The dealer does not know when a major was done on it, but said they can tell one has been done in the past,
doens't sound good to me:
- can tell?? really, how?, did he take the covers off the timing belts to look at them?
- if he doesn't know, then the history is sparse and doesn't make sense...any Ferrari owner worth his salt knows when how and what, especially on the 348 [newer cars] because it's an engine out experience which usually has other 'while-were-in-there' things to take care of like tension bearing, water pump and the like.
- if he doesn't know when the major was done, then does he know how often the fluids were changed?
I am recommended to change them every year, and that's ALL fluids..a bit of overkill but then it's good, and there are sometimes other things to find.
...I think the car absolultely HAS to have a major done. I have a local independent shop that will do the major for me for $5k.
NO NO NO on the independent shop UNLESS
he has worked on the 348 engine before!!!!
I had a qualified Ferrari mech do my 30k for about $6k [1,5-2k savings] and it turned into a nightmare...had to have it totally redone and fix the things he didn't do right....
He probably won't know the issues no matter how much time he spends on the internet.
the transmission, so I don't know if the shifting changes once it warms up
most Ferrari's of this age have the 2nd gear shift problem, that will go away after warmup, but if still there after 10-15min drive, then look out....might be something else.
also these models have some leveling motor issues, but inexpensive to fix.
seatbelt auto-matic tensioners were problematic too.
The TS sometimes had roof leaks near front corners, but not a big deal to me.
thing that concerns me is it's an independent dealer who has no answers, and they are in the low end consumer market. ARE there service dealers for this in Utah
certainly there is a previous owner or is this a salvage car: if the latter then you are buying a car for track use I guess IMO
you have some great F dealers in your near area, like denver, seattle, portland
put $15 to $20 into it. My thinking is that if I have all of the work done myself, then I know exactly what I have, and go into the deal assuming the worse up front!
if your willing to put 20k into it, then not so bad IMO, you'll get what you expect...BUT still feel that a VIN search on carfax [not that good] or googling the VIN will get some answers. have you checked the 348registry.com ? http://www.club348.com/registry/registry.html
there are actually several registries about.