Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Ferrari Life Posts: 290
+1: Welcome and do stop worrying overly about mileage!
Actually, in many ways mileage is good. If a Ferrari runs regularly, it remains well-oiled, its moving parts and ballbearings don't get stuck, its hoses and tubes don't dry out, etc.etc. Personally I am more worried about not running my 328 in this wintery period than about any of the kilometers I've put on its clock.
The car you're considering is 21 years old, so with 22k mileage has run just over 1,000 miles a year. That equates to an average of say 40 miles per fortnight. Clearly, actual use will have been more 'lumpy', but this (average) level of usage is very mild and probably towards the lower level of what the car needs to stay 'fit'.
As Jimmy points out very clearly, the way the car has been run and maintained is far, far more important than the number of miles. Check maintenance history (have all majors been done roughly on schedule!?), also check appearance in details (does it look like previous owners actually cared for it?). Also check accident history: minor scuffs are not a major issue, but anything remotely structural (chassis impact, etc.) should be regarded with suspicion.
Then again, these cars are 2 decades old and though well-built, not immune to the toll of time. So indeed expect minor repairs. For instance, in the first 6 months after I acquired mine I had to fix one of the door mechanisms, which had loosened a bit; my coolant filler cap broke one day due to a tiny spring rotting through, I replaced my front hood strut, etc. Details, details...
But indeed, get a proper PPI done for the major stuff. You really want to know whether it's fundamentally OK. Make sure it includes test drives: does everything function properly, does it run and handle smoothly (note: best judged by someone used to 328s: some things appear a bit rough like shifting to 2 when cold, and steering at low speed, but that's normal). Best to attend the PPI yourself so you can see, hear, experience everything first hand. It's fun!
Best of luck and please, do post if and when you get your 328!
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Last edited by IPF; 01-09-2010 at 02:11 AM.