the S55 at all even though it was an awesome car.
Most people think that you can’t do this – daily driving a highly strung sports car like a Lamborghini, but I am absolutely loving every minute of it. I may end up picking up something else interesting to relieve it of some of the miles but there is no immediate need. I toyed with selling it for a little while but I simply couldn’t bring myself to do it. Anything is possible but for now, I am just looking forward to the next 5,000 miles.
Spending less than $1,000 in maintenance over the course of 5k miles illustrates that you can use these without much concern for catastrophe. The part that is even cooler is that the car’s value probably hasn’t changed at all during those 5k miles, and likely will not over the next 10-15k. I guess I will just have to keep driving!
I have enjoyed owning this 2004 Gallardo more than any other exotic car I have owned. It is my second Gallardo and I bought it in September 2011. I have loved every second of it. We went through the car when it was traded in here and did every service item imaginable. We did a clutch, rear main seal, front main seal, replaced all fluids and did all items for a 15k service, replaced the tires, painted the wheels, inspected the entire car, checked the shift functionality, fixed some radio wiring, and got the car 100% ready to go. We addressed each of the issues that I wrote about here for my PPI checklist. The car has approximately 38,500 miles. It is painted Blu Caelum over Avorio Lilium. It has an alcantera headliner, bi-color elegante interior, red painted brake calipers, and special order paint. The rear bumper appears to have been painted but it was a very good job and nothing structural seems to have been affected.
It has performed seamlessly for me. The only two issues were a small coolant tube leak from the reservoir (easily repaired) and I replaced the tail lights because I preferred them not to be tinted and the contacts were a bit worn. The car has an LOC exhaust that sounds incredible and gives the car an extra bit of power (it will occasionally cause the check engine light to come on but it cycles off). The car passed Georgia emissions this year. It also has had the factory tape deck radio replaced with a Kenwood touchscreen head unit with Garmin Navigation and a very nicely integrated backup camera. This was the same system that was used in the 2008 LP640.
It is a perfect Gallardo to drive and enjoy without having to worry about mileage or maintenance. It has a few small rock chips and minor scratches and interior wear consistent with mileage but it is a very nice car that drives spectacularly. I have had a blast owning this one but another car from my bucket list has become available and I would really like to be able to move on it. I just had our service department do an annual service on it, the brakes have approximately 50% life remaining, and the car needs nothing.
Pictures of the Gallardo from when I got it – http://edbolian.com/?p=1190
Photo Shoot at Road Atlanta – http://edbolian.com/?p=1971
Pictures of the Gallardo by Tanner Mashburn – http://edbolian.com/?p=2620
The price is $85,000. I have it titled personally so if there is a benefit for you in a private party purchase, you can buy it straight from me. If you would prefer to purchase it from Lamborghini Atlanta we can do that and help you to arrange financing. I have 2 keys, the owner’s manuals, service records, and a variety of interesting dealership materials from when the car was originally released.
Email me for more information and with any questions that you might have.
First cars released. 492 HP 5.0 L V10. Transparent Engine Bonnet Released late as option
Front end lift made standard
Power increased to 520, gear ratios shortened, shift software improved and pressure increased, Navigation and Backup Camera offered as options, Carbon Interior and Callisto Wheels released as an option.
Limited Edition “SE” Produced – 250 numbered units worldwide
Comfort Package released, Q-Citura Stitching became an option, Carbon II and travel package (cup holder) released as options.
Limited Eition “Nera” Produced – 185 produced
Matte Paints released, slight improvement to shift software on E-Gear cars
Superleggera released with lightweight components, extensive use of Carbon Fiber, 530 HP, revised suspension and exhaust, etc.
LP560-4 Revision of the Gallardo – new front and rear bumpers, new quarter panel design, new headlights and tail lights, new 5.2 L V10 with 560 HP, new AWD System, New E-Gear hardware and software, more options. Coupe only for US Production. Apollo wheels standard with Callisto and Cordelia wheels optional.
Very low number of Spyders produced as press cars for dealer and magazine demonstrations
LP560-4 Produced only as a Spyder.
LP550-2 Valentino Balboni produced with White/Gold stripe on interior and exterior – 250 units
5 2010 LP570-4 Press Cars were produced for magazines, television, and dealer displays (2 Yellow, 2 White, 1 Black)
LP560-4 Produced as Coupe and Spyder, new headrest design for all models
LP550-2 added as standard production model
LP550-2 Bicolore released in limited quantity – 250 produced. Option package – Black Roof, Transparent Bonnet, Leather Package I, Branding Package, Style Package, E-Gear.
LP570-4 Superleggera added with same changes as in 2008
LP570-4 Superleggera Blancpain Released as tribute to commemorate Super Trofeo partnership
LP570-4 Performante (Superleggera Spyder) Released – each US dealer received 1 MY 2011 DEMO
LP550-2 Coupe produced, Spyder added
LP560-4 Coupe and Spyder Produced
LP570-4 Superleggera and Performante produced
LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale produced in limited quantity – 150 numbered units
Here is a quick video of me test driving my 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo:
Here are a couple of videos that our fans made from giving them rides in the car: