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Posts: 1Registered: Jul 2003
speedracer33
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Sunday, July 20, 2003 1:31 PM

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Does anybody here use a 308 as daily transportation? I'm considering purchasing one for this purpose, and I wanted to see if I could get some guidance here as to whether this is a good idea or not. Okay, I know it isn't a *good* idea, but I want to know exactly how bad of an idea it is. I live in Pennsylvania, but I do have a sport-ute that I use when the weather is bad (and only when the weather is bad). Does anybody have any insights for me? Thanks.

Matt




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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
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Friday, July 25, 2003 12:33 PM

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No reason you couldn't. Probably better for the car than another garage queen scenario. Look for one that's had all maintenance done, especially timing belts. If driven regularly, the belts should hold up well too.

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Posts: 4From: Las VegasRegistered: Apr 2004
SC6311
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Wednesday, April 28, 2004 11:38 AM

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Hmmmmm....Don't see why not. I think like Bill said as long as shes had a decent overall recent service done such as belts etc...tires even and you don't continually "drive it like you stole it", it should be great. A guy at my athletic club drives his damn near everyday(except when it rains which is rare here in Las Vegas)
Anyway, make sure its a smart purchase and not a money pit and you should be A.O.K

CHRIS

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Posts: 8Registered: Feb 2004
Rayman
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Wednesday, April 28, 2004 7:47 PM

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Frankly I don't think driving it every day would be very pleasurable, stop and go, is a NO GO in a Ferrari. If you have high traffic, I'd advise against it. You'll never appreciate the car driving it like this.




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Posts: 254Registered: Mar 2002
Mitch
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Thursday, April 29, 2004 8:37 AM

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Some years back I had a 308 which I used as a daily driver. I live in New York City and the 308 was used 4 to 5 days a week. It was great fun.
I had a garage that allowed me to park it myself - so no one touched my car. The only time traffic bothered it was in the heat of summer. The problem I had in traffic was a sore left foot from the clutch pushing back - it didn't bother the car too much.
Mitch

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Posts: 15Registered: May 2003
sophia
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Tuesday, May 18, 2004 12:56 PM

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The clutch can get tiresome in traffic. The car will physically take it, they are tough mechanically. Cosmetics may take a beating depending on if you keep it covered at the destination end of your trip.

It's your money and car...I reserve my F-car for more planned outings to keep it in a more preserved/investment condition. Yet, it does get 100-200 miles a month on average so its certainly not a garage queen by any stretch.

I compare my commuter vehicle to jeans and a polo shirt, the Ferrari's my nicer wool suit. I don't have to drive the F-car in a commuting fashion to feel good about myself, the old truck's just fine for that, and then I don't have to worry about rapid rock-chip accumulations, door-dings, and other annoyances.

Again, the car will take it, but use signs will accumulate...if you don't care about this or you have the extra bucks for a thourough re-conditioning down the road, go for it. Overall though, Ferraris' aren't especially durable in the long term cosmetics dept.



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Posts: 113Registered: Jan 2004
scaglietti
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Tuesday, May 18, 2004 2:18 PM

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Matt,
Ferrari's are very solid, well engineered cars. The more I drive it, the better it feels. My Lancia Zagato has 32X,XXX miles on it. It's gone through wheel brgs, 1 clutch, 1 set of CV joints. The tranny is starting to feel worn, and it is developing some leaks. Amazing that parts like the water pump is fine, and the compression is even, and strong. My point is, I'd expect more from the Ferrari in terms of drivetrain, and chassis longevity. The parts are significantly more solid. Cosmetics - not as tough. If you want it pristine, or approaching, plan on some effort being dedicated to leather parts, and those exposed to sun.

Probably the main reason I don't hop into mine every day is the attention can be a problem. Enthusiasts are always welcome, but there are those who hate you because it's not theirs. You can never predict when an unwelcome response might come, and your mood when it does. If you take it out on occaision, you are signing up for the whole experience on those drives. Other times, you just want to get somewhere. Another prob to the daily scheme is that a Ferrari begs to run. Rear view mirror fatigue might get old, and counter the experience.
All the best!
Bruce


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Posts: 33From: LincolnRegistered: Jul 2003
dasMafia
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Wednesday, June 09, 2004 12:00 AM

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just an addition... as much as I would WANT to drive ferrari every day... I would NOT.

my commute is 3 miles at 35mph... takes about 5 minutes.... OK, so maybe its not REALLY 35 mph...

but the point is that I would not subject a car with the POTENTIAL to have a financially catastrophic failure to that routine...

now, lets say your commute is 2 miles out of the subdivision, up the arterial, then onto the freeway for 10-15 miles, onto the other freeway for 5 miles, hop off the freeway and then swing into the office-park and slip it into your reserved spot in the garage... that's a different story.

think about the use-cycles on your communte...


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Posts: 4Registered: Aug 2011
CrankyFerrari
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011 9:15 PM

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No. I have owned a 308. It had tubi exhaust. The engine sits right behind your head. You will have a headache driving it through normal daily traffic. You feel every tiny bump, perhaps every hair on the road. You feel as if you are sitting three inches off the road.

It is a great car. A beautiful car. For me, I NEVER had an issue, but I was very careful with service.

I think you'd stop appreciating the car and find driving it every day to be a bit of a chore instead of a delight.

There is no way I could have driven my 308 every single day. Sedans have their place in the world just as Ferrari's do. (from a mechanical perspective, no problem so long as you follow factory recommended service)


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