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post #1 of 15 Old 03-04-2008, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question about my First Ferrari

Hi I an new to the forum.
Heres what I know about the car.
My Dad told me that it is temperamental at times (he owned a 288 GTO)
And it isn't the easiest car to drive every day.
I am most likely going to by a 308 GTS or GTB.
I also know it has a clutch set in stone and no power steering.
And I know maintenance is high as well.
But is there anything I should now about the car.
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-04-2008, 03:58 PM
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Pete is our resident 308 guy but I feel comfortable telling you that I disagree with your father. His experiences with a 288gto wiil be very differant. The 308 is a very reliable car and maintenance costs are no where near as bad as most (if not all) other Ferrari models. I know the injection is more powerfull (faster) than carbs but I have no idea what reliablility and costs are. Everyone keeps talking about the evolving appreciation of the fiberglass 308's. Don't know your budget but that may be the ticket.

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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.

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Im sure my dad will help me with this but when I test drive and inspect the car what should I look for? My budget is $28,000-45,000.
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Look for the obvious wear and tear on the car, thats the easy part. See if it has service records so you can see whats been done to the car in the past. Owners manuals and tool kits are nice to have too. I would highly recommed a PPI by a reputable Ferrari mech. of your choise, to see it there are any mechanical/eletrical issues looming you cant see.

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I guess I'll go to Ferrari of Beverly Hills.
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You should also go by Black Horse Motors, they are right there as well. I know he has a couple 308's and a 328 on the floor. 1701 s LaCienega.
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I was thinking about going to Black Horse.
They don't have a GTS in the color I want though.
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Here's a link to "what to look for" on a 348. Obviously not a 308 but it may give you some idea's.

http://www.club348.com/technical/Tec...Inspection.htm

Good luck and good hunting.

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I'll check that out even though some of those checks won't work with a 308.
Merci Beaucoup.
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Have you taken a look at our Buyers Guide for the 308 ?

Resources: Parts List | Buyer's Guides
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-05-2008, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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No I have not.
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-06-2008, 10:36 AM
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No I have not.
You need "THE" book.

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post #14 of 15 Old 04-05-2008, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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360/355

I'm going to hold off and get a 355 or a 360 spider.
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I'm going to hold off and get a 355 or a 360 spider.
Thats what I would do

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