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#480 of 2175 Most Exciting Day of 2006
Feb 04, 2006 (9:55 pm)
I'm Back. After a 4.5 year hiatus from the great pleasure of owning a 911 Cabriolet, today I picked up a new Arctic Silver 997 C4 Cab from Danbury Porsche in CT. It feels like all is right with the world again. In 2001, I traded in my 1999 996 Cab for an ML500 when we had our daughter. Lived in the city, so we only needed one car. Last year, we moved to CT, and I got a GX470 for my wife and I got stuck driving the unbelievably problematic ML. I would have stayed with Mercedes for family cars and sedans if their quality-to-value ratio didn't drop 10 leaps below Lexus over the years. Before yeasterday, I had been searching for a new car for literally 4 months. I was indifferent to the whole experience as I was looking at Audi A8, A6, BMW 5-series AWD, Lexus LS430, etc...I was even looking at a 3-series convertible as recently as last week, (I know I just lost my cred with 98% of you here,) since I thought a convertible would be a lot more fun. I was so far into the deal as to have the trade-in all negotiated and my insurance sent in. Overall, a very indecisive shopping experience. Yesterday, my wife suggested that I should probably get a 4WD instead of a convertible, which made sense considering it is winter in CT/NYC. So I started driving down to the BMW dealer to pick up a 5-series AWD though I was indifferent to the prospect of buying and driving a new car, which should have been fun for any guy that loves cars. By some act of the universe, I ended up driving past the BMW dealership over to Danbury Porsche at about 3pm on Friday to revisit a 2002 996 C4 Cab (17,000 miles - $59,000)...which was from a previous non-serious visit a few weeks back. Well, after driving the pre-owned 911, I realized once again that there is no substitute. Covertible and 4WD!! And a car that has any driver grinning like a chessire cat.
In my state of perpetual grin after driving the pre-owned 911, I took a peak at a new 997 C4 Cab. Even though I was planning on looking at numbers on the used one and knew there was no possiblity of the $98.5k MSRP 997, I mentioned it to the sales manager. Within 20 minutes of looking at leasing scenarios, I pulled the trigger on the brand new 997 without even driving it. By noon this morning, I had my insurance set and by 2PM, I was home. I would have had the deal done within 1 hour on Friday if it were not for the close of business on Friday and if I had not had a prior engagement. And I now feel great again.
There are two very important lessons is this: If you're well-heeled and love cars, don't mess around, just get what you can afford. As long as you're a guy, you'll love cars that go really fast. Looking at practical automotive options in the $45-70k range is only going to bore you if you've seen the other side of the mountain. The second lesson is this: If you're feeling indecisive, you are very likely to make very poor decisions or even worse...stuck in non-decision mode. When the car fits, it will be no decision at all and you will glide through the process like butter.
Nothing beats a 911.
#481 of 2175 Good for you bhu
Feb 05, 2006 (6:17 pm)
I'm loving my 997 C4 Cab. Got it in November and with the warm Winter (so far) have had the top down many days. Good luck with your new baby.
What tires did yours come with if you don't mind me asking?
Mine came with Bridgestone Potenzas.
#482 of 2175 Need Advice
Feb 06, 2006 (4:30 pm)
hello everyone..i have been reading this board for a while but i am new to posting here. i am considering buying a 2006 C2 or C2 Cab and i am wondering how much of a discount off the MSRP would be considered a "good buy". aslo can anybody recommend a dealer in the NY area that would give the best prices and is above board to deal with. Thanks in advance.
#483 of 2175 Re: Need Advice [bosco42]
Feb 07, 2006 (4:06 am)
I would think that $3k-$5k off an ordered car is a fair and decent discount. That's what I was quoted by several dealers when I bought my C2S Cab in September 2005. A few were sticking with MSRP or $1,000 "courtesy discount". I ended up negotiating a larger discount on a car that was delivered to my dealer as a "bonus" allocation from Porsche. However, it also had several options that I hadn't planned on ordering, so the total price I paid was about the same.
I suspect that if you happened to find a C2 coupe or cab optioned the way you want in stock in NY right now, you could do a pretty good cash deal. But if you wait much longer, the spring fever for cabs will take over, and you will need to wait until next fall. You can check dealer inventories on the Porsche website by locating dealers in your area and clicking on their inventory list.
As I am sure you are aware, Porsche's option list is a mile long. If you have fairly specific desires, you may be better off ordering it. The 2006 Speed Yellow I have on order would be impossible to find in stock, equiped as I want.
#484 of 2175 Re: Need Advice [habitat1]
Feb 07, 2006 (2:33 pm)
If I placed an order for the exact car I wanted should I still expect a discount(if so how much) or is that just for cars in stock? Thanks
#485 of 2175 Re: Need Advice [bosco42]
Feb 07, 2006 (3:59 pm)
"I would think that $3k-$5k off an ordered car is a fair and decent discount."
That's what I meant. If you order a car to your exact specifications, you would be doing reasonably well to get $3k off; very well to get $5k off. But again, it's a supply / demand equation and I honestly don't know what NY area dealers are willing to do.
#486 of 2175 I agree with habitat1
Feb 07, 2006 (4:49 pm)
Right on about discounts habitat1.
A cab (I don't think bosco42 gave his preference - coupe or cab) sitting in a dealer's lot "could" bring a slightly higher discount especially on a nice cold snowy day! If I remeber corerctly, New York gets a few of those!
And like you said, wait until Spring and forget-about-it.
Don't limit yourself to the "NY area"; most Porsche dealers will deliver a car to you or you can go pick it up and drive it back home - good way to get acquainted with your new vehicle.
#487 of 2175 Re: Most Exciting Day of 2006 [bhu]
Feb 07, 2006 (7:28 pm)
Nice post. Please keep us updated on dealership experience and also how the C4 does has your daily driver/winter car.
#488 of 2175 Color Combinations
Feb 08, 2006 (2:55 pm)
I know it is personal preference BUT I was wondering what the general consensus was about which interior looks better with Speed Yellow. Black or Sand ??? Thanks for all opinions.
#489 of 2175 Tough Decision to Make
Feb 08, 2006 (3:14 pm)
I am having a tough time deciding with the budget I have whether to purchase a C2 Cab or a C2S Coupe. They would be in the same ballpark money wise. Although I like a Cab I don't know if it is worth it to use only 4 or 5 months out of the year where I live. Is the tradeoff in lieu of a better performing car (C2S) worth it ??