Guys, thanks for all your comments! Very helpful.
From what ive been reading at the fc forum (the general stuff, not the aussie section which i have steered clear from) and 355Aussie and ferrarifixer's comments, it seems that valve guides is a common issue to watch out for and the car is an engine out type vehicle for servicing (which is something i have heard of from before).
I guess before i buy anything id be wanting to do a PPI (do they do that here? I know they do it in the US and UK).
Im prepared to buy a vehicle and then replace everything that is known to go or will go for peace of mind and maintain from there (hence, perhaps if i buy and/or get one imported at a cheaper price than local), unless i find one where i am 100% certain all the major stuff has been done recently. Id definitely be wanting to add a Capristo Stage 2 or 3 to it. Im not fussed that its getting old, I basically intend to keep the car forever (its still my far my favorite model, and i cant see how i would let it go once i got one!)
On a side note, if i do import the vehicle, can someone explain to me in general the process that is involved in compliancing and why the cost of it is around 10k (from what ive been seeing and told)?
Im trying to understand why such cost is justified as i have a colleague at work who emigrated from the UK and bought over his BMW 330i (admittedly this is a different car), and was told the same thing/cost regarding compliancing however he went straight to get his blue slip and it passed and was able to get the car locally registered thereafter no problem, which in his opinion made the whole compliancing thing a big money grab/rip-off.
Im not saying that it is necessarily a rip-off/money grab, perhaps something different is required with Ferraris, compared to other types of cars, i dont know, but just would like some insight into what exactly is done to the car to make them locally complianced.
Thanks again! Joe.