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Discussion in '348/355' started by Ksullender, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. Ksullender

    Ksullender Formula Junior

    Sep 3, 2003
    880
    USA
    I am looking at purchasing a 348. I just sold my 85 QV and was wondering what I should look for?

    Thanks
     
  2. Badapple

    Badapple Formula Junior

    Nov 20, 2003
    870
    West London
    Full Name:
    Phil
    Hi,
    Are you after TB/TS/Spider?
     
  3. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    May 29, 2001
    16,557
    USA
    Full Name:
    Hugh G. Rection
  4. Ksullender

    Ksullender Formula Junior

    Sep 3, 2003
    880
    USA
    I'm looking for a TS or spider.
     
  5. 355f

    355f Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
    305
    Just got to reply to this!!!

    the 348 no worse than the 355 in reliability!!!!!!!! NO WAY

    just read all the tests and opinions and archives to see why!
     
  6. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    May 29, 2001
    16,557
    USA
    Full Name:
    Hugh G. Rection
    I base it mainly from actually speaking to 348 owners, and find that their problems are not as bad as has I have typically read. Most of the bad rep was with the early cars (89 to 91), and even most of them have being upgraded or fully sorted by now. The 355 issues seem to continue to mount...exhaust headers, valve guides, leather dash shrinkage, console plastic warpage, F1 trans issues, shock failures....I'm just finding that the two (348/355) models seem to be merging together in their respective issues...that is a 348 is probably not as bad as initially thought, and the 355 is probably a bit worse than people originally thought....probably because (finally) most of the 355's out there are starting to accumulate some miles (20k and more).

    I'm not bagging on the 355, I intend to get one, just my casual observation
     
  7. 355f

    355f Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
    305
    No thats fair enough!

    I can only say that of the 3 Ferrari dealers I know in the UK they all say that the 348 is definately one of the worst in terms of reliablity.

    There are issues with early 355 as you mention also
     
  8. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2003
    1,046
    London
    I owned a 348 TS and then a 355 GTS before going to a 360 spider.

    Personally I would recommend a spider rather than targa roofed versions. Firstly, being in the UK we have to worry about rain/leaking more than many US based owners. The canvas roof is far better than rubber seals at keeping rain out. That was the main reason for me switching to the 360!

    Secondly, the spiders are always released later than the hard top versions so inherently it gets past the issue of earlier models and their teething difficulties.

    As for 348 vs 355 - in terms of looks, its a personal thing - make your own mind up. Regarding today's car performances - the 348 will ease away from most things whilst the 355's extra gear does help to leave others for dead. Reliability, I found the 355 slightly better especially with the electrics but no worse than you's expect when comparing a 4 year old car with a 10 year old model.

    Izza
     

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