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    Arron - good luck and welcome but unless I'm very mistaken your questions have been answered (often) - some of what you need to know will be covered by using the search function - much of the upside of a 355 is covered on www.the355.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arron
    That's a couple of people who have expressed a preference for 355 having owned a 348 - can either expand on this a bit more please ?
    Just down to experience. Once you get a ferrari, you're looking at your next ride. Don't get me wrong I had a wonderful time with my 348, I paid 38K for it and spent another 8K on it, so 46K in all. That's not a representation of everyone, but if its your pride and joy, then only the best will do.

    IMO, a 355 Spider is one of the prettiest cars ever manufactured, so get a LHD F1 shift and get cruising!!!

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    Welcome Aaron.

    Where in Kent are you based?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sletti
    Welcome Aaron.

    Where in Kent are you based?
    I'm just south of Ashford mate, nice guitar btw

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    Well I bought a 348 and I was looking at 360's/355's, GT3's and Turbos and I still bought the "unloved" 348.

    Perhaps I have a screw loose, but in my eyes they are prettier and more of a classic design than any of the newer Ferrari's - call it character. The 355 is very pretty too but I prefer the 348 sides, rear grille (yep) and front air dam, but for many it's the opposite. If you like the 348 you like it, don't justify it to anyone, just make sure you're not buying it because it fits into your price bracket - that might be a mistake.

    My 348 is a little different being a GTC, but having just came back from a 3 hr drive in mine and I can tell you I get a lot more fun out of it than I ever got out of my M3 CSL my last car. I am travelling a lot slower in the 348 for sure, but it is so much more tactile than the BMW, the non assisted steering being fabulous at anything over 10mph. You can really hook the car up through a serious of corners and when you get it right it's great fun. The 348 requires you to almost manhandle it, it's certainly not a car for limp wristed inattentive driving, if you're not in the mood for it the car can be cantankerous, but when you are it's a blast.

    I would agree that the 348 is in no way shape or form a car to drive daily. I have enough of a problem just stopping and leaving it somewhere! If it's your only car I certainly wouldn't go for a 348. But then again I don't think I'd choose any Ferrari for that job, go for a Porsche.

    You won't regret getting a 348, I guarantee it. It might not be the latest or greatest but it's plenty fast enough and any Ferrari is an event and something to savour.

    Go and test drive a 348 and 355 and see what floats your boat. FWIW there was a 355 GTB for sale in The Times today for 38k.

    Whatever you do get a PPI from a respected specialist and think about a warranty - and of course make sure the service history is spot on.

    Good luck!

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    speak to our resident "trade" expert dion speak contactable via website www.elmscollection.com - he can give you an honest appraisal of the market and what's available (I think you could get a 355 no probs in your budget)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lagerlout
    Well I bought a 348 and I was looking at 360's/355's, GT3's and Turbos and I still bought the "unloved" 348.

    Perhaps I have a screw loose, but in my eyes they are prettier and more of a classic design than any of the newer Ferrari's - call it character. The 355 is very pretty too but I prefer the 348 sides, rear grille (yep) and front air dam, but for many it's the opposite. If you like the 348 you like it, don't justify it to anyone, just make sure you're not buying it because it fits into your price bracket - that might be a mistake.

    My 348 is a little different being a GTC, but having just came back from a 3 hr drive in mine and I can tell you I get a lot more fun out of it than I ever got out of my M3 CSL my last car. I am travelling a lot slower in the 348 for sure, but it is so much more tactile than the BMW, the non assisted steering being fabulous at anything over 10mph. You can really hook the car up through a serious of corners and when you get it right it's great fun. The 348 requires you to almost manhandle it, it's certainly not a car for limp wristed inattentive driving, if you're not in the mood for it the car can be cantankerous, but when you are it's a blast.

    I would agree that the 348 is in no way shape or form a car to drive daily. I have enough of a problem just stopping and leaving it somewhere! If it's your only car I certainly wouldn't go for a 348. But then again I don't think I'd choose any Ferrari for that job, go for a Porsche.

    You won't regret getting a 348, I guarantee it. It might not be the latest or greatest but it's plenty fast enough and any Ferrari is an event and something to savour.

    Go and test drive a 348 and 355 and see what floats your boat. FWIW there was a 355 GTB for sale in The Times today for 38k.

    Whatever you do get a PPI from a respected specialist and think about a warranty - and of course make sure the service history is spot on.

    Good luck!
    Thanks for that, I think that's what I was hoping to hear to be honest. The 348 would be 'my' car, the daily drive is a 9-3 Aero Convertible which does all the serious miles. I'm used to old RS Fords, having owned a MK2 RS2000 for the last 18 years now so I enjoy doing battle with something that can bite back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arron
    Thanks for that, I think that's what I was hoping to hear to be honest. The 348 would be 'my' car, the daily drive is a 9-3 Aero Convertible which does all the serious miles. I'm used to old RS Fords, having owned a MK2 RS2000 for the last 18 years now so I enjoy doing battle with something that can bite back.
    Arron
    There's a Kent FOC/Fcars pub meeting coming up on 6th April near Brands Hatch.

    Come along and speak to fellow owners who can give you their honest opinions in person. Watch out for the event being announced in the Meets section (PM me for location if you want to come )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arron
    I'm just south of Ashford mate, nice guitar btw
    If you wanna take a trip up to me in NE Kent, I'd be more than happy to take you for a spin, and you can poke around my 348 Spider. You had better come in the RS though; I used to own a Mk1 Mexico and that was a great car (http://www.druidmedia.co.uk/answ2002/cars.htm)


    Thanks for the compliment on the gutar. Are you a player?
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    I have had my 348 for 6 years now and have never regretted it for a second. True, if money had been no object at the time I bought it I would probably have gone for something else, but it wasn't. It may not be the best car Ferrari have ever made but it is still absolutely wonderful. The lack of PAS is only a problem at parking speeds (not my forte anyhow!), but that isn't so much of an issue as you have to be fairly careful parking a Ferrari anyway because you need the space to get out. At speed, the steering is one of the best things about the car. It has also been very reliable (apart from the occasional flat battery, which I don't blame the car for!).

    I've never driven a 355, so I can't properly compare them from that point of view, but I think that's missing the point. If your budget will buy you a decent 348 but not a decent 355 then go with the 348 and I don't think you'll be disappointed. If (and from what you say, I don't think it's the case) you really want a 355 and the 348 is a very poor second best in your eyes, then save up until you can get a decent 355.

    Jonathan

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