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post #1 of 14 Old 12-04-2011, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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The quest goes on

Went of this weekend to view with my good friend,what was said to be paint perfect, 348.

of we went like two school kids full of the joy,s of spring. boat, drive , and view.

arrived at the dealers 8.45am and every thing looked good. nice showroom ect ect. guy arrives to open up at 9.00am lets us in to have a closer look at the 348.

Well what a let down. car needed a repaint, oil dripping onto the floor, and when we pointed out the defects we where told its a 21 year old car your here to buy, what did you expect. any way we took it for a test drive, hmmmm car was imposable to select gears, the brakes well they worked just!

and when asked would / has the car been serviced before delivery subject to a sale, we again where told it had a service 1000 miles ago and it was fine.

what is it with dealers who say a car is mint and when asked to send pics, will select the good bits, tell a load of porkies, and look agased when you point out what is very wrong with the way they have advertised the car.

any way the deal fell apart no 348 and the only good thing about the trip across the pond was the tunnel run through wales, back to the boat. (will post on you tube)

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Let me know if you need any help finding a 348 in the UK. Good friend is an expert on them and has owned 5 over the last 15 years.
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That would be very kind of you. taking this is the 2nd try at finding a clean and straight car.

The car is for my very good friend, who has a mondail, which i can only say is and in my eyes, is one of the best in in the UK.

any help in his / our Quest to find a ( good ) 348 would go down well.
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2 Doors, Manual 5 speed, Coupe, Petrol, 33,000 miles, Rosso Corsa. Crema Leather Trim, Stunning Showroom Condition, Lots of History/ Bills and recenty had belt service last year. Sports Exhaust, Alarm, Air conditioning, Electric windows, Immobiliser, Climate Control, Central locking. Insurance Group:20, 26,950

The above is how the car was advertised
Stunning show room condition (my Back side)
It must of had 20 rust bubbles around the arches
Even tho they said it had no rust what so ever around the arches
If id known that alone i wouldnt have been there
I tried to look past the body work and its bad colour matches and found a standard exhaust not a sports exhaust as stated
After getting the car up to temperature we went for the test drive
Gear selection was almost impossible
I have an 86 Mondial compared to the 348 it drives like a new motor
Brakes were awful clearly a problem with the servo
Then the clunk when starting the engine and a clunk clunk when switching it off
Im no mechanic but it was time for us to bolt and move on
This is not the 1st time this has happened to me
last year i was trying to buy a Yellow 360 in Birmingham
The advertising photos were obviously taken before the car was written off
These to trips alone have cost me the guts of a grand
Maybe 3rd time lucky?
My conclusion is not just anyone should be aloud to sell Ferrari's
Any help in finding me a good one would be greatly appreciated
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That would be very kind of you. taking this is the 2nd try at finding a clean and straight car.

The car is for my very good friend, who has a mondail, which i can only say is and in my eyes, is one of the best in in the UK.

any help in his / our Quest to find a ( good ) 348 would go down well.

Nick Cartwright currently has a very nice 348 for sale. His reputation is excellent and several of the guys here have bought from him.

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Hi boxer

we spoke to nick on sat, the car is sold. he still has it on his web site.

sod,s law it would have been very handy to nip across to see him.

he,s a real nice guy i bought the CS from him, a real honest fcar dealer.
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Hi boxer

we spoke to nick on sat, the car is sold. he still has it on his web site.

sod,s law it would have been very handy to nip across to see him.

he,s a real nice guy i bought the CS from him, a real honest fcar dealer.
I would also give Mike Wheeler a call at Rardley Motors:

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Hi boxer

we spoke to nick on sat, the car is sold. he still has it on his web site.

sod,s law it would have been very handy to nip across to see him.

he,s a real nice guy i bought the CS from him, a real honest fcar dealer.
2nd that. I got my 360 from him and he restored the 308 GT4 prior to my ownership. A good guy to deal with.

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I would also give Mike Wheeler a call at Rardley Motors:

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I dealt with Mike recently, he had a GT4 I was considering before I bought the black one. Even though I didn't end up buying from him I was impressed with the level of detail he was able to provide me with on the car in question and his enthusiasm for all things Ferrari.

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Hi Barry, as you can see me and the big man had another jaunt across the pond.

this is harder than finding the grail. Any way we ( the big man) have contacted verdi in London he has a few nice cars and the plan now is to go across after xmas.

The big man needs to of load the mondial and this will give him a better hand to deal with. the best part of our trip as always is the tunnel run back to the boat at holyhead.
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Hi Barry, as you can see me and the big man had another jaunt across the pond.

this is harder than finding the grail. Any way we ( the big man) have contacted verdi in London he has a few nice cars and the plan now is to go across after xmas.

The big man needs to of load the mondial and this will give him a better hand to deal with. the best part of our trip as always is the tunnel run back to the boat at holyhead.
I do like those tunnels as well nearly as good as the Dublin port tunnel!

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Hi Barry, as you can see me and the big man had another jaunt across the pond.

this is harder than finding the grail. Any way we ( the big man) have contacted verdi in London he has a few nice cars and the plan now is to go across after xmas.

The big man needs to of load the mondial and this will give him a better hand to deal with. the best part of our trip as always is the tunnel run back to the boat at holyhead.
You have a PM
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Same one that I sent him I guess....

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Same one that I sent him I guess....
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