As I near closer and closer to achieving my goal of owning and experiencing the wonders of a Ferrari, a few questions have arised. Thank you in advance to all respondents.
For both the 308 and 348.
1. Are there any particular years to avoid? If so, why?
2. What advantages or disadvantages are there to owning either model?
3. I am mechanically inclined and plan on doing most of the maintenence and repairs myself. What, if any, are some of the special tools required to properly maintain either of these cars?
4. If given the opportunity, which model would you purchase and why?
I like all the answers above, and I've never owned a 308.
What I could say is the 348 and 308 are about the same amount of DIY effort but in different areas. I would expect you will be doing more 'body' type maintenance on the older model than engine, IF, ONCE, the engine is properly in working order. IF not, you might be getting a nightmare both in terms of body and engine.
The 348 might require some new bearings etc. Hill has made some great inroads there, but the front wheel bearings on that model is very expensive. Just look at Ricambi's site as it shares the same bearing with the F40 and IIRC TR etc. The Buyer's guide is a very good guide and what I exactly used in helping my determination.
The toughest item here is what is in order and relative to the terms of the sale. IF you truly are doing your work, then you can more easily make such a purchase.
Remember there are almost NO bargains in Ferraris. You get what you pay for and the 348 while not fully depreciated IMO is still a bit better buy in terms of tech and power, but as said, not necessarily in terms of 'classic' thought of looks.
I like them both, but personally in terms of the 3x8 series would absolutly opt for a very late model 328...