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Porsche 911 Carrera Prices Paid and Buying Experience

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
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  • nova5nova5 Posts: 3
    Just bought a new 997 in Texas. Great experience. Considered going to Porsche of Arlington Virgina but who needs obnoxious arrogant dealers. Their service department is horrible too. How does Porsche of Arlington stay in business? They are the worst!!! If all Porsche dealers were like them, I'd rather buy a bicycle.
  • nova5nova5 Posts: 3
    Did I tell you all that Porsche of Arlington VA stinks?

    STAY AWAY FROM THEM!!!!
  • I want to buy a 911 with few or no options. I would be happy to buy a 2006 assuming it would be less than buying a 2007. What should I expect in terms of pricing with 2007 right around the corner? Does anyone have a dealer they recommend in the Southern California area?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,943
    I have no idea of SoCal pricing...

    But, my local dealer has one (1) 2006 911 left.. and, is advertising it at $12K off MSRP...

    Just to give you some ballpark pricing...

    regards,
    kyfdx

    MODERATOR
    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • You can get remaining 2006's at $10-$15K off.

    In So Cal you should be able to get at least 6% off MSRP on an ordered car, maybe a little more if you purchase stock.

    I am in So Cal and got 6% off MSRP on an ordered car (Jan Build) without too much haggling. Cars with few options are hard to find so ordering one may be the way to go.
  • Thanks for your response. Would you mind sharing the dealer name with me? Also, what is the delivery time once the car is ordered?
  • Hi:

    I ordered from Newport Beach (local dealer).

    Time from order date to build date varies. Check with the dealers to see what their allocation is for your particular model (S, Cab, Tip etc) and the earliest build date they can offer you.

    Time from build date to delivery is currently about 6-8 weeks.
  • Although the Newport Beach people said they wouldn't discount custom orders (only stock) the Thousand Oaks dealer (much closer to my house anyway) said that they would and have a February build date. The Woodland Hills dealer offered a 4% discount right off the bat but wouldn't do 6% and had a build date in March.

    Thanks for your input - it was the information I needed to get my deal done quickly and easily.
  • I am in the market for a 2005 C2 Cab (997). Even though most dealers try to sell this car for 72K+, i think they are dreaming!
    What would you guess the right price is? I am thinking more like 67-68K max for a 15K miles with Xenon, Bose.
    What's the trade in value for this car? around 60-62k?
    Any comment / advice would be appreciated

    thanks
    PS: I live in FL so market might be a little higher
  • Hi Karen,

    Can you give me your input with regard to the following deal I worked out at a dealership in Connecticut:

    Car - 997 Carrera S (Car is in inventory)
    Invoice including destination - $89,205
    Quoted price by dealer - $83,405

    Lease term - 36 months
    Residual - 59% or $52,631
    Annual mileage - 10,000

    Upfront fees:

    Acquisition Fee - $745
    Registration - $155
    Documentation - $239
    Disposition Fee - $350

    Base payment excluding taxes - $1310.55

    He didn't give me the money factor but is quoting the rate between 6 and 7 percent.

    Are any of the upfront fees negotiable?

    Do you think I am getting a reasonable discount (6.7%)?

    What is your personal opinion if you had to decide between the Carrera S and the Targa 4?

    Thanks,

    Steve
  • shulseshulse Posts: 11
    I'm shopping 3 dealers, one in Marin and two east bay. Each has a totally different approach. Marin dealer offers 6% discount - immediately. Others say they'll match any local deal. East bay has me drive each one (between S, 4, and base models).

    While still subjective, how much dealer interaction do you have after buying the car?
  • chuckvairchuckvair Posts: 10
    Just put a deposit on a 2007 coupe base model. MSRP was $84,200, and negotiated $75,700 plus a $199 doc fee. A friend was buying a new '06 Cayenne S, so we negotiated together, which helped both of us. Guards red, PASM, sport chrono plus, telephonce PCM, heated electric seats, bose sound, 19" classic wheels.
  • porschetporschet Posts: 2
    I'm thinking of rejoining the Porsche community with a 2000-02 996 and have read posts about RMS leaks and outrageous service costs. What is the mileage or age that RMS leaks would typically appear? Anything to look for other than the obvious puddle under the car? Are there other typical problems specific to the early 996s that one would look for and would want to avoid in a purchase? What is the usual routine oil change type service charge? A 30,000 more major service? Any other buying tips from your experience, like shipping or long distance mechanical inspections would be useful is much appreciated. Thanks.
  • bwedotnetbwedotnet Posts: 48
    Hi:

    My 01 had a small RMS leak around 22K miles. It was repaired under warranty during a standard service (no special visit required). Check the service records of any car you are considering to see if it has been previously fixed. If you are seriously considering a 996 and want to learn more I would recommend you visit a Porsche specific forum like Rennteam.

    Service costs were not bad. The first 4 years the only maintenance charge I had (other than tires) was the yearly service/oil change which cost about $450. After the warranty expired costs went up slightly since I had to do things like replace brakes, replace battery and other basic upkeep.
  • porschetporschet Posts: 2
    Thanks for writing. I checked Rennteam - lots of good information. The newer 911's are a quantum leap from the 69T I had!
  • tiger762tiger762 Posts: 2
    The Missus and I went to Jim Ellis Porsche in Doraville, GA (near Atlanta) the day after Thanksgiving. We searched vehicles in dealer stock at different dealerships. We settled on one that turned out it had already sold. So we went with our 2nd choice. It is a silver with black leather interior, Xenon, Bose, and heated seats. The shipping from the other dealer got delayed (not the dealership's fault) and I told her I really wanted it by theat next weekend (12/2-12/3). She loaned us a 2006 CAB for the weekend.

    They knocked a few percent off of MSRP. I believe the car was $76,500 before sales tax and other fees. Out the door price was $82K. I opted to get the dealer installed "speed film" for another grand.

    The 1st 2000 miles require some discipline to not take it over 4000 RPM's until the engine / drivetrain is broke-in. We took it on vacation a couple of weeks ago. Set the cruise at 80 and averaged 24.9mpg.

    The rear seats are more like seat shaped luggage buckets :)

    I drive it to work once a week and if I had to do the purchase again I would opt for the tiptronic. My family and friends think an automatic transmission is wack in a car like this, but I tell them the tiptronic is NOT like the automatic in a regular passenger car. I think of it more like an electronically shifted manual transmission with hydraulic coupling, hehehehehe.

    I liked the buying experience from Jim Ellis. They were not sleezy. Just up front about how much they expecxt to make on a particular car, and how motivated (or not) they are to sell it. Mine got wrote up on the books as a November sale, and that was part of why they took a few percent off the MSRP. But I would fully expect to pay full boat on a custom build order.

    I think potential 911 owners aren't going to negotiate viciously as if it was at a Toyota dealer, anyway.
  • bwedotnetbwedotnet Posts: 48
    Hi Karen:

    The deal does not look bad. Your discount is good, inline with my recent experience. I think the payment is a little bit high. Make sure you have the dealer quote the US Bank lease program. If your credit is good you should get the payment down to around $1200 before taxes (MF = .00219) and that is for a 36 month, 12K miles per year lease.
  • maxibutemaxibute Posts: 2
    What can I expect to pay (msrp, perhaps a couple of % points below) for a custom built C4S in the Seattle area? Are dealers willing to negotiate on custom builds?

    Also anybody know when the 08 is coming out?
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    Is this true,

    CL 63 AMG boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine in the world.???

    I dont know much in details about car engine, can any1 tell me whats the difference between the naturally aspired and the twin turbo??? i know the twin turbo engines are fast but what else is the difference, i wanna to know in detail.

    I want to know everything abt it how does it feel while driving whats the power difference whatever info u guys got....... all kinds of info will be appreciated
  • maxibutemaxibute Posts: 2
    I was referring to the 08 model year not engine size. I currently have a E63 which has and incredible engine and test drove the c4s and turbo last week. While mercs have great engine and are comfy to drive they can't match either the porsche turbo or c4s in handling or pure visceral driving feel. The porsches "feel" faster even though my merc is technically faster than the c4s. The turbo is unreal.
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    U got it all wromg here....

    I was asking my own question!!!!!!!!!lol
  • bpm69bpm69 Posts: 10
    I am looking for a 07 targa c4s. My dealer won't have it in the color I want and will have to source it from another dealer. How much off MSRP can I expect?
  • bwedotnetbwedotnet Posts: 48
    If you shop around you should be able to get at least 6-7% off MSRP on an ordered car. Maybe a little more if you find the car you want in stock somewhere.
  • tgenoyertgenoyer Posts: 4
    Hello
    does anyone know when the 08 models are coming out?
  • tgenoyertgenoyer Posts: 4
    Are dealer prep fees of about $500 only a Florida thing, or is it in every state?
  • fastmoneyfastmoney Posts: 2
    Steve-

    I saw your deal and am interested in something similar. I live in CT also and if you don't mind me asking, which dealer did you use? I live in Greenwich, so was going to start with the Greenwich dealer to look for a C4S. Thanks
  • 9K off back in march. that must of been nice. what do you think is a reasonable offer now that the '08s are out? i'm looking at a base model carrera, 79-83K MSRP. I'd really like to see a $15K discount. am i dreaming? i've checked the whole california, looks like there aren't too many '07 carreras left. they've sold well.
  • You are not having a dream, it is going to turn into a nightmare. Carreras are in short supply, check inventory nationwide. 9% is about tops, if you can get 7% you are doing well.
  • kelfkelf Posts: 83
    Any 2008 model actual experiences?
  • haha. i guess the pde's will have to do...anyone have an opinion on the porsche pde demos?
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