This actually applies to all Ferraris or higher performance cars:
1. CHANGE THE FLUIDS Every year. ALL of them. Don't care about the cost or should it be good for one/two more years. It is the least expensive, and best thing you can do. I change the Oil, Bake, Coolant [yep], and all the rest.
2. Run your A/C at least once a month: Keeps the seals lubricated. Do this even in the Winter. Do it for at least 5-8 min. OR until it blows cold. I stick with the stock material. I, at one time, swapped out to a less expensive item, but it Sucked big time. Back to stock and it's cold.
3. WARM UP your vehicle properly, then run it, then cool it. then put it away properly: Think [live] Horse here. No foolin'.
--A. Let it warm up before you take it over 3k RPMs. That means the Oil and Water AND Oil Press. are a notch above min...well, at least in my book.
--B. Run it like a beast if desired after that, it can take it. The 348 is a sturdy, dependable engine.
--C. Make sure you give it a good run: 20 Min. Minimum. These cars need to have all its joints working as a team. It's like a living animal. You can't just start it up and think all the 'stuff' is normalized.
Don't be stupid crazy [
] Have fun, but remember there are others on the road and it's not a race track. But IF you can find a nice safe spot, well, I'd expect, er, a gallop, to be in order... not a trot.
[Er, I have RADARs in all my vehicles...help me remember to slow down
--D. Cool it down after the run. That means 25-30 max for about 10 Min. Time to take it around the town, and slow cruise.
--E. Optional: Check the oil. I do it by after a good warmup like above, while the engine is running, to 1. clean the stick, put back in, clean again, put in and check the running level. 2. Shut off the engine and check the oil on stick right away. These are dry sumps and you cannot check them cold or before they have been brought to temp.
4. Check the air in your tires. I have those ebay, but nice ones, tire valve cap covers. Trouble is kids kept taking them so I sprang for the locking type: BIG PLUS.
5. Don't mess with the suspension setting too much: BUT DO when you are in a lot of tight, mountain-like, corners etc. BIG plus as the suspensino tightens up. I never use the soft setting as I let the auto make those adjustments, BUT, IF my back, well, is a bit having trouble, might on the long, highway, roads: Back Dr's. are not cheap.
6. I open my trunk after a long run, parked at home in the garage: The Trunk is HOT, man, will melt chocolate when driving a lot.
7. IF I leave parked for over 5-7 days, I engage the battery charger: Have had mine go dead sometimes.
8. IF you have true, window, speed issues, call Ricambi and get the window accelerators.
9. CAREFUL ON THE TOP> the latches break easy. Can give likes to better replacemet items, but just be careful. Loosen up the leavers a bit, and that will go a long way.
10. CLEAN the leather after about every five or so rides at most. IF you drive in the sun more or dust gets there OR you sweat a lot, that is the killer. UV rays = killers. Salt from body = double killer. ALSO, do not use the seat bolster to get in/out. I use the windshield top to hep myself pivot or the door sill. Saves on the leather.
11. Shift smoothly, skipping 2nd gear when cold: Just skip it, don't even bother. When cold it's like jamming a square peg into a round hole. [GC, watch it]. These transmissions are very forgiving. You'ld be surprised that you can drive about town in 1/2 gear or 3rd. Shift always, IMO, above 2.5-3k RPM. NEVER Below 2.5. Your better torque is usually north of 3k.
12. Check you fuse box, if you haven't done so, for delamination or heat build up issues: 348's too. The connectors where the wires come in can get very hot, as the back plates. You might want to just remove the entire box and check for heat damage or delamination, which is a known issue.
13. The motors on the suspension are easily replaced, but there is a guy, I believe on ebay, who makes better than new, replacement metal cogs which is usually the only true issue with a faulty suspenson motor. Else, Ricambi or someone similar.
14. The switches for the dash are standard BOSCH, and you can get at any VW, Porsche store for $$ less than those with a Ferrari sticker.
15. Side strakes for air and oil are fragile IF you have the plastic ones. I am replacing mine with an older Metal set from the 1989 model. The plastic gets stretched over time and the tips begin to break..blah, replacements are available, but plastic again, unlesss.........you are lucky.
16. Disconnect the stupid seat mice/runners on models 90+ [1989 didn't have them. Different front and rear seats too]. OR just don't use them. They will drive you crazy making you think they are busted, and when not, that they are back to normal. FORGET them. The seat belt light 'might' stay on if not using the mice, BUT I found a way to keep them off. Buckle the lap belt first; start car; CLOSE DOORS [both of you if passenger there] THEN buckle in the chest belt after door closes: No lights.
17. Invest in a car cover or tonneau top: Keeps the dust and UV out.
18. IF you hear wheel noises, or steering nises, CHECK is out. Might be a bearing in wheel = DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!, or in steering a bad unit, or simply a need for new fluid...always a mystery to me.
19. Invest if GREAT tires. This will save your @ss. AND this car can take turns, like a lizard. You'll love this car all the more.
20. Drive it, then drive it, then drive it all the time, for awhile, and get to know it. The ABS is something you should try on an open road. The cornering is something you NEED to know, the throttle is something you need to know AND the lack of power or getting to know your power curve is something YOU NEED TO KNOW: Think stupid passing etc....
Kiss your pony, dream of feeding it, taking it to the Dr's, taking pics with it, and letting it run as it was intended.