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I'm really crunching the numbers and considering parting with my R171 ///AMG for a Ferrari 348TS. Anyone own one of these cars before? I've been doing research for a couple of months now and look forward to the challenge of wrenching on a Ferrari.

I still have my old Nintendo just incase I need to call Mario or Luigi for advise ;)
 

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What is the maintenance like on a Ferrari?
 

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What is the maintenance like on a Ferrari?
Like an AMG it all depends on how much you're willing to do yourself and how good of friends you are with a good Indy. Research shows $1500 a year for a shop to do it and $7000 every few years for a Major, again that's for a shop to do it.

I'm not afraid of a 348 or 355, but I'm terrified of a 360 or 430 (italian electronics). Thankfully those are not in my budget.
 

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Won't you miss the retractable hard top?
 

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Yes and no, the 348TS is a Targa, so it's sort of like a convertible and hard top in one. This is a 6 month plan, I know that finding a good Ferrari takes time and I need to be patient when looking. Honestly I feel like I have a love hate relationship with my 55. Ever since I've bought it I've been trying to get rid of it for a mid engine car. First the Cayman, then the Lotus, then the Cayman again, and then the Lotus one last time. Every time I found another car to purchase I backed out because I love the beautiful noise that comes out of the rear of my car. Even though I definitely prefer the handling of the Porsche and the Lotus.

Test drove a C6 Z06 as well and didn't go very far off the lot before I brought it back and handed them the keys. Lots of power and fun to drive, but did not feel special in the least bit. The 55, Elise, Cayman, and 348 felt special sitting behind the wheel all for different reasons.
 

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Hmm, my personal opinion on the 348 is that it looks really dated now. I used to love these cars, but it seems the styling of Ferraris has really changed and these early 90s cars don't do it for me anymore. But hey, it's still a Ferrari, and I'm sure it'll turn plenty of heads!

Power and performance wise it will be a step down from the 55 I would imagine. Handling I have no way to judge, but the SLK is not known for superior handling, so I'm sure the Ferrari will be plenty nice :D.
 

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kind of cool, but it has a 90s look and 80s interior ... and if it matters to you (it would to me), it ran a [email protected] brand new so who knows what it's running 20 years later

as for your actual question, no I never owned one :)
 

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kind of cool, but it has a 90s look and 80s interior ... and if it matters to you (it would to me), it ran a [email protected] brand new so who knows what it's running 20 years later

as for your actual question, no I never owned one :)
You wouldn't live in middle tennessee and drive a Black SLK55 around would you?
 

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Hmm, my personal opinion on the 348 is that it looks really dated now. I used to love these cars, but it seems the styling of Ferraris has really changed and these early 90s cars don't do it for me anymore. But hey, it's still a Ferrari, and I'm sure it'll turn plenty of heads!

Power and performance wise it will be a step down from the 55 I would imagine. Handling I have no way to judge, but the SLK is not known for superior handling, so I'm sure the Ferrari will be plenty nice :D.
Quite a step down, 260 HP at the wheels, but as I get older (29) I've slowed way down and enjoy the looks and the sounds more. I think getting arrested for speeding on a lone and lonesome Highway, east of Omaha, will do that to a guy. Even though I had a good lawyer that got me off.
 

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Well in some ways a step down and in others a step up. I am sure finding a good Ferrari for the right price can be difficult, but at the same time I would also imagine anyone who owns one would take care of it. I see from eBay the kind of exterior and interior you might be looking at. I have always loved the look of a Ferrari and even if they become dated they are still highly regarded and become collectible to some extent. Here is a blue one on eBay and in one of the photos you see a white SLK sitting in the background http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ferrari-348-TS-/310811043285 both cars are sexy, but a Ferrari will cost you a lot more per mile than your SLK so honestly I would say its all about which is the car you feel you cant live without or which one your wallet can live with. I envy you as I have always wanted a Ferrari but the hardtop convertible was also on my wish list for quite some time.
 

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348 is a stunner…some nice examples on ebay…I have to admit though the "55" is awesome, its also a handful...
 

