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Forrester
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:24 am    Post subject: Finally! Reply with quote

I’ve always wanted an M5.

But when I got enough cash to buy one about two years ago, I found I’d fallen out of love with it. I had started to look at an M5, Jaguar F type … and a Porsche. All I knew about Porsches was that they went sort of fast and had a hole where the engine should be. Initially I’d planned to test drive all of the above, but then I had my first test drive in a 911 - and that was that.

So for the last 20 months or so, I’ve been dropping into OPCs, looking at various independent dealers and having the odd test drive. The problem was that while all the cars I looked at were nice (OK - very nice!) none of them really hit the spot. Grey, black, various shades of silver, even anthracite – all very nice but …

Then one day in the middle of October I walked into an OPC just to wander around, metaphorically kick the tyres and see if there was anything interesting. Well, there was a black C4S which I had a look at, sat in, and opened the sun roof. But it was just the same as the rest really: nice but not nice enough to tempt me. Then, on the way out, I noticed a little, sad looking blue Carrera stuffed right in the corner with a ‘Sold to Mr XXX’ notice on the windscreen. I looked at the car – and I’ll swear the car looked back at me! I looked at the car again – lustrous mid blue, dinky sports mirrors, wide sexy C4S hips and beautiful black high gloss wheels. I just mentioned that I thought it was pretty and it was pity that it had been sold. The salesman floored me (figuratively) by saying the sale had just fallen through (he had to go off and check) and even worse, they had added a PSE and CC to the car as requested by the customer and they would probably have to swallow some of the cost. The car and I stared at one another for a few minutes and I went away and thought.

And thought. And after a few days of trying and failing to resist, I just had to buy her (the car really did become a ‘she’). The OPC did swallow all of the cost of the PSE and the CC and I ended up with an 18 month old car which had been laid up indoors at the OPC for 6 months, one previous owner, 7500 miles – and I’d never even sat in her, let alone driven her.

About 2 weeks later, I turned up to collect her. She was covered in a black silk shroud in the front of the show room. The salesman pulled off the cover and for the first time I actually saw the whole car: I can honestly say that I’ve never seen such a beautiful car. I don’t know whether all OPCs do the trick with the black covers – but it was certainly effective. Every other car dealer (BMWs) I’ve been to has been ‘sign here, here’s the keys and goodbye’.

So, still in something of a daze, I drove off into the night for a 300 mile trip home. After a few miles I pulled into a Little Chef for a meal. I parked up in a more or less empty car park. When I got out, there were two cars on either side of mine in the still empty car park. One was a police car and the other was another 911. Welcome to the world of Porsche, I thought …
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic looking car, excellent photos too, you made an excellent choice there and love way you bought it, some things are just meant to be......Grin
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful. Love the colour! Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome!

Great story, and fab combo. My first 911 was blue and I put black wheels on it so I can see why you liked the combo.

Yes the swarming of cars in carparks does happen even if you park in the empty part. And the 'reveal' is done in dealerships, it's a very nice touch.
And to have PSE and CC fitted for free essentially by an OPC is quite the result.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, nice looking car.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, @Forrester, @isysman, I've been boring anybody who'll listen on whether to have my Carrera Sport wheels converted to black. I think you both have/had glossy black, do you see that as an advantage (aesthetically or practically) over Satin or Matte black?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've have black wheels in my 911 as I showed you and I now have black wheels on my Boxster. Both of them are gloss. I think the gloss prevents them from being invisible if that makes sense.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great story. A big Welcome to 911uk. I'm sure you'll fit in very well.

As for the car worship
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a stunning colour really does give the porsche a proper personality.

Enjoy Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very easy to fall in love with a Porsche, especially a 911. Embarassed Embarassed

The dynamics of the car surpass its static beauty, so all that is yet to come. worship

Health to enjoy your new motor. thumbsup

P.S. What is the official description of the colour if you don't mind me asking?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That car looks mint mate! I'm not a fan of blue to be honest,but she looks sweet as a nut with those rims,real nice choice.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

V nice looking! Especially like the mirrors and the reflector between the brake lights at the rear.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice indeed! Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a beauty!

... And what a great story!

Enjoy Smile
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome Smile

I've found this website to be invaluable in researching which Porsche to get - there's certainly a good signal-to-noise ratio here.

On the black wheels, I think gloss is the better option - it really doesn't shout at you in spite of what you might first think. Matt would be too understated in my view. Black does go very well with the sapphire blue - in fact, the OPC replaced the original standard wheels with the black ones because they thought it would look better. I have to agree: silver and blue doesn't look right to my eyes.

The spec I've ended up with is as follows:

Sapphire Blue
Black Leather
20” Carrera S Alloys painted in Gloss Black
Digital Radio
Rear Wiper
Sports Design Exterior Mirrors
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Sports Seats Plus
PDK Gearbox
Floor Mats
Sports Chrono Package
Telephone Module
Front and Rear Parking Sensors
Heated Seats
Sports Exhaust
Cruise Control

Obviously, if you’re going for a used car you have to accept some compromises and the two things I would change if I was speccing this from scratch would be auto-dimming mirrors and sports steering wheel. The standard steering wheel feels too thin for my taste (I'm not bothered about the paddles) but the OPC wanted GBP 970 for the job. That's a bit too much cash for a few millimetres of padding. As for auto-dimming mirrors, I can't believe these aren't standard!

On the other side of the coin, I would never have gone for AWD and the PSE. But I'm really glad I've got them. The AWD for some reason makes the car seem really 'planted' in comparison to the 2S. Contrary to what I'd read, the AWD does move the power about quite a bit. At legal(-ish) motorway speeds it seems to put about 20%-30% through to the front and at low speeds starting up my drive on a hill, it's 50%. As for going round bends, the phrase 'as if on rails' just doesn't do the machine justice. It's more like ‘bends – what are they?’ And I'd never, ever have thought that an extra 44mm on the body would be important, but it really does make the whole car look and feel better proportioned.

The PSE is something else again. My original view was that it is an overpriced toy that makes a go-faster sound. But I absolutely love it! The sound is totally addictive!

The one thing that I thought I’d miss (and don’t) is the Bose. The audio is ok, but not great. But with all that racket from behind and the road noise from the wide tyres, I’m not sure I’d be able to tell the difference between standard and Bose – certainly with the type of music I like. You really need a quiet interior to appreciate good hi-fi. 991s dont seem to run in stealth mode.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

T'is truly a great story & a great looking car............. but for me (& I'm sorry about this), that car is definitely a "he" !! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fleety wrote:
T'is truly a great story & a great looking car............. but for me (& I'm sorry about this), that car is definitely a "he" !! Laughing

Have to agree Thumb
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slayer wrote:
Fleety wrote:
T'is truly a great story & a great looking car............. but for me (& I'm sorry about this), that car is definitely a "he" !! Laughing

Have to agree Thumb


Aren't all 911s not a "he" Question Grin Grin
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DRZ911 wrote:
Slayer wrote:
Fleety wrote:
T'is truly a great story & a great looking car............. but for me (& I'm sorry about this), that car is definitely a "he" !! Laughing

Have to agree Thumb


Aren't all 911s not a "he" Question Grin Grin


Mine is he's a good Lad.
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