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Posts: 2From: ChappaquaRegistered: Nov 2003
Renoir
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Wednesday, November 26, 2003 11:42 AM

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Greetings,

I am truly a newbie and I would like to solicit opinions.

I currently have a 1999 Porsche 996 Cabriolet which I originally bought as a daily driver, but since have picked up a true daily driver, I wanted to get into a true exotic. I have also read that the experience of owning a Ferrari is a relationship that cannot be described.

My main concern is the cost of maintenance, relatively speaking, my Porsche is pretty low maintenance and service costs are reasonable. I have done some basic searches on the internet and have found that the 328s are the most economical to service compared to 348s, Testarossas, etc.. Because I have to plan for service/maintenance costs, my budget is around $45,000. I have narrowed my main choices to a 328GTS or Mondial 3.2 Convertible. I have not read much about service costs of the Mondial, are they about the same as the 328? What are some things that I should look out for?

Any thoughts and opinions would be greatky appreciated.



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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
FCA Technical Chairman


Thursday, November 27, 2003 6:56 AM

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First, I would drive an example of each. That should weigh heavily in the decision, as you don't want a car that's less expensive to maintain but not as much fun to drive. Second, the seating arrangement is a factor to consider. Do you need a 4-seat car? If so, the 328 is out of the question. Finally, check out the back issues of Forza magazine, as they did "Buyers Guides" on both cars and give good insight into maintenance issues and problems reported.

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Posts: 9Registered: Nov 2003
alexhay
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Sunday, November 30, 2003 6:58 PM

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Bill, What's your thoughts on a 1985 400 I as a daily driver?I need the 4 seats and love the styling of the car




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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
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Monday, December 01, 2003 8:15 PM

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Assuming the car is in good condition to begin with, I see no problem driving it regularly. That's what it was intended for. Familiarize yourself with the scheduled maintenance chart and keep things up to date. It should provide good service.

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