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Discussion in '348/355' started by Jim Riggs, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Jim Riggs

    Jim Riggs Karting

    Jan 25, 2004
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    In a former thread, someone mentioned the 348 buyer's guide in Forza. I got my copy last night and immediately read it. It's a must read for 348 owners and wannabe 348 owners. It's a nine page article with lots of pictures. It discusses the evolution of the 348 noting 328 and TR influences, setting the stage when the 348 was introduced and covers the early problems with the 348 along with their root causes and eventual solution with the 92-93 models. There is also a detailed listing of 348 prices. Even though these prices are out of date (the article was publised in June 2001), they are useful as a point of reference to today's prices.
    The author test drove two 348's: a 90 ts and a 93 spyder. He gives a compete analysis of the driving experience of both F-cars from interior appointments and feel in the driver's seat to high speed handling. He summarizes the pros and cons of the 348. Pros: performance, sound, willing engine, brakes, good heating and AC, and overall practicality Cons: poorer build quality than other F-cars especially pre-92 models, more expensive service than 308's and 328's, the lack of quality interior components, and most importantly, it has a poor shifting action. In fact, the author goes into some detail to analyze why the 348 has such poor shifting action. (My 348 is a nasty shifter until it get warmed up and I still have trouble going from 1st to 2nd even after its warmed up.) In addition, there is a buyer's checklist that itemizes the "green flags" and "red flags" to consider when considering a particular 348.
    After reading this ariticle, I feel like understand the 348 much more completely now. I would certainly recommend that any one considering buying a 348 read this article first. I didn't but I would still buy my 348 after reading the article because IMHO its shortcoming are more than outweighed by its assets. That is, I can comfortabely live with its shortcomings because of its awesome strengths.
    Anyway, if you want a copy of this issue of Forza, it is the No. 30 issue and can be purchased online for $7 (which includes shipping costs) from www.albaco.com . Another thing about this issue. It has PPI guide to the 348 in the "shop talk" section. I'm not selling these magazines; I was so impressed with this ariticle I wanted to let as many 348 enthusiasts known about it as possible. Cheers!
     
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  3. JSL

    JSL Formula 3

    Jan 5, 2002
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    Can't seem to get the link to work. I would like a copy of the mag.
    Thanks
     
  4. Ksullender

    Ksullender Formula Junior

    Sep 3, 2003
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    I also purchased a copy of this magazine and agree fully that it is a must read and great article. IMHO the 348 is undervalued today and presents great bang for the buck.
     
  5. sherpa23

    sherpa23 F1 Veteran
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    The link's not working for me either. Don't mean to hijack the thread but does someone know where I can get a copy of the 355 buyers guide issue of Forza? My actual F355B was featured in that article and I would love to pick up a copy of it. Thanks for the help.
     
  6. Jim Riggs

    Jim Riggs Karting

    Jan 25, 2004
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    Scott- Try it again. I tried the website last night from home and wouldn't raise it. But this morning from work, it's there. If you still can't get it, do a search for ALBACO on google. Good luck. Jim
     
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  8. Jim Riggs

    Jim Riggs Karting

    Jan 25, 2004
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    Hey Scott-
    The website is www.albaco.net not .com . Sorry for the error. Cheers, Jim
     
  9. JSL

    JSL Formula 3

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    Just sent an order. Thanks!
     
  10. andrew911

    andrew911 F1 Rookie
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    Thanks for the info. I have an old Forza mag that's a 355 buyer's guide- great info, but probably not as good as the 348 article you describe (I think it didn't go into the detail of info I have read on this site on 355s, but could have been a dated article). Forza has some great articles, but I must say I've leared so much reading this forum. As I'm not a Ferrari owner (yet), I don't have much to add, but I am on here reading just about every day! I will probably pick up the Forza mag you speak of because while I want a 355, if (no when) I get a ferrari, maybe a 348 spider will fit the budget more.

