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buying a 981 GT4

Adamsky

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hi all
new to the forum.
After having a Boxster 981 S for a year (sold it to help build my house) i am now in a postion to start looking at a 981 GT4. However, i have asked afew people for the basics of what to look for spec wise.

I dont suppose any of you have opinion on mileages? currently most the ones im looking at are about 10-14k mileages. would you say this is decent enough?

I am willing to hold out for a bargain but current prices are looking like thats unlikely at present...
 
I have not owned one but PCCB, Sports bucket seats seems desirable.
The prices are not going to drop or unlikely in the near future. Just check for the basics like over rev report if you are buying privately
All the best with the hunt!
:thumb:
 
Nice position to be in...

I hear the must haves are;

Leather Dash
Xenons
PCM (even though its not great)
918 Buckets

But the spec will be depending to what you're after. Miles wise up to 20,000 you should be fine (4,000 miles per year).

Good Luck - keep us updated on the search.
 
Daniel said:
Nice position to be in...

I hear the must haves are;

Leather Dash
Xenons
PCM (even though its not great)
918 Buckets

But the spec will be depending to what you're after. Miles wise up to 20,000 you should be fine (4,000 miles per year).

Good Luck - keep us updated on the search.

Thank you both for this. Is there any way I can look at the Rev report without taking it to a Porsche dealer? I'd prefer it to go there and do one of their checks they do as well if I'm honest.

Thanks all!
 
Sponge will be along shortly to wax lyrical about GT4's. What ever he says, do the opposite.
 
Personally I would get a 111 point check and Porsche warranty. It's worth it.
Any specialist will be able to check for over revs.
There is a low mileage one on the OPC network but a bit expensive.
 
Adamsky said:
Daniel said:
Nice position to be in...

I hear the must haves are;

Leather Dash
Xenons
PCM (even though its not great)
918 Buckets

But the spec will be depending to what you're after. Miles wise up to 20,000 you should be fine (4,000 miles per year).

Good Luck - keep us updated on the search.

Thank you both for this. Is there any way I can look at the Rev report without taking it to a Porsche dealer? I'd prefer it to go there and do one of their checks they do as well if I'm honest.

Thanks all!

99% of Porsche indy's will have the software to check the rev range for you. Just find one local to the car you're looking at.

As of yet, I have not seen a bad review on a 981 GT4. :worship:
 
FZP said:
Sponge will be along shortly to wax lyrical about GT4's. What ever he says, do the opposite.

Clearly ignore him, he is an Australian gentleman :roll: All depends on your budget, plenty of doommongers will say prices have crashed, quite the opposite, a few high milers about at reasonable prices, but these cars are very mileage sensitive, a low miler will cost you and hold its money best.

Spec entirely up to you, if youre anything other than totally average height and build the buckets will crucify you, and even if you are, trust me they are not designed for anything but track use. And cars specceed with the 918 buckets are much more likely to have been tracked. They do look amazing but that's where the fun ends. I deliberately went for the 18 ways, still look darn good, and mega comfy. Similary the brakes, if youre going to track it you want the steel brakes, if not the PCCB for road use. Problem is how do you know the last user hasnt tracked it with the PCCB'S? Another no no for me. These cars are fitted with GT3 brakes, say no more, they are in a different league (on a lighter car) even in steels.

There are some poverty spec ones out there for the same price as well specced ones, so be careful. For me has to be leather dash and carbon pack with alternative stitching, just looks right. I secretly searched for a while and eventually found one that suited me, with 3800 miles on the clock, on original tyres, which went some way to convincing me it hasnt been mega tracked if at all. And buying from an OPC being over 5 years old I got 4 brand new tyres, sorry but an indie just isnt going to do that.

Indie and OPC prices I found to be very similair, so a no brainer. The OPC warranty is however the same as a standard Cayman, laughable. Personally id go private with existing warranty or OPC, but then again id never risk this kind of cash on private, so it was OPC only for me.

