1997 Ferrari F355 Reviews

1997 Ferrari F355 Spyder 8 cylinder from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 8 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance54600 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

The F355 is the ultimate driving machine. You can't go wrong with buying one - just broke

Faults:

I knew in advance that top of the F355 was likely going to be a problem, and it still is. So I leave the top down, but this usually means going from point A to point B.

General Comments:

Once you have driven a Ferrari, there is nothing else quite like it.

I still have my old Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, which is always ready to run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2010

10th Jul 2010, 06:35

I always leave my tops down on my cars and pull in the garage. I paid 5000 more for convertible Vettes. Keep the top down and enjoy. If someone wants to get into a convertible, it's better to leave it unlocked. I turn on my alarm and it shuts down the fuel if tampered with.

1997 Ferrari F355 Spider from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carFerrari Porsche 911

Summary:

It is the ultimate driving experience!

Faults:

Like all F355s, the top seems to be a real concern. I just leave the top down, but this may reduce the number of days I drive the car due to weather concerns.

General Comments:

I love the car. I also own an older Porsche 911. I love the Porsche, and its reliability. I do receive lots of compliments on the Porsche, but people's jaws drop when driving the F355.

I bought the 'fly' yellow and have more complimentary comments than ever expected.

The engine 'sound' is the ultimate sensory experience!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2009

1997 Ferrari F355 V8 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance23000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

This car represents history of Ferrari!

Faults:

The catalyst went bad the after the first 1000 miles. I believe it was from faulty exhaust manifolds which was a previous condition. Otherwise, everything in the car is perfect.

General Comments:

This is a car made of dreams. A true sports car from the racing heritage of Ferrari.

With the top down, you cannot but hear and feel the engine reverberate through your body. The handling is exceptional. Nothing else can compare other than driving a formula 1. Newer F models are quicker, but cannot match the classic feel and raw power this F355 has.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2008

1997 Ferrari F355 Spyder from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

Ferrari should be ashamed of their convertible top

Faults:

I had full major service done, after the belt which drives the air conditioner let go. This was quite scary as the cockpit filled with black smoke - it turns out it was just the belt remnants burning on the engine.

However, the worse nightmare was the convertible top. It would routinely stick (both up and down) and often refuse to move at all. I had both regulators replaced (a Jaguar sourced part), then the entire rear piston mechanism, at a total cost of $6,000.00 The top broke again a couple weeks later (half-way open), I was forced to use the emergency ratchet tool (which only cranks on one side of the top, twisting it brutally. I wouldn't have even dared to do this had I know a replacement convertible top frame is over $30,000 if bent. That fix was less, but I had enough and traded it a month later.

General Comments:

Owning a 355 Spyder was my dream. I had previously owned a 1986 328gts which was largely trouble free. I had sold the car and bought a new 2002 996 cab; however, I found the cab a bit boring after the 328, which was half it's cost.

I was nearly in tears of joy upon picking up the 355 two years ago. Unfortunately, these quickly turned to a different kind of tears. Simply put, the convertible top was unliveable. I read another review with a similer experience and they made the comment that they just leave it down. That's great unless you take it to the shore and are subjected to heavy rains (and can't get the top up). When you drive a Ferrari, a certain amount of people will hate you and enjoy pointing and laughing as you either drive through the rain or struggle with the convertible top. In the end, despite a great engine and transmission and reliable starting, the car ruined more weekends than I care to recall and I traded it back in on another Porsche. I miss the sound and the stares, but the Porsche never misses a beat.

I would be curious what people's experience with the 348 and 360 spyder tops are. Are these better? I would love to get another one someday, but as I told a friend, a Ferrari is not a third car, it's a fourth one in addition to a more reliable sports car if you love to drive as much as I.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th August, 2006

10th Jan 2007, 10:07

Hello, I own a 1955 F355 Spyder and I have experienced the same thing with that darn top. My is still stuck on the closed position at least. It will only go half way and then stop. I love this car and hate to get rid of her so I don't take the top down anymore. Best luck to your search for a new Ferrari. Regards, ED (Sacramento, California)

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 8 reviews