Ferrari 348 Review from Switzerland

1992 Ferrari 348 TS V8

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carBMW M Roadster

Summary:

Fantastic Design, Disappointing Engineering

Faults:

Short in electrical caused battery to die.

Front spoiler lip was very low and needed to be repaired twice.

The timing belt needed replacing - watch out for this service cost, the engine needs to be removed!!

Passenger seat locked up and would not adjust anymore.

General Comments:

This was a very impulsive purchase as my cousin had just bought his dream car a 328 gts at the beginning of summer. While at the dealership, I found myself looking at the 348 and not being able to take my eyes off of it. The lines are so exotic, yet not so macho like the Testarossa. I must admit, the test drive was more about "wow, I am driving a Ferrari" than how amazing it was as a sports car.

Let's say this for the record... you do not buy this car because you want to overtake every other car on the road. It will not. I have been passed by many an M Roadster (my previous car).

This car is about "Ferrari Feeling", which is indescribable. I had a TS, which means it was a Targa. You will definitely prefer the sound of the engine while driving to the radio.

Be careful at high speeds, as the front end tends to get a little light.

Every time I could get into this car, I fell in love all over again. If it were not for the expensive maintenance costs and the frequency of the repairs, I would have kept this car. But here in Switzerland, it cost about $9,000 to replace the timing belt as the engine must be removed. By the way, you should do this every 30,000 kilometers. I have since heard that a new belt is available that let's you go much longer, but I have not verified this.

One Tip: If you are looking to buy one, make sure that it has just had this service with the belts, and preferably the clutch at the same time.

Since selling the car, I have come back to earth and only have owned Porsches, which in my view are fantastic sports cars. The 348 is a real looker, but the German tractor is much more reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

11th Jun 2004, 07:52

Good lord, $9,000 to replace a timing belt? I'll do it myself..lol.

14th Jun 2004, 22:37

If you can "do it yourself", then by moving to Switzerland with the sole purpose of changing owner's timing belts on 328s, 348s, 355s you could make an amazing living! :)

29th Jan 2006, 03:35

I own a 348 and I overtake cars all the time even porsche's and there ARE not many cars that would outhandle a 348.thanks.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review