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  • Hello everyone, this is a great Porsche forum!

    I live in Toronto and I have decided to fulfill one of my childhood dreams and buy my first Porsche 911. I am looking at a couple 2002 Carrera cabriolets with about 44k kms (about 28k miles) since these are in my comfortable price range. Both are pre-owned certified from local Porsche dealerships.

    The cars:

    Porsche #1:
    2002 carrera C2
    Artic silver/black interior
    44,000 kms
    $89,900 CDN ($75K US)
    picture of Porsche #1

    Porsche #2:
    2002 carrera C2
    Seal grey/black interior
    44,100 kms
    $87,900 CDN ($73,250 US)
    picture of Porsche #2

    Both cars have very similar options. I love the Arctic silver color so I am leaning toward that one.

    Obviously I have alot of decisions to make and would love some advice.

    C2 or C4?

    Considering this is my first porsche and I want to drive it year round should I go with a C2 or go for a C4? I work from home so I wont be forced to drive it when there is alot of snow on the road. I am not a racing/speeding fanatic so I think a C2 would suffice me as my first porsche but I wonder if a C4 would be worth the extra money as a year-round car. I drive a 1996 Honda Civic Si right now so any Porsche would be impressive to me, lol.

    I have test-driven Porsche #2 and loved the ride but have not test-driven a C4 as yet. I plan to test drive a C4 before buying.

    Best time to buy a Pre-owned Porsche?

    Is end of August a good time to make a deal on a pre-owned Porsche? or should I wait a few months since winter is coming and the Cayman is coming out? Will there be more of selection of pre-owned porsches in the spring?

    Other advice please!

    I have been doing as much research as I can on buying a porsche so any other things I should keep in mind as I decide on my first porsche would be greatly appreciated.

    I am looking forward to being a Porsche owner very soon :-)

    Thanks to all that reply!

    Denim911
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    Unless the C4 has all-season tires (not likely), then you'll have to buy winter tires/wheels to use it in the snow... You can't go out with summer performance rubber in sub-freezing precipitation...

    And, if you have to do that, you can get by with the C2... Winter tires/wheels should be enough to get by, in any light snow...

    regards,
    kyfdx

    MODERATOR
    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • thanks kyfdx,

    yes I will be getting winter tires for sure. I agree, I think the C2 will fit my needs, I just wanted to hear it from other Porsche lovers.

    Thanks for your advice. :D
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    Does anyone have an opinion about what used 911 buying guides are best?
  • Hi, I bought a new 996 cabriolet in Australia April 04 and experienced the same problem. I was also advised by my dealer that the canvas would stretch over time, which it did. The roof now works perfectly although during the early weeks it used to blow a few fuses.
    A wonderful car - it has been back to the dealership numerous times - principally re rattles in the roof and doors however all have been meticulously uncovered and fixed. I also have a Boxster S and placed an order for a Cayman S yesterday.
  • I live outside of Boston and am considering a Boxster. I have always wondered how a set of Blizzaks would perform. I spoke with a guy who swears his Boxster handles well enough and I see him year round with it. he says the mid engine design helps. It sounds like you have experience with this set up on other cars so my question is how effective is it?
  • Any recommendations on the RIGHT way to store a 911 over a 3-4 month period?
  • I'd be interested in the answer to that question, and also this one:

    What is the ground clearance on a Boxster?

    Of course, you're not going to drive it through a foot of snow, but what is the point at which it turns into a plow? (roughly speaking: 2 inches, 4 inches, 6 inches?)
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    In my experience growing up in and still having a second home in the snow belt (125 inches last year), 2" of snow is probably passable in a Boxster with snow tires, but 4" of fresh snow will have peaks and valleys, the former of which will start to turn the Boxster's front skirt into a plow. Forget 6" altogether.

    Please note that I use a real ruler to measure by. For some reason in Washington DC, they can't measure correctly. I've heard weather reports claiming we have 4" on the ground and my grass is still showing in spots. Perhaps the weathermen have an insecurity about what 6" really looks like. And they close schools on the (often incorrect) forecast of snow. If my hometown were that wimpy, I'd still be in grade school. Sorry, I digress.
  • I ended up locating a leftover '04 with 18" Carrera wheels and heated seats. Dealer took $11K off the sticker so I bought it. January has been mild so I've managed to put on 250 miles even though I have P zeros on it. Never got the Blizzaks. Maybe next year.

    Now if I could stop worrying about the RMS I'd be all set.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Take my advice Jim, if there's more than a few inches down and it's below freezing, leave the P-Zero-shod Boxster home. I tried to get thru a NH winter with Good year F-1s on an AWD Audi and made it thru until the last storm of the season
    then found out how crappy high performance rubber is in wintry conditions.

    It seems the early and late storms are the worst in the Northeast (heavy, wet snow).

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • TOOK DELIVERY OF MY 2005 BOXSTER IN MAY 2005, AND HAVE PUT ABOUT 11,500 MILES ON IT. I'M HEARING A CONSTANT PINGING SOUND FROM THE ENGINE WHEN ACCELERATING. DROVE SEVEN MONTHS W/93 OCTANE BP, AND RECENTLY CHANGED TO 93 OCTANE CHEVRON. BUT HAVE SAME PROBLEM. PORSCHE MECHANIC AT DEALERSHIP SAID THE KNOCK SENSORS DON'T SHOW ANY PROBLEM ON HIS COMPUTER. WHAT TO DO? SHOULD I IGNORE PROBLEM AND DRIVE OUT THE REST OF MY WARRANTY WITH THE TOP DOWN WHEN I CAN'T HEAR THE PINGING!
    ANY ONE HAS AN IDEA WHAT COULD BE CAUSING THE DETONATION OR PINGING PROBLEM?
    THANKS SO MUCH,
    JBG31792
  • I am interested in purchasing a 1993 Porsche 928 GTS. I found one with 50k miles on it and I have yet to inspect the vehicle.

    Are there any specific mechanical issues that I should be aware of while inspecting the vehicle?

    Does anyone know about the reliability of this model?

    Can anyone recommend a good Porsche mechanic in the Los Angeles area?

    Thank you.
  • Andy, you've had some great cars. Bet you wish you still had the GTO.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Bet you wish you still had the GTO.

    Well not exactly, the GTO was a great car for an age of cheap gas but driving a car that gets 12mpg at best is problematic in an era of gas costing over &2.50/gal.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • I was thinking of the appreciated value of the GTO as a collector car.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    I was thinking of the appreciated value of the GTO as a collector car.

    I see your point. They're really getting silly money for them now although I doubt mine would pull down the six figures some of the rarer setups are pulling down.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • 944boy944boy Posts: 14
    Porsche makes an SUV? :lemon: ha ha ha I thought that was a volkswagon?umm my bad :confuse:
  • trifctrifc Posts: 3
    I am in Southern California/ Los Angeles market. Looking at purchase of a Carrera S Cabriolet.
    Seal Grey/Black top/Stone Grey standard leather.
    Options: CD changer, Bose sound package, Navagation for PCM, Heated front seats, Tiptronic S, Power seat package and 19" Carrerra Classic Wheels.
    MSRP $103,085.
    Dealer has offered $5,000 off MSRP or $98,085.

    this is my first Porsche purchase. Any ideas if this is a good deal?
  • Hello,
    I was looking at your post and wondered if you could give
    some ideas in reference to my 2 Porsche's.

    I have a 1969 - 912 Porsche and a 1978 928 Porsche/El Camino back.

    I appreciate any help you can offer on where would be the best place to sell these cars.

    Sincerely, Anni
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