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Discussion in '348/355' started by W00dEar, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. W00dEar

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    When you take the roof off, do you carry it somewhere in the car when your drive? Or it has to be left behind?
    My old NSX-T you put it under engine cover when you go open air, is the GTS like that too or no?
     
  2. zjpj

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    I think you may just put it behind the seats... not sure though.
     
  3. Robin

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    Fits right behind the seats.. barely takes up any room. I'm 6'5" and squeeze right in even with the top behind the seats.

    -R
     
  4. ze_shark

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    Yes, the roof fits behind the seats, car is delivered with a leather cover but I never use it (makes funny leather on leather noises when moving against the seats. Had my mom sow a cloth cover instead. The roof has two pegs that fit into corresponding holes in the car's floor.

    Decently designed if you are not overly tall, as the roof prevents to move the seat as far back as desirable. If you're taller than 1m85, you might be really uncomfortable.
     
  5. W00dEar

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    Great! thanks all!
    I think I am getting the GTS out of the 355 line-up, it has the beautiful lines of the coupe, and better for performance driving, yet you can take the roof off for open-air motoring once awhile. Best of both worlds I guess.
     
  6. ghost

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    Have you got something lined up already?
     
  7. W00dEar

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    Not yet.
    I do not really know what is the best channel to buy those cars. I like to use eBay as a measuring tool on pricing, and buy the car from a dealer/broker that I can visit. But it seems most of them ask like 20k higher than eBay price for a similar car.

    I want a GTS, most likely with manual tranny, in red or yellow, with about 20k miles, hopfully 30k serivice is done. I am willing to pay up to 85k. Is that reasonable figure? What is the best source to find a car?
     
  8. zjpj

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    85K should get you a perfect one. They seem to be between 75 and 85.
     
  9. Robin

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    Ferrari of Washington has exactly what you're looking for. Red/tan 95GTS... great shape, full records, only minor flaws. Asking upper 80s... I'm sure you could get it for $85k or less though.

    -R
     
  10. BigHead

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    FWIW, there is a folding cloth roof available for the 355 GTS/348ts. I had one when I had a 348, and it worked pretty well. When off, it would collapse and fit on the SHELF behind the seats, so that the seats would not have to slide forward to accomodate the hard roof. Leak resistance was not ideal, but the hardtop wasn't that great either. :) The soft top was probably my favorite mod to the 348... I'm 6'3", and fitting with the hardtop behind the seats was very, very tight and uncomfortable.

    The softtops may be available from a handful of sources if you look around, have seen them sold 2nd hand for $400-$900....

    vty,

    --Dennis
     
  11. W00dEar

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    Thanks. Although I am more of looking at '97+ for my price range, hope I can get one.
     
  12. zjpj

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    But '95 has more power!
     
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  14. mbmike

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    The 355's roof seems like the kind of thing that one person could handle on their own, right?

    I've heard that the F50 roof is definitely a two-person job....
     
  15. Robin

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    JYC,

    When I say minor flaws, I mean minor. Mildly curbed wheels, underside of the front bumper is a bit scraped up, bubbly plastic around the a/c controls, little bit or wear on the seats... nothing huge. The leather on the dash is immaculate, paint looks great except for the small cracks at the base of the c-pillar. These are all common on 355's though.. you'll find some of these issues on most cars you see. It is fully serviced though and has all the records going back to when it was new. Plus FoW has a fantastic reputation.

    Woodear,

    IMO, if you're going for a car with the standard transmission, might as well get a 95. The only positive aspect of the 97 is that it's newer... the 95 has more power, sounds better, and will probably cost you less overall. Don't buy into what people say about the reliability issues, specifically the valve guides. Jon Kofod wrote up a great post after some exhaustive research into the issue. If I recall, FoW had more 97's with the valve problem than 95's.

    -R
     
  16. KKSBA

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    How many miles does this FoW 95 car have? I'm also looking for one... Does it have a tubi?
     
  17. matkat

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    The 355 roof can be handled by one person though I find it a bit akward,I previously had a 328GTS and the roof on that was much easier to handle due to it being lighter and I also think that the 355 roof is bigger(not sure though)
    Dave McGuire
     
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