Sorry guys I actually had one more concern... The clutch feel in these cars.. are ok or super heavy.. is one better than the other?
The clutch on the 355 is not much heavier than my mini-cooper (I haven't noticed much difference in the feel between the two). That said, clutch effort would be moderate, but not light. It certainly is not heavy.
I just got a 355, and I both love it and hate it at the same time... perhaps because I was wrenching on it yesterday. Driving the 355, it's just stunning on the street. If you want a driver, an every day driver, I think the 355 wins this contest, just barely, for a number of reasons.
Ever parallel parked without power steering?
The 6 speed is great transmission, I personally like the flexibility of a 6 speed box.
The car will have less age on it... even working with 15 yr old exhaust bolts yesterday was frustrating.
It's a great car to drive... totally livable as a car you can drive on most roads. The suspension when not in sport mode is completely docile, yet sporty enough to get moderately aggressive in turns.
If you don't do your own maintenance, the 348 is the better choice. Having a shop do your major service on a 355 is an expensive proposition. DIY, costs are pretty comparable. The exhaust header on the 355 is JUNK. If you buy one, make sure it's replaced or subtract the cost from the price you are willing to pay. I am replacing my headers this month, cost $3000+ my own labor to do the job... and it doesn't look like it will be much fun.
Both cars have things that can and will go wrong. The big one on the F355 is the exhaust system failing in a way that it thrashes the rest of the motor as the ECU attempts to compensate for the failure.