I don't think you could have chosen more impractical cars! Ferraris are the ultimate pure bred sportscars, but at a huge price. It doesn't matter how much you can get one for, what counts is how much they are to maintain. My uncle has a 308GTSi (Magnum P.I. version), and believe me when I tell you that it runs a small fortune every time he turns the car on. And that's one of the more inexpensive Ferraris out there (currently worth $50-60K). The 348s you're looking at will run more to maintain.
I'd suggest finding a local chapter of the Ferrari Club of North America, hang out with the owners and glean all of the info you can. Picking up copies of Cavallino can't hurt either. Before you take this kind of step, learn all you can about what you're getting into.
Ferraris are notorious for be serviceable by Ferrari dealers only, requiring special tools and the like, with parts that cost a fortune to replace. I remember when my uncle misplaced the special battery bracket that secures the battery in his trunk. The dealer charged him $500 for a new one. I'm telling you, it's for the very well-to-do only.
Plus, the 328 is dated with peformance that is easily beaten by today's sport compact cars. As for the 348 (very high 13 sec-low 14 sec 1/4 mi), I know of several VR6s that will hand it its arse on the road.
How about making your car more fun? Get away from the show emphasis and try building it for performance first, then get it on the track. Some light 16-17" Volks would make a gigantic difference from your 18," lighten the car, add a 3.67 R&P and Quaife, go further with the motor, race brakes, etc. You already have a great platform to work with, and it won't cost a fortune to keep it running.
I agree that the newer the better...the 348 was a breakthrough in technology for Ferrari, some say it was the savior of the company since they realzied they could no longer ride on the rep of their name, but instead needed to make a new car. That being said, any Ferrari would be sweet. Don't be fooled by low entry price though, I have heard the same as Doug said...there was a 1982 Ferrari 308 GTS for sale by me for $28k...exactly the same as magnums, except it was not the Quattrovala edition.....the guy bought it and sold it in three months...when I aksed him why, he said it cost the exact same to mantain his Ferrari as a brand new one...
Mmmm...expensive taste. I have to be the one to chime in and say that if you have money to burn go ahead and get a used Ferrari, but if you just want to go fast, and be reliable and somewhat affordable (compared to a Ferrari), you need a Corvette Z06. It doesn't come with all the history and snob-factor, but you won't have to pay $5k for your 15,000 mile service, either.
hmmmm.................Why wouldn't you look into some Porsche's, like a 930 slanr nose, 928 or 968. There prolly in the same price range if not cheaper and they will be newer and much more reliable. Just a thought
thanks guys , I got taken hard on the vento , I've been paying $600 for a long damm time and it's all most over . I'm thinkinhg for geting something in the same payment price . I've been thinking of a CAddie SUV or something like a Ferriari. The old Dupont Registry is looking pretty good. I still have a few payments left so there is time .
What about a new D1 ??? Too much cash .
PS always wanted a F car .
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