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I had my first drive today, from Pompano Beach to Fort Lauderdale, to Miami Beach, hours of joy. First of all, learning the A/C was a trick, everything is so simple and I've been driving newer F1s with everything pretty much automated. This is totally an "In Control" F355 GTS drive.

The gears are next, I notice that in the manual, keeping the revs above 4 is advised, in traffic, it seems odd, I want to ensure I drive it properly and I noticed that I almost stalled, embarrassingly I haven't had a stick in over a decade, it's been F1s. Also, I notice that sometimes I seem to (lightly) pop the clutch, just a little, I want to avoid this, smoother driving- takes more learning. It's like nothing I've driven before. The Lotus Esprits had the turbo to work with when shifting, plus they kind-of shifted into the next gear automatically and the GTS is sliding with WILL. I find that I find the gear I want and go, I'm in total control. Third seems to be the crunch gear, not a sound, I feel it, once in gear, that it has a little crunch in the ball.

Once I get it on the interstates and around the 595, cornering and really driving through the gears, that's when I know I'm home. That's Contentment. Total and impeccable contentment. This car is made for me. I was afraid, when I first got in. I kept the RPMs lower than I knew I should have until I reached the interstate and it's like SHE took over, She was like, Look what I can do, watch this and THAT is the driving experience. She lives for the interstate highway, and country roads that wind and turn, she seems happier when she's winding around.

I haven't taken the Targa off yet. Steven advised that taking the Targa off should really be done without the A/C on, it's truly a climate control A/C, regardless of measurements outside, it feels the inside and will produce ice. I really want to take the top off and enjoy the GTS with the A/C but it's too hot, even at night. So, I left it on and kept on, and on and on and on.

The car is the perfect size for everything and there are NO BLINDSPOTS ! I couldn't imagine that part, how could the GTS 355 not have a blind-spot. Well, it doesn't and also the cabin room is perfect for me. I have little spots to place things that I don't want roaming around the cockpit, It's an amazing piece of art.

After the long drive, I had to fuel up, I am not familiar with the car and I remembered that the gas door was a pull or a button, I thought it was a pull so I looked around, no where. I pulled out the manual and found that it's the button (SILLY)... I giggled and pushed the button. Nothing happened. I turned the car on and pushed the button, nothing. I lightly, then double clicked.. lol. nothing. I drove home and will dig in and see what that's all about... Now I need GAS ! LOL. This brings me to another subject;

In the yachts, the gas is better when it doesn't have any kind of additive, like - what's the additive in the gas these days (USA), the corn that is everywhere? My mind is blank. Before filling up, Do I find a particular station that doesn't have ETHANOL ? That's the name. I don't want to put Premium that has ethanol included. Do you fill up with this and does it cause issues ? I recall the 2002 Coupe Cambiocorsas that I had both had issues with Ethanol additive. The 2006 I have does not care about this additive. Since this GTS is a 1997 (Ethanol was introduced in the 90s here), do I find stations that have Ethanol free premium gas ? If so, how do you find this. Also, All Ferraris come with Shell oil in the manual, Everyone does Mobil1 here. There is a Mobil1 gas station somewhere around here, do I use it as my primary station ?

All in all, This driving machine is way better than the 348TS and Totally better driving than the 2006 Cambiocorsa. The Cambio has more horse power but I think the GTS can access the horses faster, especially with the gated stick.

I'm in love.

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after reading your post,,im jones n for a 355 !!!...i have heard that ethenol free gas is better for the car,,(hoses / seals etc )...as far as oil goes,,i gave used valvoline 20/ 50 racing ..petroleum based,,for 66,000 miles,,without a problem..after my 30k service in 2010, my shop used mobile one 15/50,,no leaks,,!!,,so,,im going to stay with the mobile one,,,maybe ill get some additional motor life,,,when i used the valvoline,,i changed every 2500 miles,,i may go to 3000 with the mobile one,,,in the gearbox.,.i use shell full synthetic gear oil...Brett...ps...wishing you many kick ass miles in your 355 !!!!
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Pretty much sums up the best modern Ferrari ever... The 355 GTS!
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Thanks for your responses !
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Pretty much sums up the best modern Ferrari ever... The 355 GTS!
Absolutely. I'm so glad I chose this over the 360. It's a DREAM MACHINE !

