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    Aren't we all a pint glass half full club today!

    Local guy specialises in magnesium rims and knows some specialists that can repair as well. But as you say, its a specialist skill set that not many have and a lot get wrong.

    Relative of mine has a 355, probably for circa 20 years now. He prefers the older cars and does all his own spannering. There is a local my why who has just had a bare metal respray and re-trim on a circa 86K miles 355 GTS. So with anything it's what you like, not necessarily what has issues or not.

    To my eye the 355s are one of the better looking Ferraris, and far more so than the 360, but then they are very different things as stated. If I was in a position to change, I'd be looking at a 360 manual convertible, only because I'm 6'1" and that few extra inches in leg room with the roof down would be nice. (Its all right for you shorties )

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    Quote Originally Posted by A348W View Post
    Aren't we all a pint glass half full club today!

    Local guy specialises in magnesium rims and knows some specialists that can repair as well. But as you say, its a specialist skill set that not many have and a lot get wrong.

    Relative of mine has a 355, probably for circa 20 years now. He prefers the older cars and does all his own spannering. There is a local my why who has just had a bare metal respray and re-trim on a circa 86K miles 355 GTS. So with anything it's what you like, not necessarily what has issues or not.

    To my eye the 355s are one of the better looking Ferraris, and far more so than the 360, but then they are very different things as stated. If I was in a position to change, I'd be looking at a 360 manual convertible, only because I'm 6'1" and that few extra inches in leg room with the roof down would be nice. (Its all right for you shorties )
    Surprised you fit in a 348 TS (or GTS) Pete. I'm an inch taller than you and if I'd gone for a 348 it would have to to have been a tB/GtB as the roof lugs on a tS bash my head and I would have had to recline the seat and put it forward giving me even more knee ache problems. As it is in my GT4 there is just 1/2 inch head clearance in a comfortable driving position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F355GTS View Post
    Owned one for 4 Years and tbh given many of your past posts and fear of ownership/ costs I'm not sure it's for you

    They're expensive to maintain with proper engine out services compared to a 360

    Weaknesses are valve guides, front hubs cracking, manifolds, suspension activators, clutch slave cylinder, gearbox triple seals, exhaust ECU's, aircon pipes corroding, dash leather shrinking, airbag cover going baggy, some had over length rod bolts causing engine failure (including mine with an £11k bill and that was in 2003 so probably twice that now))

    Roof is a bit of a nightmare, it's heavy and you have to turn it through 180 degrees to drop it behind the seats which you will need to have tipped forward as well, you also need to remember to drop the windows a little for rood on/off - think about doing that when it's raining!

    With roof off there is some air turbulence, worse if windows are down where the seat belt over your shoulder will flail about in the wind, with roof up it's a nice place but they will leak a bit at front corners and it'll probably squeak a lot which people say to put silicone grease on the rubbers but most of the problem is the locking leavers rubbing

    Even 18 Years ago the budget was around £3k for service items inc service, tyres, saving a bit for clutch other issues etc and then it was wise to allow another £3k for cosmetics an keeping it looking 100% ie wheel refurb, re-connolise interior, sticky bits, leather bits, paint, trims, seals etc

    I reckon they're all over priced at the moment, in the US you can get them from $50k (£40k) yet a similar car here, even LHD is twice that at least, of all the models I reckon they'll correct the most and of course if you use it it'll be worthless in the current market

    Plus points

    Look stunning and keep the pure Berlinetta shape compared to the Spider
    Sound amazing with a Capristo
    Thanks. Thats just the sort of advice I was looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francisn View Post
    Surprised you fit in a 348 TS (or GTS) Pete. I'm an inch taller than you and if I'd gone for a 348 it would have to to have been a tB/GtB as the roof lugs on a tS bash my head and I would have had to recline the seat and put it forward giving me even more knee ache problems. As it is in my GT4 there is just 1/2 inch head clearance in a comfortable driving position.
    I'm 6'1'' Francis and have the seat all the way back in my TS, no issue at all. You've got soft padded carpet above your head. I went in Gav's GT4 and there's a lot more room in all directions in a 348 TS or 355 GTS than in a 308 GT4. You sure you're not thinking of a 308/328 GTS? Much more restricted head room in those and the roof clamps are at the back (from memory) whereas they are at the front behind the sun visor in a 348 and 355.

