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Discussion in '308/328' started by GrayTA, May 29, 2009.

  1. GrayTA

    GrayTA F1 World Champ
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    Ok guys,

    I have made a few posts here and there over the past year about me buying a 308. I also had a post where I was asking information about another car I was considering, but I was just offered a car that I am going to have a hard time walking away from.

    The car is at Motorcars-Intl and is a black 85 GTS QV car.

    It is beyond 60k miles, but that doesnt matter to me since I want to drive the crap out of it anyway. Before I get it I will have the major service done by them and have it ready to roll. You can look at it on their website.

    This would be my first F-Car and it is the one I have dreamed of for more than 25 years. Now, its so close I can taste it...

    I am about to step out the door to drive there, take a look at it in the morning, and then make my decision.

    Wish me luck!!!!


    PDG
     
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  3. Jedi

    Jedi Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Good luck!! Be sure to post pix if you take the plunge.... don't worry about the mileage -
    my '86 328 GTS has almost 70k and runs like a new car.

    Jedi
     
  4. Bullfighter

    Bullfighter Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Black metallic - my favorite color. The former owner is on FChat, Yoshi.

    Very pretty car. Good luck.
     
  5. RMally

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    Is this the car?

    http://www.motorcars-intl.com/vehicle_details.aspx?id=764&CAR=Ferrari-308-GTSi-QV

    I actually considered this car as well, never saw it in person but it reads well. However, remember I'm a "newb" so there may be things I don't know about. I really like the black, and If I hadn't found the Red 308 I would have seriously made an offer on this one.

    Good luck, hope it works out for you.
     
  6. CliffBeer

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    #5 CliffBeer, May 29, 2009
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    Looks like a nice car. Price is pretty attractive for a QV too. Might be best to have the engine looked at - compression/leak down and have a look for any major oil leaks. Check the second gear synchro too. Body looks good - but do examine it for signs of rust or major body damage. Everything else (brakes/suspension/interior/cosmetics) can be improved over time with some care without too much trouble. Good that you want to actually drive it - right on.

    Don't be shy about making an aggressive offer. If you can pay cash on the spot then I'd offer $25,000 and be ready to play hard ball. Good luck!
     
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  8. GrayTA

    GrayTA F1 World Champ
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    Made the deal, pending a few paperwork issues. They are going to do the major and address a few cosmetic things. Yes, this is Yoshi's car. I should send him a message about it and introduce myself.

    I also met and hung out with Randy there. I was very impressed with him. He took the vast majority of his day and spent it with me while I communicated with my wife via phone and texting (she agreed to this car sight unseen and without having met Randy). Gotta love her for that!!!

    This car fulfills a dream I have had for many years (as I am sure most of you know). I think the first Ferrari I ever saw was a 308 around 1980 or so and I went out and got every magazine I could find on it and used to draw it on my notebooks when I was in elementary school. I still cant believe that I really signed the paperwork for it today....

    I will post photos and such once I get it in my possession. I took some with my camera phone when I was there today, but dont know how to post them up here.


    PDG
     
  9. Neonzapper

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    Great looking car, and congratulations! I don't think you need the "major" since that was already done. What you definitely do need is the timing/cam belt service and oil change since that hasn't been done since 2003. Here's what you need to know - timing/cam belt service should be done every 3,000 to 5,000 miles regardless of mileage. That's a good price for this economy considering what it is, and what it has already. Enjoy that beauty!
     
  10. blockhead

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    Pics! Pics!

    Congratulations!!!
    Looks like a great car and a really good deal!! :)
     
  11. GrayTA

    GrayTA F1 World Champ
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    The last major on this car was done in '98 according to the records I saw. They are going to do everything so that it should be pretty much perfect so I can take it on the road. I didnt push it too hard on my test drive because I knew the belts were 11 years old.

    I do know about the 3-5 year time frame for doing the services. I do appreciate any and all advice to a new owner.



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  13. thecarreaper

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    great color, you will love the car.
     
  14. Scott98

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    Looks like a great car for a great price!

    Scott
     
  15. Bullfighter

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    #12 Bullfighter, May 31, 2009
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    Agreed, and with the odometer reading an honest 63K he can drive it without worrying about it.

    Also, black metallic cleans up amazingly well. If Motorcars' detail team is as good as they have told me they are, it will be the best looking car in his zip code. Not that I'm biased or anything.
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  16. GrayTA

    GrayTA F1 World Champ
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    Thank you all for your comments and support. Mostly though, I am very thankful to my wife for allowing me to go ahead with this WITHOUT her having seen it.

    That was a huge step for her...


    PDG
     
  17. etip

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    Looks great!!! Lower it and get rid of that wheel gap!! ;-)
     
  18. Neonzapper

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    Lucky you! I had to wait until I was divorced to get mine :(
     
  19. Rv5

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    just did a deal with Randy a few months back. Very stand up professional guy, as was the entire team. They have even sent out some misc trim and rubber pieces completely free of charge we noticed missing after taking delivery. They have answered questions even now and have really taken care of us. Would definitely buy from them again!
     
  20. CliffBeer

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    That's great that your wife let you lead the way on this one. Just today my wife was saying (in response to an article in the local paper) "a woman wants a guy with some backbone. If she's acting up then a husband should slap her around a little, have sex with her then tell her to clean up the house." I think she was kidding (mostly)....
     
  21. Forexpreneur

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    Congrats. Great choice and very nice car. I am not ready to pull the trigger yet as I have my money recirculating with my currency trading but I plan to be able to pull the trigger by mid 2010 (will be purchasing a dream house first).

    I am really looking forward to the day. It is nice to see another enthusiast get a Ferrari. Congrats again on the car and congrats with the progress on the wife. Cheers.
     
  22. f1lupo

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    Big time congrats on the deal! Welcome to the Club and give your wife a bug hug & kiss for letting you fulfill your dream...mine was (and still is) at times jealous of my 'mistress'
    Drive her in good health :)
     
  23. MBFerrari

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    Congrats!!! I was looking at this car as well and think you bought a really fun car!!! Enjoy her and as others have said, lower that thing, the wheel well gaps look atrocious. Other than that she is a beauty!!!

    Have fun with her, and welcome to the Ferrari Family!

    MB
     

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