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It is not a Skyline so silly to compare it to a Skyline!
It is really all about want. If YOU want it get it.
You are a long time dead!
 

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Dave,

Thing is with a Ferrari is the Servicing costs mate, I know your not poor but do you really want to be throwing thousands to a service agent. God I could tune my car to the max with the cost of two services!!!!

Anyway I know a Chap who runs a Ferrari Centre in Essex, nr Colchester and hes not bad on his prices so......

Got to admit though mate whether they cost a ruk or not, dont think ide have one, not a big ferrari fan.... What about an old De Tomaso Pantera? Now there is a Supercar!!!!


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There is a black De Tomaso Pantera for sale in Hartfield, not to far from E-Grinstead. Not sure how much though, sweet car too!
 

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I'd have one, I love the 355. I wouldn't swap a modified GTR for one, but if you can have both then go for it!
 

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Personally, I'm not much of a Ferrari fan. I like the older types (before '70) but that's it. But: if you like it, get one. As Ged said: you're a long time dead.. ;)
 

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Hmmmm...

I've looked long and hard at getting a 355 and in the end, on reflection, thought no...

Two main things I'd ask is:

1) Is it a left hooker?
I've always thought it a little naff driving around in Eurocar guise and personally wouldn't ever go for a lefty unless I lived abroad.

2) Cam belt change due?
Servicing on a 355 is bloody expensive and the cam belt change is a real wallet drainer. I think its in the region of £8000+ if my memory serves me correct, which when added to the cost of the vehicle, suddenly makes a cheap car seem a little less desireable.

Normal servicing also has to be done every 3500 miles ish and again costs a awful lot when you see what they actually do - £1000+ for changing the oil and resetting the computer! Trouble is, that if you don't get it done properly, they run like an absolute dog and lose resale value.

That said, you only live once and it's a smashing looking car.

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I don't know who gave you that information Rupert, but you're way off.

Cambelt service is ~£2500 from a Ferrari main dealer (£1500 if you go to a specialist).

Service intervals are 6000 miles / yearly and can be as little as £400..

And if you get a car with a warranty, who cares !!
 

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3 years ago...

With regard to the 355 I was looking to buy from The Specialist Cars centre near Milton Keynes, I was quoted £8k ish to get the car 'up to date' with it's servicing schedules which included a cam belt change. I was then told to expect an all up bill of around the £1k mark for each servicing interval, which should really be performed every 3000 - 4000 miles.

All information came from Maranello's near Staines.

I could believe the numbers as my friend has a Diablo and faces similar costs. My Boxster S Cost over £600 for a basic service, so I don't think it was too far out.

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Pantera

I had a De Tomaso Pantera for over 10 years, and was DT driver's club secretary for 7 years, til I got my GTR in 1997.

Roger Brotton is membership sec and probably knows most of the cars in the country, he also works on them from his garage in Barnsley.

Call him on 01226 321 686 or 01226 292 601

There are no UK websites, but I can give you some USA links for more info if you're interested. :cool:

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my experiences

Sorry, I would have replied earlier, but I've only just seen this thread. (too busy actually organising trips to the 'Ring rather than just talking about it!;) )
To be perfectly honest, the tuned GT-R is a far more competent and exciting driver's car although there is something very satisfying about playing with the F355's mid-engined chassis.
But with the 3 engine rebuilds I had to endure with the Skyline within a year I just lost faith in the reliability of the engine, when tuned to "exciting" levels i.e. 600+.
Despite geezajob's earlier comment, it is obvious from this BBS that mine was a FAR from unique experience!
Yes the F355 is substantially slower, but it's a different kind of fun and the engineering that has gone into the dry-sumped V8 is second to none. Despite my frequent moans in Evo, the Ferrari has never failed to get me home.
If you're lucky enough to be able to acquire and run both then go for it, you'll have a ball!
 

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Despite geezajob's earlier comment, it is obvious from this BBS that mine was a FAR from unique experience!
I said your experience wasn't representative of Skyline ownership. Sure others have had their problems, but not to the extent that you had. In the same way that F355 owners have problems with their cars too.
 

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No point in listing everyone, but Guy, Henry, Ged etc etc have all had rebuild frequency's close to mine and if it's not engines, it's gearboxes.
Hey, I love Skylines (I did start this Register 7 years ago remember!), but I personally wasn't prepared to put up with a car that spent 7 out of it's last 12 months of my ownership off the road! If you are, then it is one of the best drivers cars ever, Ferrari F355 included and I envy anyone who can run both!
With all due respect (i.e. not that much
;) ) David Geezajob, you didn't own or tune your R34 enough to judge its long term reliability and didn't you cite "fear of something major going wrong" as your main reason for selling it?
 

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Without going off on a tangent and ruining a good thread, I think we're being a bit unfair. To double horsepower from a car and then to expect it to be reliable is a bit naive, no?

There is a chart which shows the higher the horsepower, the shorter the lifespan. 600BHP from a block that was destined for circa 300 is some mean feat.

Leave it at 400bhp, and you've got yourself a VERY reliable sports car.

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David.Yu said:
David Geezajob, you didn't own or tune your R34 enough to judge its long term reliability and didn't you cite "fear of something major going wrong" as your main reason for selling it?
Yes, but that was mainly due to the fact that I had done so many thousand sideways miles in it, and you can't change the laws of physics.. My fears were more for the running gear than the engine. I would never have done in the F355 what I did in the R34 as it felt too fragile.

You say I didn't tune the car enough to judge its long term reliability.. so, you're comparing untuned F355s to highly tuned Skylines, which isn't apples-for-apples. I suspect a standard R34 will run and run and run.

But hey, that's just my opinion, just like yours is.
 

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(totally different) nail hit on the head!

"so, you're comparing untuned F355s to highly tuned Skylines, which isn't apples-for-apples. I suspect a standard R34 will run and run and run."

Ah, now if the question is: would you prefer a standard Skyline to a standard F355? I would definitely go for the Ferrari as I personally only found the R33 interesting when substantially tuned. There's basically too much grip!

But for the third time, to answer 666's original question; YES! As a wise man once said: He who has the chance to own a Ferrari and turns it down, is a fool!
 

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Hi Rubert,

R2CH is much nearer the mark at £1300 cambelt and £500 service one of my very good mates is a specialist repairs and service centre for ferrari i think he has that De Tomaso for sale as he is a dino specialist as well.

I would not let my bayside blue R34 GTR go as she is .... well to put it nicely quite RUDE!!

I am really gunno have to think this one over.

cheers all

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