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Posts: 8From: EdmontonRegistered: Sep 2002
jedi
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Thursday, September 19, 2002 4:14 PM

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Which of above would you recommend as first ferrari. I'm not overly concerned re: performance, I think any would be adequate. I'm most concerned with which will be most reliable/cost efficient, and which will work out to be financially smarter in the long run.

jedi



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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
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Saturday, September 21, 2002 6:49 AM

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The 328 is popular due to its "refinement status" of the earlier 308. Maint costs are pretty similar. Answer really depends on budget.

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William V. Badurski
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Posts: 28Registered: Jan 2002
fmasiarz
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Wednesday, October 09, 2002 2:25 PM

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Hi...........

According to an article by Steve Ahlgrim [SA], former sales manager at FAF Motorcars, in the August 2002 issue of "Sports Car Market", the 328 is the "best built, most reliable Ferrari ever. Period." SA goes on to state that it is the product of many years of experience in the production of the 308, is solidly constructed with a tubular steel frame, has a simple Bosch fuel injection system and an engine which can be serviced without removal from the car. And "it was the last Ferrari that could be repaired by a good import shop" because of the incorporation of "high-tech" computer technology in all subsequent models.

One man's opinion.....!

Good luck in your search.

Frank R. Masiarz
BB512 - S/N 23005


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Posts: 3From: cummingRegistered: Oct 2002
parkerf
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Thursday, November 07, 2002 4:14 PM

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My first Ferrari was a 1986 328GTS and four Ferraris later I have a 1994 348 Spider. The 348 is much more car than the 328. It is faster, sounds better, handles better, is more comfortable and is just an all around better car. I would go for the 348 any day. Just be sure you find a good car that has been properly maintained.

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Frank

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Posts: 1Registered: Jan 2005
MDpolo
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 12:04 PM

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Good morning,

I am also looking to buy my first Ferrari. Not sure on the model - budget of $60,000 or less. Perhaps as a daily driver. 308 GTSi and 328 were suggested to me... I'm reading that 348 & Testarossa should be on my radar as well.

Any suggestions? I'm looking for reliability. Any suggestions as to reputable dealers in Los Angeles to help me in this process???

Thank you,

Max


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Posts: 254Registered: Mar 2002
Mitch
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 2:10 PM

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Max:
The only problem I see is with the Testarossa. The cost of repairs is pricey. Otherwise in the 308 - 328 - 348 discussion, I agree with the earlier replies. Go with the best you can afford.

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Posts: 2From: PuneRegistered: Jan 2005
tush..
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 11:48 PM

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I would prefer 328. What is your budget

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Posts: 22From: Palm Beach GardensRegistered: Feb 2005
Canesfan
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Thursday, February 24, 2005 10:02 AM

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I was also on the fence with the same 328 / 348 / Testarossa question. I think it really comes down to what you want to spend. The models listed are in order from least to most expensive both for initial cost and maintenance / operating costs. So I think if you really nail down the budget that you feel would make you happiest for the initial purchase, you will be led to the right vehicle for you. I personally just purchased a 1989 348ts. I am comfortable with the decision because I did not want to face the high maintenance costs of the TR.
BT

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'89 348 TS Go Canes!


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Posts: 153Registered: Feb 2004
Tom Manchester
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Tuesday, October 11, 2005 4:41 PM

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I've had my '87 328 GTS for 8 years, and, while it has certainly required some maintenance and repairs during that time, it has generally been a great car. I've put about 25,000 miles on it during that time, so some maintenance is to be expected. It just passed California smog testing for the 5th time since I bought it.

I would certainly recommend a 328 over a 308 in that, along with the extra power, it has been refined in appearance and function. With either you can expect that the rubber components will be deteriorating, regardless of the mileage. 348s have some advantages, and they don't seem to retain their value as well as some other Ferraris, so you can find some pretty good bargains. For me, the 328 is the classic body style, and the performance is great. It also still has the trunk behind the engine that's big enough for a golf bag, and most of the maintenance can be done from under the engine cover or through the right rear wheel well.

Oh yeah....it's blast to drive!


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Posts: 1Registered: Dec 2005
Hydekirk
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Sunday, December 11, 2005 12:00 PM

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What I would like to know is which car has more leg and head room, the 308 or 328? Issues like foot room and access to clutch and brake, etc.

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Kirk Hyde


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Posts: 254Registered: Mar 2002
Mitch
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Monday, December 12, 2005 8:54 AM

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Kirk:
The questions you are asking are personal to you. This is the fun part! Go and try out the different models you are interested in, test drive them, try them out for size, adjust the seat to fit you. After you decide which model is most comfortable to your personal requirements, the above answers apply to your final choice.

If you are big guy, you might want to consider an older front engined 12 cylinder car. These were and still are 'gentlemen's drivers'.

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Posts: 7Registered: Jan 2006
308GTS _MAN
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Saturday, January 28, 2006 12:10 PM

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I currently own a 1984 308gts and the car is great. I drove the 328 and talked to a few 348 owners and the cars condition and service records are very important. The 308 is my choice.

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I have 308 gts money but Enzo taste.


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Posts: 2Registered: Apr 2006
Paul308
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Monday, April 24, 2006 5:51 PM

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It's definitely a matter of personal taste. I really love my 1985 308 GTS QV and appreciate the fact that it isn't as refined as the 328 or 348. It's all a matter of taste though. The 308 ws the car I fell in love with as a kid and that's the one I had to buy!

Paul




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Posts: 1From: OCRegistered: Feb 2007
Horse w/8 Legs
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Thursday, February 08, 2007 12:36 PM

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I am contemplating purchasing a 348 Spyder. I love everything about it, except for the pedals. I've owned exotics before with pedals close to each other... but while test driving the 348, I just could not avoid depressing clutch + brake, or gas + brake.

Perhaps I'll just take off my shoes every time I drive? Or buy a pair of those super-narrow Ferrari Puma driving shoes?

Thanks!

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Coming soon.... Shiny red 348 Spyder


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Posts: 113Registered: Jan 2004
scaglietti
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Saturday, November 03, 2007 6:06 PM

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I bought my carb'd 308 Feb of 86, and still own it. L o v e i t!! I've tracked it along with 328's, and 348's. My observations are the power diff between the 328 is negligible. I do notice the 348 pull away on long uphill's, but it's not a huge difference. The F40, 288 makes me feel a bit slow, and 512's of all types have more noteable strength. Between 3X8's of all types, the experience differs mainly in terms of maintenance, and there's a character difference between carbs and injection. One feels a bit more like a Mercedes, and the other, a bit closer to a ????? (maybe an Alfa GTV). The maintenance is not terrible on carb cars. Points every 15K, and check carb sync when you're "in-there", which really isn't bad when the car is sorted out to begin with. Basically, they're all fantastic, and this decision is one of the greatest and most fortunate decisions to agonize over. (IMHO)
Best of luck!
B-




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Posts: 3From: St LouisRegistered: Jan 2009
Nick M
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Sunday, January 11, 2009 12:58 PM

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<< It's definitely a matter of personal taste. I really love my 1985 308 GTS QV and appreciate the fact that it isn't as refined as the 328 or 348. It's all a matter of taste though. The 308 ws the car I fell in love with as a kid and that's the one I had to buy!

Paul
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That is where I am. I am ready for my first, and I want a 308 GTS from that TV show. I know there are probably better mechanical rides, such as a 355, but I want that 308. I am looking at fuel injected models.


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