We've given this page a whole new look

View the new design

1989 Ferrari 348

Change Vehicle
Not Yet Rated Write a Review
Asking Price Range
Get Value
Estimated MPG

Information Coming Soon

Expert Reviews

1989 Ferrari 348 0.0 0
$ -
July 20, 1990
HERE'S THE STORY, here's the rap: 1989 econocars aren't yet on tap.Until humble metal starts coming in, I'm rollin' the gold, which ain'tno sin.

This week, for instance, we display a BMW 535i that likes to play. Itruns really fast. It's truly a beaut. You want it? Hah! Better bringsome loot.

I'm talkin' class, I'm talkin' style; I'm talkin' a car that'll makeyou smile. But while you're grinnin' ear to ear, you'd better slow down,check out your rear. See that dude all dressed in blue? He's writing aticket -- this one's for you.

Complaint: There's always something to remind you that perfection iselusive. Yeah, yeah, I know: That rap is proof. But the 1989 BMW 535i'sautomatic-door-lock system is another. The thing can go haywire, whichit did one Sunday morning after an extended drive.

I simply couldn't lock the driver's door. I turned the key in theprescribed manner: Nothing. I sat inside the car and tried pushing downthe door-lock button, but it wouldn't budge. I tried locking all doorsthrough the central locking mechanism on the front-passenger door. Onlythe driver's door remained unlatched.

Yes, I read the owner's manual-- before and after the mini-ordeal. But nothing contained therein gaveme a clue about what was bugging the stubborn lock.

Finally, I resorted to the old bang-the-TV-fix. I opened and slammedthe driver's door several times. I turned the key in the door lock afterthe last slam. Whattaya know? It locked, and locked consistentlyevermore.

Praise: The beauty, feel, and general craftsmanship of the car arebreathtaking. Some cars shout, "Luxury!" The 535i has more class. Thisfour-seat, rear-wheel-drive sports sedan is comfortable with money. Itsall-leather interior is subtle, well-stitched. It has myriad extratouches -- foot heaters for rear passengers, automatic climate controlfor everyone, sumptuous rear seats with a wide, comfortable center armrest, antilock brakes, an airbag on the driver's side and -- ca-chunk! -- the quiet of a library cubicle when the doors are closed.

Head-turning quotient: Very attractive. Parking attendants fought forit. A kid working at a Wendy's drive-up window was so taken by the car,he almost gave me hamburgers free of charge.

Ride, acceleration, braking and handling: The 535i makes pleasantwork of tight traffic. It also moves with finesse on high-speedhighways. Credit the four-wheel-independent suspension and a perfect50/50 car body weight distribution.

Acceleration is terrific. Anyone needing to go any faster than thisshould rent a racetrack. Power comes from a 3.4-liter, inline,6-cylinder engine rated 208 hp at 5,700 rpm.

The 535i's four-wheel-disc brakes are excellent. The antilock brakesystem works well in panic stops.

Mileage: About 21 to the gallon (21-gallon tank, estimated 431-milerange on usable volume), combined city-highway, mostly driver only,mostly using the "economy" mode of the electronically adjustab leautomatic transmission.

Sound system: Eight-speaker, electronic AM/FM stereo radio andcassette with disc player (mounted in trunk but with remote operation),by Pioneer. You never heard it so good.

Price: $43,600. What options? Be serious. Dealer's invoice is$35,315, according to Automobile Invoice Service in San Jose.Transportation charge is $325.

Purse-strings note: If you have to read this, you can't afford thiscar.

Featured Services for this Ferrari 348

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.
  • Not sure what auto repair should cost you? Use our price estimator.
  • Get help with car repair now on Cars.com. Visit Repair & Care

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.