I think youd expect to pay 75 plus at the moment for a well specced low miler, and there are hardly any about, so the higher milers need to come cheaper.

Good luck and what a car, from a former 911 snob whos seen the light :grin:
 
spongebob squarepants said:
FZP said:
Sponge will be along shortly to wax lyrical about GT4's. What ever he says, do the opposite.

Clearly ignore him, he is an Australian gentleman :roll: All depends on your budget, plenty of doommongers will say prices have crashed, quite the opposite, a few high milers about at reasonable prices, but these cars are very mileage sensitive, a low miler will cost you and hold its money best.

Spec entirely up to you, if youre anything other than totally average height and build the buckets will crucify you, and even if you are, trust me they are not designed for anything but track use. And cars specceed with the 918 buckets are much more likely to have been tracked. They do look amazing but that's where the fun ends. I deliberately went for the 18 ways, still look darn good, and mega comfy. Similary the brakes, if youre going to track it you want the steel brakes, if not the PCCB for road use. Problem is how do you know the last user hasnt tracked it with the PCCB'S? Another no no for me. These cars are fitted with GT3 brakes, say no more, they are in a different league (on a lighter car) even in steels.

There are some poverty spec ones out there for the same price as well specced ones, so be careful. For me has to be leather dash and carbon pack with alternative stitching, just looks right. I secretly searched for a while and eventually found one that suited me, with 3800 miles on the clock, on original tyres, which went some way to convincing me it hasnt been mega tracked if at all. And buying from an OPC being over 5 years old I got 4 brand new tyres, sorry but an indie just isnt going to do that.

Indie and OPC prices I found to be very similair, so a no brainer. The OPC warranty is however the same as a standard Cayman, laughable. Personally id go private with existing warranty or OPC, but then again id never risk this kind of cash on private, so it was OPC only for me.

I think youd expect to pay 75 plus at the moment for a well specced low miler, and there are hardly any about, so the higher milers need to come cheaper.

Good luck and what a car, from a former 911 snob whos seen the light :grin:
really appreciate the info on this. Im about 5ft4 but am a boxer and weight lifter so almost wide as i am tall haha. i guess i should go sit in some first to see the different seat options.
The 'slightly' higher mileage cars may not be an issue with me as i ride bikes throughout the summer so will occasionally get the car out maybe once every month (working on some weekends in the months as well)

interesting to hear about the breaks. i am always going to be worried about the state the PCCB's are in as well.
I would ideally like to buy from a Porsche dealer instead of private or indie that way i know i get the warranty as well.... It may be a while until i get one as they dont come up often at OPC at moment

thanks though!
 
Coming from an owner with folding buckets I would agree with sponge the 18 way seats are THE best for road use. Folding buckets are fine for me and it was all a case of what was available at the time and compromising on what extras I actually wanted and what was available.

Folding buckets are no good for your height unless you want to look through the steering wheel. 918 buckets are height adjustable and wider, they look fantastic but some say they lean too far forward plus you couldn't get them heated at the time.

PCM is rubbish so whilst you will pay a premium for NAV you'll never use it. Personally I'd have rather not gone for it to get a cheaper car. Phone connect is essential and will knock value unless it's a club sport hero spec. I wanted auto climate but a lot are not bothered beyond the basic AC.

Extended leather is popular and I'd say a must have for selling on. That said whatever premium pay (or not) for your extras will be reflected in what a future buyer wants to pay for them. Buy for you and not somebody else.

By default the fewer extras the less the purchase cost and resale compared to a full spec example.

Can you imagine when these cars were new they started at £65k and a few extras could still leave you change from £70k :eek: They were a bargain and still trade at overs whatever was paid.

Mileage is playing a factor on sale prices but temper this with the more you use it the sooner you'll wipe out that buying premium. Therefore 10-15k miles on a 6yr old car is hardly leggy and knackered. You don't want to be shaking like a shitting dog buying a low mileage car for top money seeing the odometer notch up as you drive it :roll:
 
I would buy the cheapest one you can find that has a good documented history and no accident damage.

