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Porsche 911, Porsche Carrera GT, Coupe, Convertible
#2045 of 2175 Re: I need average maintenance cost for 911 1999-02 [jvalencia]
Aug 28, 2009 (12:06 pm)
I'm new to the forum today, so may have missed some of the replies.
Buying any used car, you should get as much information as possible.
PIP (diagnostics readout), service history and CarFax are very helpful in getting to know the car's history.
I bought a 2003 Cabriolet last year from a Porsche dealer. Paid a little extra, but received the benefit of an extended warranty for piece of mind.
My car is a weekend driver, so I'm not as good a source of cost. If you go to a Porsche dealer for an oil change and evaluation, expect to spend $200.
#2046 of 2175 993 or a 997?
Aug 31, 2009 (8:30 am)
I'm also new to the forum and would appreciate your comments.
I am considering purchasing a previously owned 911 in the coming months and the dilemma I have is should I buy a 993 (a 1996, 97 or 98) or a 997 (2005 or 06)? While I love the classic model 993, I know the limitations of the air cooled car. I owned a 1987 and had a terrible time with the air conditioning system and also understand that maintenance is more expensive on the older air cooled cars.
The 997 is a great looking car with more power and advances in the electronics and safety.
Would anyone/everyone like to comment on the two models and discuss the pros and cons of owning and maintaining each? Thanks!
#2047 of 2175 Re: 993 or a 997? [bcd17]
Aug 31, 2009 (9:05 am)
As a 997 owner, I may be a bit biased but to me there is no comparison. As commonly stated, I would buy the newest Porsche you can afford. 997 is light years ahead of the 993 with one exception...aura of air cooled engine. I would definitely buy the 997.
#2048 of 2175 Re: 993 or a 997? [ksccts]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 31, 2009 (9:15 am)
I'd agree, unless you are a fanatic and must have the "feel" of the 993----and there is a difference in feel, most definitely, from a 997.
I'm not sure a 993 is any more expensive to maintain---I'd guess the other way 'round.
#2049 of 2175 I made the move - now the questions?????
Dec 07, 2009 (12:48 pm)
just bought a new 2009 911 S
auto, chrono, plus some extras that I never would have ordered (bose upgrade,heated seats, heated steering wheel, bluetooth, etc.and some that were not included in the package that I would have wanted (sport exhaust) The S package is a nice plus..
Had 450 milea on it but sold as new never titled.. Not sure that I like the fact that I don't know how it was driven as a demo by several or many shoppers but it seems fine. Oil usage is extreme but within limits posted in manual. Not sure that it was babied during the"break-in period and it will always remain an unknown. it is what it is but I figure it's one hell of a car and will survive the beat-in period...
Sports Crono was a must especially with the PDK trans... I've found out that it requires a bit of time to get good with it.... I think that it's pretty intuitive with the shifting paddles but you have to be careful not to hit the darn things by accident.
Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it...
I'd appreciate any info you're willing to share...
#2050 of 2175 Re: I made the move - now the questions????? [casaleenie]
Dec 07, 2009 (8:36 pm)
Congrats on a beautiful car - It's going to be many years before I can even think about affording one
#2051 of 2175 Re: I made the move - now the questions????? [casaleenie]
Dec 08, 2009 (5:55 pm)
I doubt people were pounding on it while test driving (no more than 5500rpm?) ....but the unknown of how it was driven will always be out there....
Fortunately you bought a car that was "chiseled from a piece of granite".... watch the National Geographic channel on the Zuffenhausen plant and see how the 911 is built... meticulous. I researched the longevity/durability of the 911 for a while before I got mine... buddy of mine has three... an '84 targa (his daughter drives it), a '95 C4 cabrio, and an '08 turbo. He loves them, but has had virtually no issues with his cars.
I have had my '09 C2 for 4 months... absolutely love it. Manual tran, but has sport chrono which (I agree) is a must... totally different car with it engaged...
Enjoy your car, but check the oil every time you put in gas.... mine has burned a quart each 1000miles .... which is actually lower than expected.
#2052 of 2175 Re: I made the move - now the questions????? [casaleenie]
Dec 08, 2009 (6:52 pm)
Yes! Congratulations! You will love the 997, overall the best Porsche built to date. I bought my first Porsche almost 2 years ago - a 2006 base carrera and then went wild. I now have five Porsches from a 356 up to the 997. I love all of them, each has its own personality, but when the wife wants to go on a trip, it's the 997. To me, it's how the cars handle in the turns that make Porsches so great and fun to drive. And, the reliability factor is a big plus.
I'm curious as to why you decided on a Porsche. Is this your first one?
By the way, does anyone out there know of a "70 or "71 911 T for sale, in good condition!!!
Dec 09, 2009 (6:32 pm)
09 Carrera S using quart about every 500 miles... I'm considering that within limits and I'm checking it even more often than at just fill
Manual is saying under 4200 rpm during first 2K miles.
I myself have violated that limitation by accident while playing with the manual side of the PDK trans...I' m still in "learning stage" with the car. I'm done with the car until spring.. Today I filled it and added Stabil and will be setting up a trickle charger up and over inflating the tires etc. as per instructions.
I negociated the first recommended factory service as part of the purchase and will get that done at around 5K miles next spring...
Any and all suggestions with regards to "mothballing" the car for about five months will be appreciated...
#2054 of 2175 Re: I made the move - now the questions????? [nyccarguy]
Dec 09, 2009 (7:38 pm)
I've been looking at these things for several years but was not suffering for "toys" during the waiting period. Kept looking at the offerings from Porsche every new model year and the 09's proved to be the one with the most positive changes. Hope the changes and improvements turn out to be good changes and improvements...
Also, Porsche was offering such massive discounts that I didn't think would ever happen again in my lifetime.(I'm getting old) 21K off a 100K car... The dealer gave me what I wanted for my 289 FIA Cobra Roadster and put it on the floor and sold it in a week... They were happy and I was happy.....
My wife couldn't believe that I didn't go for the vertible but in deference to her and her hatred for convertibles, I went with the coupe.
anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it...