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£10000 on a 911...Am i asking for trouble??

Jez73

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Ok so i really want to get a 911 and ive seen some about for just over £10,000.. Seen a few 2003 models for that sort of price with full service history. The only thing i worry about is running costs. i dont really need the car for work so just a bit of pleasure at the weekends. cant imagine doing more than 5k a year really.

The thing is im not going to have loads of money to spend if something big goes wrong and i dont want to be the guy that had a nice car and neglected it.

do you think im dreaming i can afford one??

All comments welcome

Cheers
Jez
 
Jez73 said:
Ok so i really want to get a 911 and ive seen some about for just over £10,000.. Seen a few 2003 models for that sort of price with full service history.

Have you, where :?:

There's a lot of £10k cars out there but not 2003 and certainly not with fsh



The only thing i worry about is running costs. i dont really need the car for work so just a bit of pleasure at the weekends. cant imagine doing more than 5k a year really.

If you've only got a £10k buying budget and not much in hand I'd advise against proceeding. A £10k car will probably need money spending on it soon and you'll be looking at £1k-£2k (or more) per year thereafter.

The thing is im not going to have loads of money to spend if something big goes wrong and i dont want to be the guy that had a nice car and neglected it.

You will be if you haven't got the money to maintain it.

do you think im dreaming i can afford one??

Sorry, yes.

All comments welcome

Cheers
Jez
 
So looks like it could be back to the drawing then!

Thanks for reply
 
I would have to agree with the above. Sorry if this is not the reply you seek, however, logic must prevail and head has to overrule the heart on this one. I would wait a year, save a few more pennies, then buy one when you can afford it without too much financial discomfort.
 
Agree with all that has been said.

£10k will however, get you into a decent Boxster.
 
Will have to put my dream on hold i think.
Thanks for your comments. I do have a habit of just jumping straight in
and the regretting it later.

As for the Boxster...Thats not an option but cheers
 
Boxster not an option? Why?

I went into a 986s boxster after owning a string of M3's over the years, the last being the V8 E90 M3.

The boxster was by far and away the better car than any of the M3's. The only one which came close was the E36 evo.

£10k would indeed buy a very nice one with no problems and long service intervals.

£10k will, as others have said, buy you a 996 which is in need of a further 4-5k at least on it in the first 6 months. People sell them for that price when they have had them serviced and it has identified a LOT of things which need doing in the near future....

If I had £10k to spend on a nice car I would deffo go for a 987.1s
 
I bought a 10 grand 911 in January. i have put `£1500-1600 into it but a grand of that are wheels and tyres which were a choice not a requirement. The rest was for a major service and a few bits that needed doing, exhaust clamps/fan resistor and having the front bumper resprayed as it was stone chipped.

Mine is just a second car. I have a Company Van with personal use so the 911 is just a toy.

Prices are not too silly for most parts but some do take the piss. So do your research.

The chance of getting a pristine example for 10k is slim so expect some bits to be done.

If you are not sure what you are looking at get a PPI done by a local specialist this will highlight any potential problems and may save you from buying a dog.

I have not had any problems with mine except the bits above but these were cheap bits.

It can be done for 10k but just remember it doesn't take much for a big bill. Tyres alone will set you back at least £300-400 just for the rears.
 
Thanks again for replies

Think i would be silly going for the 911 now. I cant really afford to get something that potentially may cost me a few more thousand within a year.
I have a family so need to put them first as far as money goes and the 10K
would pretty much wipe me out for a year.

As for the Boxster...I had no idea they were so good? I just really dont like the look of the back end and also they do kinda have the image of a hairdressers car lol..

I think i might have a look at a few and get a test drive and then go from there.

Thanks again

Jez
 
Welcome to the forum :)

FWIW, my 996.1 C4 was/is classed as a "good un" and as these guys will support me, I took AGES finding the "right" one :D

You may get a 996.2 for £10k, but I wouldn't touch it with a 10ft battle-lance unless I had every check under the sun and a large "what-if" fund.
£10k puts you in a 98/99 car.... And potentially, a wallet-emptying car a that. IMHO (and it is just that), you need to be looking at £12/13k and you'll still have to spend on upkeep.
When's looked for mine, I had to travel the country. 9 cars later, I found one.

The (essential) PPI found a few niggles, but nothing major.

