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  1. monza03

    monza03 Rookie

    Jan 16, 2004
    Looking at purchasing a 308 in the coming year and wanted to start doing some research. Are there any particular models I should look for, any particular year? Are there any major problems with certain models or features? What should I look for and what should I stay away from.

    thanks for your advice
  2. formula1joe

    formula1joe Formula Junior

    Nov 3, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
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    Joe Bennett
    That is just opening a can worms asking which 308 is best.

    Here are some notes to help though:
    Before '80 the 308's were carburated, fuel injected from '80 on.
    '80 to '82 supposedly has slight vavle problems if the car is not maintained
    The quatro are higher in cost but are regarded by some to be a much better 3 series car then the early 80's cars
    There are few fiberglass models out there of early 308's that are coverted because of their light weight compared to the metal bodies used later in production. If you get lucky, you will find someone willing to part with one without knowing what they have (very unlikely).

    I can not find the Forza article on this, but I know a while back they had an article on how and what to look for in a 308.
  3. Willis360

    Willis360 F1 Rookie

    Aug 4, 2001
    Redmond, WA
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    Willis H
    I suggest a search on this site as well as the old FChat site. There's a ton of information on the series to help you in your decision. The Technical section will help a lot too.
  4. 308 GTB

    308 GTB F1 World Champ
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    Barry Wolinsky
  5. Willis360

    Willis360 F1 Rookie

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  6. hardtop

    hardtop F1 World Champ

    Jan 31, 2002
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    I have owned 3 308's of various years. Here's my view.

    The carb models are the coolest
    The 2 valve injected (80-82) are the slowest
    The QV's are the best all around drivers.

    Which model you go for depends on your purpose for owning it, how much you plan to drive and your mechanical ability (or lack of it).

    308's had numerous changes almost every year so in depth research helps.

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  7. 62 250 GTO

    62 250 GTO F1 Veteran

    Jan 9, 2004
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    Can you turn them all into daily drivers?
  8. Peter

    Peter F1 Veteran
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    Dec 21, 2000
    B.C., Canada
    Of course you can. But do keep in mind, that what you have is a 20-30 year-old-car, so expect a few glitches to come up now and again (can be said for any car of that age).
  9. branko

    branko F1 Rookie

    Mar 17, 2003
    Birmingham, Alabama
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    Branko Medenica
    All of the previous posts offer excellent advice. Good luck in your search. And when you find the right one, let us know and post some pics.
  10. gtu935

    gtu935 Rookie

    Dec 18, 2011
    freeport NY
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    Wiliam Rudtner
    My 1979 308 GTB has become my daily. Just wont drive her in the rain so I always check the weather :))
  11. Nuvolari

    Nuvolari F1 Veteran
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    Sep 3, 2002
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    Rob C.
    That's great to know 18 years after the last post :D
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  12. thorn

    thorn F1 Rookie
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  13. s219

    s219 Formula Junior

    Aug 26, 2021
    Better late than never ? :D

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