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Discussion in '348/355' started by gavin, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. gavin

    gavin Formula Junior

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    took wife to see 328 i was going to buy and she love's the 1995 355 Berlinetta because of the air bags and other safty stuff. Any owners or ex owners who can tell me what to look out for or what a great car this is would be appreciated.
    Thanks Gavin
     
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  3. JSL

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    Let you know tomorrow. I have owned a 81 308, 89 328 and a 92 348. My new 97 355B arrives tomorrow. Of the three I have owned, the 328 was the most reliable. The 348 was a kick, much faster and responsive (plus the A/C worked much better!). However, tomorrow the 355 comes. My heart is beating just a little faster.
     
  4. vsnqust

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    I have a 355 with 30k miles on it and have a great time with. Basically
    I change the fluids and the tires.. wash it and treat the leather inside.
    I have had a few problems with ECUs and water pump but that is it.
    Though note the big expense is the belts.

    A few things to look for.

    1) If it is 1998 or older make them change the belts - this is 6-10k service and if the belts break it is more like a 20k and up fix.

    2) Check the dash leather for shrinkage

    3) Make sure the catalytic converters are in place and it passes emissions with ease. If the emissions are not super clean it might mean the cats are going out.. Ferrari should warranty these, but it is a pain to get it done.

    4) Make them get you a carfax

    5) Check the front end for chips and cracks

    6) Check the top and the leather cover.

    7) Make sure it comes with the original owners manual

    8) It has the original 355 tool kit

    9) It has the factory seat and car cover. This was standard issue

    10) Get all the records up front.
     
  5. gavin

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    congats on new 355B.Where in Calif are you? I'm in marin co.

    Vsnqust
    Thanks for the info. Gavin
     
  6. vincent355

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    Gavin,

    You should come out for one of our NorCal drives and you'll get some firsthand info.

    The 355 is an awesome car. If it is driven regularly they are quite reliable. Make sure that the issues have been addressed. There is lots of info on this in the archives.
     
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  8. vsnqust

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    Mar 28, 2004
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    I have a 355 with 30k miles on it and have a great time with. Basically
    I change the fluids and the tires.. wash it and treat the leather inside.
    I have had a few problems with ECUs and water pump but that is it.
    Though note the big expense is the belts.

    A few things to look for.

    1) If it is 1998 or older make them change the belts - this is 6-10k service and if the belts break it is more like a 20k and up fix.

    2) Check the dash leather for shrinkage

    3) Make sure the catalytic converters are in place and it passes emissions with ease. If the emissions are not super clean it might mean the cats are going out.. Ferrari should warranty these, but it is a pain to get it done.

    4) Make them get you a carfax

    5) Check the front end for chips and cracks

    6) Check the top and the leather cover.

    7) Make sure it comes with the original owners manual

    8) It has the original 355 tool kit

    9) It has the factory seat and car cover. This was standard issue

    10) Get all the records up front.
     
  9. MY355

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  10. Robertb

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    I second that; a truly great car.

    Look out for the manifolds too (headers?); they crack and cost $$$$ to replace.

    I've not so far found the 355 any more expensive to run than the 328, but I've not had it serviced yet!

    Robert.
     
  11. sad11

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    Jun 25, 2004
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    Of course! Wrap it up. I am just waiting to find the right one.
     
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  13. SJN2004

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    Two other things to look out for;

    1- If the rubberised coating is worn off the ashtray it suggests a 'smoker'. You can check this by closing the windows and putting the aircon on full blast.

    2- I've noticed that some cars show extreme wear/cracking on the sides of the seats were you exit the car.
     
  14. LetsJet

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    Short answer - Yes

    I'm happy with mine........

    Two things to look out for if your wife likes the car is:

    1. She'll be driving it all the time
    2. She'll want it if / when you divorce

    ..............LOL
     
  15. mondial86

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    Evan after spending stupid money to replace the manfolds ,,I would do it again in a heart beat WONDERFUL CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DAVID.
     
  16. Chiaro_Slag

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    Hi David-

    Looking good!
     
  17. JSL

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    I'm in Fresno
     
  18. sherpa23

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    Yes. Best car I've ever owned. Now it's JSL's.
     
  19. JSL

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    Thanks Ryan,
    The car comes tonight! I can't wait.
     
  20. ghost

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    Bought my '95 355B in February 2004. Still can't wipe the smile off of my face. :)
     
  21. vincent355

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    Is that rosso chiaro or whatever that dino orange color is called. Looks great!
     
  22. ghost

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    I think that's a regular Rosso Corsa. Just getting the sunlight effect.

    Dino orange?
     
  23. Nametool

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    If you're considering buying a 355, make it a Spyder (convertible) with F1 transmission.
    I bought a Red/Tan '99 355 F1 Spyder Fiorano with 2600 miles (only made 100 of these-upgrades such as rear end racing shield, carbon fiber througout the interior, badges on the body, wider turning ratio, stiffer suspension etc) and it truly is better than sex.
    It truly is my therapy once a week when I get it out in the canyons of Los Angeles. Sure it costs, but you'll never ever get the same buzz out of anything else in your life, period.
    Scott
     
  24. vincent355

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    You should get one!

    Find the right car and buy it....don't worry about f1 or 6speed just get one of these. They do great on the snow and have plenty of room for beef jerky on the longer trips. http://ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15568

    If you have a cd changer than yuou are golden on trip of more than 600 miles. Because the engine note is awesome but after 6 hours you'll wnat somthing different. Mine gets the ballgames pretty well, go giants.


    Some kidding aside it's an awesome car and was praised around the world when it came out. In 95 it was the fastest production car. Today it'lll blow the doors of a focus!!!!!

    get it, drive it home from wherever you bought it and then drive somewhere else. enjoy.


    you will not regret it. Unless you're looking for straight ahead throw your eyes back kind of speed then get a 550 (the torque monster ask darth and or bart and or bobafett). my 3cents.
     
  25. Boxer 512

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    These are good cars, but steady on !

    Seb
     
  26. ecadwell

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    And I'm thoroughly jealous!! I hope you enjoy it JSL, she's a beaut!
     
  27. JSL

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    The car came last evening at 7:00 pm. I didn't stop playing until after midnight. It is beautiful! Better than I had hoped. Thanks Ryan. I'm one happy guy.
    Scott
     
  28. vincent355

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    Gavin you've got a pm
     

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