I've now had the car nearly 12 months (that went quickly!) and I've got my running report:

New wiper blades £60
Drivers heated mirror glass £80
New Pioneer stereo system + speakers + sub £ALOT but not essential
2 x AC condensers, 2 x radiators & coolant £500 for just parts: fitted myself
AC regas £45
2 x rear tyres £470
2 x rear shocks £480
Major service @ Indie £400
MOT £45
Tax £225
Insurance £300 :D
Fuel (daily driver doing circa 9000 @ a solid 23mpg) £2400

So, we're looking at £4800 so excluding depreciation and any other looming issues (looking at a new alternator and a tapping noise)
I'll probably need discs & pads in the next year.

Would I change it? HELL NO!!!!!!:D

That said, the *only * reason I didn't go for a Boxster was the lack of 4 seats. But tbh, my 2 kids barely fit in the back now (10 & 13), so they won't be travelling with us for much longer.
The Boxster s I drove was a fabulous car, trying to convince wifey that it will be her ideal next car! :D (but only because I'll still have my 996).

Hope this helps a bit :)

Dan
 
Thanks Dan

Think i might just have to leave a year.....or 2!!

Battle on with my supra mkiv which ive really lost interest in since i thought about getting a porsche...

Might even get a (dare i say) 350z for couple years before i get 911

thanks all

Jez
 
Just get one, you only live once, I did (MY99 3.4 carrera) but I do all my own work on the car.

Most Porsche owners don't seem to be the type to pick up a spanner, so pay specialist labour on everything = ££££. Theres a massive DIY community in the USA (and a few of us on here) so plenty of support.

Loads of £10k cars out there (even down to £6k), but they will be very variable in condition. Look at lots and wait for a good one.

If you are handy with the spanners they are nice cars to work on - good quality fasteners etc and even highly corroded bits on mine have come apart OK. I've not had to resort to cutting anything off mine yet....

Tyres don't have to be £400 a pair, I bet you don't run those on your supra. Falken 453s are a common budget replacement. Wiper blades don't have to be £60 either.....(I paid £20 for the correct Bosch ones with a curve).

Suspension - TRW are the OE supplier and the arms are £30-£70 each rather than ££££ from the OPC. The OPC will sell you an M030 suspension kit (shocks, springs, ARBs) for £650 the lot as there is a deal on.

The Porsche Paranoia on the M96 engine is bore scoring and IMS bearing issues. They will all bore score eventually, as the cylinder linings weren't fit for purpose - look for usual blue smoke and one sooted up tailpipe, unusual noises etc etc. Go as far as a bore scope before purchase if you are paranoid. Apparently early 3.4s are less susceptible due to different piston coatings but it will happen to all eventually. Can be mitigated s lightly by fitting a low temp thermostat (£50). Permanent fix is to have the cylinders relined by Hartech or Autofarm which is pricey. IMS bearing can be swapped when / if doing the clutch if the paranoia gets to you.
 
I agree, if you can, do it. But go in to it with your eyes WIDE open.

Whilst we can debate over the prices of incidentals, you're still looking at a fair investment of your money per year.

That isn't going to change.

But it is worth it imho :)

Dan
 
Jez73 said:
Will have to put my dream on hold i think.
Thanks for your comments. I do have a habit of just jumping straight in
and the regretting it later.

As for the Boxster...Thats not an option but cheers

If you don't like the Boxster then fair enough. Two of my mates have MX5's, one of them is a Marshall at Brands and bought it as a track car (despite owning Lotus's), the other I go on sunday morning blats with and it's an incredibly capable car - but I don't want an MX5.

Does not matter how much somebody likes something you don't want. It's like saying you are not gay and then a guy saying 'why?' then detailing how much they like sleeping with other men, then other men joining in the debate and saying how much they too like sleeping with other guys, the assumption you have to actually experience something to say it's for you* is retarded, if it was not then we would all have a gay one night stand just to see if necking other guys turns us on, and that my friend, is exactly the same with Boxsters and to some extent MX5's too.
:)


As for the Porsche, here's the Clarkycat, money left over car buying formula:

£15k budget = Buy £10k car
£20k budget = Buy £15k car
£25k budget = Buy £20k car
and so on..


This assumes you are buying a good car, as even on a good car a service, wheel refurb and a bit of aircon work, decat, tyres etc will gobble up your £5k. If you were unlucky enough to buy a bad one** like I did then:

£30k budget = buy an £11.5k car
I kid you not.


**none of them are 'bad cars' but some will need more than their asking price spent to make them the good car they once were again.

*It's not for me.
:D
 

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