Any buying pointers for F355 ... PLEASE

Discussion in '348/355' started by spiderscott, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. spiderscott

    spiderscott Formula 3

    Feb 24, 2004
    Ratarossa HQ Wokingham, UK
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    Hi All

    Having sold my 348 spider im now looking to upgrade to a F355.

    Im going to see a 1994 F355B this weekend and was hoping to get some ideas of things to look out for and check??. This is a 94 model so one of the first produced, Ferrari made an update on the 355 in 96 apart from the airbags what were the other modifications and why were they made ?

    Kind regards
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  3. jakermc

    jakermc Formula 3

    Jan 17, 2004
    Palm Beach, FL
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    Didn't the 355 model year begin in 1995?

    Search for '355 problem' or '355 valve guides' and you should find the answer for what to look for.
  4. richard_wallace

    richard_wallace Formula 3
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    Feb 6, 2004
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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    Richard Wallace
    That would be a very rare 355 - The first model year for the 355 was 1995 :)

    Do a search - there are tons of information on makes, models, service things you should look for, prices, etc. Just do a search for "355"
  5. TigerAce

    TigerAce Formula 3

    May 29, 2003
    Dallas, TX
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    Yoshi Ace
    Fill out your profile please, so we can give you who to look up to depending on the area, too.

    Just quick ones here:
    1. Check inside trunk for moisture. If heater pump is somehow damaged, you'll feel some dumpness there.
    2. Electric fan is weak point for 355. Check it during the idling.
    3. Check for rock chips in side sills, front bumper, & side air intake area. Unless it was repainted, there should be some chips comparable to mileage & use.
    4. Look under the car. If some part of panel is new or too clean, more likely it was replaced.
    5. Oil leaks on dumpers. You may have to remove the cover for both side to see this, and I don't know the dealer will let you...

    Check repair/maint. record, of course, along w/ the history of a car.

    Use the caution for just like buying other used cars. If you buy it from F dealer, you maybe able to get Power Warranty, so you can ask them for details.

    Good luck & enjoy your search, too.
  6. jimpo1

    jimpo1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 30, 2001
    Dallas, TX
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    Jim E
    I think production of 355's actually started in '94, and we all know the Euro cars model years differ from ours. Maybe it's a Euro?
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  8. sherpa23

    sherpa23 F1 Veteran
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    May 28, 2003
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    Don't forget to check the base of the C pillars for stress cracks.
  9. blackenzo

    blackenzo Formula Junior

    Jul 15, 2004
    Northern VA
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    Peter C
    get a 355GTS..saw one driving by pinky's(best hot dogs in the world) a few nights ago. man its so awesome and the sound is amazing. plus i like the open roof idea but its still a coupe.
  10. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
    MA USA
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    Mr. Doody
    considering getting ahold of the FORZA buyers guide article. it's all covered on this site if you can find it, but it's educational regardless.

    search for "ross periodicals" and you'll find their contact info for back-orders.

  11. F40

    F40 F1 Rookie

    Apr 16, 2003
    Were 94's OBD1 or OBD2?
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  13. richard_wallace

    richard_wallace Formula 3
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    Feb 6, 2004
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    Richard Wallace
    The 355's were 1995 production cars - there were a few built in late 1994 - but still were marketed as 1995 (regardless of build date). All 1995 production F-cars (Last 348 Spiders, 355, F50, and 456's) were OBD1's.
  14. henryr

    henryr F1 World Champ
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    Nov 10, 2003
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    Juan Sánchez Villa-L
    wait till the 430's start hitting the pavement unless you must own now.
  15. Dino

    Dino Karting

    Nov 3, 2003
    San Diego
    "wait till the 430's start hitting the pavement unless you must own now."

    Yes, becuase the 360 spider prices will plummet.....
  16. msage355

    msage355 Formula Junior

    Feb 8, 2004
    Woodland Hills
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    Chech on the fire wall for a yellow paint mark this is to mark that the hose clamp has been moved to avoid the fuel lines.

    here is the factory letter
  17. Higgins23

    Higgins23 Karting

    Jul 16, 2004

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