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post #1 of 31 Old 08-22-2013, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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What I'm looking for and service questions. : )

Ok, so I am doing research before I buy a ferrarri!!!

I can't afford a new one unfortunately. I wouldn't mind owning one from 1975 to 1995 that is at the lower end in price. But the cost of service will be more than the vehicle.

Which models allow me to change cam belts and do all maintenance on my own in the garage without me being required to lift the engine out of the car or in some case lower the engine down from the car. I can afford the car and the work on it if I do the work.

Can you guys help me figure out which models, older models allow me to do the work.

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308 and 328 do not need engine out.

I am not sure about the Mondial, I know some had access panels but I think the "T" did not.

348 and 355 need engine out.

Stretch for a 360 and no engine out.
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Ok so the 308 and the 328 for sure.

What do you mean?
Stretch for a 360 and no engine out.
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456 and 550 do not require engine out and owners here have done belt changes.

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If you buy a nicely sorted 328, you will have an enjoyable and relatively easy ownership. In my opinion, it's the easiest Ferrari to get your feet wet with.


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Josh- Probably the easiest and least expensive of the Ferraris to self-maintain (328), but, wow, I could have had a V12.

Good V12s are pretty expensive, though.

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Terry, I love the 550/575 and believe they're undervalued. Unfortunately, I think a lot of them have been used hard and put away wet due to the depreciation and such. It's my personal opinion that msot of the V12 cars are in need of a serious going over to get them back up to where they should be at this point.

The 328's have been a more stable platform I feel, due to the easy maintenance. Also, most owners loved their 328's and were willing to spend some money on them. A few even regard them as the last of an era which has kept their values stable making servicing costs more acceptable.

Plus they're a good bit less than a V12 car. The buy in risk is much lower if one decides they would rather move on.


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I really like the 328. Beautiful red with the tan interior mmmm mmmmm mmmmm. I live in a small central IL town and I can't tell you the thoughts, fluster, and comments this 328 would stir up for me. : ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) the older women would call me names and the 20 to 45 women would be knocking on my door hahaha hopefully.

The only catch is that I need to be able to to the work on it.

Where can I find a service list as to what needs to be done and at what mileage marker up to 100,000 miles? I would love to go down the list and check it out. Minor service, major service, ball busting service, seals?
My thoughts on the seals.... If they are not leaking then leave them alone but does that work on a ferrarri? Don't see why not.
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If I do the work myself then I can afford to upgrade plastic parts to metal and just improve the vehicle.
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Robert, check out www.ferraridatabase.com/, they have a wealth of information as it relates to all Ferrari's. There you can find downloads of service manuals and such. I was also just told about www.trutlands.com/, they sell the parts you'll need to do the work yourself.
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What do you mean?
Stretch for a 360 and no engine out.
I meant that for a good 308 or 328 its a stretch to finally afford a 360 but if I got it done, you may also. The 360 does not need engine out.

BUT the 360 is far more complex and many things are out of the range of the normal owner who just likes to turn a wrench. I thought I would do all my own maintenance on the thing but I end up taking it to the dealer each time. If you really want to do all your own work, stick with the 308, 328.
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Terry, I love the 550/575 and believe they're undervalued. Unfortunately, I think a lot of them have been used hard and put away wet due to the depreciation and such. It's my personal opinion that msot of the V12 cars are in need of a serious going over to get them back up to where they should be at this point.

The 328's have been a more stable platform I feel, due to the easy maintenance. Also, most owners loved their 328's and were willing to spend some money on them. A few even regard them as the last of an era which has kept their values stable making servicing costs more acceptable.

Plus they're a good bit less than a V12 car. The buy in risk is much lower if one decides they would rather move on.

I agree.

I always have to remind people that the newest 328 is now 24 years old and you cant just belly up to the parts counter and buy anything you want but my feeling about them is such we recently got one.

550/456 is a great car and a real bargain but is still too much car for the great majority of do it yourselfers or even most non Ferrari mechanics.

Another thing to consider is the 328 is on the value upswing, the later 12's are a good bit from that.


Also they are such different cars I just cant see having trouble picking. One is a sports car. Small, light, nimble .

The other a big fast GT car.

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Some of my coworkers made the comments about the ferrari. They said people who drive a late 80's ferrari are douche bags.... I was like what???? The women all said that the guy in the movies who is a cocky jerk and all preppy drives that car? Your thoughts on this?
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Some of my coworkers made the comments about the ferrari. They said people who drive a late 80's ferrari are douche bags.... I was like what???? The women all said that the guy in the movies who is a cocky jerk and all preppy drives that car? Your thoughts on this?
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I don't think a woman is going to look at me or any guy with a ferrari and say what a douche. I think it would be the opposite. A woman white trash or well off will look at me and I will wave and that woman will think "that man has money and I need to get in his pants".

Am I wrong? Thats not the only reason I want one!!!
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Many of them were like.... why don't you get a used jaguar. And I feel like a used Jaguar is more of a womans car, not a mans fun toy.

I was thinking about a 328 GTS.

By the way can someone list all of the maintenance items I would need to do on that car. In general over time?
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I don't know about you but I buy a car because of what I think, not everybody else.




What will need to be serviced over time?


The big part between the bumpers.


328 is a great car but it is an old exotic sports car and it wouldn't be fair to paint a picture of the type of ownership experience you would have with a new Japanese car. It will require an understanding and patient owner.

I've spent a lot of years around car salesmen who give buyers unrealistic expectations. I'll never do that.

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it is true that the 328 will attract more teenage boys than middle aged woman.... But I don't care, already have a middle aged woman and no interest in teenage boys.



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Sometimes a salesman is so stupid and uneducated about their own product. Yes my opinion matters more. Well I want the car because it is really nice and vrroooommmm. But I sure do want to attract the ladies 25 to 45 is good. : ) Keep in mind I'm single
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Women are more drawn to Mustangs and Mercedes than any Ferrari.


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