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Hello, I just sold my Lotus, and am getting ready to buy a 348. Can anyone tell me of the usual problems this model has, and what I should look for on inspection of the car? Thanks!
 

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Hi Bonedoc - welcome to the forum.

This question was asked last week - so please refer to the following thread. In truth, I was madly busy, so didn' thave time to give as good an answer as I'd have liked - but this thread will refer you to a couple of others in which I'm a little more expansive!!

In terms of problems, I'm tempted to say that the most common problems are either that of poor general condition, poor maintenance, or problems associated with very low milage cars - and you really want to avoid all three if you can.

Firstly, for general poor condition - look at as many cars as you can - don't be tempted to go for the first, second or third. Daft though it may sound, while you're out and about, look at other Ferrari models of similar age to the 348 series. After a little while you'll get to the point at which you can inherently spot a good or bad one - irrespective of which model it is.

Secondly, poor maintenance - there aren't many black and white rules, but you really should stick to this one. If it's not got an excellent service history - walk away.

Thirdly, for very low milage cars - this depends on what you want to do with it. If you're thinking of putting it in your living room just so that you can look at it (don't laugh - many do!!) then look for the lowest mailage one you can find. If not, and you want to drive it (i.e. if you're not bonkers) then shy away from anything that's been left for a long time. Look for tell tale gaps in the service history or MOT history. If there are no gaps, look at the milages on each to see if it's only been driven to the garage and back once a year!!

Aside from that - the only other thing I'd say, as I have no idea whatsoever what you're looking for is if you can find one of the more rare models, and you don't mind spending the extra cash - go for it. It'll be a better drive, potentially more reliable, and will almost certainly hold it's value better.

Again though - if you have any more specific questions - please let me know.

Have fun too - looking is the best bit!! As soon as you buy one, you'll stop looking and you'll miss it!!! :green:
 

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No matter what anyone tells you: DO NOT BUY A 348. Even Luca di Montezemolo admitted that it was the worst car Ferrari ever made.

I had one of the first ones delivered and here is my nightmare in a few words;

Motronic failure within 180 kms of delivery
Unstable handling the front did one thing while the rear did something else
Cable gearbox A DISASTER
A/C leaked INSIDE the car
Frame of the car cracked - YES really
Dashboard upholstery peeled itself off
Electric window buttons fell out
Windows fell out
Heat / AC complete failure 4 times
Car dangerously unstable above 220km/h

and I could go on and on.

I kept it for lmost 3 years and did 25 000 kms in it so it was a truly long and difficult relationship!

Also if the 348 had 300 bhp then my 328 had 400.....

Do yourself a favour: BUY a 328. Beautiful to look at, to drive and wonderfully reliable.

good luck
 

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When I first started looking at Ferrari's, the 348 was the model I started with. After seeing about a dozen of them, talking to owners, and specialists, I ended up with a 355. It is huge improvement on the earlier model and it has been a great ownership experience. If this is out of your price range, then I agree with Peterm, find a nice 328. Boxer42
 

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348 very good car

my 348 ts have 71 000 km and even if I had some little problems, it still stay a good car !
I m not shure that a 355 would do better ...they have problems too....a Ferrari is a Ferrari....
 

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"........a Ferrari is a Ferrari"

Well, I have driven about 200,000kms in Ferraris (328,348,512TR,Challenge Stradale) and THE ONLY ONE that gave any problems was the 348.

A 328 and everything that comes after the 348 are bullet-proof.

Anything said to the contrary is wishful thinking by 348 owners.

If this was not the truth, then why would a 328 be worht more than a 348 even though they made more 328s?
 

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If this was not the truth, then why would a 328 be worht more than a 348 even though they made more 328s?
Excellent question - because (a) a 348 will almost always be worth more than a comparable 328, and (b) they made more 348s.

If you want to say you had a bad experience with a particular model - in this case the 348, then you've said it - no need to go on.

There are plenty of 348 owners - myself included - who are perfectly happy - and that's not wishful thinking on my part.
 

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I thought I would add my twopence to this thread ...

I've owned my 348 Spider for just over 12 months now and have had nothing but fun. There have been a few little gremlins but nothing you wouldn't expect from any 10 year old car whether it was a Porsche, a Ferrari or anything else.

Cable gearbox A DISASTER
The gearchange takes some getting used to and I remember my arm aching when I first collected mine and drove it 6 hours home. Once you are accustomed to it there is no problem though. And I love the "click clack" noise as you slam it through the gears.

Dashboard upholstery peeled itself off
I have heard about certain interior items "melting" and becoming sticky due to exposure to the sun. I don't think this is a problem unless the car will have regular, long term exposure to direct sunlight. My car is certainly ok.

Car dangerously unstable above 220km/h
This may be true. In the Uk the top speed limit is 70mph and if you get caught doing over 100mph you are facing a ban (I know, I have been there!) So I don't often see the wrong side of 120mph and the car handles fine at that speed.

