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Jim Bow
01-08-2017, 12:09 AM
The costs of maintaining an F355.

http://jalopnik.com/here-s-why-you-should-never-buy-a-ferrari-f355-1706976075

skuthorp
01-08-2017, 05:19 AM
An F35 you say. We already know about that……….

Paul Pless
01-08-2017, 07:49 AM
So here goes: the F355 was introduced in 1994 for the 1995 model year and it is, without question, the single most beautiful Ferrari manufactured in decades.I find the F355 one of the clunkier Ferrari models.

This, the 288 GTO, preceded it by a half a decade and I think it the most beautiful Ferrari produced during the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Also a stunning performer on road and track. . .

http://img.autocosmos.com/contenidos/galerias/800x600/GAZ_b297ea25fc784b90949ae8c3cebdfb69.jpg

Ian McColgin
01-08-2017, 07:49 AM
When I did a little learning racing fifty years ago (Bug Eye Sprite) I at least knew people who knew people who worked on Ferraris. Word then was that the street legal versions were worse street cars than other sports cars because all the manufacturing was designed around race needs - short very intense abuse followed by total rebuild. This meant that many parts were made of anything other than hardened steel or something really durable in favor of something lighter and/or more disposable. Basically, the engineering culture. They were made to race, not last.

It's like the differences between keeping a thoroughbred Triple Crown contender race horse in top condition versus keeping a champion endurance horse or three-day-event horse.

GregH
01-08-2017, 08:19 AM
While I've never had any personal experience with such expensive vehicles, poor reliability is apparently not limited to Ferraris. I'm an avid reader of Consumer Reports which has, for years, consistently ranked the Land Rover & Range Rover at or near the bottom of the list in terms of reliability.

Canoeyawl
01-08-2017, 10:06 AM
I find the F355 one of the clunkier Ferrari models.

This, the 288 GTO, preceded it by a half a decade and I think it the most beautiful Ferrari produced during the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Also a stunning performer on road and track. . .

http://img.autocosmos.com/contenidos/galerias/800x600/GAZ_b297ea25fc784b90949ae8c3cebdfb69.jpg

Try and find a smog pump for one...

Paul Pless
01-08-2017, 10:07 AM
Try and find a smog pump for one...so, not registerable in cali-forn-i-a. . .

Canoeyawl
01-08-2017, 10:10 AM
There are legal ways to do it now, but 20 years ago it was a big problem.

Edit to add; You can get a pump, they just cost a bit. (If you have to ask and all)

Paul Pless
01-08-2017, 10:15 AM
they just cost a bit. (If you have to ask and all)

http://www.shockmansion.com/wp-content/myimages/2013/11/Tax-1.jpg

Ted Hoppe
01-08-2017, 11:10 AM
Part of old man's car collection. Gets as much action as Jay Leno's wife.

Gerarddm
01-08-2017, 11:28 AM
That 355 is assurdely NOT the prettiest Ferrari produced during that era.

Reynard38
01-08-2017, 12:34 PM
Back when I bought my 1997 Carrera S I was toying with the idea of a Ferrari 328GTS. Back then they were about the same cost of admission. (Used of course)
I did some checking into upkeep on the Italian Stalion. Every 15k an engine out service was required. Budget $6k for that one, and that was just the beginning.
I bought the Porsche. In the 8 years and 30k miles I had it nothing broke. Nothing. Once a year oil change was about $160. A 45k and 60k service, each about $1000. So about $3k on service in 8 years.
I sold the 911 for almost $8000 more than I paid for it making it the CHEAPEST car I have ever owned!

Paul Pless
01-08-2017, 12:42 PM
porsches, they've almost become 'pedestrian'. . .

Dan McCosh
01-08-2017, 01:15 PM
You don't complain about the cost of maintaining a Ferrari--you brag about it. The Ferrari's primary function is to demonstrate how rich you are, unless you are racing one.

David G
01-08-2017, 01:30 PM
porsches, they've almost become 'pedestrian'. . .

No... that's the early Brit sports cars. THEY make one a pedestrian. <G>

Porsche adding the Cayenne and Macan seems to have made them finanically healthier, while taking some of the cachet away - at least among Road & Track subscribers. I suspect that added cash flow will spawn some design and engineering innovation as we go forward. Used to be there probably wasn't a Porche in our zipcode, but I've recently seen two Macans in the neighborhood.

Hugh Conway
01-08-2017, 01:31 PM
You don't complain about the cost of maintaining a Ferrari--you brag about it. The Ferrari's primary function is to demonstrate how rich you are, unless you are racing one. Most Ferrari racing these days is done to show how extremely rich the owner is. Corse Clienti ain't cheap.

The Bigfella
01-08-2017, 04:45 PM
Yeah, racing's always fun.

Well, mostly....

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Fourth/DSC_9440_zps32046b15.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Fourth/DSC_9440_zps32046b15.jpg.html)

I'll be back there again in a month or so... camping in the pits

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Fourth/DSC_9527_zps0217cd36.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Fourth/DSC_9527_zps0217cd36.jpg.html)