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    Terry on here has had a couple. Well a Berlinetta and a Spider. If he's about it is worth asking him.

    I had a 97 5.2 Motronic and in Giallo. Had it from 2010 - 2015 just literally five years. My first belt service sent me into a coma but subsequent services were relatively normal. The only other issue I really had was consistent emission failures at MOT time. I'm not the best normally with MOT's but my F355 always had me ready for that coma again. Terry drove my F355 and said it felt a bit flat compared to his (2.7). I have since been told that the 5.2 produced less power and typically Ferrari might well have advertised higher figures than was achieved. I swapped my F355 at my local Indie and then got in my 360. I thought the 360 was perhaps a CS. The difference between my F355 and the 360 was stratospheric in performance terms. I'm told the 5.2 was better in the emission dept Really? Anyway I would get a 2.7 if my 5.2 was anything to go by.

    Over the three emission MOT failures it relieved me of a few quid but that was only because the diagnostics in the last episode which took all May - June of that year to repair was shared between myself and another F355 (Spider though I think) that had the exact same issue. Basically a non-related but component in the same circuit (IIRC) had a fault. It through them off the scent. Without us sharing the diag bill I fear it might have been quite a bit more.

    I bought mine cheap, even for 2010 but I sold it and at that point it had made me (pure luck) a shed load of money because the prices shot up.
    The car had been sat in a non-Ferrari dealer for six months prior to me buying it. I had the rear quarters done (where the C pillars meet the lower body) because they suffer from water ingress and stress. I immediately spent about £'s fixing basic things, nothing fancy.
    A couple of years later at the first belt service it was a bit shocking. My opinion is simply when the engine is out anything remotely worn you replace which say on my 360 gets left a bit longer.

    I swapped it for a 360 and kept in touch with the previous owner for a couple of months. I belted my 360 at my local Indie and he the F355 at this. Get this, his bill was cheaper than mine. My F355 was auctioned in 2016 and seems to have disappeared off the map. It is SORN today wherever it is and the MOT expires on Friday. It appears not to have sold in auction September last year.
    https://www.proxibid.com/Collector-C...ation/43992153

    One thing I think I have gleaned from my Ferrari ownership (only three to date) is the higher mileage cars seem to have less issues. Of course it may also be luck, but where I normally say a car is only ever as good as its previous/owner I feel with Ferraris that might not always be the case because I think they are just looked after better than your average car.

    Last and by no means least the last belt service on my 360 beat even that coma inducing F355 bill . Difference is I had a bit more done than a belt/engine service. My advice is to PPI the car you like and if all looks good just go for it

    I would say it cost me about £1.5k-£1.8k/annum average over the 5 years to service and maintain which probably is not that bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francisn View Post
    Surprised you fit in a 348 TS (or GTS) Pete. I'm an inch taller than you and if I'd gone for a 348 it would have to to have been a tB/GtB as the roof lugs on a tS bash my head ……...
    Further to my last, Francis, I really do think you're confusing the 348/355 with the 308/328 which have the clamps in different places and has less room than a 348/355. Watch this from about 11.00 - Doug is 6'3'' and although head room isn't great it's better than in any of the 308/328 series including the GT4, I've been in all. The main point is no matter how tall you are you have a soft cushion above your head and not clamps or 'lugs', I'm sure the OP would have ample head room in a 355 GTS while he waits for the RAC van to arrive...……..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosevi View Post
    Further to my last, Francis, I really do think you're confusing the 348/355 with the 308/328 which have the clamps in different places and has less room than a 348/355. Watch this from about 11.00 - Doug is 6'3'' and although head room isn't great it's better than in any of the 308/328 series including the GT4, I've been in all. The main point is no matter how tall you are you have a soft cushion above your head and not clamps or 'lugs', I'm sure the OP would have ample head room in a 355 GTS while he waits for the RAC van to arrive...……..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-r5zArIp-U

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    Or a 348 to catch up 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian355 View Post
    Or a 348 to catch up 😀
    Touché.

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