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Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by CharlieUK, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. CharlieUK

    CharlieUK Karting

    Jun 30, 2004
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    Charlie
    Recently started my search for a 355. Looking for a 97/98, rosso or yellow. Berlinetta/ GTS/ Spider- flexible on. Mileage/ kms flexible on. An advantage is that I am looking for an LHD.

    Would love some feedback/ advice from Fchatters as to which specialists to go to or buy private (if so anyone know someone who can check it over?), if you know of anyone selling a 355 that fits this bill, anything in partic to look out for, etc. I am based in London/ Surrey area. Have got a good feel for prices now, but would value others input.

    Thanks on advance.

    Cheers, Charlie
     
  2. EK3R

    EK3R Formula Junior

    Mar 26, 2004
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    Charlie, I recently purchased my 355 a couple of months ago. Main thing to do is to monitor cars for sale for a while at both the dealer websites and on autotrader so you have a really good feel for the prices at the moment. I looked at cars at both dealers and private sales, and ended up buying privately.

    The most important thing without a shadow of a doubt with these cars is to get a comprehensive PPI at a Ferrari specialist, I had mine done at Verdi's in Hayes, they carried out a very thorough check of the car (including compression tests etc). This highlighted all the bits that needed doing to the car, and was a very good tool to use in negotiating a sale price with the seller.

    Cheers
    Eric
     
  3. daz355

    daz355 Formula Junior

    Jan 31, 2004
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    Joe will be selling his 355 spider, as soon as his new toy arrives.
     
  4. Steve_nero

    Steve_nero Formula Junior

    Nov 4, 2003
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    Charlie

    I'd give Mike Wheeler at Rardley Motors a call. www.rardleymotors.com He might be able to locate something for you.

    Also, my big tip is to make sure you get the Red master key fob as well as a Black one. If you don't you can't programme new remotes and will have to mess about getting a completely new set (not to mention the £££'s).

    Good luck

    Steve
     
  5. Robertb

    Robertb Formula 3

    Nov 19, 2003
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    I'd echo these remarks. Usual rules apply; private is cheaper, but buyer beware. A dealer sale will probably come with a warranty and some comeback if something goes wrong.

    Welcome to Fchat, and I hope you can find your dream car soon!

    Robert.
     
  6. Ade

    Ade Formula 3

    Jan 31, 2004
    2,095
    UK
    Hey Charlie,
    I have PM'd you.
    Ade
     
  7. CharlieUK

    CharlieUK Karting

    Jun 30, 2004
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    Charlie
    Thanks guy for the gt advice. Am off for further viewing tomorrow, after extensive research. Can't wait................

    Does anyone have a Tubi fitted to their car? Would you recommmend?

    Cheers.
     
  8. jrs

    jrs Formula 3

    Jun 14, 2003
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    Charlie

    There are many many threads on here about Tubi exhausts. Try doing a search on Tubi to get feedback.

    Many of the UK guys (including myself) have a 355 with Tubi and it is a truly magnificent combination , once you have heard the sound you will never go back to standard.

    Welcome to the forum and good luck with your search.

    James
     
  9. Boxer 512

    Boxer 512 Formula Junior
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    May 5, 2004
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    Charlie,

    Check out this thread for other options before you commit...

    http://ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22730

    Good Luck,

    Seb
     
  10. chaa

    chaa F1 Veteran

    Mar 21, 2003
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    Dont know where you are but there are two 355 gtbs at the performance car dealership in Duffeild Derbyshire. One red with black, and i noticed today there was a new yellow one with black, screen price £58,000, but he always comes down.
     
  11. Dem

    Dem Formula 3

    Mar 21, 2004
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    Charlie,

    I'd recommend getting your @ss down to KHPC. They were the first and last place I went to. Didn't quite have the car / price I was looking for when I first visited, but within a few days, they called to let me know that just what I wanted was arriving in a couple of weeks. I basically did a deal over the phone. First time I ever went out in a 355 Spider was when they took me for a test drive in the car I had just placed a deposit on...............!!!

    Can't recommend KHPC enough!

    Cheers and good luck whater you get and wherever you get it from!

    Dem
    d;-)
     
  12. RF128706

    RF128706 Formula Junior

    Apr 8, 2004
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    I've got a LHD 355 (1996) first registered in Italy and it does not have a factory fit immobiliser, i.e. no red & black key fobs.

    As far as I can tell immobilisers were not standard fit in Italy on the 355 (maybe prospective theives are scared of upsetting 'the family'). :D

    I raise this for 2 reasons:

    1, check the immobiliser situation before arguing the toss with the dealer

    2, the car will need minimum Thatcham 1 alarm WITH CERTIFICATE OF FITMENT to bring it in-line with the UK Spec & to get any insurance. I additionally needed a 24hr tracker which cost me £400.
     
  13. Dem

    Dem Formula 3

    Mar 21, 2004
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    Just to add my two pennethworth regarding immobilisers / insruance, I have a 1996 LHD 355 Spider which was apparently improted from new from Italy. It does have both black key fobs, but not the red one unfortunately. Regarding insurance (with Footman James), the did not require a tracker (and I live in London!), but did request a Thatcham 1 immobiliser / alarm. I stated several times that the car had the original Ferrari alarm system, but that I had no certificate or proof that it was Thatcham 1 approved. According to FJ, the car is listed as having a T1 compliant system so I was OK. No certificate needed.

    Of course, come insurance claim time, who knows what they actually needeed me to have....................
     
  14. GrahamS

    GrahamS F1 Veteran
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    Most companies will also accept a letter on headed paper from the dealer you bought the car from. My 355 had an alarm fitted in Germany with no installation certificate and they were happy to accept a letter from KHPC confirming the details of the immobiliser fitted.
    As long as you don't write the letter yourself they're fairly ok about i
     
  15. 360CS

    360CS F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
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    My car has Immobiliser and Tracker fitted :)
     
  16. Spyder-Man

    Spyder-Man Formula 3

    May 11, 2004
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    If you speak with Liverpool Victoria, they don't care what the car does or, does not have. Still insurnace it for peanuts. . .

    Although, my car came from Germany and is fitted with a VDO immob, which I can't get any info on in thei country.

    Rob
     
  17. 355f

    355f Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
    305

    Well many do indeed have tubis as do I- have to say there are many other choices out there as the other thread on sports exhausts show.

    For many owners a TUBI is not the best exhaust, ok it sounds good at over 3.5k but it has a horrid resonance at 2/3 K which equates to 60/70 in 6th which is where you are most of the time.

    Wish i had not bought mine!
     
  18. steve f

    steve f F1 World Champ

    Mar 15, 2004
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    did you buy it from scuderia systems if so take it back and get your money back as manu says if you dont like it they will refund your money please let me know what happens
     
  19. 360CS

    360CS F1 Rookie

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    Ill buy it off you :) I luv resonance :)
     
  20. CharlieUK

    CharlieUK Karting

    Jun 30, 2004
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    Charlie
    I am still here guys and thanks to all of you for your fantastic advice/ input, both here, via PM's, on the phone and in person. Cheers.

    Spent most of last week looking @ 355's some excellent, some dogs. Put in a couple of offers on 2 different cars yesterday, owners are having a think, so will see outcome next week.

    In the meantime should nothing come of these, I am still on the hunt. To define my search more closely, looking for a 97/ P (or younger), must be LHD, Red (or Yellow), Spider or GTS, manual, MUST have full history from main dealer/ recognised specialist @ least annually, plus all paperwork. Not so concerned with the no of kms done, provided it drives well and is tidy. Anyone thinking of selling or know of anyone thinking of selling, pls PM me.

    Thanks all.
     

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