Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,928
Hi and welcome to FL,
328's are a fantastic choice for a first Ferrari, and still eye catchingly beautiful today.
First you will need to decide which model you want, the fixed head GTB or the targa topped GTS. The GTS out number the GTB's by about 6:1.
Next you need to look at the model spec, cars from 85 to 88.5 didn't have ABS, but post 88.5 cars should have ABS and uprated suspension. Apart from that, there isn't really a great deal between the models. ABS equipped cars will have convex wheels, non ABS will have concave wheels (unless after market wheels have been fitted).
I had my 89/90 328 GTS for two years and absolutely loved it, I had no mecahnical or electrical issues in that time, the only problem I had was a worn off side diff bearing which was fixed under warranty but wouldn't have cost more than a few hundred to put right anyway.
Download the buyers guide, and then ask lots of questions on here.
I chose a 328 because I love the styling, but more importantly because they are widely regarded as the most bullet proof Ferrari ever built. Things may go wrong from time to time, but they are not too complicated for a DIY mechanic to sort out, and won't cost you a fortune if you have to take it to a specialist.
Always get a PPI done, and always make sure it has good service history and a stack or receipts to show the previous owners have taken good care of it. Belts should be changed every two years, but it's not a major job as it can be done without removing the engine on a 3x8.
Expect annual servicing costs to be in the region of $1000 unless anything major goes wrong.
A word of warning, they are not built for tall or large people, if you are any taller than 6 feet 2 or have a chest of more than 44 inches you may find it a bit of a squeeze in the cabin.
Good luck with your search and keep us posted.