Ferrari 308 Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV 3 liter petrol from Greece

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3 liter petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres

Summary:

A bargain Ferrari!

Faults:

The car has been very reliable, with very few faults.

General Comments:

It was a surprise how reliable a Ferrari can be. I haven't had any major problems with it. The running costs are on the high side, but on the other hand it is possible to do the maintenance myself and that keeps costs low.

It is a great looker and still looks modern and is a head turner 25 years after it was introduced at the Frankfurt car show in 1976!

It handles well and predictably and is great on the track.

Highly recommended and a bargain at current prices!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2002

1979 Ferrari 308 GTS 3.0 L, V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 L, V8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 164

Summary:

Timeless styling - beauty at rest and in motion!

Faults:

The catalytic converters were blocked from melt down. Now they are hollow.

The air pump was missing and the diverter valve was dysfunctional. Fortunately they are GM parts and were easily and inexpensively replaced.

Pay attention to fuel line leaks because I had one that resulted in a small, but exciting engine compartment fire. Fortunately, only the wiring harness that rests under the air cleaner in the Vee was destroyed. It was easily repaired.

The distributors were worn and caused erratic timing. This led to failed emissions tests and poor drivability. They were rebuilt for about $200.

A distributor rotor disintegrated and left me stranded 750 miles from home. The rotor was about $10.

Due to a worn ground strap, the plugs were fouling and the wires were emitting sparks. I re-routed the new wires away from each other and engine metal and replaced the strap.

The car has been painted; the interior replaced, and the engine is overhauled. Although it could be an every day driver, after 25 years it deserves respect and retirement to a fair weather driver.

The targa top leaked like a sieve until the rubber weather stripping was replaced.

The speedometer did not work due to a bad speedo generator. This is a common malfunction and it is responsible for many low mileage Ferraris.

The cam seals leak after a few years of little driving.

General Comments:

The best aspect of the car is its styling. It is timeless. It looks as good today as it did on the show floor in 1975.

It is a good touring car even though luggage space is minimal. Also, don't put chocolate or deodorant in the trunk - it will melt!

And speaking of melting, the cabin gets extremely hot while driving!!! This is due in part to the poor ventilation and A/C system, the intrusion of heat from the cooling system, and the greenhouse effect of the front window. In later 308's, a vent in the hood expelled cooling heat from the radiator. I understand it helps.

Finding 205/60-14 series tires is tough today. The Yokohama A321's fit nicely. However, for better handling, one should find 16-inch Ferrari wheels that enable lower profile tires.

Hard cornering starves the fuel bowls due to their orientation in the car. This leads to a stutter in acceleration around a corner.

Expect about 12-15 MPG in town and 18-20 MPG on the highway with premium unleaded gas.

A major service (belts, plugs, fluids, valves, timing, carb cleaning) should be performed every 10K miles or 5 years. This will run $1,500 to $2,500 dollars. Much of this labor can be performed by a competent hobbiest mechanic.

More so than any other exotic (excluding Porsches), the 308 is easily maintainable, parts are readily available and cheap, and it is the most recognizable car on the planet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2002

10th Jan 2002, 11:23

My favourite Ferarri, the Magnum PI one. The new Ferarris tend to look like unattainable aircrafts on four wheels; the 308 really looks like a car one would aspire for. Or have sex with if it were possible.

1st Aug 2002, 15:09

Top marks to the comment of 10th Jan 2002 at 11:23.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews