Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Austin Texas
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,833
A 355 should not smoke and it should burn very little oil. Shocking as it might be, the salesman was lying.
However you said the car smoked immediatly after cold start up. What you were seeing was almost certainly steam from condensate in the exhaust and not oil smoke.
Any 355 you consider buying should be inspected before purchase by a third party of your choosing and oil consumption or signs of oil burning should be a reason to walk away. On a 355 that is a very bad sign.