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I am thinking on buying my first Ferrari. I like especially the 328 and a 512 TR, and I have already seen both in official dealers in France (MY 1987 & 1994). As I am quite new on this, I would like to know some opinions on both cars, and especially on the maintenance costs.

I have read about the costs of removing the engine to replace the belt in the 512. Is this needed in all 512TR versions? Are the costs of the 512 something I should be worried about? (I am fine dealing with 2K / 3K a year, but I am not willing to spend much more on a regular yearly basis)

How are these two models considered from a future valuation perspective?

thanks in advance four your opinions
 

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Based on your above criteria, I would suggest the 328. It will fit your budget, is a nice first Ferrari and is smaller than the 512TR and will feel easier to drive as a result. That and the design is timeless.
 

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The 328 is the safer bet. Maintenance is cheaper and it is a very robust car. Values are rising, too. But the 512 gives you more of the supercar "I'm feeling a million bucks" feeling, Values are not dropping but cars are a bit more difficult to sell. It will be more difficult to find a very good 512, in my opinion. All boxer engined Ferraris need the removal of the engine (so that is 365BB, 512BB, 512BBi. Testarossa, 512TR, 512M) for major service, but the removal of the engine is actually not very difficult on these cars and replacing the belts every 5 years should be enough. If you have a good TR, your budget should be enough. A bad one will go over it.

Both of them are a good first Ferrari. Good luck with your search!


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The 328 is the safer bet. Maintenance is cheaper and it is a very robust car. Values are rising, too. But the 512 gives you more of the supercar "I'm feeling a million bucks" feeling, Values are not dropping but cars are a bit more difficult to sell. It will be more difficult to find a very good 512, in my opinion. All boxer engined Ferraris need the removal of the engine (so that is 365BB, 512BB, 512BBi. Testarossa, 512TR, 512M) for major service, but the removal of the engine is actually not very difficult on these cars and replacing the belts every 5 years should be enough. If you have a good TR, your budget should be enough. A bad one will go over it.

Both of them are a good first Ferrari. Good luck with your search!


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+1, overall the 328 is going to be a safer bet as a first Ferrari. I would however suggest you take a look at F355s and 360 as they are currently not that far off in terms of prices and offer a very different driving experience. Of the four, your running costs are going to be less on the 328 & 360.
 

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Based on your requirements, I would suggest a 328. I've never owned a 512 but have owned a 328 in the past and it was a wonderful car. They provide the right sounds and feel, have a classic Ferrari look, and the costs to maintain are quite reasonable. If you have some mechanical skills you can even do many maintenance items yourself, however your proposed maintenance budget is sufficient to have a 328 professionally maintained barring any catastrophic issues. Lastly 328's seem to be "aging" much more nicely than the 512 and are holding their value when properly cared for.

Good luck with the search.
 

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Based on your above criteria, I would suggest the 328. It will fit your budget, is a nice first Ferrari and is smaller than the 512TR and will feel easier to drive as a result. That and the design is timeless.
+1

I went through the same exercise last year and I ended up adding a 328GTB to my stable. I track my car sometimes, and you find more 328 on the track than TR for a reason: 328 breaks and handles better.
 

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thanks for all comments

Your comments, my head, and probably my pocket, are telling me to go for the 328. But my heart is pushing hard to go for the 512 rosso corsa, insisting somehow to go directly to the main course

what a dilemma...
 

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Why not start with a 328 and later on add a 512TR/M? The TR is like previously stated not a track car but a phenomenal long trip missile. IMO you should definitely start with the 328. It has the sporty nimble essence a Ferrari should have.
 

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+1

I went through the same exercise last year and I ended up adding a 328GTB to my stable. I track my car sometimes, and you find more 328 on the track than TR for a reason: 328 breaks and handles better.
i just got banned from those thin skinned guys over ar FChat,,because of a heated discussion on 512 vs 328 handling,,stock from the factory,,after posting a you tube video of the top heavy boxer ..almost out of control on a slow speed bend,,,all the boxer guys got mad,,and some words were exchanged,,and wala,,a one day ban,,any ways im Brett,,just signed up,,,hope you guys are more down to earth,,and maybe even drive your cars,,,ive logged 68000 in my 89 328 GTS...im still trying to figure out how to finish my profile,,anyways,,,i do love the boxer,,,but a 328 handles better...like you said,,,take it easy,,
 

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i just got banned from those thin skinned guys over ar FChat,,because of a heated discussion on 512 vs 328 handling,,stock from the factory,,after posting a you tube video of the top heavy boxer ..almost out of control on a slow speed bend,,,all the boxer guys got mad,,and some words were exchanged,,and wala,,a one day ban,,any ways im Brett,,just signed up,,,hope you guys are more down to earth,,and maybe even drive your cars,,,ive logged 68000 in my 89 328 GTS...im still trying to figure out how to finish my profile,,anyways,,,i do love the boxer,,,but a 328 handles better...like you said,,,take it easy,,
Welcome to FL, lucca. w/ smiles Jimmy
 

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Hello Lucca Brazzi:

This website is more respectful, and down-to-earth. That other site has lots of resources and information, but there is a cost....you have maintain political correctness and bow down to certain elitists. This site is a true community of people who all share the same passion. That other site is like walking into a boardroom meeting on a monday morning - your never quite sure what to expect. This site is where you go AFTER that boardroom meeting... :)
 

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i just got banned from those thin skinned guys over ar FChat,,because of a heated discussion on 512 vs 328 handling,,stock from the factory,,after posting a you tube video of the top heavy boxer ..almost out of control on a slow speed bend,,,all the boxer guys got mad,,and some words were exchanged,,and wala,,a one day ban,,any ways im Brett,,just signed up,,,hope you guys are more down to earth,,and maybe even drive your cars,,,ive logged 68000 in my 89 328 GTS...im still trying to figure out how to finish my profile,,anyways,,,i do love the boxer,,,but a 328 handles better...like you said,,,take it easy,,
I've driven quit a few Fcars on the track. The TRs oversteer and the 512BBI pushes, the 328 is a much more neutral handling car and yes, better brakes than the other two.

Lot of people came here after getting tired of the power trip of the mods and owner on the other site. Welcome, you'll find yourself much happier here.
 

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thank you

thank you fellows,,,im hoping to have the same kind of fun here as i have on my motorcycle forum,,,,i dont feel so bad ..after reading your welcomes,...Brett
 
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