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after reading your post,,im jones n for a 355 !!!...i have heard that ethenol free gas is better for the car,,(hoses / seals etc )...as far as oil goes,,i gave used valvoline 20/ 50 racing ..petroleum based,,for 66,000 miles,,without a problem..after my 30k service in 2010, my shop used mobile one 15/50,,no leaks,,!!,,so,,im going to stay with the mobile one,,,maybe ill get some additional motor life,,,when i used the valvoline,,i changed every 2500 miles,,i may go to 3000 with the mobile one,,,in the gearbox.,.i use shell full synthetic gear oil...Brett...ps...wishing you many kick ass miles in your 355 !!!!
How do you find the stations without Ethanol ? I'll do some research of local stations and also some premium yachting fuel (if it's possible to use, as well). I'll talk with Mr. Stanford about the oil. The entire car had it's 30k major in July, with 26k miles. I am on the wave-length to keep it in long-lasting condition, though I'll do annuals every July, regardless of mileage. I drove EVERYWHERE today and barely placed any mileage on the car. The car was much happier when I got home, it acted happy. Like it was being sitting for a few months and just being pampered inside and out, and not driven as they absolutely should be.

Research and more research.

355 Dreamer, you have a 355 ? Have you had the fuel door button issue ? That's the only issue I have.


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I've had two 355s, and never had an issue with the gas door. I push the button, and it opens.

I do think there is a pull in the engine bay that opens the door manually.

Maybe Ricambi cam chime in and help out.
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David, great write-up and it sounds like you are enjoying the car. Hope it brings several more years of joy for you.
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David, congratulations on your new car and enjoy it for all the driving experiences and memories.
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Thanks for your responses !
Absolutely. I'm so glad I chose this over the 360. It's a DREAM MACHINE !



How do you find the stations without Ethanol ? I'll do some research of local stations and also some premium yachting fuel (if it's possible to use, as well). I'll talk with Mr. Stanford about the oil. The entire car had it's 30k major in July, with 26k miles. I am on the wave-length to keep it in long-lasting condition, though I'll do annuals every July, regardless of mileage. I drove EVERYWHERE today and barely placed any mileage on the car. The car was much happier when I got home, it acted happy. Like it was being sitting for a few months and just being pampered inside and out, and not driven as they absolutely should be.

Research and more research.

355 Dreamer, you have a 355 ? Have you had the fuel door button issue ? That's the only issue I have.

i was under the impression that california wasnt putting ethanol in the gas,,,but i guess i really need to look into that,,,i think you can buy ethanol fuel by itself out here,,,but not sure if its in the 91 octane fuel,ill post up when i get it straight,,,well ..i was wrong,,these douchbags in CA have been putting ethanol in the gas since 2009,,that prick swartzenegger and his global warming bullshit made it mandatory 5.7 percent,and now i think its up to 10 percent,,like i said before,,,,drive them hard and fast,,,because this country is going down fast,,,,better stock up on automatic weapons,,,because were going to need them at some point,,im ready....

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How do you find the stations without Ethanol ?
This link is a good start ...

Ethanol-free gas stations in WA

It is NOT 100% reliable, however: call the station first to confirm availability, especially if it is out of your way.
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Great write up and it's a interesting note the GTS has no blind spots!
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This link is a good start ...

Ethanol-free gas stations in WA

It is NOT 100% reliable, however: call the station first to confirm availability, especially if it is out of your way.
i found that link last night..through some sort of speed forum....its seems pretty accurate,,to bad CA only has three listings,,,nowhere near so cal,,,
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This link is a good start ...

Ethanol-free gas stations in WA

It is NOT 100% reliable, however: call the station first to confirm availability, especially if it is out of your way.
This is excellent ! Thank you.

Ethanol-free gas stations in FL for Florida. There is not 93+ octane, though. Hmm. Thank you for the leed, this is indeed a great start. I'll call around, there are so many Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin dealerships around, there has to be a main fuel station for the pre-owned. I visited Ft. Lauderdale Ferrari today, they had a BB 512 and it was in mint condition, they have a TON of gorgeous pieces of art.

