I drive this car in Europe every year, clocking up about 3000km every time. She starts every time, and I just love driving her. After 6 years of ownership, I still get very excited taking her out for a spin, and I just love the look of her.
Servicing on the car is around £500, and fuel can top 30mpg on a good run. I have driven her on the German Autobahn exceeding 170mph (I was too scared to actually look at the speedo), and she did feel light, but any car at that speed would.
Handling at speed can be tricky, I admit, but anyone that says it's uncontrollable just can't drive in my opinion. I have driven her for 21,000 kms, and never once come close to losing control.
Sure, the car has its faults, but at the age of 21 she is bound to. I have not lost any money on the car in 6 years, and I have spent £1200 (that's £200 a year!!) in maintenance.
I purchased the 348 as it fitted my budget, and would indeed have a 458 if I could afford it. I still would not sell the 348 though. I have no regrets buying the car, and I look forward too many more years of amazing ownership.