The Ferrari 328 GTS is one of the iconic cars of the Italian make to come out of the 80s. The power from its V8 engine provides all the power while the carefully designed body gives the car its sleek looks. This 20-year old model still has the qualities of a good ride to drive and have for collectors and enthusiasts. However, there are certain issues one should be aware before going out and buying one:
For the 1986 models, there were reported problems regarding the front suspension. It seems the arms weren't designed to be strong enough to withstand a mild to moderate collision. The suspension had a tendency to bend and fail afterward. Handling was made difficult and the car became more uncontrollable than usual. If left unattended, it could eventually give way and had the potential to cause serious accidents. Ferrari has done a recall to over 1000 units to replace these faulty arms with thicker and stronger ones to improve the car's safety and reliability.
There are issues with the hoses and pipes that run to the engine, cooling system, and fuel system. As far as those of the engine and radiator goes, oil may leak due to loose clamps and connectors. The loss of oil may lead to lessened lubrication and a decrease in engine performance. If the problem worsens, it may eventually require servicing a damaged engine. A simple replacement of the hoses, installation of tighter clamps and an oil-pressure check can solve the problem.
For the fuel system, the rubber hose of the fuel line may be positioned closely to the discharge of the air conditioner compressor. This leads to damaging and chafing of the line which may result to fuel leaks. As a solution, not only should a bad hose be replaced, but it should be repositioned as well to prevent future problems.
The Ferrari 328 GTS is a very hassle-free car that requires minimal maintenance. If unused and left sitting in the garage for a long time, it always has a difficulty in starting. The engine misfires, fuel is all over the place, the battery becomes weak, and many other problems associated with a cold start. Simply drive the car frequently to avoid this type of problem. The car should run fine as long as it's used.