Ferrari 348

Ferrari 348

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pwig

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11,954 posts

242 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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A Ferrari for 30k but are they any good?

nevpugh308

4,388 posts

241 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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I refer the honorable gentleman to :

www.pistonheads.com/gassING/topic.asp?t=13392&f=63&h=0

Personally ? I like them, I'd have one. Not so sure about the 80's switchgear, but that's personal preferance. They have a name for being a bit of a handful on the limit, but by all accounts thats a bit overhyped.

craigw

12,248 posts

254 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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still love mine, had been contemplating selling it but with new tyres, a service & the challenge type exhaust it now goes and sounds so well I can't bear to.

It's still (touch wood) never let me down & I use it daily.

There seem to be quite a few for sale out there so I'd shop around. Prices seem pretty reasonable, lot of car for the money etc. When I was buying I saw huge differences between cars, the later GTS/GTB models were very very different to drive than the earlier ones.

Jay_Z

222 posts

233 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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If it were my money I'd have a 328GTS

IMHO I think they look much better than a 348 - No offence chaps.

What ever you decide upon pwig I'm sure you'll love it.
Happy hunting.
Jay

iguana

6,859 posts

232 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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Mate of mine had one as his 1st Ferrari but got really hacked off with people - often total stangers in the pub- saying 'oh the 348 thats the shite one isnt it' all this from people who have never even sat in one.

He got rid in the end and along came a 355, him much happyer with never a bad word said about it. Diddnt stop him getting an F40 to keep it company in the garage!! jelous me....well just a bit!

pwig

Original Poster:

11,954 posts

242 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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Lol im not thinking of buying one, I was just interested in them thats all. THanks for pointing me in the direction of the other thread. I just saw this weeks Top Marques and they caught my attention

craigw

12,248 posts

254 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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Mate of mine had one as his 1st Ferrari but got really hacked off with people - often total stangers in the pub- saying 'oh the 348 thats the shite one isnt it' all this from people who have never even sat in one.


It never bothers me when people say stuff like that, when I had a TVR Griffith people used to say kit car blah blah blah, unreliable blah blah blah, they always tend to be total losers who drive XR3's etc. You just have to either ignore them or smile knowingly and say "well you'll never know, will you.."

>> Edited by craigw on Wednesday 9th October 16:39

sb930turbo

3,293 posts

235 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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You can't go through life listening to what other people are saying, especialy those type of prats,.....Go drive a 348 and a 328 ,make your own decision
cheers
steve
Thats if you were going to buy one of course!

>> Edited by sb930turbo on Wednesday 9th October 16:47

shadowninja

72,371 posts

254 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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according to a recent review in autocar of cars to buy for under 20k, they said that the 348 had suspect handling... for a ferrari, so compared to other cars it was much better! puts it into perspective doesn't it.

iguana

6,859 posts

232 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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Well I remember a car mag ( I think autocar) that at the time when the MR2 Mk1 was new saying the best handling mid engined car was not from Italy but from japan. Also several journos later admitted to spining 348s where thay diddnt in 328s or 355s

Nver driven one myself so can't commant but lots of people who should know did, & slate the 348 for breaking away totaly without warning, which as we all know is scary in a midengined car it was mainly on track or on very fast road driving, but hey why buy a Ferrari unless you are gunna thrash the knackers off it?

sb930turbo

3,293 posts

235 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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Seem to remember reading somewhere that particular trait was on the earlier cars.It was largely sorted on later ones.('93/4) I believe.

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prancing

174 posts

234 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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Poor 348's. I'll defend them as I owned one for 3 years and used it!! I also read a lot about them before I bought one, and never having owned a Prancing Horse or a mid-engined car before I can say from my experience that it could be driven quickly or "thrashed" as some people refer to it, It would bite you if pushed too hard but was very driveable on-the-limit (once you knew where that was, in the dry of course..) But compared to my previous sports car a TVR 4.0 Chimaera the 348 was all together more forgiving and less stress to drive. Compare the 348 to the 355 and it will be overshadowed, as the 355 was a completely new design with active damping / new engine etc...Compared to the 328, the 348 WILL cost more to run as the engine is removed for everything except emptying the ash tray the 328 is classic now and 348's still look new. Could I compare it with the NSX.. but I would not want to, except to say one is a Ferrari, enough said.

Cheers
G.

>> Edited by prancing on Wednesday 9th October 21:47

456mgt

2,491 posts

238 months

Wednesday 9th October 2002
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Glad you posted that Prancing. Never in the field of motoring journalism has so much bollocks been written, by so many, about one car. Does annoy me since it's been regurgitated so often it's cratered residuals. Unless you're in the market for one of course, in which case a bargain awaits.

adi

514 posts

247 months

Thursday 10th October 2002
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Another contented 348 owner here.... people still assume it's brand new who don't really know their cars - red, shiny and very noisy equates to smiles all round on every drive. Little kids point and knowledgeable drivers nod in appreciation of a well looked after classic. Not the fastest or easiest car to drive I have owned but pleasure per it delivers and does what it says on the tin - makes every drive a workout/experience.

Handling is no where near as bad as some make out - had the back end out and no dramas - bags of grip and although a bit snappy on lift off oversteer, it's no worse than an old elise I had....get's my thumbs up as a bargain Ferrari

sb930turbo

3,293 posts

235 months

Thursday 10th October 2002
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What about some of you 348 guys coming to V.Water on 20/10 then ?

craigw

12,248 posts

254 months

Thursday 10th October 2002
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think I'm free that day, what's going on (sorry showing my ignorance, been busy at work)

sb930turbo

3,293 posts

235 months

Thursday 10th October 2002
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think I'm free that day, what's going on (sorry showing my ignorance, been busy at work)


Craig,
...PHers meet at Virginia Water,Nr Egham,Surrey,meeting about 1100am on.
See events/calendar for further info.
At the last one on 22/09 we had approx 60 cars there!

308gt4

710 posts

232 months

Friday 11th October 2002
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Seem to remember reading somewhere that particular trait was on the earlier cars.It was largely sorted on later ones.('93/4) I believe.

>> Edited by sb930turbo on Wednesday 9th October 19:56



this is true sb930, friend of mine with 348CH says the earlier ones were built for people who could drive and the later ones were built for Americans

The 348CH were deadly for people who aren't use to high speed driving and Ferraris thinking was "well if you want a CH you must be able to drive!"