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Ferrari 355 Buyer's Guide
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F355 Buyers Guide
Introduction
When buying any car it pays to know what problems to look out for so that you can either avoid the dogs (of which there are some in F355 terms) and get yourself a good deal. This Ferrari F355 Buyers Guide covers various parts of the car and offers advice on what to do when looking for your 355.
 
Model History
The F355 was originally launched as a replacement to the 348 in 1994 with two models - the GTS and the Berlinetta. The Spider came a year later. This article describes the options that were available and the various special editions that were produced during the manufacturing period.
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The PPI
Buying a performance car can be a little different to buying a 'daily driver'. The process is essentially the same but the key point is the stakes are a great deal higher. Get into a car that has problems and you'll need deep pockets. The Pre-Purchase Inspection is a key safeguard against this.
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Mechanicals
With 109bhp per litre, the F355 engine had the highest specific output per litre of all normally aspirated production cars when it was first manufactured. With a full 8,500 revs available it's a hoot. Service it regularly and it will deliver with surprising reliability. Here's what to watch out for...
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Interior
The interior of a 355 is a simple design, full of Connolly hide and that famous shift gate. A well looked after car will be close to perfect inside, but there are things you should check when looking around the car.
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Bodywork
As with all cars, it pays to check the bodywork in key areas before buying. Here are the main points to be aware of with the F355.
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