Thanks everyone !

P.s. I don't see any blind spots, maybe I'm blind ! Actually, I look from center mirror, side and over my shoulder while driving and I can see everything ! Compared to the other designs I've been driving, this, in my opinion, has No blind spots.

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after reading your post,,im jones n for a 355 !!!...i have heard that ethenol free gas is better for the car,,(hoses / seals etc )...as far as oil goes,,i gave used valvoline 20/ 50 racing ..petroleum based,,for 66,000 miles,,without a problem..after my 30k service in 2010, my shop used mobile one 15/50,,no leaks,,!!,,so,,im going to stay with the mobile one,,,maybe ill get some additional motor life,,,when i used the valvoline,,i changed every 2500 miles,,i may go to 3000 with the mobile one,,,in the gearbox.,.i use shell full synthetic gear oil...Brett...ps...wishing you many kick ass miles in your 355 !!!!
What happened after 66k miles, did you sell ? I'm planning on keeping this one for at LEAST 5 years, if not for longer. I'm building a stable, so to speak.

The fuel door button, I think it's a fuse, it has to be. The lighter doesn't work and the buttons on the console, they all do the same thing, not working properly. I've spoken with Mr. Barney (Dealer) and he's working with me on the issue as the full 30k service was completed and all systems work as orignal, as stated. Regardless, I used the pull from the engine LH to fill up yesterday. I'm going through the workshop manuals in www.The355.com though I believe I noticed a fuse section in the owners manual. Most of the time it's a simple correction.

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What happened after 66k miles, did you sell ? I'm planning on keeping this one for at LEAST 5 years, if not for longer. I'm building a stable, so to speak.

The fuel door button, I think it's a fuse, it has to be. The lighter doesn't work and the buttons on the console, they all do the same thing, not working properly. I've spoken with Mr. Barney (Dealer) and he's working with me on the issue as the full 30k service was completed and all systems work as orignal, as stated. Regardless, I used the pull from the engine LH to fill up yesterday. I'm going through the workshop manuals in www.The355.com though I believe I noticed a fuse section in the owners manual. Most of the time it's a simple correction.
no way,,i still have my 89 328,,and its got 88500 miles..and pulls as hard as ever...!!!Brett
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This is excellent ! Thank you.

Ethanol-free gas stations in FL for Florida. There is not 93+ octane, though. Hmm. Thank you for the leed, this is indeed a great start. I'll call around, there are so many Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin dealerships around, there has to be a main fuel station for the pre-owned. I visited Ft. Lauderdale Ferrari today, they had a BB 512 and it was in mint condition, they have a TON of gorgeous pieces of art.

Thanks everyone !

P.s. I don't see any blind spots, maybe I'm blind ! Actually, I look from center mirror, side and over my shoulder while driving and I can see everything ! Compared to the other designs I've been driving, this, in my opinion, has No blind spots.

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no way,,i still have my 89 328,,and its got 88500 miles..and pulls as hard as ever...!!!Brett
You are making me smile ! That's FANTASTIC ! Gives me great promise to know how well built this Ferrari is. Your car looks fantastic ! What a great pen.

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Ok, so I believe the passenger side has been painted, there are extremely subtle clues, it's certainly something the trained eye would miss, a judge to would see the clues. unless he's working too hard.

The Fuse is not the issue with the car, the fuse was checked, replaced, and still the same issue. The lighter receptacle does work, just not the buttons next to the gates (hazards, parking... ). Next is the ? actuator ? Is this one piece or is this individual actuators ? I read the manual again, the actuators are not listed. It's dealership or me understanding the process and doing it myself. I've assisted and did partially do an engine out service on an Esprit. I can do this. What do I do, though?

www.sportauto.com guaranteed the car was 100% original, completely from top to bottom. The car is complete and worthy. Mr. Barney is globally known in the Ferrari world, he's a judge at many events. I like him very much, he truly made the sale of this Ferrari an adventure, I loved every moment of the purchase.

