I'm looking at a 1989 328 GTS with 22,053 miles, red-on-tan with fresh belt service. Appreciate any opinions on this mileage level. Also, can anyone recommend a good shop for a PPI in the Chicago area?
And hi to you sir,
Great decision to look at a 328, you'll love it! I got one earlier this year and I'm completely hooked. Any chance of getting a Euro-spec, or does your location in the US prohibit those?
As to the famous mileage dilemma: 22,053 miles sounds like a pretty good number for an '89 car. It's definitely not ridiculously high and a far cry from serious wear or a rebuild under normal circumstances. And it's certainly not extremely low. But in my opinion one should distrust very low anyhow. For one, (ultra-low)mileage may just have been tampered with (apparently it's not too difficult on a 328).
More importantly, Ferrari's should run up a bit of mileage year on year. These cars need to be ran, just to keep everything lubed and current. On a 20 year old car, 1-2k miles per annum - so 20 to 40k miles in total - isn't a bad thing at all. Your's - or at least the one you're looking at - is at the lower end of this range.
CAVEAT: the above holds, assuming the previous owner(s) drove it properly, i.e. warmed it up diligently and such, and - especially - had it stored, maintained and serviced properly! But your PPI-guy (sorry, not too familiar with the area, no suggestions on that front) will likely be able to give you a fair view on the state of wear and maintenance .
Best of luck, hope you'll let us know the conclusion of your deliberations...