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Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

Due to a midlife crisis (not mine), I may be in the market for a 911. I don't want to pay silly money but I don't want to buy problems.

From what I understand it, early 996 is to be avoided and I do believe some of the issues with the seals and so on were (partially?) resolved with the 3.4l block and thus the 3.2l block should be avoided?

Looking at Autoscout24, there are some keenly-priced examples and some have had engines replaced already - this would be a good thing, I would assume?

I'm either thinking of a sub-20 munter and hope it lasts 2 years or paying around 40k for a newer model with lower kms. I'm not scared of higher kms if it's been serviced well - after all, it's been running.

I know there are a few more knowledgeable people on here who might give good advice and I'm open to your input. Think of it as a Friday afternoon thread this Easter week.

Links to examples you like and reasons why are welcome too

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Old 31.03.2015, 16:25
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

make sure you get one with the midlife crisis pack, that's the 20 year old blonde in the passenger seat, and the clip on pony tail, with the number of a divorce lawyer in the glove box.
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

Get a Panamera. 50k and you get few years old with warranty. Much better than getting a 996 for 40k!

The Panamera is a much better car than the 911, people complain about anything else than the 911 just because they are wankers.
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

My FIL is a porsche nut, he claims the cayman is the better car, buys a new one every couple of years, although we suspect he's too tight to buy a 911
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

a 997 is also an option btw.

Gayman I could consider, thanks for the lead
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

997 is properly built with proper shape headlights.

C4S Coupe with manual gearbox in silver with black leather is the Zurich uniform for 911 owners.

996 isn't as bad as the horror stories suggest. If you get one with the seals fixed you "should" be OK. Again the 4S is the choice model.

Cockster and Gayman don't have the image of the 911.

Targa is for those who like their drives slightly wobbly
Convertible for those who like it very wobbly
And the automatic is for those who have lost their self respect.

The 996 Turbo (S) is about the best bang for your buck you can get at the moment.
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

What you need is an MX-5. I happen to know someone who has a lovely 10AE for sale :-)

Since you're not a hairdresser and it's not your mid-life crisis...
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

How frequent are the 996s affected by this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERtwVAy_4H0
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

I had a 997 4S. Hands down most fun car I ever owned. Heaps of power but not so much that you couldn't put it down on the road (I'm looking at you MB AMG series). Easy to control, predictable, light and (relatively speaking) easy on the wallet too. Never had an issue with it either.

If you can fit it in your budget, skip the 996 and grab the 997 instead.
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

Try this UK site for opinions. The owner is a total 911 nut.

http://www.911virgin.com/porsche/buyingtips/

I bought my first car (not a Porsche!) from this guy more than 20 years ago.
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

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Get a Panamera. 50k and you get few years old with warranty. Much better than getting a 996 for 40k!

The Panamera is a much better car than the 911, people complain about anything else than the 911 just because they are wankers.
Panamera for 50K? Are you sure? Where? Although I agree with you that Panamera is better than 911. I am on the look out for one myself. That is why I am selling my Cayenne Turbo. Difficult to get quick sales here in Switzerland. Might knock the price down further.

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Panamera for 50K? Are you sure? Where? Although I agree with you that Panamera is better than 911. I am on the look out for one myself. That is why I am selling my Cayenne Turbo. Difficult to get quick sales here in Switzerland. Might knock the price down further.
Hey there.

As of late, the cheapest Panameras are around 49.9-51k, if you have a look on autoscout24 etc

You get good motors with One Warranty and similar, with 80k to 120k km on the clock.

That's a seriously nice Porsche you have.

Car market is very slow in CH. People buy new or buy from dealers. Or they trade in. You might want to consider a trade in for a Panamera. Good luck with the sale.

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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

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Due to a midlife crisis (not mine), I may be in the market for a 911. I don't want to pay silly money but I don't want to buy problems.

From what I understand it, early 996 is to be avoided and I do believe some of the issues with the seals and so on were (partially?) resolved with the 3.4l block and thus the 3.2l block should be avoided?

Looking at Autoscout24, there are some keenly-priced examples and some have had engines replaced already - this would be a good thing, I would assume?

I'm either thinking of a sub-20 munter and hope it lasts 2 years or paying around 40k for a newer model with lower kms. I'm not scared of higher kms if it's been serviced well - after all, it's been running.

I know there are a few more knowledgeable people on here who might give good advice and I'm open to your input. Think of it as a Friday afternoon thread this Easter week.

Links to examples you like and reasons why are welcome too

Cheers!
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still thinking about it?
for my money, the 911SC is the best everyday production 911 built for the money. the 993 is a much better overall car, but also about 2.5-3x the price. then again, I am Porsche geek and, for me, a 911 needs to be water-cooled.

I would second the vote on the Cayman, however, the next Porsche I buy will be a Cayman.
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a 911 needs to be water-cooled.
i would say a true 911 geek would want his 911 AIR cooled... but i like my 996 water-cooled. do like the looks of the 993
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

The other day I saw two... "mature gentlemen" wearing baseball caps, driving through the center of Zurich in a 911.. eyeing the aventador outside the tesla shop.

Choose your midlife crisis carefully.. you could always go for a töffli?
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Get a Panamera.
The OP wants a car for a midlife crisis. The Panamera is the choice for people who want a sports car but did not understand the instructions on the condom pack... the entire point is to get a sports car, not a family saloon with a Porsche badge.

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Although I agree with you that Panamera is better than 911. I am on the look out for one myself. That is why I am selling my Cayenne Turbo.
The only thing worse than a family car with a Porsche badge is an SUV with one.
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Re: Porsche 911 buyer's guide - your input please

Well I'm out, the funds are being reallocated to my divorce lawyer.

I guess I come out badly even though she's cheating....
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