Anyway, so I'm looking at passenger side paint, I'm thinking buttress (is that the right word ? spell?) The 355 GTS and Berlinetta are known to have buttress issues. goodness I hope I'm naming the correct area of car... anywho, so the buttress, if it's in "bubbled and opened" then it needs to be corrected. The driver's side, my side of the car , the buttress is visible though only by the trained eye. So, paintwork, maybe, to correct the design flaw. The electronic issue,,, next to the gated shifter, that's different. The shift assemble had to have been worked on, and not professionally. The previous 3 yr owner didn't do a few items, correctly. The gated shift, into third, has a "light crunch" feeling in the ball. This is day 3 of ownership and driving, the shift is rattling just a tad plus the throttle accelerator began rattling in higher gears, 70+mph.

I know I was sold a great car, I think I may have overpaid for the lack of dealership ensuring that it is indeed 100% original, needs nothing, 30k miles (Major engine out) service (@26k), clutch new 10 months ago... never through an auction of any kind.

What are your initial thoughts ? please share. all helps understand Ferrari. history.

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Congrats David! Nice write up. The buttress is common to cracking on 348/355 GTS it's a known issue and is commonly re-sprayed or touched up, I wouldn't worry about it to much it's as common as re-spraying front bumpers from stone chip's. The GTS has more flex do to the roof being off thus causing the buttress to develop some cracking but I have seen it on some berlinetta's aswell. Hope that helps.

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i would find a seasoned Ferrari Specialist,,and give him the list of what you need sorted,,,and let him take care of it,,get it exactly the way you want,,you wont be sorry,,when i bought my 328 in 99...after driving for a while ., the oil cooler started leaking,,,and so did the fuel metering unit,,the dealer i bought it from fixed those 2 issues at no cost to me,,,from then on its been great,,outside of a few minor issues over the years,,,and of course the 30k services,,,ive been blessed with a good machine,,and whenever down the line,,it needs a rebuild,,,im sure i can get a good deal from my shop,,and not get screwed like a lot of guys do ,,with insane,,over the top rebuild estimates,,good luck,,and keep posting up,,i definetly want to hear about any an all trials and tribulations,,and all the good stuff as well,,,it will help me in deciding if ill ever buy a 355 myself,,thx..Brett
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i would find a seasoned Ferrari Specialist,,and give him the list of what you need sorted,,,and let him take care of it,,get it exactly the way you want,,you wont be sorry,,when i bought my 328 in 99...after driving for a while ., the oil cooler started leaking,,,and so did the fuel metering unit,,the dealer i bought it from fixed those 2 issues at no cost to me,,,from then on its been great,,outside of a few minor issues over the years,,,and of course the 30k services,,,ive been blessed with a good machine,,and whenever down the line,,it needs a rebuild,,,im sure i can get a good deal from my shop,,and not get screwed like a lot of guys do ,,with insane,,over the top rebuild estimates,,good luck,,and keep posting up,,i definetly want to hear about any an all trials and tribulations,,and all the good stuff as well,,,it will help me in deciding if ill ever buy a 355 myself,,thx..Brett
I found one, very reasonable and highly recommended from the community, locally and by the dealer. This is a dream machine, I'm just on day 4 of having it in my possession so I'm going through every piece of the car. I LOVE it. The 328 has always been one of my favorites, you have a gorgeous car. Thanks for the tips, I know all is well with this 355.

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Congrats David! Nice write up. The buttress is common to cracking on 348/355 GTS it's a known issue and is commonly re-sprayed or touched up, I wouldn't worry about it to much it's as common as re-spraying front bumpers from stone chip's. The GTS has more flex do to the roof being off thus causing the buttress to develop some cracking but I have seen it on some berlinetta's aswell. Hope that helps.

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Agreed. I'm glad it was corrected, it's perfect and the work, looking in the daylight, is magnificent. I'll have the driver's side completed soon.

I'm content with the engine, exterior and interior. It's beyond great. The items around the gated shift is being addressed now. I'm digging in !

Here are the differences in the buttress corrections, passenger was perfected, drivers will be soon.
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