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post #1 of 5 Old 03-12-2015, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Looking to purchase a Ferrari 348sp

Hi everyone,
I currently own a Porsche 911 Cab and looking to make the jump to a Ferrari 348sp, I was just wondering if there any particular things I should look out for, known issues etc.
Also when it comes to maintenance, how expensive is it and how regular does it need to be done?
Can a 348sp be used as a daily driver?
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-12-2015, 02:03 PM
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Paul- Welcome to Ferrari Life. Are you referring to the 348 Serie Speciale, commonly called a 348 SS, or a 348 Spider?

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Hi tazandjan I am referring to the spider
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Paul- Every three to five years (Ferrari recommends 3 years, most owners use 5), the engine must be pulled to change the cambelts. So that is pretty expensive ($5K+, sometimes many plusses). Annual service on most Ferraris is around $1000, but that does not count any unscheduled repairs. The last 348 built is over 20 years old, so repair costs vary with earlier care, luck, and other variables.


Go to ferraridatabase.com and you can download 348 owners manuals and workshop manuals. Will give you some idea of what awaits you. There is no such thing as a 348sp, so you had me confused.


Any Ferrari can be used as a daily driver as long as she is faithfully serviced. Gets expensive, though, because things are going to need repairing, not just servicing, on a 20 year old exotic. If by daily driver you mean that is your only car, probably, with some rentals while she is down for maintenance.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-14-2015, 04:47 PM
 
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I own a 348 Spyder. My previous car was a 91 911 cab. For several years I drove the 911 as my only car. Winter,summer,spring and fall. I did not think twice about it. It was a car. A nice,fun,pretty convertible. I got compliments and sometimes felt embarrassed by appearing ostertatious. But, what the heck, it was a Porsche. You cannot compare the 911 to the 348. The Ferrari is SPECIAL. It is a unique feeling and pride that is hard to explain. You want to drive it,but you also want to pamper it. You won't want to drive in the rain. Forget snow or salty roads. You are very careful where you park. You must properly warm up the car before driving so a quick trip to the store often goes to another car. You want to drive it but you also want to keep the miles down so it is a conflict. It is truey an exotic. 540 were imported to the U.S. out of the 1100 made 21 years ago. One can use it as a daily driver. I can't. Andy
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