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Discussion in '308/328' started by miketuason, Feb 5, 2020.
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The Ferrari 308 and 328 were the last Ferraris without power steering. In this car, the space under the dashboard and the footwell is very limited. Nevertheless, the power steering is built in such a way that it is imperceptible and does not get in the way of the pedals. The car still drives razor sharp but is lighter during parking and more stable in the middle position. If Magnum PI could have bought this EZ Power Steering set in the 80s, he would still be in Hawaii in his 308.
How much does it cost?
here’s their website:
I am TOTALLY in favor of this. Whether I actually purchase/install it is a different issue but I think it would be great!
FWIW, looking at the website posted in the OP, I can't figure out how to actually order the system. I'm NOT saying the info isn't there, just that I can't figure it out!
I have heard very good things about the systems but in a 308 or 328 I just don't see the need. My other half is a petite 60 somthing real size 2 woman who loves driving the 328 and has never complained about the steering.
The lack of power steering only sucks in parking lots.
I put in a fast rack and smaller wheel, so decided to go with it. It's speed sensitive, so tapers off to nothing at about 35kph. Works extremely well.
I’m not impressed by web site.
How much is all I want to know.
Yeah, I couldn't find price info or how to even obtain one on the website.
I was at a trade fair in Austria last year and the company was there. in europe it costs around 3000 euros without installation
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My thoughts entirely. I know many persons think I'm playing the macho guy when saying this, but honestly, I don't have any trouble at all with the steering of the 328, and I'm just a standard, regular size guy who has just turned 60 a week ago and who doesn't lift iron, etc...
True, compared to the most modern cars, the 328 steering is not the same thing, but I would not call it "heavy" by my standards. Including in parking lots. I even do parallel parking occasionally with the 328.
You have met Leslie. I am quite sure she would agree with you.
Had I purchased a 1989 328 in 1989, my first "suggestion" to Ferrari would have been to put PS in the 1990 model!
OK, I'll admit that my first request would have alternated between power steering and decent AC, depending on the season. But they didn't need a suggestion from me; they fixed both of my issues in 1990. Wish they would have kept the 328 body style. Had they done so, I'd own a 1990 328 rather than my '89!
I have seen another site that claims to have the same steering system available in the US for $1895. https://americanpowertrain.com/shop/fields/make-model/ez-electric-power-steering-for-street-rod-and-customs/ For anyone interested, might be worth giving them a call. I plan to do that when we are back in the US in mid-March. I'd happily pay that amount IF, as per their advert, there is no cutting of the body as other E-steering providers require.
Ferrari didn't fix that in 1990. The 348 never had power steering. It wasn't until the 355 came out in 1995 that PS was available and in Europe it was an option. Many in the US wish it had been optional here because they didn't want PS.
I really could use this electric power steering as my front tires are now wider, 225/45/17
"Ferrari didn't fix that in 1990. The 348 never had power steering"
OOPS - thanks! I was under the impression that the 348 did have power assist.
I would agree re NOT installing power steering IF we were talking about the old, typical hydraulic power steering that had an extremely vague feel. But Iv'e been doing a lot of research re this over the past year and power assist as per the current type of electric units is quite a different thing. They don't change anything re the geometry of the system, just adding assistance. If you turn them off, the system feels like the original steering
Interestingly, the 355 was my first choice when I began my Ferrari search in '07. The three on my list were the 355, 348, 328 (1989 only). I pretty quickly dropped the 348 because I didn't care for the appearance. I loved the look of the 328 but wanted the performance of the 355 (and I thought it looked good as well). The 355/328 choice became a matter of money; in '08 I could pay for a nice '89 328 but a nice 355 was beyond my means.
That surely can't help, Mike...
The 308/328 conversion requires cutting above the pedal box. I was very interested in this conversion until I found that out
I have atted the installation instructions for your review.
That’s a pretty good detailed instructions thanks for posting. And about cutting a square hole underneath doesn’t seems to bad unless you’re a 100% purist.
Can it be retrofitted to a Testarossa? I'm not familiar with the 328 steering rack setup.