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Which Car Cheaper to UpKeep 348-355-testarossa?

In your opinion which car is cheaper to up keep?
348, 355 or the Testarossa?
I'm thinking it's the Testarossa!
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The real answer is: one that is properly sorted out.

Bit of a cheat, that answer, but it is to make a point: any Ferrari can cripple you if it is not kept in the best condition possible. So, to avoid spending the big money, you have to spend the almost-just-as-big money.

All things being equal, I think these three cars have very similar running costs.


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The real answer is: one that is properly sorted out.

Bit of a cheat, that answer, but it is to make a point: any Ferrari can cripple you if it is not kept in the best condition possible. So, to avoid spending the big money, you have to spend the almost-just-as-big money.

All things being equal, I think these three cars have very similar running costs.


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+1, they are all 15-20 year old cambelt change engine out models. Maintenance cost will really be determined by current condition.
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My shot at it, among the three given, is 348. w/ smiles Jimmy
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My shot at it, among the three given, is 348. w/ smiles Jimmy
I concur, 348 has a manageable workable engine that one can perform most maintenance on if he is some what mechanically savoy. 355 has more technology along with HP and extra valve making it a more finicky engine to work on. The TR has the big 12, engine out is not as easy as the 348/355 thus making it harder to work on with higher operating cost.

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I concur, 348 has a manageable workable engine that one can perform most maintenance on if he is some what mechanically savoy. 355 has more technology along with HP and extra valve making it a more finicky engine to work on. The TR has the big 12, engine out is not as easy as the 348/355 thus making it harder to work on with higher operating cost.
+1, actually on much of the above.

Upkeep is essential, lack thereof potentially very costly on all of these models, or better: all Ferrari's. None of them are shockproof. But given similarly well-sorted cars, what Nightlife says applies.

Come to think of it, in a discussion somewhere else on actual annual maintenance cost (based on repair bills), I remember some case examples pointing towards 355s en TRs being up clearly more expensive than 348s on an annualised basis (the need to incur cost not always being equally spaced out over the years of course: shit happens, and sometimes it doesn't...)
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In your opinion which car is cheaper to up keep?
348, 355 or the Testarossa?
I'm thinking it's the Testarossa!

agree with all, as stated of the three, the 348 is less expensive than the two that follow AND in that exact order. And, any unsorted vehicle can easily skew the affordable moniker, into the ozone and make all bets off....

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If your trying to determine which car is for you, your thinking about it incorrectly. These cars are all amazing but also all very differant experiences. I personnaly chose the 348 because of its go kart feel. No power steering, no power brakes, no suspension gimicks or onboard adjustments, just you and the road. The 355 is an all together differant experience. Faster but more tame, even more so if it has the F1 gearbox. I can't say I've driven a TR but I'm told its a bit of a challenge and an exhausting experience.

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If your trying to determine which car is for you, your thinking about it incorrectly. These cars are all amazing but also all very differant experiences. I personnaly chose the 348 because of its go kart feel. No power steering, no power brakes, no suspension gimicks or onboard adjustments, just you and the road. The 355 is an all together differant experience. Faster but more tame, even more so if it has the F1 gearbox. I can't say I've driven a TR but I'm told its a bit of a challenge and an exhausting experience.
Always found it interesting that the older design, Mondial T has power assisted steering and three-way adj shocks and couple other items not found on the 348.

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If your trying to determine which car is for you, your thinking about it incorrectly. These cars are all amazing but also all very differant experiences. I personnaly chose the 348 because of its go kart feel. No power steering, no power brakes, no suspension gimicks or onboard adjustments, just you and the road. The 355 is an all together differant experience. Faster but more tame, even more so if it has the F1 gearbox. I can't say I've driven a TR but I'm told its a bit of a challenge and an exhausting experience.
+348 That's exactly why I bought the 348..I wanted to have that raw ferrari feeling without the added power assist's. Although in the future I wouldnt mind having each one in my stable!

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Interesting!

I thought the hydraulically adjusted valves on the 355 would cut down labour costs on valve adjustments making it the winner but like you state above; I suppose the more complicated technology level on the 355 can unexpectedly add on a lot of costly work shop hours.

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