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Can anyone tell me what is wrong with this picture

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Looks like someone curbed the leading edge of the spoiler and the bumper is mis-aligned with the leading edge of the body.
 

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walked away

I knew it. the price was just too good. i drove close to 350 miles to inspect this '97 F355 yellow spider. it had 34K miles and was asking the low $70'sK.
Of course that is negotiable, meaning you can haggle and bring the price down to the low 60's.

The dealer claims to have had the 30K service performed, tubi exhaust, brembo brakes, momo wheels.

Well, I arrived early and the dealer was not there but his mechanics were nice enough to let me in and give me the key and access to the car.

At first glance I noticed that the front bumper and sill were not aligned up and a different color tone between bumper and body. According to the carfax the vehicle had not been in any accidents. Upon closer examination, I notice yellow powder underneath the quarter panels, an indication of wet sanding. So therfore, some body work must have been done, and very poorly because there were a lot of bumps in the paint job. Not to mention covered up scratches. I also noticed one corner with a tiny crack in the paint job with rust seeping out. BAD BAD BAD.

Now I head to the interior. The supposedly repaired leather dashboard was horrible. Some places were sagging and loose. At the A/C vents parts of the leather were coming off. There was a hole in the driver side of the dast in which the K40 radar jammer was installed. Very bad wiring job. The stereo had
been installed hastily with wires hanging underneath the dash. The armrests were dirty, a know was missing from the center console. At this point I said, this is a NO-GO. Now I start the engine.

Ok, it started up pretty good. I let it warm and idle for about 5 minutes while looking around at the undercarriage and engine compartment. The engine compartment was pretty much decent. Tubi exhast was pretty much prominent, although this one had an improved airbox I could not identify. It was pretty cool though. Ok, back to the cockpit. I start to rev it up to get those tubi's singing. It hiccups!!!! close to a point it almost stalled. That was it. I shut the engine, handed it to the mechanic and said goodbye. He askes me if I wanted to wait for the owner and check out the service records. I said "no thanks".

Even if they had offered this at 50K I would not take it.

Thanks for the tips fellas, I learned to walk-away from a disaster. I have test-drove 3 F355's so far during my search. This one was the worse of the lot. I will be looking at a couple more this weekend. D-day is mid-july. Wish me luck fellas.:drive:
 

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run.....as far away as you can...away from that car
 

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You did the right thing. One of the few lessons in life I've learned is that if something looks too good to be true, it is - walk away from it.

Personally, I would only buy a Ferrari from a main dealer or reputable Independent Ferrari specialist (See latest issue of Ferrari Life Magazine, No6 - spot on). You are going to pay more, but it will save you money and heartache in the long run.
 

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good luck on your search, and remember that the decision to buy a Ferrari is not 100% rational, but you MUST be rational when you choose the Ferrari you're taking home
 

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good luck on your search, and remember that the decision to buy a Ferrari is not 100% rational, but you MUST be rational when you choose the Ferrari you're taking home
well said stile...it must be one of the most irrational purchases I am about to make, but my heart says yes, its finally time.

i have posted some pics at f355 owners experiences in this forum. hopefully once i finalize sale and have it deliverd, I will have it detailed and photographed.
 

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What the hell...that was not me who posted that site. How did this get in here.
 

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sorry bout that blurb on my posts, my comp got infected by some spyware program.
 

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good luck on your search, and remember that the decision to buy a Ferrari is not 100% rational, but you MUST be rational when you choose the Ferrari you're taking home
Kind of like picking out a hooker...don't pick one just because you think it is a good deal...go for quality above all else...because god only knows how much it will cost you in the long run
 

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I recognize the dealer banner. He had a 348 I briefly considered. Did you get some story about a graduation gift?
 

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I recognize the dealer banner. He had a 348 I briefly considered. Did you get some story about a graduation gift?
No I did not even get a chance to meet the owner/dealer responsible. I walked out disgusted I wasted gas driving up to see it. Disgusted at the fact that someone did not put any loving care to this otherwise beautiful car.

This dealer is from some town in Virginia, Midlothian highway I think.

Are you from the same area.
 

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350 miles north (southeastern CT). I did get my 348 but it wasn't from him. Found an awesome Serie Speciale in Texas. Was delivered last Saturday. To bad Toyota took the slogan "Ohhh what a feeling to drive". I've been putting far more miles on it than I planned. Had to get used to it first, then, How could I miss the ALMS series in Limerock. A little surprised at the lack of FCar turn out to support the 430's in GT-2 class, but I had an incredible time anyway. I love that track nestled in the Berkshires.
 

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350 miles north (southeastern CT). I did get my 348 but it wasn't from him. Found an awesome Serie Speciale in Texas. Was delivered last Saturday. To bad Toyota took the slogan "Ohhh what a feeling to drive". I've been putting far more miles on it than I planned. Had to get used to it first, then, How could I miss the ALMS series in Limerock. A little surprised at the lack of FCar turn out to support the 430's in GT-2 class, but I had an incredible time anyway. I love that track nestled in the Berkshires.
Awesome, so you did get the black 348! How is it driving?!
 
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