Hello to Everyone! I joined this group a few weeks ago, and would like to introduce myself, and pose some questions to the group re: getting a 328 or TR (early one before the 512TR... which are getting too high). Sorry if this note ends up being rather long, as I'll probably be spilling my guts somewhat....
I see US members here may be a minority. I'm a retired Mechanical Engineer, and live in the Phoenix, Arizona area. My first Ferrari purchase was a 275GTB 2cam, steel, shortnose, open driveshaft version in 1978. I proceeded to restore it over the next 10+ years, with lots of kind help from Bob Wallace, and sold it in 1992. At that time, I picked up a 308GT4 with only 17k mi. on it. Great car, and fun to drive, but needed paint, and 0-60mph of around 8sec. just didn't do it for me. So I sold it in 2003. I currently have a 400GT 2+2 which is totally dismantled and I plan to restore.
I have planned to get another car to drive, and have decided to search for either a 328 or Testarossa. What I REALLY lust for is a Boxer, but prices are just getting too high. Too bad I didn't get one when I sold the GT4 4yrs ago! I guess I'd try to find a way if I could find a solid one for $80k or so, but doubt that's do-able at this point. I did think about selling the 400, but decided I still want to restore it... only have $40k in it right now, and what else can I get of that vintage for that kind of price?
So I'd like to ask some questions comparing ownership, etc. of the 328 vs. a TR .... please bear with me. I also considered a 348, but I tend to feel these are getting a little to hi-tech in terms of electronics/service. I do like servicing all my vehicles as far as possible. 348 input also appreciated.
Prices for nice copies seem similar here for these 2 models. Even though production numbers are also similar, seems like the 328 is more collectible. I think a lot of people are scared away by potential maintenance costs of the TR, and 328 is probably more classic design. TRs also seem to be harder to service yourself, although subframe removal would not scare me away... that seems to be req'd for belt service, etc. 328s also seem to perform nearly as well as a TR (based on test numbers I've seen). But I do love the flat 12 - a lot of fun to just admire!!
So for the questions...
How is the driving position in a 328 (I'm 6ft)? Is the steering wheel adjustable to a good degree? Do owners feel the 328 feels quite a bit stronger than a 308 at normal US 0-75mph speeds? Any annoying things about the car?
For the TR... any problems with the automatic belts? Do they hold you securely? Is there anyone that has cleanly and successfully replaced them with manual belts or harness? Are there any regular or annoying electronic (gauge, switch, etc) problems?
Overall... how much stronger do owners feel the TR is than the 328 on the road within US speed limits? Fun factor of TR vs. 328 (around town)? Any other input on owning a TR vs. a 328??
Appreciate any and all input!