On Friday May 29.2015, my friend Rob flew me down to perform a PPI on this car for sale at RAC Performance in Texas. Rob met me there and we both reviewed the car.
For reference, here is the add posted by RAC Performance: http://www.racperformance.com/1995-F...-75006/5479652
5,820 MILES 2 OWNER!! LAST DRIVEN IN 1999!! CLEAN CARFAX, $28,000.00 IN MAJOR SERVICE REPAIRS AND EXTRAS (ENGINE OUT JOB). NEW CLUTCH KIT, RELEASE BEARING KIT, WP KIT, MACHINE FLYWHEEL, 355 SK1 MAJOR, NEW BELTS AND TENSIONERS, TRANS MOUNT, TIMING JOB COMPLETED, RADIATOR, A/C COLD, STICKY BUTTONS REPAIRED, NEW MICH. PILOT SUPER SPORTS, 355 BRAKE REBUILD KIT!!! YOU WILL NOT FIND ANOTHER FERRARI 355 BERLINETTA LIKE THIS! DRIVES LIKE A DREAM AND LOOKS EVEN BETTER. DON'T MISS OUT! This car has been inspected by our certified technicians and is ready to drive home. Upgrades are available at RAC Performance. Tunes, exhaust, wheels, tires and much more. - See more at: 1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta | Carrollton, TX | RAC Performance
So, in an effort to fully disclose what I have learned about this car so future owners will know here are the details. IMO, it's not the least bit possible that this is a honest 5820 mile car. Far too many battlescares.
1) The only positive item about the PPI was the compression test. 1 cylinder at 215 PSI, 2 at 212 PSI and the rest at 210 PSI.
2) The paint has micro scratches throughout.
3) The front bumper has upwards of 40 rock chips the size of pellets
4) The rear bumper and possibly the rear grill have been resprayed as tape lines where found
5) Various deep scratches and chips found on paint work
6) Door dings in passenger side upper door
7) All 4 wheels need refinishing due to chips and scratches - not minimal, very large
8) The car pulls to the right
9) Oil pressure on the high side (likely the sender needs to be replaced).
10) The headers are OEM (did not smoke test so we don't know the integrity)
11) The dash leather is very tired. Someone pulled the leather back on the driver's side window corner and used staples to hold it that are visible. Needs recovering
12) The seat leather is very tired also - possibly redyed in the past. Very stiff and hard
13) Various nicks and scuffs all throughout the door panels, center tunnel, etc.
14) Dirty leather, headline and carpets
15) They claim all stickies have been done. Here is the deal - someone did remove the sticky coating and poorly refinish some parts. Others are untouched such as: Rear window exterior trim, mirror triangles, radio/gauge surround/ instrument cluster. IMO, I consider the car in need of all parts refinished.
16) Air vents pushed thru the dash - likely will become damaged when corrected
17) Sport and fog light switches don't stay latched
18) Passenger side air plenum has silver pain all scratched off - driver's side is better
19) AC panel / door in front trunk tied down with zip ties.
20) Huge CD changer mounted in trunk
21) Old style center caps on wheels faded and some cracked
22) No books, tools, or covers.
And, this list only is what we found as we ran out of time. We did not check fully electrical or the underside of the car.
The car was grossly misrepresented and a total waste of our time and my friends money.
As for RAC Performance - terrible organization. I would never, ever do business with these guys. We had requested the use of simple hand tools (I brought all specialty items). The techs in the shop were very unwilling to help. I asked for a set of ball allen wrenches and not a single tech would provide them. We inspected the car in puddles of water becasue the A/C was on the frits and was leaking water all around where we were working. The shop was dim lite. We flew in from out of town - these guys did not even offer us a water after being there 6 hours. Zero care at all.
They had another 355 spider on a lift next to us and they picked it up from the sheet metal pans ahead of the radiators.
So, here is the best part: My buddy had a deposit on the car, however, not way was he going to go forward with the agreed price. The sales manager was supposed to contact him on Monday and then we find out they sold the car to someone else.
I advised my friend to walk but given the appropriate number, he may have purchased the car and done the work to make it right. Apparently these guys don't believe in first right of refusal. And, I suspect they had another buyer and wasted our time and my friends money.
In summary, for those that find this thread in the future - this is not a true 5820 mile car.
RAC states the car was not driven since 99 due to a 99 inspection sticker on the window. Carfax shows the second owner purchased the car in 2005 - so what, he never drove it? Carfax also shows the car registered and safety inspected every year.
I sure hope the guy who bought this car did not do so sight unseen as he is in for a big suprise!