High mileage 308 QV, 308 inj. and/or 308 carb.

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  1. Nero308QV

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    Hi fellow 308 drivers. I own since summer of 1988 a nero/crema 1985 308 GTS QV. As I put away money for it for years, I certainly did not want to have it as a garage queen. I drive it quite regularly (but not from November to mid of April) and use it on nearly all long distance journeys. I even have been to the North Cape in Norway, which is from my hometown close to Munich (Germany) a roundtrip of 5,600 miles. The total mileage today is 150,000 miles, and I would like to know, if there are other 308 owners, who managed a similar high mileage WITHOUT an engine overhaul.
     
  2. greyboxer

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    A friend has nearly 120 000 miles on his carb
     
  3. mwr4440

    mwr4440 Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Dr Tommy will likely chime in.

    His is "High Milage."
     
  4. Hans

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    Mine has roughly 100,000 miles now, slowly approaching overhaul time, as she's growing an appetite for oil (not too bad yet though)
     
  5. Ferraripilot

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    Lots of QV owners here with some good mileage on their engines. The nikasil liners allow them to go for quite a long time.
     
  6. shmark

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    Can you post any pictures from that trip? You might have the record for the furthest north anyone has taken a Ferrari. I'll bet it's beautiful up there.
     
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  8. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

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    rolled 109,000 Sunday before last! :D
     
  9. Perfusion

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    83,000 miles on my '79 308GT4...
     
  10. Crowndog

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    Mid 90's on my 85 QV, no smoke yet! No big oil thirst...knocking on wood.
     
  11. ClydeM

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    91K miles on my '83qv without a anything major going wrong with the engine or trans.
    She's in the shop now for her first ever engine pull to have the trans drive shaft re-shimmed and hoses replaced (while your in there).

    But she has had new leather & carpets, new bushings & shocks all around, and several small rusts spots and nose resprays over our 10+ years.

    She runs dino and doesn't burn any oil between the 3K oil changes.
     
  12. tazz99

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    Rolled over 150,000 on my 84 QV this week end. Smokes a little (oil smoke) on a cold start otherwise runs OK.
     
  13. hanknum

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    112k on my carbed '78
     
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  15. DWPC

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    Good for you and your automobile! My '85 has 79K miles and runs like a Rolex; compression is 150-155 all around, no smoke, no drips. Everything works nicely. "High mileage" is relative. 79K miles is over 26 years....3K a year. For you 6K/yr. Just enough to keep the juices flowing and arteries from hardening!
     
  16. GrayTA

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    I passed 70k in my '85 a few weeks ago.




    PDG
     
  17. Fairview

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    I like this thread!
     
  18. Nero308QV

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    I have only paper photos of that trip, but I will see if I can scan them and load them up.

    It's really good to read that I am not the only one who uses his Ferrari kind of regularly. In four weeks I will drive with my 308 QV to the Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance at lake Como in Italy, certainly only as a visitor.
     
  19. ckracing

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    My 84 GTS Nero/tan has 90K miles. Runs great.
     
  20. Bullfighter

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    Well over 20K miles on my 328 when I sold her.
     
  21. Merak1974

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    Pictures? Yes, please!

    ... well, it is as far north you can take a car :) BTW: there are some Ferraris in Northern Norway and I would guess several have been driven to the North Cape...
     
  22. etip

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    I have 65,000 on my gtsi.
     
  23. veloce33

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    76,000 miles, 85 gts.
     
  24. miketuason

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    250,000 + miles on Chairpilots 83 QV and 400,000 mile on a friend of a friends 308. So far that's the highest that I've known on a 308
     
  25. BillyD

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    BRAVO to all you who drive them! I have driven mine in snow & ice but rarely venture far from home.
     
  26. Big red

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    Truly an awesome thread... Those are some awesome numbers !
     
  27. Tillman

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    Makes the 114K on my 328 look like a starter kit :)
     
  28. jsa330

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    Good to know. 24K and rolling on in my '83!
     
  29. wazie7262

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    Is this for real??!
     
  30. DWPC

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    Having driven a MB diesel to 480K miles on the odo, I have an issue about referring to a 25+ yr old auto with 60K or 70K as "high mileage".
     
  31. miketuason

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    Yes it is.
     
  32. Matto

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    Drive it much, Billy. These gems thrive on miles and revs.

    I love it :D further blowing open the "fragility" myths about these cars.
     
  33. Fave

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    400,000 miles! That's 643,737 km!

    That's almost to the moon and back.

    Impressive
     
  34. montegoblue

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    133k miles on my 85 GTB -- she likes to rev to 7k+ and stretching her legs to 120mph -- no problem! Amazing cars indeed.
     
