Ferrari 308 Reviews from North America

1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi 3.0

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

Great car. Period.

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I just want to add my experience for those who are wondering if buying a 308 is a good idea. IT IS.

This is a pretty car, very reliable, quick enough and comfortable enough. In fact, although I have other cars licensed and ready to drive, this is my daily driver.

Only complaint is getting in and out.

A bit too attention gathering for me, but you drive a red Ferrari 4 feet off the tarmac, people are going to turn their head.

Great car. Period.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2010

19th Jun 2010, 18:14

My favourite Ferrari of all time. Stunningly beautiful, nothing like it.

1982 Ferrari 308 GTSI

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles

Summary:

Fun and exotic, but also expensive to maintain

Faults:

Turn signal leaver inside the vehicle once broke off while trying to signal for turn.

Head liner became unattached after car was detailed. Had to send it in to be re attached.

Intermittent wiper switch for windshield wipers became stuck in on mode.

Window motors for automatic windows weren't strong enough to roll the windows back up. Had to replace them.

General Comments:

Even though this car was very expensive to maintain, it was my favorite vehicle I have ever owned.

The 308 had an amazing suspension that glued it to the road.

As far as how the car handled, I have no complaints.

Little things on the car like window motors, or handles always seemed to break.

So much fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2009

1978 Ferrari 308 GT4 3.0

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance59800 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

This is a DREAM come true

Faults:

Electrical System Glitches all went away with a BRAND NEW Battery!

General Comments:

"One of the best handling cars ever to come out of Maranello! Simply blows many 12 cylinder cars into the weeds." "Drive a healthy GT4 and you will probably buy her... It's as simple as that!"

She had black "Boxer" trim which made her look like a broken cookie. A new paint job makes her look like a DREAM!

At 50 years "old," I finally found the Ferrari for me after having hunted for 20 years... This is the most fun car I've ever driven. She's not the fastest, but with the sun roof open and the 4 webers signing their song, she begs to be driven fast on the twisties! But she is so easy to drive in town and, if you've got the time, there are plenty of people willing to chat everytime you're at the store or gas station.

The engine and tranny were rebuilt 20K miles ago by Carlos Durante in Seattle. The cost for that 12 month (!) project ran over $21K alone. The entire interior was redone in thick 2 tone leather and the car was repainted from bare metal. The project is finished.

Presently, the A/C has been removed, and there is no radio. All hoses have been renewed and timing belts replaced.

Find a good GT4 and take care of her. Drive her at least once a week and she will prove that FERRARIS HAVE SOUL! It's as simple as that!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2006

1979 Ferrari 308 GTS 3.0

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46750 miles
Most recent distance50800 miles
Previous carJaguar XJS

Summary:

The more you're on it, the more it loves you back

Faults:

The alternator developed a short and would drain the battery down overnight.

The timing was off a tooth after I had the timing belts replaced. I drove the car about 3k miles before I decided to investigate the cars running problems. I had the timing problem fixed, and the car runs great now.

General Comments:

This car is awesome! It fits me like a glove, drives great, is quick, and makes great sounds. I bought the car with limited service history, and I think some mods (cams maybe?) have been done to the car. The car was fitted with 16" rims and spacers, and the car handles incredibly.

I recently drove a formula car at Pocono, and this car isn't far off from that. I went from the Ferrari to the formula, and there was almost no adjustment needed to get used to the formula car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2004

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews