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Advice please, on 911 cabrio for around £20K

Km

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Am looking at getting (my first!) 911 and wondering if any recommendations of dealers? In particular, any experience of eporsch?

Understand gt-one are close to eporsch, any thoughts about using them to do a PPI of an eporsch car?

Many thanks.
 
Hi Km :welcome:

Give us a bit more detail about your location, preferred model of 911 and budget and there's bound to be loads of replies 'cause we're a friendly bunch on here.

A bit of a hint in the title of your post as to your specific query would probably have caught more peoples eye.

Personally I have never heard of eporsch but if GT-One do PPI's they know their stuff.
 
Greenhorn looking for 996 cabrio

Thanks for tips!

Am looking for a 911 cabrio for around £20K - so think a 996 looks more likely than a 997. Still undecided between 2wd & 4wd - figure a turbo is out of my price range. Based in Surrey so something in South East preferred. Visited 911virgin and RSJ last week who were very helpful but didn't have anything which was just right.

The car will probably be a weekend mobile but am desperate to avoid a lemon so am keen on buying from a reputable dealer with a warranty (although understand things can still go wrong anyway, would like to minimise the probability!).
 
911Virgin and RSJ are both safe places to buy from :thumb:, you might have to play the waiting game until the right car comes up.

You could also try:
JZM
Harbour Cars
Stirlings
Adrian Crawford

To name some others.
:)
 
Re: Greenhorn looking for 996 cabrio

Km said:
Am looking for a 911 cabrio for around £20K - so think a 996 looks more likely than a 997.

Definitely 996. Any 997 Cab' in that price band will be mega high miles or a Cat D repaired car.

Still undecided between 2wd & 4wd - figure a turbo is out of my price range.

If everything else about the car you find is right I wouldn't worry about whether it's 2wd or 4wd. In 95% of driving conditions only very keen drivers would notice the difference on the road.

Don't look at Turbos in the £20k price bracket unless you have a really good budget for servicing , consumables etc.

Based in Surrey so something in South East preferred.

There's lots of specialists within a 50 mile radius of you but the season for buying Cabs is just starting so you'll to decide your preferred colour combo, spec etc and be ready to pounce quickly.

The car will probably be a weekend mobile but am desperate to avoid a lemon so am keen on buying from a reputable dealer with a warranty (although understand things can still go wrong anyway, would like to minimise the probability!).

Every buyer says this. :grin: Any car in your budget will only get a third party warranty.. Make sure when you take it out that the 'single claim limit' is high enough to go a decent way towards an engine rebuild and that the hourly labour rate allows a decent % of Porsche specialist labour to be covered.

Happy Hunting :thumb:
 
Thanks - looks good - will contact them! Hope they get it in this week, if not will be after Easter hols.

And it's manual as well (which I forgot to mention I would be looking for).

The Approver (aka Wifey) has evinced a preference for grey then blue but silver is close enough imho....

Any opinions on the fact it is a C2 rather than C2S? Guessing S is always going to be a bit quicker, but for a weekend tootler like me, will it be starkly different?
 
Nice car, good luck with the viewing. Btw, there were never any C2S models within the 996 range. Only a C4S.

~ Maxie
 
Maxie said:
Nice car, good luck with the viewing. Btw, there were never any C2S models within the 996 range. Only a C4S.

~ Maxie

I thought the 'S' in 996's just meant tiptronic? Just checked my V5 (not that it is the authority) and it says Carrera Tiptronic S
 
madmog said:
Maxie said:
Nice car, good luck with the viewing. Btw, there were never any C2S models within the 996 range. Only a C4S.

~ Maxie

I thought the 'S' in 996's just meant tiptronic? Just checked my V5 (not that it is the authority) and it says Carrera Tiptronic S

Yes, Tiptronic S refers to the transmission only and not the model derivation. 'Tiptronic S' was the next automatic transmission type after 'Tiptronic' in that there were manually switchable gears from the steering wheel which the 'Tiptronic' did not offer. I am sure someone will be along who can give a more exacting description than I am able to.

~ Maxie
 
madmog said:
I thought the 'S' in 996's just meant tiptronic? Just checked my V5 (not that it is the authority) and it says Carrera Tiptronic S

Your car might be a 996 Carrera with a Tiptronic S gearbox but in 'Porsche Speak' it's not a C2S.

Similarly, whilst I do have a Carrera 4 with a Tiptronic S gearbox it's not a C4S.

The 'S' in 'Porsche Speak' refers to the wide body variants.

:cop:
 
Maxie said:
madmog said:
Maxie said:
Nice car, good luck with the viewing. Btw, there were never any C2S models within the 996 range. Only a C4S.

~ Maxie

I thought the 'S' in 996's just meant tiptronic? Just checked my V5 (not that it is the authority) and it says Carrera Tiptronic S

Yes, Tiptronic S refers to the transmission only and not the model derivation. 'Tiptronic S' was the next automatic transmission type after 'Tiptronic' in that there were manually switchable gears from the steering wheel which the 'Tiptronic' did not offer. I am sure someone will be along who can give a more exacting description than I am able to.

~ Maxie

Wow, I never realized there was a Tiptronic without buttons on the steering wheel or that S was a widebody. Thanks all. :)
 
All - thanks for suggestions and advice. Aiming to see the Paragon one after returning from Easter hols (it isn't in with them yet) but it will depend if it's still there in mid-April!

Meanwhile will be keeping eye out for others coming up - am currently looking at:
Classifieds on this site
Pistonheads classifieds
Autotrader
Specific dealer sites (JZM, 911virgin, RSJ, Paragon etc).

Is there any other site I should be looking at regularly to check what's coming up?

Cheers
 
You could look on Autotrader and Ebay but ask on here "Does anyone know this one". Might yield a bargain, you never know.
 
You may possibly be interested in mine; it's a 2004 6 speed manual 2wd cabriolet. Black detailed immaculate body with tan interior. Millage I think is 45,000. I have owned it for 6 years, the previous owner was known also to me.

The car has only ever been a summer vehicle, for the last 4 years it's been in Germany (it has both German and UK registration). It is fully loaded, including options at purchase of Bose sound sysyem, crested seats, Porsche aero body kit, sports exhaust, M030 suspension, Porsche short throw gearbox, CD changer, phone unit/sat nav, electric heated seats, cabriolet rear draft screen and matching hard top. The car is currently in Germany, but I will bring it to the UK to have the RM oil seals replaced and a new MOT certificate. (at least you have piece of mind over the biggest issue likely to occur with the 996)

I had the body detailed last year and the service schedule is fully up-to-date using main dealers here in Germany. A few on here have seen it at various meets around the UK, and it won concurs at Ulm show last year. Performance wise it wasn't put to shame (against its more powerful brethren) on the only trackday I have taken it to at Porsche Club day at Brands Hatch.

PM me if you would like some pictures, I purchased the car as I wanted something that wasn't too OTT for work situations. I have never before considered selling it, but now feel the need for a GT3 in a bright colour (I guess it's an age thing)
 

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