Join Date: Jan 2007
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Ferrari Life Posts: 6,204
Saints got it
Yup: Ferrari in its 'wisdom' didn't care about the maintenance of 348/355 owners at the time. Matter of fact their solution to changing the belts was kind of a 'slap' too IMO.
It wouldn't have taken much to make an access port to that frontal engine bay, but no.....Ferrari says just jerk the engine. There is a discussion here, about doing such in 'situ'....but this shows the extraordinary concerns of some to get around the expensive/time-consuming issues of engine out. IMO, one takes risks because one needs to truly verify the cam dialing and inspect the water pump and bearings etc. etc.
The 355, is the most costly of the 8 cylinder, normal production, Ferraris to maintain [F40 is a different animal]. Not just because of the engine out, but the five valve deal and other items that if not sorted [thinking exhaust manifold] etc....or the fact many owners trick out the exhaust and such, that they see many more dollars in terms of keeping in order than the older 3x8 series. Even the 348 sees some of these issues.
Yes, it is not nice to have these bills...IF you are able to do the job yourself, then a lot of bang for the buck can be found.
I believe the 12cylinders are easier and more fun to overcome the 8's in terms of cost per cylinder especially at these prices, that unless you REALLY want that 355, you had better rethink yearly costs.
I know, as the 355 F1 was my first Ferrari to drive, and want. My ebay name for over 12 years reflects such, but, I gave it up as even though it's much more car than a 348, it was out of my, then, current budget. I 'might' consider one later when prices fall, I have room to repair, and/or it is a nicely sorted car...but, doubtful.
I NOW prefer the 12's and the 550/575 + series are very, very, nice and you would know what a Ferrari is, when you step on that gas....they are awesome and easier to maintain.
Shoot, Ferrari in a sense has seen the errors of that belt thingy and now switched back to chains [let the flames begin], but honestly, even though one would need to dial in the stuff and replace the pumps etc, the chains could have made the required belt changes less of a cost.
BTW: 10k for 355 sound about 2K too much at the top end...something else must have been done. A quality mech can perform between 7.5-8.5 K and with most replaced parts better than OEM.
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Last edited by Granucci; 09-09-2009 at 02:50 PM.