Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
The carb 308 can be a little tempermental when you first start it. You need to play with the choke and the gas pedal for a little bit and then let it warm up for 5-10 minutes before driving it. Second gear is an issue when the tranny is cold. Switching to a synthetic gear oil helps this a lot and the car is powerful enough that you can just skip 2nd gear when the car is cold and just go from 1st to 3rd. The clutch is not that bad (compared to my Jeep which has a Hayes racing clutch) but it does require a deliberate push. The steering is quick and responsive on the road but at parking lot speeds the car handles like a dump truck.
For the maintenance, I haven't found it to be any higher than any other car I own. In the 6 years I've owned the car I've spent probably a little over $2,000 in maintenance and repairs. Then again, I only put a couple thousand miles a year on the car and I do most of the work myself. I have collector car insurance and the premium is only $200/year for full coverage.
Boxer has experience using the 308 as a daily driver, my 308 is a toy and I treat it as such. I think the 308 would be a pain in ass for daily routine commuting due to the low speed handling, the low ground clearance and the fact that the car sits so low you have a hard time seeing and being seen by others in traffic. The car is for open roads, not city traffic.
Other things you should know, the power windows are always an issue so don't be suprised if they are deathly slow. You can take the door apart and clean out the cables and gearbox and renew the lubricant. There is also a more powerful motor available to install. If you do a search you'll find the info for the motor install on this site. The speedometer is a common issue also so the mileage can always be suspect on a 308. A new speedometer impulse generator is only like $150 and you can install it yourself in about a half hour.
For any Ferrari you buy, a pre-purchase inspection is always recommended.
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
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