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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:15 pm    Post subject: 991.1 GT3 Bought. A few thoughts: Reply with quote

Yesterday I fulfilled a dream and I now own a 991.1 GT3, bought painlessly from an OPC, with for me, the right colour and the right options- comfy seats, front lift and steel brakes, oh, and the right price.

14 months of looking; scratching through endless pages on Google, watching videos ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous and reading articles about values, ‘it’s not a manual’ engine failures et al. I even considered other makes… I am sure I am in good company here!

During this process I came to a few conclusions that I would like to share with those of you kind enough to read this post:

I bought a GT3 because I love Porsches, I have had 7 in my life starting with with a 944 turbo in the 80’s. I enjoy (surprisingly enough) driving these cars. I currently have a 993, a Cayman S and now the GT3. They will all go on track occasionally and be enjoyed, yet I am no Derek Bell. It is currently snowing in Scotland where I live and decided to take the GT3 out this morning. Surprisingly it was no more difficult to drive than a Mercedes or BMW, needless to say I did not get within a mile of 9000rpm…

Trawling through forums I was made aware of engine issues: Mine has had the engine changed which has a 10 year warranty plus a full manufacturer’s warranty until 2011. Depreciation: who buys a modern car as an ‘investment’? Good luck to those that do, but I certainly did not buy a GT3 to ‘make’ money. I get the impression that there are people out there who want a car that appreciates in value, costs nothing to run and will never break down (if you are one of those, can I suggest you vaccinate yourself by buying a Range Rover!)

There are 1001 sensible reasons why not to buy a GT3 or any other sports car for that matter, yet we do. I have read lots of doom and gloom column inches about GT3’s and wonder sometimes if the authors have actually sat in one let alone driven one.

Ultimately my very personal view is that if you are in the market for this type of car, i.e. you can afford it financially and emotionally, and have an affinity for the brand, find a good one and take the plunge, they tick the boxes for most petrolheads and will leave you grinning like a teenager every time you take it out.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on your purchase thumbsup

Would be good to see a pic or two.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Thumb
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Beautiful... Good on yer Thumb

I'd love one. But life keeps throwing up 'challenges' Bloody financial ones unfortunately. But I can't complain Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 991.1 GT3 Bought. A few thoughts: Reply with quote

Jake1906 wrote:
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Ultimately my very personal view is that if you are in the market for this type of car, i.e. you can afford it financially and emotionally, and have an affinity for the brand, find a good one and take the plunge, they tick the boxes for most petrolheads and will leave you grinning like a teenager every time you take it out.


Amen!

Congratulations; is that rhodium silver? Looks really nice, like the old Polar Silver.

991.1 GT3 at 9,000 rpm makes one of the best noises Cool

Edit to add, 991 + 993 in the fleet. Perfect.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Y2K.

It is. I was not sure about the stickers and the black wheels having only seen it in pictures until delivery but I think it looks pretty good in the flesh and will live with it for a while. The interior is fantastic, carbon & 18 way seats. I was concerned that I might be underwhelmed but not a chance. A great pairing with the 993 and I think it will take a long long time to wipe the Very Happy off my face!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many congratulations, and health to enjoy. thumbsup Very Happy

A lovely looking car, and a great rationale for buying it.

You only think you're grinning from ear-to-ear now. Wait until the better weather and that 9K rpm limit becomes a screaming reality, then you'll grin so much that lockjaw will set in. Grin Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely car OP and your philosophy is sound I think. When you’re in your rocking chair down at suny side retirement home you’ll be looking at that lovely young nurse (unfortunately probably not alluringly foreign thanks to brexit..) thinking...you should have known me when I had my GT3 Floor

I think the stickers needs to go personally, lovely colour a bit spoiled perhaps by those Question
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice Thumb will keep an eye out for you I`m not far away in Dunning
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic Thumb Well done Thumb Thumb thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fantastic a 993 and a gt3 my ultimate dream .great colour sir
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely looking motor, initial impressions.... I liked the decals.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice chum Thumb

I wasn't aware of the engine 'issues' on this version Dont know I'll see if I can do a firmware update on the Colini Stick Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back

Great looking car, any side pics Camera

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Car looks good, congratulations thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Senoj wrote:

I think the stickers needs to go personally, lovely colour a bit spoiled perhaps by those Question


I’m going to be boring and say no stickers also.

Polar silver sorry I mean rhodium silver is such a cool colour, I don’t think the car needs shouty stickers. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the club.

They are great cars and was down at Hever Castle yesterday with around 3 other GT3s, GT3RS, GT4, 918, 600LT and Senna plus numerous Ferraris and Lambos. Out of all the cars there I would still go for mine or the 918.... (most had buckets, which I cannot fit in being too tall).
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the positive comments.

I think on balance the Porsche sticker on the front will go and be replaced with a plain black stripe to match the roof. The black ends on the spoiler will stay but the P O R S C H E on the top of the spoiler will go.

I will PPF the front end shortly plus A pillars, mirrors, sills and rear wheel arches.

God must be smiling today because for once it's been dry! Took it to town (Perth) for a meeting and I haven't had so much fun while keeping my trousers on for a long long time. hitting 9000rpm in 2nd gear then 3rd gear is outstanding. Without being silly the cornering is spectacular especially as I am used to more analogue Porsches, overtaking is a sheer joy.

We are sometimes underwhelmed when we get a new toy, often the fantasy is better than reality- this car throws that theory down the pan with a hearty flush!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! I was thinking of selling up and buying one myself, but the engine, overs and chassis issues have put me right off. Looks superb though. Can't knock anyone for taking the plunge.
 
  
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