What to buy

Asked by Mar 22, 2015 at 09:00 PM about the 1964 Porsche 911

Question type: General

I have dreamed of owning a Porsche 911 - and seek input here. Here is what I know,
want, and will do with the said purchase. I know I want a convertible. I will be using it as a
commute and pleasure car. I will be clocking with it at the very least five thousand miles a
year. This will be my last car purchase. I have budgeted six thousand dollars for
maintenance, excluding the purchase for four new tires perhaps a year. I do not intend to
re-sell the car. In five years, I shall be using it to putz around - no more commutes. I want
to avoid bearing problems - and known and or notoriously documented problems. My
budget will extend to at the most, 75 grand. I am inclined to buy a second hand low
mileage newer model. Given my specs outlined above, what would you suggest I should
hone in on to narrow my search. I have already got the driving gloves [(:-)], the cravat, the
Basque beret, and the Picasso sailor’s shirt! Respectfully yours.

5 Answers

10

Buy the newest model you can afford. For $75,000 you should be able to find a nice low mileage 2011-2012 car. S is more desirable if you can find one. Note that the 2012 model year included both 997 and 991 models with the newer 991 model demanding a higher price. Carrera 4 and 4S models will likely cost than $75,000

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
1,810

For that kind of money you should just about have your pick of low mileage newer cars. If you want to putz-around, any model will do. I don't recommended a manual for commuting because the car will becoming your commuting car and that's what they are least suited to do. The 911 is a great car. Some models are more desirable than others. If you drive in the snow, a 4-wheel drive with winter tires is fine. If you intend to autocross or track the car, the 2 wheel or 4 wheel "S" models are a little better. I have a 2000 conv. 6 speed and absolutely love it. And unless it has 3 pedals on the floor, it's not a Porsche. As far as maintenance, steer clear of the dealers, who routinely ask $300-$400 for an oil change. If you do it yourself, like I do, expect an oil change to cost $50-$75 using the best filters and Mobil-1 or any other good synthetic oil. A good Porsche speed shop is your best bet, they know old and newer models and can service your car better than a parts changer dealership. Check your local Porsche club for recommendations. If I had your money, I'd go after a '97 993 turbo. It's the last of the air-cooled models, but an absolutely beautiful and collectable car. Good luck, and welcome to a group of very lucky auto aficionados, you'll find them a good group of people who know how to drive a car the way it was meant to be driven.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
1,825

You have a lot of choice with your budget. You can avoid the common problems with any year of car - there are retrofit solutions available for them, eg the LN Engineering bearings for the (relatively) common IMS problem in M96/M97 engines that were fitted to 911's and Boxsters between 1997 and 2008. You could pick up a 2007-2009 Turbo cabriolet which does not use the M96 or M97 engine, or buy a nice Carrera 4S cabriolet and get the LN bearing done at the same time as the RMS seal. Or you could go old school and get an air-cooled 1993-1997 993, which are still climbing in value.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thank you for the three responses, very useful indeed. I now have a clearer and narrower choice on which to focus my efforts. It is clear at first blush that I ought to consider newer models unless I do want to go classical, which at present I am disinclined. I will though focus consider it as a B option. The next rider to my initial question is perhaps too idiotic to ask, but I will. What the hell. Without taxing your collective patience is there or are there URLs that I could go to to educate myself on Porsche engines so I can become familiar with its mechanics. Understanding these would give me the confidence of what I have. Again, many thanks for the response provided. Anientots

1,825

For modern engines, I usually read renntech.org or rennlist.com. For older cars, I use Pelican Parts or early911sregistry.org. These sites have individual forums for each car model and great DIY tutorials on how to most maintenance. Also Pelican Parts has a lot of useful tech info and sell most parts you will need for any age of Porsche. Bentleys makes a very good workshop manual for the 996 and earlier model 911's. I find them the best, Haynes not so good, but most info is freely available using google.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

911

Looking for a Used 911 in your area?

CarGurus has 4,843 nationwide 911 listings starting at $10,894.

ZIP:

Porsche 911 Experts

  • #1
    Michael Kane
    Reputation
    1,020
  • #2
    Andrew Dickens
    Reputation
    620
  • #3
    tntjobs
    Reputation
    590
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Corvette
246 Great Deals out of 22,203 listings starting at $2,500
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
49 Great Deals out of 2,721 listings starting at $3,950
Used Ford Mustang
768 Great Deals out of 42,667 listings starting at $1,300

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Porsche 911 For Sale
352 listings starting at $96,860
2017 Porsche 911 For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 1,100 listings starting at $84,900
2016 Porsche 911 For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 291 listings starting at $75,900
2015 Porsche 911 For Sale
14 Great Deals out of 430 listings starting at $58,999
2014 Porsche 911 For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 287 listings starting at $59,000

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.