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tom_nieto
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the inspection results are in... regrettably I'm going to have to buy the car! Clean bores, a few minor issues (solenoid cover oil leak and sump leaking from the seal) which the dealer is happy to sort out and I can collect on the 28th of Jan!

I can't actually believe I'm about to own a 911!
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tom_nieto wrote:
Well, the inspection results are in... regrettably I'm going to have to buy the car! Clean bores, a few minor issues (solenoid cover oil leak and sump leaking from the seal) which the dealer is happy to sort out and I can collect on the 28th of Jan!

I can't actually believe I'm about to own a 911!


Congratulations, welcome to the club!
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic news Tom. Glad all will be ready for you come collection time. Who did you use for PPI in the end?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats tom looks like a lovely example!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zingari wrote:


If you go for OPC warranty be aware the car has been sold by a dealer outside the OPC network and therefore you'll need a major service along with the 111-point inspection before they agree to put one on it.



AND you'll have to wait 90 days before you can.

thumbsup regarding the car.
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tom_nieto
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scholester wrote:
Fantastic news Tom. Glad all will be ready for you come collection time. Who did you use for PPI in the end?


I used Porsche Dynamics in the end. Seemed knowledgeable enough and did a bore inspection and a diagnosis is printout as well as spotting the minor issues with oil leakage. I guess only time will tell about how good they were!
 
  
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tom_nieto
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally realised my dream to own a 911 on Saturday!

The car that I have is a May 2006 911 Carrera S Cabriolet in Midnight Blue. It has 2 former keepers and has done 28,500 miles. Full service history with independents. I had it inspected by a company called Porsche Dynamics who also looked at all 6 bores - all clear with no signs of oil on the pistons. A couple of minor oil leaks from the sump gasket and solenoid cover were repaired with a fresh oil change too.

Options:
Blue leather 16 way heated sports seats
Sports Exhaust
Short Shifter
HomeLink
PCM with Bose and Sat Nav

Overall I'm over the moon. It is beautiful to drive and for its age I think it's in very good condition.

Pics (will have better ones soon once the weather improves)




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Paint comes up nicely for its age. Spent a good few hours polishing and waxing on Sunday with the inevitable discovery of lots of little marks which would be imperceptible to the normal eye.


Dealer Photos:





To do list:

Trip to Centre Gravity for their expert eye on the suspension.
Scope out the local independent garages, Zuffenhaus and PCT sound like good options.
Investigate options for replacing PCM

Got a decent drive this weekend (in the rain Shocked ) but I have to remember to use the car as well as just polish it!
 
  
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DucatiRob
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations!

Same colour and almost the same spec as mine except mines a coupe!

It was not the colour I wanted originally but has really grown on me. Great satisfaction and results when you give it a really good wash and wax!

Enjoy the car, nothing out there better for the money in my opinion!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Midnight Blue colour interior?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I miss that colour combo from my 4S, consider the console lid group buy, big improvement! Enjoy!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tom_nieto wrote:
Scholester wrote:
Fantastic news Tom. Glad all will be ready for you come collection time. Who did you use for PPI in the end?


I used Porsche Dynamics in the end. Seemed knowledgeable enough and did a bore inspection and a diagnosis is printout as well as spotting the minor issues with oil leakage. I guess only time will tell about how good they were!


They have my silver 997 in at the moment for a little titivation. The main man there is Yon Asim who was formerly Porsche London / AFN for many many years.

Enjoy the car, it looks great!
 
  
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tom_nieto
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yacht broker wrote:

They have my silver 997 in at the moment for a little titivation. The main man there is Yon Asim who was formerly Porsche London / AFN for many many years.

Enjoy the car, it looks great!


Thanks, that's great to hear. He seemed to know what he was taking about and I'm glad to hear a positive independent review.

The interior is metropole blue. The interior trimmer is very close to where my folks live so it might be convenient to drop the car off with him to do a couple of bits. In all honesty the interior is looking pretty good and the only thing that really lets it down is the climate control switches!
 
  
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Shewie
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2007 Porsche 997 Turbo

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to be pedantic I think the 997 blue leather interior is Ocean Blue. Paper Bag

Metropole Blue is the 996 colour...

Whatever... I really like it! Makes a change from Black.
 
  
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tom_nieto
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still loving my 911! Gave it a wash and wax yesterday - hopefully it won't rain again this week!

I also realised that I didn't update about Centre Gravity. I think I've posted about it elsewhere, but in summary their attention to detail is amazing and it's a great way to learn about your car and have a good poke around. I asked the guys to dial out a bit of the understeer and make it slightly more neutral. It handles brilliantly as a result and I'm really pleased that I pretty much headed straight there to make sure all was well and sorted. A £40 track rod end was all that needed replacing and everything else looked in great condition.

I also took the car down to Zuffenhaus near Solihull. Really great chat with the father and son team there who are real Porsche enthusiasts. The sump leak (oil misting) persists but it's not enough to cause major concern. I'm going to enjoy driving it for now and take it in for its service later in the summer.

The grin hasn't worn off six months later. I'm just about to hit 31,000 miles.
 



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tom_nieto
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve had my 997 for almost a year and it’s just passed its MOT.

So far running costs are:

Insurance £824
Center Gravity + tie rod end £450
Zuffenhaus major plus service £479
MOT Pass £54 (advisory for a stone chip in the windscreen and the under trays being fitted!)
Petrol ££

All being well next year should be a bit cheaper as it’ll just be a minor oil change service and MOT. I didn’t really need the full service but wanted it doing as it’s the first of my ownership.Center Gravity is a bit of a luxury but it’s much better to drive as a result and it’s great peace of mind having everything looked over with a fine toothed comb.

Plans for this year will be to drive it and try to get the paint looking as awesome as possible as often as possible (need to get more polish and probably a professional detail). I would like to get round to refurbing the climate control buttons and updating the sat nav maps. No plans for wild modding, if anything I’d get a new air filter and bypass the resonator, but honestly the money is probably better spent on more petrol or a fresh set of rear tyres when the time comes. It’s always such an event to drive the car, it brings a huge smile to my face
 
  
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DRZ911
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom, happy first anniversary. Laughing

Have a terrific 2018 in the car. thumbsup

Professional detailing is always well worth considering, especially if finished off with a ceramic coating as this extends the appearance for some considerable time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tom_nieto wrote:


............. I’ve had my 997 for almost a year ........



Congrats

I read the whole thread from the start thinking I'd read it all somewhere before. I only sussed it was started in January 2017 when I came across my own post. Get Me Coat
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom , car still looking lovely, good to hear you had a trouble free motoring year. love midnight my gen1 was midnight . Thumb
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benbuhagiar
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2008 Porsche 997 Carrera 2

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started reading this thread, thinking it was a new one but behold we are no longer in 2017!

Lovely looking car and great colour. Not usually a fan of 997 Cabriolets but yours looks fantastic.
 
  
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tom_nieto
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all! Here’s to another happy year of 911 ownership!
 
  
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