Hey, I am a long time lurker and ferrari dreamer. I finally find myself in a position to buy my dream car--a 308. -I am willing to spend top dollar to get a well sorted 308 to start with. However, I am trying to minimize long term expenses. The last italian car I had was a 1979 Lancia Zagato which, despite thousands of dollars in maintenance, caught fire 2x, left me stranded all over this great country, and never had all its electrical systems working at the same time. After much disgust, I bypassed the dreaded Lucas system and rewired all essential components directly to the battery on their own switches, relays, etc (I also replaced all the gauges with Auto meters in a custom plexiglass gauge pod). Being carbed (with a gloriously modified racing engine) I didn't have to worry about EFI. My car looked like a Rally car at the end of the day with the endless row of toggle switches, but that was the end of catastrophic electric problems and my repair bills just disapeared. It seems the 308's have much of the same electronics as the Lancia, (Veglia gauges and Shoddy electrics), but also have very stout engines and trannys. Has anyone done any serious electric work on these cars? Are the electrical systems too complicated or integrated to bypass? I feel like if I could make the electrical system work out, the car would be very reliable---am I wrong? My wonderful patient wife--who puts up with my car collection and diminishing bank account has politely informed me that-- If this thing costs more than 1500.00 a year to maintain (sans the required services), you'll be sleeping in it. Am I being unrealistic in thinking I can rework the electrical system and end up with a car that won't break down or need something new every 5K miles? Should I just buy an old Viper R/T, Porsche 993 or new Lotus Elise and shut up?