Originally Posted by Easyrider7467
OK, I get understand. I do have certain requirements about the Ferrari. Being 89 has ABS, I thought this would be a good advantage later as resale and most importantly, what the ABS provides when under heavy braking.
If ABS really doesnt matter as far as re-sale than any year would do. Most imprtantly the service history checking out and the PPI checking out.
Well, a couple of things about this. First the ABS on the '89 328s is a pretty primitive system and many people don't want it. The 1988.5 has all the updates without the ABS system, although with the exception of a steering wheel change, a minor airbox mounting change (which many think is a step back), and a minor carpeting change in the front storage. Many people specifically want an '88.5 model. Some people want an '88.5 or '89.
Basically, to say that other than '89 they're all the same is kind of far off. Really, if you boil it down to the most basic ideas, there is one kind of 328 built from 1985 to the middle of 1988, then one kind built from 1988.5 until 1989 (which has all of the cumulative changes plus a huge suspension change), then an '89 that has everything the '88.5 has plus ABS, a steering wheel change, a minor airbox mounting change, and the carpeting change in the front. Of the three, the most similar are the 88.5 and '89 models and they are far ahead of the other years. If you look at prices, an 88.5 or '89 car goes for over $10k more (sometimes $20k) than a similar 1987 car, for example. The educated part of the market knows what's what.
Now that is oversimplifying things as there were literally a hundred running changes to the 328 during its run. As I said, the best thing sometimes is to just find an expert who can give you advise on a car by car basis, in addition to educating yourself.