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post #1 of 28 Old 10-23-2011, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Considering a 348.... Thoughts please....

Greetings to all.... I am considering the purchase of a 348. I have a 308 GT4 and had a 360 until about a month ago. I do not know much about the 348's other than what I have read online. I can certainly purchase another 360 or a 430 but for some reason have it in my mind that I need to experience a 348. Allow me to add that I drove a 355 spider last week and was not a fan. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch......
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not sure what i can add that would help,,,i myself,,had a nice drive in a 355 GTS a couple of years ago,,,and i liked it a lot,,,good mechanical grip,,i see 348 s out here in so cal on some ocasions,,and they do look pretty cool,,,they have the old style interior,,like the 328 / 308 / testarossa,,and the 3 spoke momo steering wheel,,,i believe there is also a kit that changes the tail lights form the grated style,,,to the infamous round tail lights,,i have never bothered to read up about the pros and cons concerning the 348,,i myself want a 355..and have been looking into it ,,for a few years...the 348 seems to be kind of a black sheep..just my opinion ,,although i do remember exactly how i felt when i first had a look at one back in 1990 i felt..just like i do ., when any other new Ferrari comes out,,,!!! Good Luck,,Brett
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I have had my 348 Spider for about 3 weeks and I can tell you that this car is awesome. It turns heads and is a true drivers car. It is responsive and you feel that you are really driving and connected to the road. I love my car and I wouldn't have anything else right now. I don't think you will be sorry if you choose to buy a 348....
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Your 348 looks great with those rims, the factory 348 wheels are not attractive in MY opinion. Wheels are easy to change though and keeping with Ferrari rims is a great upgrade, again only MY opinion.
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i would definitely drive one if you haven't already. of course, a 360 or 430 is a lot more car. What attracts you to the 348?



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Thanks for the info..... Nice ride kurby. I love the lines of the 348. Just a great looking car and I have read online that it is a great Ferrari. Cheers
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If I read you correclty.

I don't understand how downgrading to a 348 from the lackluster [for you] 355 will be a consideration especially since they both require engine out services about the same in costs, and the 355 is the better performer.

There is so much to discount in your scenario that you should just skip these two models and go to the 430.

348/355/360/430 are still depreciating, but the lesser costs on the 430 might be a factor considering earlier models cost more to service, and are still depreciating a bit.

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Have you taken a look at the 348 Buyers Guide?

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Maresca- How about telling us what it was about the F355 you did not like so someone can tell you what to expect? The F355 is really an updated 348 with a much more powerful engine and a six speed instead of a five speed. If you did not like the basic chassis feel, a 348 may not be for you.

I personally really like the styling on the 348 and think the original wheels are attractive, although they look great with F355 and 360 wheels, too. Most of the grumps about the 348 were about quality control, but owners have fixed those problems long ago. The biggest hit for the 348 and F355 is having to pull the engine every 3-5 years. You also have to adjust valve clearances on the 348. The F355 and later V8s use hydraulic lifters.

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Greetings. The 355 spyder that I drove seemed very stiff in the suspension. It was very bumpy and all over the place if that makes any sense. I was not impressed with how difficult it was to shift into fourth gear. It also seemed very sluggish. I am not sure if that is because I owned a 360 or not. The 355 is a beautiful machine. I do however think that the 348 is a nicer looking machine. I am looking for a 348 in my area to test drive so that I can gauge if it is for me or not. Cheers....

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Boxer.... Thanks for the link. I just paid my membership and will look at the buyer's guide for sure. Thanks....

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Granucci...

Thanks for the input. My mind is not made up as of yet. I am also still also considering a 1990 TR.

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Maresca- I would not expect much difference when you drive a 348, unless the F355 you drove had problems. Good luck on the 348 test drive.

Some Ferrari cars have had the suspension geometry so fouled up by unknowledgable techs that it is difficult to get a feel of how the cars actually respond. A good one feels great. Even tire pressures can make a huge difference in handling.

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In my opinion, if you didn't like the F355 shift linkage, you'll hate the 348 shift mechanism. I have a 348 (and have had it for 7 years). The cable-driven shifter is not difficult to engage any of the gears, but it has a very "mushy" feel compared to the rod system in the F355.


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Maresca- I would not expect much difference when you drive a 348, unless the F355 you drove had problems. Good luck on the 348 test drive.

Some Ferrari cars have had the suspension geometry so fouled up by unknowledgable techs that it is difficult to get a feel of how the cars actually respond. A good one feels great. Even tire pressures can make a huge difference in handling.
+1. All I can add to that is my own experience of owning a '97 manual 355Berlinetta for few years, and the car was splendid. You might consider test driving another 355 along with the 348 so that you can make the best choice for yourself. Good luck with your search. w/ smiles Jimmy
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My column in the next issue of Forza is about 348's.

It will give you a little insight.
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Brian- I have enjoyed your columns in Forza. It is nice of you to come slumming with us mortal owners in FL and pass on some of your hard won knowledge.

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definitely drive more than one. the two tr's i drove before i ruled them out were mushy and i didn't like them. I then drove a "nice" tr later and it was a completely different car. make sure you drive a "tight" car. same thing with the 328. have driven several mushy ones and mine is tight as a drum head. just what i like about it so much.



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My column in the next issue of Forza is about 348's.

It will give you a little insight.
Your column in the December 2011 issue (Valeo) was well done. Its nice to have rich content in Forza. I'm sure it takes a lot of time to put these together, but it is noticed and appreciated!


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