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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:24 pm    Post subject: 911 Daily driver, the only drawback. Reply with quote

Last July l finally purchased my dream car, a 997.2 Carrera 2S. Since then l have driven it pretty much everyday and it has performed beautifully, which is great. You,ll have to bear with me for a bit while l explain the only drawback of the Porker as a daily driver.
Now the thing is l have always had fast cars with my last car being a supercharged Audi S4 (great car) with lots of power. So when l first drove the 997 l was used to fast cars. However, the penny has only just dropped to finally realize that the Carrera really is my dream car. Now to my point. About four weeks ago when the snow and freezing weather was forecast, l tucked my pride and joy up in the garage and plugged the Ctek charger in (great bit of kit, thanks to the forum for the heads up). My replacement has been a 2003 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 that my son has kindly given me. It has ferried me back an forth to work covering 64 miles each day. It has screamed it's nuts off up and down the dual carriage ways, but has coped well considering the weather conditions. So today l could not wait any longer and liberated my Porker from the warmth of the garage. Wow, just Wow! I suddenly realized just what a truly great car the Porsche is, and it has taken the comparison between two totally different car's to enlighten me. No other car that l have owned has put a bigger smile on my face.
So finally to my point. The Porsche 911 was designed to be a daily driver which it really is, but if you drive it every day you can get numbed to the great driving experience that is delivered not just the power but the whole driving thing. Moving forward lt is still going to be my daily driver but l will make sure that every drive is savoured just as it should be. thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can relate to that Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep I was the same with my 997.1 4S I used it daily for 3 years and I got used to how great it was and I stopped being an enthusiast. I bought the turbo and it felt so special I bought a cooper D works to do all the ***** runs. Now I do as many miles in the turbo but more as a enthusiast again, Euro trips and runs out with like minded Porsche fans.
The Cooper D a great little car, £20 road tax and 50+ to the gallon means it pays for itself with my man maths thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post mate , I drive mine nearly every day and I fully appreciate what your saying about getting almost complacent to how special it is, and I remind myself regularly how fortunate I am to be able to drive it daily and when ever I want.
My clutch slipped badly 11 days ago it was replaced on Thurs with a visual inspection of the DMF looking like it was fine, anyway today the DMF lunched itself within a couple of mins of driving the car Sad fortunately very close to home . So its back off the road until the middle of next week when its off to be sorted.
This will be the longest period in 5.5 years that I have not driven a 911 I am getting the shakes and a dry mouth ,so I have no idea how the guys that sorn them over winter manage Grin Thumb
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds expensive, Phil....
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sounds expensive, Phil....


Think the clutch and DMF is going to be something over 2K mate Sad thats a lot of mods money to spend Grin
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally agree Panoz.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feel your pain, mines in for new high pressure fuel pump, whilst there please can you do an oil change, oh & annoyingly I have a couple of chips on the bumper so can you respray that, oh & off on a trip soon so can you make me some euro plates?

Wouldn't bother if it were any other car, but like my 911 perfect! These cars really are very special, good post OP.

Think my wallet is in for a similar kicking Phil! Id buy you a drink but I'm down to tap water!
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Europlates? Soon to be obsolete so wouldn't bother. Looks cooler with the old (new) style GB badge.

4 years as a daily in mine now and every drive is as special. It's like sex, too much is not enough!! Especially with something a cut above what most others are s**ging, sorry driving.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil 997 wrote:
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Sounds expensive, Phil....


Think the clutch and DMF is going to be something over 2K mate Sad thats a lot of mods money to spend Grin


Ouch! But, better to have happened at home/now rather than while you're enjoying the delights of the Dinslaken trip or somewhere else I suppose Phil? Dont know
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and to keep the thread on track - I couldn't agree more with your sentiments PanozGTR. Alas I wish I could use mine as a daily driver but I think the roads (a very loose description) out here would defeat even the most determined.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Phil 997 wrote:
mikeluke wrote:
Sounds expensive, Phil....


Think the clutch and DMF is going to be something over 2K mate Sad thats a lot of mods money to spend Grin


Ouch! But, better to have happened at home/now rather than while you're enjoying the delights of the Dinslaken trip or somewhere else I suppose Phil? Dont know


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found myself doing about 10k miles a year on the M6, pretty much in traffic the whole way which really killed the enjoyment of the 911 - no longer felt special etc. I bought a BMW 120d and it changed everything, every time I got into the 911 afterwards it was an occasion.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jay. wrote:
I found myself doing about 10k miles a year on the M6, pretty much in traffic the whole way which really killed the enjoyment of the 911 - no longer felt special etc. I bought a BMW 120d and it changed everything, every time I got into the 911 afterwards it was an occasion.


Agree 👍👍 funny thing is I used my 996 C2 daily and never got bored, maybe it’s timing. I can’t imagine me ever wanting another mark though the 911 is an amazing car!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies chaps. Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Cliff , Frank, Its the cost of using it as a daily, bits wear out a bit quicker I guess and yes we do like to try and keep them special so we spend money on them that we wouldnt on any other car Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch Phil 997. That's going to take the shine off for a few wage pack's.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve been using a 911 as a daily driver on and off for 27 years.
The perfect car for every occasion.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PanozGTR wrote:
Ouch Phil 997. That's going to take the shine off for a few wage pack's.


Grin Grin It will mate, and sorry about the slight hijack although probably relative to those of us enjoying these cars as dailys , they are incredibly reliable and well made cars but the wear and tear items will mmmm well wear and tear Grin
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First drive today after a long winter in the garage. I can confirm that it feels very special after driving a combination of my pushbike and a 1.7 diesel Kia Sportage! Bring on the summer!
 
  
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