I have owned more cars than most and I have never as a percentage lost any more (and you can sometimes come out smelling of roses) than the chap who paid overs for a mega low miler and then was afraid to use it.

The cheapest one now will be the cheapest one when you come to sell and I'll guarantee you wont have trouble moving it on.
I always like to think laterally and It's just always worked for me.

All of the above is on the proviso that you are not afraid of your own shadow and can spot a dog from 50 paces. :thumb:
 
Zingari said:
Coming from an owner with folding buckets I would agree with sponge the 18 way seats are THE best for road use. Folding buckets are fine for me and it was all a case of what was available at the time and compromising on what extras I actually wanted and what was available.

Folding buckets are no good for your height unless you want to look through the steering wheel. 918 buckets are height adjustable and wider, they look fantastic but some say they lean too far forward plus you couldn't get them heated at the time.

PCM is rubbish so whilst you will pay a premium for NAV you'll never use it. Personally I'd have rather not gone for it to get a cheaper car. Phone connect is essential and will knock value unless it's a club sport hero spec. I wanted auto climate but a lot are not bothered beyond the basic AC.

Extended leather is popular and I'd say a must have for selling on. That said whatever premium pay (or not) for your extras will be reflected in what a future buyer wants to pay for them. Buy for you and not somebody else.

By default the fewer extras the less the purchase cost and resale compared to a full spec example.

Can you imagine when these cars were new they started at £65k and a few extras could still leave you change from £70k :eek: They were a bargain and still trade at overs whatever was paid.

Mileage is playing a factor on sale prices but temper this with the more you use it the sooner you'll wipe out that buying premium. Therefore 10-15k miles on a 6yr old car is hardly leggy and knackered. You don't want to be shaking like a shitting dog buying a low mileage car for top money seeing the odometer notch up as you drive it :roll:

considering i would be using it maybe once or twice a month id like to go for the 918 buckets as they also do look fantasic.
i can only imagine what people thought when they got it for >70k :(

Thanks for the point on the mileage. I would most liukely go for a higher mileage one (maybe 13k) than one with like 3k on clock providing its got full history etc and not masses of owners!

I would also prefer the extended leather so will definitely keep this in mind!
 
Adamsky said:
Thanks for the point on the mileage. I would most likely go for a higher mileage one (maybe 13k)

Crazy world where we think a 6-7 year old car is high miles with 13,000!
 
The first factor when buying any car should be depreciation. Therefore miles matter, simples. If you stumble on one with mega low miles it's not much different to one with low/average miles price wise. I deliberately bought this time so I can drive it and still sell it on with single figure mileage after a couple of years. I won't get burned and I know it, it's worth it to me to beat the system. I can do 3k a year which is big miles for me with only 90 days in the U.K.
The extras are a strange one, would be nice to find a low spec car at a cheap price, good luck! There aren't many poverty spec and certainly not cheap. Its interesting if you spec a 718 GT4 with sh it loads of extras v one with none the Porsche residual is exactly the same, I would 100% poverty spec a new one! The monthly's are crazy low. Of course there's a 2 and a half year waiting list to get one! Great for 981 GT4 owners :floor:

Btw if it's averaged over 1000 a year a GT 4 is classed as high miles :grin:
 
Adamsky said:
Thanks for the point on the mileage. I would most liukely go for a higher mileage one (maybe 13k) than one with like 3k on clock providing its got full history etc and not masses of owners!

Multiple owners in a GT car is not unusual so this should not be a guide to whats good/bad.

Even if buyers keep them 2yrs (average?) before trying something else these cars are appraching 6yrs old so the majority will be at 3+.

Buy on condition. If OPC are prepared to retail multiple owner GT cars that speaks volumes as they almost expect it.
 

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