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post #1 of 8 Old 09-05-2007, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi All I have just turned 40 and have decided that the time is right to have a Ferrari But i dont know which one to have. Let me explain
I have had lots of 2nd cars such as Race Porsches, Classic Porsches, classic Merc's etc and for everyday everything from Range Rovers, 300c's to a BMW 650 Cab i use now but none of them do anything for me any more which is why I think the time is right to bight the bullet and purchase my 1st prancing horse.
I have about 40 to 45 K for this 2nd car
my 1st choice was to buy a Testarossa as i always looked at them on my wall as a kid and loved the shape but unfortunately due to the size of my garage i can not get one in , however i can get a 355 and a 348.
so which one to choose.
I like the look of the 348 but i have been told that the 355 is the one to have as it is altogether a better car so here is my dilemma which one and i would be interested in any comments any body who has owned these might have.

I want to use the car at weekends only approx 3k per year, I want as near perfect example as i can find i would also like to have a TS version as i like the Idea of taking the roof off .can i get all this for 40-45k

At the moment my heart is going for the 348 TS mainly due to the shape of the car and not how it drives as i havent driven one yet(although I am waiting to go out this afternoon in a 348tb so not long to wait ,.....)
but loads of people keep telling me i will be disappointed in the 348 and i should buy the 355 as it's a much better car ,Handles better, sounds better, drives better, is quicker, fit and finish is better etc etc. but to me the 348 looks better.

WHAT DO YOU THINK HELP A NEWBEE OUT I DONT WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE......AND BUY THE WRONG CAR AND REGRET IT.

OR ARE THEY ALL GREAT CARS AND I SHOULD GO WITH WHAT MY HEART SAYS ...............THE 348.

Thank you in advance


Mark:drive:
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-05-2007, 06:17 AM
 
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Hi Mark,

That's about the same people have told me.

I'd suggest to give the 348 a go and test drive one, then you will know if you like it or not.

Speaking of 348: the GTB/GTS models are supposed to be a lot better and give you less problems that the TB/TS models.

At 45k ($ or ?) it may be very hard to find a good 355, at least here in Germany, 355s currently start at 55k.

I also recommend to take a look at the buyers guides.

Always my best,

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Hi Mark,

That's about the same people have told me.

I'd suggest to give the 348 a go and test drive one, then you will know if you like it or not.

Speaking of 348: the GTB/GTS models are supposed to be a lot better and give you less problems that the TB/TS models.

At 45k ($ or ?) it may be very hard to find a good 355, at least here in Germany, 355s currently start at 55k.

I also recommend to take a look at the buyers guides.

Always my best,

John
Sorry I ment to say 40,000 to 45,000
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-05-2007, 11:31 AM
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Hi Mark, welcome.
40-45K GBP is a good starting budget for a starter Ferrari. However, before you decide which one to buy you must do your research. The Buyers Guides on here are excellent, the forum is also a great place for asking questions. If you can spare the time I recommend that you visit lots of different main dealers and reputable independents, ask them questions about the different models (pros and cons). I've found the majority of dealers to be extremely helpful, professional and not at all pushy. It took me 2 years of visits and lots of questions before I settled on my 328.
You also need to drive the different models, the 12 & 8 cylinder cars will give you a completely different driving experience. You need to decide if you want a good long distance cruiser (12 Cyl) or a car that is good on bends and b roads (8 Cyl).
I've found the following dealers very helpful both on the phone and in person, you'll find their tel no's if you do a google on them:
Nick Cartwright (Matlock, Derby's)
Graypaul (Nottingham)
The Ferrari Centre (Kent)
Rardley (Surrey ??)
Forza 288 (Hampshire)
There are lot's of others who I'm sure are just as good

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-06-2007, 10:00 AM
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Welcome Mark,

agree with archiegibbs. Took me over year to find the one for me.
Sometimes I regret the search is over because it was so much fun. Spending saterdays at dealers & specialists, driving very different F cars and talking gazoline with similiar car idiots. IMHO beats the regular saterday shopping by far Enjoy.
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Sometimes I regret the search is over because it was so much fun. Spending saterdays at dealers & specialists, driving very different F cars and talking gazoline with similiar car idiots. IMHO beats the regular saterday shopping by far Enjoy.
Haha, absolutely agree

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I would suggest a slightly different path. If you can stretch another GBP 5k, you should be able to find a 360 with mid to higher mileage. With the 360 you will avoid the engine out cambelt service every 3-4 years and all the problems with cracked manifolds.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-07-2007, 08:04 AM
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The 308 cambelts can also be changed with the engine in the car and instead of trying to find extra money you will wind up with extra money.

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