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Porsche 911



  • Found out you need a battery conditioner when you go on extended trips and not driving the Porsche. Little over a hundred dollars and just plugs into your wall socket while placing the other end in the Porsche's lighter socket and walk away. Keeps it fully charged. So far , no problems to report ! My C4S just loves to move in a straight line but really loves to climb windy roads . Took it up to the Santa Cruz mountains and she just wanted to scream for joy ! Love this car ! :shades:
  • abaker1abaker1 Posts: 7
    I use a trickle charger on my 1989- 930. I live in the North East and never drive from Nov-March and it starts like a charm. The cost is 15-20 dollars...just another option.
  • I am looking to finally buy my first Porsche 911. I am trying to decide on either a 2002/2003 911 Turbo or a 2005/2006 911 C4S.

    Would like good advice from Porsche owners - and a reason why as well.

    Many Thanks !!
  • old911old911 Posts: 3
    This car has no issues and never has, but since I ran the gas down to very low levels twice last month, I suspect there may be a partial obstruction to fuel supply or something related to low gas in tank and maybe bad gas as the engine has LOST POWER. The engine does not sputter or sound different, it starts the same, idles the same but has no chops when pushing it feels like a smaller engine. But there's no valve chatter, no missing or smoke, no excess heat, or dieseling. It was NEVER run hot-nothing ever happened except low gas, ) and summer.... Maybe I needed summer blend gas and I got the old winter blend gas??? Maybe 7Kmi on spark plugs is pushing it? Donno pls advise....appreciate any opinions.
  • I'm looking to purchase a 1999 C2 Cab from a family friend. He went to KBB and saw that base price is $25,000 but is prepared to sell to me for less as it's a deal among friends. As the car has been garage kept, has 35,000 miles, reasonably loaded, recent major maintenance, new tires, and had recent body work to repair any nicks/dings, I felt good about the price. Then, as an additional check, I went to and it appears that the true market value price there is closer to $20,000. What gives? Is there typically a gap such as this between KBB and's TMV? What is a fair price for a 1999 C2 Cab that's a "cream puff?"
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,397
    On & make sure you have the car checked out by a Porsche mechanic

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Shifty, if it's a '99, it's a 996.

    Sounds like a nice car - assuming the RMS has been addressed...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    edited August 2010
    Oh right you are my good man----, I read that wrong. Somehow I saw C2 and thought 1992.

    Absolutely the Rear Main Seal problem has to be investigated. It should be inspected by a qualified Porsche technician (dealer or independent) and if some oil leakage is noted, it should be tested using the Porsche tool created for this purpose. If the crankshaft clearances are too far off (I think they have a grading system of tolerance, 1 through 4), then it's engine time, but I've heard that in most cases the upgraded seal will work. However, the new seal install is a tedious and lengthy repair in and of itself.

    Some people say that the 6-speed transmission is more susceptible than the tip-tronic.

    Let's face it, this was an engineering error in the 996 engine cases. The crankshaft is not as well supported as it should be. My two cents is that they cut corners.

    RE: Price--- the price of $25000 strikes me as retail asking price. A good friend's price would be about $20,000. I've see occasional low mileage cabs in the $21K--$22K range, asking prices. That'd be okay all 'round I think.


  • I'm looking at buying an 06 911 4. Car is in mint condition with 4500 miles. Should I be concerned about the low mileage? Car was bought new in March 07.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Well I'd certainly plan to have it thoroughly serviced and safety checked. I'd budget $1500 or so for that. We'll need to change the oil for sure and probably the coolant, inspect all the drive belts and hoses, brake calipers and rotors, tires, and make sure all the electronics are working. Also inspect for rodent intrusion, etc.


  • Would anyone know what the 4 year major service cost would be for this car?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    As someone with 30,000 miles on a 2005 that was put in service in September 2005, I believe that long periods of inactivity have bad consequences on cars (and people). I would like to see whether a car that has averaged barely 100 miles a month has had long periods of sitting without any engine activity. I personally would much prefer a car with 5,000 miles a year on the odometer and a good service history than one that has been driven so sparingly.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,397
    Good to see you are still around. How's your 911? I remember you were toying with the idea of getting rid of it to do sone work on your house. I guess you kept the car:)

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Cabriolet right? And do your kids still fit in the back seat?
  • Little off topic, but have you folks been watching the 911s in the American Le Mans Series this season? I love watching those beautiful Porsche beasts take it to those Vettes and BMWs...

    Also, what happened at Le Mans? We can do better than 4th in GTPro, Porsche.... :confuse:
  • 2001 c2 worth 24k with 40k miles? If it is so abundant?!
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 974
    "The 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S pumps out 530 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It also costs $160,700. And in many ways it's worth it, too, as this Turbo happens to be the fastest car we've ever tested."
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  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I guess I need to log on more than once every 2 years!

    Sorry I didn't respond to your post in October, 2010. I've been preoccupied with other priorities. Sold my 2005 911S Cab in April 2011. The girls couldn't fit in the back anymore. It was a fun 5 1/2 years and 33,000 miles. Maybe a 2013 Cayman is in the future.

    Hope all has been well with you. If you get this message, I promise to respond well before 2014 this time.

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    edited August 2012
    And...exhale! Wow, has it been that long? I've been holding my breath waiting the whole time!

    Good to hear from you again and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your 911 for so long. What did you replace it with?

    All is well here. I joined the 911 fold a few months ago, although I followed my heart and found a 993! My kids fit in it (mostly).

  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I didn't replace the 911 with anything....yet. We are picking up an X5 Diesel from the BMW Performance Delivery Center in early September. That will be my wife's daily driver with our old MDX getting passed down for use by my 17 year old who just got her license. Hard to believe how time has flown since that first drive in the 911 when they were just 7 and 10 and had room to spare in that little back seat.

    Congratulations on the 993! That's the one that the "real" Porsche enthusiasts all want to have. You should be able to drive it for quite a few years and get damn near whatever you paid for it back. Or pass it down to your kids as a true classic.

    After our bank account recovers from the X5, I may consider a 2013 Cayman. I've priced out ordering a new base 2013 911 Coupe, but if the new Cayman looks like the renderings, that may be the next fun car next spring. In the interim, I keep chugging along with my Acura TL (6-speed manual of course) and try to avoid drooling on my tie when I am passed by guys like you!

    Enjoy your car, but more importantly, enjoy your kids. As I'm sure you know, they grow up way too fast.
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