I may be biased, but I really have had so much fun with my car that I would recommend getting one to anyone.

It is incredible the reactions I get when out and about. I can be behind an £80k Mercedes that no-one bothers to look at, which is twice the value of my car, but when people see mine they stop, stare, point, wave, shout "nice car" etc, etc.

I had a 355 on hire a few years ago and it was more refined to drive than the 348, but for me it took away from the driving experience to be honest. I also prefer the styling of the 348 to the 355 and other newer models.

If you like the 348 then find yourself a nice one. If you don't, then get yourself the model you like best!

Justyn.
 

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Good to see you back Justyn!
 

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Nice to be back, I haven't been around for a while, nothing personal just very busy.

I'll try and call by more often in future!

Justyn.
 

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Peterm said:
No matter what anyone tells you: DO NOT BUY A 348.

Car dangerously unstable above 220km/h
I'm sorry, Peterm: your experience has been really a nightmare! :eek: :eek: But I believe that you have been very unlucky.

It's now 12 month that I own a 348 Spider and I didn't encounter a single problem. 6.000 km on winding roads, motorway, few hours on track and I cannot recognize one of the troubles you have mentioned.
Got 265 km/h (hood down) and perfect stability (center of gravity is about 5" lower than the 328).

Price: on Auto Digest Classic June 2004 (italian version):
348 Spider = 60.000 €
328 GTS = 38.000 €

Thus, if Bonedoc wish to drive a 348, let him find a good one and that's all. :D
 

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My experience with the 348 has been nothing but enjoyable.

I used to drive my 348 everyday to and from work, taking the wife out to dinner, sunday drives and the like.

I have driven it on the race track, in rain, sunshine and even during typhoons. My 348 always started and gave very few problems.

Troubles that I do recall came from the speedometer with an on and off problem and the airconditoner.

I also have a Testarossa and can tell you which car is the easier and smoother to drive. Sure the Testarossa has magnificent acceleration and makes the better noise, but when it comes to braking and going around corners it is the car of choice.

The 355 is definately more refined but remember that the 348 was the development mule for the 355. The 348 does wander around at speed, at least it keeps you awake.

I can't understand anyone that would rate a 328 over a 348, really little comparison. I had a 328 (and a 308) for while, nice looking car but somewhat over rated. Underbraked, underpowered and too cramped (hey what Ferrari isn't), the upgrade from 328 to 348 was like walking into a different world. The first thing I noticed about the 348 when I drove one for the first time was the magnificent way in which it would go around round abouts. I actually found myself speeding up for them.

I would highly recomend a 348 as a suedo modern Ferrari.
 

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Beerman,

Welcome to the site. Great name, we have some other beer fans here as well. I think you will get along with Bart as well. Your signatures are very similar. Again welcome to Ferrari Forum. Where are you that you have Typhoons?
 

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Beerman,
Where are you that you have Typhoons?
Judging by the fact that he has roundabouts as well as typhoons, my first guess was going to be that Beerman is an Aussie. But then they don't call them typhoons down there. Around Australia and in the Indian Ocean they are called tropical cyclones although some Aussies call them Willy-Willies. Typhoons are what the storms are called over the northwest Pacific and west of the International Date Line. My second guess would be Hong Kong but do they have a race track in Hong Kong?

My third guess would be the UK and he simply mistook the word typhoon for the word hurricane.

But the fact that he used the word "roundabout" rather than traffic circle tells me that his car is right-hand drive.

So which is it Beerman? Where are you from?
 

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Guys,

Thanks for the interest in where I live/have lived.

Spot on, used to live in HK, now live in Oz. The typhoons in Hong Kong were sometimes a let down, basically little more than an afternoon sea breeze, other times, wind, rain and tress blown over.

Race track in Hong Kong, no. Occaisonally a Ferrari club organised day to the Zhuhai circuit in China. Zhuhai was fun, although I saw quite a few Ferraris get written off over the years. Also real expensive to get there, get on the track and back to HK.

I used a 348 ts as my everyday car for while. In Hong Kong you could drive the car and park it almost anywhere without fear of damage.

In Oz, really can't drive a Ferrari anywhere except to work and back and occaisionally the race track.
 

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Spot on, used to live in HK, now live in Oz.
Pretty good huh? :green: My first guess is where you live now and my second guess was where you used to live. All that information from just 2 words that I pulled out of your post. Maybe I should become a private investigator. I already have the appropriate car.

"It's elementary, my dear Watson."
 

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Pete04222 said:
Maybe I should become a private investigator. I already have the appropriate car.

"It's elementary, my dear Watson."
Ah! LOL! :lol:
wrong line actually.
it should be more something like: HIGGINS, call of your dogs
and you already have a beard & moustache :wink:
 
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