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Well in some ways a step down and in others a step up. I am sure finding a good Ferrari for the right price can be difficult, but at the same time I would also imagine anyone who owns one would take care of it. I see from eBay the kind of exterior and interior you might be looking at. I have always loved the look of a Ferrari and even if they become dated they are still highly regarded and become collectible to some extent. Here is a blue one on eBay and in one of the photos you see a white SLK sitting in the background http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ferrari-348-TS-/310811043285 both cars are sexy, but a Ferrari will cost you a lot more per mile than your SLK so honestly I would say its all about which is the car you feel you cant live without or which one your wallet can live with. I envy you as I have always wanted a Ferrari but the hardtop convertible was also on my wish list for quite some time.
That is a rough example of a 348TS, and it wouldn't surprise me if it goes for under 25K dollars. Of course I will be looking for a Rossa Corsa with the tan interior. Main things to look for is dash shrinkage and of course service history. Even though it's a Ferrari it's still just a combustion engine. I've found a couple of sites that have several great write ups on how to fix and maintain your car yourself. Without having seen these I probably wouldn't even consider one.
 

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That is a rough example of a 348TS, and it wouldn't surprise me if it goes for under 25K dollars. Of course I will be looking for a Rossa Corsa with the tan interior. Main things to look for is dash shrinkage and of course service history. Even though it's a Ferrari it's still just a combustion engine. I've found a couple of sites that have several great write ups on how to fix and maintain your car yourself. Without having seen these I probably wouldn't even consider one.
You are right of course it was a rough example and they also have a black with tan interior going for around $52-55k http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ferrari-348-12-855-ORIGINAL-MILES-SERVICE-RECORDS-/390713773978 but as I was saying its a matter of what your wallet can handle. Of course, I would be leary of eBay, but it is one source for reasonable prices vs. something like resellers using Robb Report advertisements.

Having the know-how to play with a Ferarri mechanically will look good for you as well if nothing else as bragging rights with your friends. Honestly, if I were a mechanic I would probably seek out the opportunity to own and play with one and raise my potential earnings as a mechanic, but I am not a mechanic and don't have the space or tools to play with that notion. I wish you luck on your search and hope you figure out which one will fulfill your desires the most (though if you are contemplating this I wonder is the honeymoon over with your 55 and if so would you even be able to rekindle the feelings).
 

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You are right of course it was a rough example and they also have a black with tan interior going for around $52-55k http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ferrari-348-12-855-ORIGINAL-MILES-SERVICE-RECORDS-/390713773978 but as I was saying its a matter of what your wallet can handle. Of course, I would be leary of eBay, but it is one source for reasonable prices vs. something like resellers using Robb Report advertisements.

Having the know-how to play with a Ferarri mechanically will look good for you as well if nothing else as bragging rights with your friends. Honestly, if I were a mechanic I would probably seek out the opportunity to own and play with one and raise my potential earnings as a mechanic, but I am not a mechanic and don't have the space or tools to play with that notion. I wish you luck on your search and hope you figure out which one will fulfill your desires the most (though if you are contemplating this I wonder is the honeymoon over with your 55 and if so would you even be able to rekindle the feelings).
That one appears excruciatingly high. I will be a buyer in the 35-40k range with a recent cam belt service and clutch life needs to be good. Without I'll entertain a 30k dollar price range. What I don't want is one that needs body work. I definitely can't do that and when people see the prancing horse on the front they want you to pay Ferrari prices. Even if it's the same job they would've done on the 55.
 

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My buddy had a 348 and there's a reason they are likened to a mistress. Aside from what sort of lines you prefer when its parked in the driveway, the Ferrari is all about the engine and brakes. The 348 acceleration is exhilarating but it is not packed with all the creature comforts of the SLK that spoil you.

If you like to accelerate & stop fast and hear the melodious roar of the engine in a car you'll need to take care of, get the Ferrari. If you prefer great audio in a feisty roadster that takes car of you, keep your SLK.
 

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348? Walk away !

Would I swop an R171 AMG for one? never not in a million years.

I had a 348 GTS for 3 years and it cost me around $25,000 in parts and maintenance.

OK for a Sunday morning drive in Summer but that is about it.
 

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Had a 355 for 5 years and after I put $12K into it....it was perfect. Sold it to my brother-in-law who still has it (now has 67K miles)

348....POS.

You've been warned.
 
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