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355 Model Year Changes

Discussion in '348/355' started by Musta10000, Mar 20, 2004.

  1. Musta10000

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    Nov 22, 2003
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    I am getting more and more serious about buying my first F-car. I currently have a 2000 BMW M5 and a 1999 Boxster. I have contemplated between a 348 and a 355 (spider) and have come to the conclusion that the extra money will be well spent with the 355. Is there a website or could someone detail what the changes have been in the 355 over the production years.

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  3. l'esecuzioneItaliana

    Jan 29, 2004
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    I dont know much about the 355, but I know that was the car they introduced the F1 transmission on. And over the years you could get it in Berlinetta, GTS, Spider and Challenge. But im pretty sure nothing changed over its run. Just my 2 cents.
     
  4. gschiener

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    This website may be of some help to you: http://www.qv500.com/ferrarif355mr.htm
     
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  6. Jerrari

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    1995 355's are regarded as the fastest as they are "pre-emission" cars as well as having 2 throttle bodies (vs. 1 on subsequent years.) The early years had the possibility of soft valve guide problems and headers cracking as well. Cheers, Jerry.
     
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  8. Jerrari

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  10. Tomf-1

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    Jerry--- How early? Would you elaborate? Thanks.
     
  11. Jerrari

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    The valve guide problem was specific to 1995 (click on above link to synopsis by Jon Koford), the header problem, I am not sure about what years exactly.
     
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  13. nzo4re

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    Mar 13, 2003
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    Here we go again...That statement isn't exactly true...This issue has been way over-blown. Please read all of the indicated posts thuroughly. 1995 F355s are now heading toward their 10th birthday. If a car in question had soft valveguides, it's been addressed by now. It it didn't and the car doesn't use oil or smoke, then the problem doesn't exist for that particular car.

    Of course, if the 355 in question has high miles and is in need of a valve job, then valve guides are part of the rebuild.
     
  14. hockeyman1

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    I just traded my 2001 cab for 1999 355 ww/ 6900 miles what an awesome car......so far 1 st week has been great.
     
  15. ghost

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    How can you make a statement like that without filling out your profile or posting pics. That's mean! ;)
     
  16. FL 355

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    Musta -

    Production run 95-99. Different ECU (computer). 95 has OBD 1, 96 on has OBD 2. Some have reported 95 more HP, but marginal, maybe 5hp - advantage of OBD1 is if you want to pull the cats and replace with straight pipe you can do so without an idot light (check engine) - OBD2 is harder to fool but can be done. Spider weighs slighty more than a GTS (3,340 vs 3,294). All years same 5 vale, 4 cam, 4 coils, etc.

    NZO4RE is correct see the threads...in a nutshell:
    Some 95's had valve guide issues. Used soft bronze - fixed with steel. However just because you but 96+ does not mean you are home free. The soft guides were still used (I assume to deplete inventory) on 96 and 97. I have a 97 and it need the guides to be changed. Fortunately, I purchased from the dealer with and extended warranty and it was discovered during the pre-warranty inspection.

    Find a good clean car with all records, get a good PPI with a leakdown test and you will have a very reliable and enjoyable car...

    If you need any specific info send me a PM anytime.
     

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