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post #1 of 9 Old 05-31-2008, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

My ability to rationalise a 308 has improved lately and amongst bulk research I found this great forum. I am leaning to an early GTB and have one to look at this week. It's expensive but also has a very thick history file.

I'm in Brisbane Australia and have owned/rebuilt mainly Jaguars over the years. Am looking forward to digging deeper into any forum post with 308 in the title and looking at the guide type info.

I'm looking forward to learning more about these great cars


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post #2 of 9 Old 06-01-2008, 05:56 AM
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welcome, Kon!

we have many members that own 308s here and share their experiences, so I'm sure you'll find a lot of useful information around here (plus a lot of fun)!

take a look at the buyer's guide, you can find it in the link


good luck with the deal, let us know how it turns out!

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-01-2008, 06:21 AM
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Hey Kon,
Welcome aboard. I hope you find just the right car. I remember the feeling when I was searching, found, and purchased mine. We would love to hear your story and, as always, Photo's please


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post #4 of 9 Old 06-03-2008, 04:31 AM Thread Starter
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one thing I'm wondering is about the age vs miles question on cam belts. The car I'm looking at had them changed 2 years ago and has done about 5000 miles since.
Is there a general view about trigger points for changing them again? ie is it time or miles or a combination?

thanks in advance

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-03-2008, 06:47 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Kon!

Regarding the belts, the owner's manual states the age and mile intervals (whichever comes first). I think it is something like 5 years or 45k miles, but someone who has theirs handy can look it up. It might also vary for different markets and years.

But if the t-belt has 2 years and 5k miles, that is great in my opinion. It still has at least 3 years left in its recommended service interval, and if it was done by the current owner in the midst of ownership, then it is a sign of conscientious care, vs. a dealer or someone taking a neglected car and changing the belts to be able to sell it with a "recent service".

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post #6 of 9 Old 06-03-2008, 09:54 PM
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Ciao and welcome

You have chosen one of the most recognizable Ferraris in the world

Good choice..

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-03-2008, 09:56 PM
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Congrats and welcome to the site.
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-04-2008, 11:19 AM
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A 308 is a great car, welcome to the forums.

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-05-2008, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the welcome.

I spoke to the owner today. I had a definite buzz going as I called him. It was an order of magnitude greater than the usual excitement calling up about the latest object of desire.

Have to say that as keen as I was to speak to him I did not anticipate that I would experience that intensity of nervousness/anticipation. (first ferrari-itis?)

Maybe I can soon move on from searching for 'ferrari exhaust' on u-tube.

Likely I'll see the car this weekend.

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