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Old 10-27-2016, 04:51 AM
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One thing I have to say is with all the 355 horror stories I have read about on Chat, none of the guys I know who own them has had any. Other than the standard 355 issues of guides and header, of which many cars have been sorted, there is little difference between the 348 and 355 engine management electronics, particularly if both cars are of the 2.7 monotonic era.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:15 AM
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I like the older 'analog' style interiors like in the 308GT4 and early 308. So I would choose a 348 for the somewhat less modern interior that it has compared to the 355. The interior of the 355 is too modern looking for me.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:21 AM
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One thing I have to say is with all the 355 horror stories I have read about on Chat, none of the guys I know who own them has had any. Other than the standard 355 issues of guides and header, of which many cars have been sorted, there is little difference between the 348 and 355 engine management electronics, particularly if both cars are of the 2.7 monotonic era.
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I like both 348's and F355's. I like most if not all Ferraris though

I looked at both 348's and F355's, I read stuff first like any sane person should. My first Ferrari was a 1983 Mondial QV and at the time I decided on a car the F355 was just coming to the end of it's manufacture (about 1998/99). It was the latest Ferrari and prior to my decision to have a Ferrari I was never really that much interested (more an American Muscle car fan and British to boot) in Ferraris other than the obvious petrolhead might be.
I loved the shape and as such that profile came from the 348 so I liked that too.
Any would have done but a lovely (needed some work though) F355 in one of my favourite colours (yellow) came up and I bought it.

The problems I read about on here, manifold cracks, valve seals etc were never a problem with my 1998 5.2 car. However like the 348 the engine out belt change did seem to be expensive for me, though I know others whom it wasn't/isn't.

The major issue I had on mine over a two/three year period was failed emissions on the annual MOT (Ministry Of Transport) test. The specialist had so much trouble locating the cause (a faulty component? new lambda and an earth issue ) and I ended up sharing the diag cost with another owner who's Spider was there with the same problem as mine at the same time.

Anyway my belief is simply down to how the car has been looked after a few years prior to your ownership and also how and who looks after it under your custody.

Ultimately buy the one that excites you the most and buy as good as you can afford (said so many times unfortunately).

I now own a 360 which I never liked as much as the F355 when it came out. I like it better now, probably at least in part because I own one!
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:25 AM
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I love my 348, that's all I have to say.
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there's only one thing i like about the 355....the round tail lights........

besides that, 348 alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the way...........

ps: that 75+ extra horses.......you'll never feel the difference......go give them both a try back to back..........they're both duds below 4k rpm.......
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:03 AM
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As someone who was lucky enough to have owned both at the same time for about three years I have to cast my vote for the 355.

I live in a very rural area so usually when I take them out it is for a 4 to 5 hundred mile round trip to get anywhere worth going. The go kart feel of the 348 can be great for the track but it really gets tiring on the open road.

Of course I sold my 355 earlier this year and kept the 348. The main reason being I found I like the TB(348) much more than the spider(355). Even though I like the look of a 355 spider there was no point to it in Montana and I put it down less the a dozen times in over 4 years. The road noise etc. just wasn't worth it.

The perfect car for me would be a 355B and I hope to pick one up in the future even if I have to trade off the 348 to do it. (althought it is a great car and I'd like to keep it and have both again)
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:07 AM
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It's a bit of an odd question, given that every 348 owner is going to say "348" and every 355 owner is going to say "355".

So, obviously the answer is: 355

Having said that, for me it was the 348 (and Testarossa) that first made me fall in love with Ferrari. And I still love both of those cars, and get a thrill when I see one on the road.

But, it's difficult to see why you wouldn't buy a 355 unless you were so completely in love with the styling of the 348 that you just didn't like the 355.
And if that's the case, fine, that's fair enough.

Otherwise, the 355 is faster, sounds better, is more comfortable, newer, more likely to continue to appreciate (because it is universally accepted as one of the very best V8 Ferraris), and in virtually every respect a "better" car.

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Old 10-27-2016, 09:25 AM
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ps: that 75+ extra horses.......you'll never feel the difference......go give them both a try back to back..........they're both duds below 4k rpm.......
I have, easy to feel the difference IMO.
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It's a bit of an odd question, given that every 348 owner is going to say "348" and every 355 owner is going to say "355".
agreed - one for one. this is exactly why i specified the price difference. to me, the question is, in this scenario, is the 355 worth the $24k premium?

some great replies!! loving the information and perspectives. much appreciated. i love both cars for slightly different reasons.
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I love my 348, that's all I have to say.
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When I was shopping around for my first Ferrari, the horror stories about the 355 scared me away.

I went with a 348 and have no regrets.
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One thing I have to say is with all the 355 horror stories I have read about on Chat, none of the guys I know who own them has had any.
You obviously don't know BLAMPEE then, because it cost him $20,000 to make it right before he even drove it for the first time after acquiring it.
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Otherwise, the 335 is.... in virtually every respect a "better" car.
Considering the number, degree, complexity, and expense of the 355 problems discussed on these very pages that's highly debatable.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:15 AM
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When I was shopping around for my first Ferrari, the horror stories about the 355 scared me away..
Frankly, that is a shame.

I edited my original post on this thread which included my opinion on the point you have raised. But, since you have raised it, here is my opinion.

Most of the "horror stories" re the 355 come down to a few basic facts:

If you buy a cheap, poorly maintained 355 and you think you can continue to maintain it "on the cheap", prepare to be disappointed.

A properly maintained 355 is a very reliable thing, considering it is, after all, a '90s Italian supercar.

Some of the people on this website have a lot to answer for, IMO, and I'm glad I had the good sense to ignore them.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:25 AM
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ps: that 75+ extra horses.......you'll never feel the difference......go give them both a try back to back..........they're both duds below 4k rpm.......
You cannot be serious. That's like saying you can't tell the difference between a 430 and a 458.

I love the 348, but a properly sorted 355 is a much faster car by any measure.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:27 AM
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