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Old 11-08-2007, 11:57 PM   #21
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i'll take any ferrari, even the one that Eddie Griffith drove
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It's funny how the reaction to the Ferrari is fairly universally polarizing. Either people think it's a really bad idea or a really good one. I will agree that picking up a 308 would not be the road to reliability (say like a toyota camry or even a Miata for that matter.)

It's not about that though. For the record, I would love a F430, but that is out of my price range for now.

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Old 11-09-2007, 12:25 AM   #23
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id go with a 348/355ish. but will selling the miata give you much more income than what you could save up in a month or two? Id go for both just to be safe and then sell one after a couple of months.
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:32 AM   #24
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I'd rather fix a Miata than a Ferrari.
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:48 AM   #25
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eh I'd rather have a fun Porsche of some kind, never really been a Ferrari guy and Jags... ugh
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:18 AM   #27
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i still have wet dreams of porsche 944's

does that ferrari have a horizontally opposed or flat V engine?
I have a buddy who drives a 996 cup car...and still says he thinks the 944t (which is basically gutted but happens to have a license plate) on track days. It makes like 350whp, 2400lb, 996turbo brakes, 996 "turbo twist" wheels. Its dirty.
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eh I'd rather have a fun Porsche of some kind, never really been a Ferrari guy
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:35 AM   #29
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My old rommaate had a 944 that he got for 2300. Changes the timing belt and drove the hell out of it. It was a blast to drive. Blown shocks, worn shifter bushings, all that good stuff. Still a badass car. Soon as that timing belt snaps it can be super expensive though.
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:37 AM   #30
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I remember growing up my dad had a 944. It was maroon. That's all I remember.
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Old 11-09-2007, 02:07 AM   #31
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Depends. Do you want a car to drive or a car to fix?
Not to mention regular maintenance which will end up in the realm of buying another Miata within 2-3 years.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:35 AM   #32
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Not to mention regular maintenance which will end up in the realm of buying another Miata within 2-3 years.
Only if you take it to a Ferrari dealer for maint. It's a bit of a trek but I know at least one of the military bases out here has an auto hobby shop.

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Old 11-09-2007, 11:52 AM   #33
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There is no substitute for the body work on the 308 in my mind, which is why I would want one over a 348, 512, or even a 355.

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Old 11-09-2007, 11:52 AM   #34
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do both...wait a while and then keep the one you like better
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for the price of a 308 you could have a much younger porsche. if i were to get a ferrari though, it would have to be a dino 246
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for the price of a 308 you could have a much younger porsche. if i were to get a ferrari though, it would have to be a dino 246
Unfortunately the Dino, which I also like better is about 2-3x more. So, yes, I like the Dino, but I am not loaded. So I will probably stay in the poor man's Ferrari Market.

If I hit the lotto, well then I would either get the F40 or an F430.

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Old 11-09-2007, 03:11 PM   #37
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There's a guy with a gorgeous 308 around the corner from me. It comes out on nice days, but it's hard to see it through the James Bond-ish smoke screen he leaves behind him. Which has not been a problem for me, as my ugly miata is no match.

One of our neighbors had one when I was growing up. It was a new car then, but still always broken.

My dad's shop gets old Jags in with some regularity. They are AWFUL. Fix a carb, and the ignition will take a ****. Fix the ignition, and the brakes take a ****. It's frustrating. But they are beautiful, the leather feels phenomenal, and driving them is intoxicating. But I would never, never, never, never recommend that anyone of normal means should own one as their pleasure car. It's really a wine and cheeser's kind of a car; you know, for the guy who eats breakfast in the garage looking over his car, not for the guy who wants to drive his car. I've seen your youtube videos; it's not the car for you!
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Old 11-09-2007, 03:27 PM   #38
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i've seen a white lamborghini countach rolling around here that i'm sure is a beast. I would still prefer a porsche 928 with its beefy 5.4 v8 though. How much do those ferrari's go for?
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A good friend of mine had a 308GTS (maybe 1979-80?)for about 10 years. It wasn't a cheap car to own or maintain, but it wasn't really too bad - it was probably more reliable than any of the old Triumphs or MG's or Jags that my friends and I have owned. Nothing really important ever broke - never had to do anything with the clutch, motor, tranny, steering,brakes or even shocks. Routine **** like plugs and filters and wires all cost a lot because you pretty much had to go to a dealer, and doing the work was a pain since they weren't really designed for easy maintenance.

We had a really shitty winter the last year he owned it, so it spent a little under 6 months untouched under a cover in his driveway - turns out that since they were left stationary, about half the switches in the dashboard had oxidized themselves frozen. That was the biggest thing that ever went wrong.

As for a Jag.......I've owned 2 British cars, only because I wasn't bright enough to learn after the first one.
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308 is the poor man's ferrari and everyone knows it. your miata is better in every way.
only better in the fact thats its more gay, but I suppose you like that feeling
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