  35. Tifosi2011

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    My 85 GTS is just about to hit 72,000 miles.
     
  36. wazie7262

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    Wow! Some spectacular numbers here! :) Way to drive them boys!
     
  37. DWPC

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    The mileage numbers posted here show that "Ferrari" means substantially more than performance and glamor. These are tough cars. It's a shame so many F-cars spend their days bedridden; hovered over and polished while on trickle charger life support, and how the corrosive "collectible" syndrome is relentlessly pushing priorities from driving these marvelous thoroughbreds as intended, to fawning over decal authenticity and tool roll completeness.

    Rant over.
     
  38. Merak1974

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    Some the numbers posted here are truly amazing. Good to see that there owners out there who have realized what is the best way of enjoying these cars :)
     
  39. vaccarella

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    +1

    It's inarguable that driving the cars long and hard is much closer to the spirit of Enzo and the marque than the garage-queen concourse-pedant approach.

    I think it's like most religions; the true original intention of the founder is utterly lost in a swathe of made up liturgy spouted by false prophets.
     
  40. jsa330

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    The decision to buy my 308 was in part influenced by the idea of a practical Ferrari, that would be insurable as a DD with the regular full-use coverage that I'd been unable to get for the predecessor 330 2+2.

    Turned out to be a good call...since retiring, I don't drive nearly as much a I used to on a daily basis, but when I do go out, 90% of the time it's in the 308, even for short round trips to the store or gym.

    Life's too short to drive a boring car. My old BMW 635CSi made the daily work trip fun, and were I to go back to work now, I'd take the 308 provided the parking facilities were good.
     
  41. NWA James

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    I just got my 84 308QV back from the shop (hopefully the last time for a while) having replaced the 28 year old hoses and trans/ oil pan gaskets. It has just under 60,000 miles on it now. It had 56,000 when I bought it last June and has spent about 5 1/2 months getting her brought back to nearly new. Runs like a champ now! Amazing what having the fuel pressure regulator actually hooked up does for a car! She will not spend much more time in the garage now that all is well.
     
  42. Icandrive

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    Wow! Those are impressive numbers.
     
  43. ClydeM

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    But these cars aren't Daily Drivers. They are special to be enjoyed on weekends less they loose their specialness - IMHO.

    Mine is an '83 with 91K on her. I've had her for 10 years & 60K miles. She had her engine pulled to find a work drive spline shim and all her hoses replaced. All of 'em.

    It seems most Ferrari as casual drivers average 3K/year.
     
  44. bernardo66

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    Mine is just a few kilometers short of 100K.

    - engine has never been pulled;
    - clutch and water pump are about 12 years old;
    - all hoses replaced;
    - timing belts and tensioner bearing done 4 years ago
    - smokes a notch during hard acceleration;
    - oil consumption about 1 quart every 1000 kms.
    - a few oil leaks.

    Fires up and idles like a charm.
    Just drove her all afternoon, mostly highway. Ran beautifully.
     
  45. Bradley

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    Thanks for that!

    I have a M-B turbodiesel (84 300cd) with "only" 170,000 miles on it. Think I'll keep it a while longer.

    As for my Ferrari, I've got about 103,000 miles on it now - but I plan to keep her forever!

    Never any engine or tranny problems so far, never any smoke, no trouble starting, never had the famous "second gear" issue. But I am due for a belt change soon. . .
     
  46. Bradley

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    No rant at all, far as I'm concerned! Couldn't have said it better.

    (But I do have two complete tool rolls. . . :D
     
  47. jsa330

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    I've all the original tools, books, accessories, and service records, but am obsessing over where to find a proper sticker to replace the wrinkled-up one on top of the left wheelwell, next to the engine.
     
  48. Matto

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    #46 Matto, Apr 29, 2012
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    +1 - I was roaring into the sunset just this evening in my '85 with the top off and couldn't have said it better.

    A couple of kids, maybe 13 years old were looking closely at the car today in a parking lot. I said "hold on, guys...I'll open it up". I opened the door and asked one of them "want to jump in there and check it out?", and he did. Later he says to me "this is maybe the second Ferrari that I've seen in my whole life.....what model year is that, 2002, 2003?" I told him "1985, it's going on thirty years old".....he paused a second to contemplate the years. kid: "no way...I'll bet you never drive it, huh?"...me: "I drive it all the time, just keep it cleaned up and maintained".....kid: "wow...". Not so much about some amazing job that I do keeping the car up, but it was more about the quality, durability and "staying power" of these cars. Fun conversations :)
     
  49. Bradley

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    Oh, damn! Now I'm going to have to find that decal and see if mine is wrinkled! ;)
     
  50. jsa330

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    :) And after that, another...and another.
     

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