    There is only one Ferrari I have driven and that was a 348 spider I rented for 6 hours in Hawaii on my honeymoon (I believe it was a 1993?) While the car was warmed up already when I got it, I didn't notice any shifting problem. The car I drove had 36,000 miles on it (and probably hard miles when you consider it was probably a wholesale car with several prior owners when the rental place bought it, and then lived as a rental car), but I can say the shifter was a delight to use. Just as smooth as my 911- maybe not quite as "precise" feeling as my 911 actually going into gear, but I never had problems upshifting to 2nd or downshifting to 2nd and certainly wouldn't have mentioned it as a weakness based on my experience. I had a 1978 911 that definitely had a bad shift action years ago, but the 348 felt pretty modern and precise to me.

    The rental car I drove had a non-working climate control system, and the top was supposidly a pain to operate (the guy put it down and it stayed down), but the engine, brakes and tranny were perfect! And isn't that what it's all about? :) :)

    Andrew
     
  11. 996

    996 Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
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    It looks like too many people ordered the 348 buyer's guide (Forza #30) from Abalco...because they have it as "N/A" now.
    Would anyone know where else we could order it?
    Thanks,
    H
     
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  13. Ingenere

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    I have that issue and while the pics were great and the information informative, I didn't think it was totally accurate.

    I have an eary car (17th made...5th US car) and I haven't experienced any of the problems that they talk about. My electricals have been flawless (except for the door connections...but the problems have been few and the fixes easy). The car shifts fine.

    After almost 15 years it had been a great car!

    Ciao

    Dino
     
  14. kenster888

    kenster888 Formula Junior

    Nov 3, 2003
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    There were nothing about the 94 factory challenge series in the Forza 348 buyer guide. The author did not do his research well and should be fired.
     
  15. FNU_LNU

    FNU_LNU Karting

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    Anyone find Forza #30 - I'm interested in finding a copy.
     
  16. RAYMAN

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    I read that while I was waiting for my car to be delivered, it didn't disturb me then, but as the new wares off, I see that it is pretty accurate. Not vary flatering.
     
  17. 348SStb

    348SStb F1 Rookie
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    went to the web site, issue #30 is not listed there!!! What's going on?
     
  18. cal355

    cal355 Formula Junior

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    issue 20, on the 348 is available directfrom FORZA.@ FORZA BACK ISSUES<PO BOX 1529>ROSS,CA,94957.415-382-0580.Cost 8.00/check or CC.
     
  19. FNU_LNU

    FNU_LNU Karting

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    Thx CAL - I'll give them a call
     
  20. 348 Turbo

    348 Turbo Formula 3

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    how's about one of you buyers just post a copy of the article so we can each have it?
     
  21. RAYMAN

    RAYMAN Formula Junior
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    I've got in PDF format now, but it's 14 meg.
     
  22. PassionIsFerrari

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  23. Lrob

    Lrob Karting

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    Do you know where I can get a copy of the same type of article, but for the 328?
     
  24. RAYMAN

    RAYMAN Formula Junior
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    Search the Forza web site, I think you can order from there.
     
  25. Lrob

    Lrob Karting

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    OK. Thanks.
     
  26. 2DUCKS

    2DUCKS Karting

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    Sorry to bring up an old post, but I was looking for a 348 buyer's guide and 355 buyer's guide as well.

    Here is an updated URL link to these if someone in the future wants these buyer's guide.

    http://www.forza-mag.com/back_issues.html

    Issue 21 Feb 2000 is the 355 Buyers Guide
    Issue 30 June 2001 is the 348 Buyers Guide
     
  27. No Doubt

    No Doubt Six Time F1 World Champ
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    The criticisms are somewhat valid, but if the author had been able to check the 348 Primer back then, he would have seen that for a great 348 experience you need to do some prepping of the car before driving right after you buy it: http://webpages.charter.net/aircover/348/1994Ferrari348Spider.html#postprep
     
  28. MDshore348

    MDshore348 Formula 3

    Dec 24, 2004
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    ive got the pages in pdf too . ill send it to someone who will post it for others to download/view .. " No doubt" how about on the tips page?
     

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