Originally Posted by LouGaudio
What do you mean "going bad"? 27,000 miles, 20 years. Is it re-build time or what. Elaborate please.
Agree with others, could be a number of things. And yes, those shocks are OLD (age). Have a proper mechanic check out your car. As for the shocks, i THINK Koni has a lifetime guarantee so rebuild is free. If it is not free, just throw them out and buy new ones. Personally, i think the old Koni are lackluster. If you truly care about the car and performance, do as many of us have done and upgrade all your shocks and springs to: http://www.nicksforzaferrari.com/for...bsite1_028.htm
pic at http://www.nicksforzaferrari.com/for...ite1005003.jpg
The 308 is an old car, and Ferrari setup the suspension for a nice comfy ride with lots of understeer.
Stock, with hard braking, the front nose dives faster than 747 without power. Stock setup is a lackluster 178 lbs front springs, 187 rear springs. If you want to 'wake up' the suspension and at least be near equal to a common day Subaru WRX, may as well dump those heavy Koni and springs and get modern components that are lighter and more adjustable. The above upgrades i mentioned, get 300 lbs front and 250 lbs rear springs. These are also adjustable so you CAN have a comfy boring ride, or adjust them to stiffen it for fun... or extreme stiff for track
Also, may as well check your suspension A-arm bushings and replace them (16 total i believe) with Energy Suspension 'G' units. Also check your sway bar/anti-roll bushings.
Forget staying OEM, the 80's were decades ago and time/technology has long passed them by. Ferrari parts for bushings are not that great IMHO, go Energy Suspension units.
In the end, have a mechanic check out your car and see what needs to be fixed, what should be fixed, and what might need replacing in the near future. Only you can decide if you want to properly invest in maintaining your Ferrari or just get by with the least cost and effort. Sadly, too many owners just get by with 'cheap' fixes and then sell their problems to someone else. Not referring to you, but have seen and PPI'ed many 'perfect' cars that, frankly, were serviced with minimum effort to 'just get by.' Sad but true. Makes me wonder why they even bother owning such a fine car.
My apologies, soap box off and i am sure you want to make your car the best it can be.