I think the 348 is a car that really has to work hard to find a buyer. To the average Fcar punter, they offer no redeeming features. Too new to be a classic, and too old to be a serious contender for the cafe set. I hopped in the one FF selling and it brought back a lot of memories.
As a person that likes older cars, even someone like me would find it difficult to put up with a 348's idisyncracies. The interior build quality is just junk. It's so bad, it's difficult to put into words. In the 10 minutes I spent in the car, I broke a window switch and bent the pathetically flimsy indicator stalk! (And I'm careful).
Under the hood the trim around the luggage area seems to made from some re-constituted cardboard (Seriously) and the door trims seem just so poorly put together its amazing that this car came after the 328. I would hazard a guess, that the 348 interior is one of the worst I have ever seen from any production car, not only in quality but also in execution.
The early cars had their battery and dry sump oil tank BEHIND the engine...WTF! This was upated along with the rear suspension and moved to the front wing for the battery and the firewall for the tank for the 1993 MY on cars.
Would I have one? Absolutely! They have the most delicious steering with almost 911 like levels of feedback, the last of the "Real" drivers cars and the engine note is IMO the best of any production V8 street engine, sensational. Coupled to a very flexible engine and a 5 speed gear box, they are a blast. AFAIK the brakes are identical to the 355 with some nice 4 pot alloy differential bore Brembo or ATE calipers up front. And they feel quite small too. I think they look great, yes, the rear looks a tad 1990's, but just accept it for what it is. From the front I think they look ace!
I still remember going around Eastern Creek in Tippo's 348, did a 1:53 from memory, it was really fast and pretty easy to drive. I also remember at the Canberra Nationals in 2000 when Tippo was doing some quick times in the wet. On one of his laps, the car just turned around on the front straight, he went past the start/finish line backwards, still doing 160 or so. Very funny, because he narrowly missed the tower! Does anyone remember that?
The car FF has seems really nice, 24,000 kms I think, but everything works, even the air con.
If you into 348's, you should consider this book, some great pics of its development, or lack of it LOL!