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thegobetween

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Hi All,

Lurked on here for a while but the time has come to buy the 911 I've promised myself for a few years.

A little bit about me, I've had 4 Elises and to be honest I think they are great. As a pure drivers car with a modicum of practicality they are hard to beat, but as with most things in life its time to try something new. Daily drive is a Golf GTi which is a great all rounder; the wife has an original Mini Cooper S which is used less and less as its so special, meaning she uses the golf and I take the train to work...

I'd like a car to use more often. The lotus I find I only use for summer evenings or track days. I've thought in detail about what to get next: Integrale evo (can be delicate), 968 CS (love them but would prefer 2+2 as we have a little one arriving soon), 997 (this would be the sensible choice to an extent as you get an awful lot of modern car for the money). My issue with modern cars is they lack any kind of discernible character, a 997 is a lovely car, but feels like a sports car version of the golf. I've always loved the 993, then I drove a targa recently and thought, this is what I'm looking for: modern enough to use for mundane trips to the supermarket, special enough go out for a drive for the sake of it. Sorry to rattle on, you guys already know this!

So, I've sold the Elise (135R) I think, and actively searching for the right 993.

I'd prefer a coupe. 2 or 4 isn't an issue as both offer benefits for me ( the pure drive of the 2, security of the 4 as I currently live in the Peak District and will be looking to move to the Lakes soon). Prefer silver, guards, black, grey or midnight blue, preferably not with blue interior. I appreciate a lot of debates about mileage but would look to buy a car with 80k or less.

Questions:

What options if I'm getting picky do I need?
Issues to look out for? (researched the general areas of corrosion, and have read up on Jackals great 993 resource site)
Specialists for maintenance around north Derbyshire / South Yorkshire / Cumbria?
Can I fit a front or rear child seat? I know nothing about child seats full stop at present but would love the 993 to be used for all family.

Anyone know of one for sale?! I check ph everyday, but doesn't harm to reach out directly to the community. I'm quite particular, always buy cars in very good condition and gradually clean, drive and pamper. Distance not an issue, budget? Willing to pay the right amount for a good car.

Sorry for all the questions, sure they're asked many times!

Andy
:thumb:
 
Welcome Gobetween.....and good luck with your search and the only real thing to remember....is always buy on condition, condition, condition.
 
Child seats can be fitted front and rear, legroom is an issue with rear, search for thread, Maxi Cosi Rodi have done me proud, don't forget NeatSeat. Rear belts can be adjusted to fit children.

Options, more the better IMHO. Air Con, hardbacks.
 
Were abouts in the peaks are you, im near sheffiled, so will hopefully see you around.

Deffo buy on condition, and the spec YOU want. Mine is now on 115000 miles and when i bought it i wanted the simpliest varient, so an early pre-vario c2 with early sports seats and no air con....

As for specialists, most of them are pretty special! Ove the past five years i have used several and all have dissapointed with the exception of unit 11 in warrington who are excelent.

 
Welcome to 911uk :bye:

ollster said:
Deffo buy on condition, and the spec YOU want.

+1

If the car is a keeper, then spec is unimportant. Personally I'd always want a/c, as it's a small cabin with a hot engine just behind.

If you want a car that will sell instantly when you decide it's not for you, then the purist spec is manual RWD coupe (as I'm sure you know) varioram and a/c. The rabid purist will want the early '21 shorter-ratio gearbox, and this was on the car until late 1996. Varioram appeared on the car from late 1995, so the 'ideal' car has both.

LSD is a nice option, but is unlikely to be still working effectively.

If you want to turn the car into an RS clone, then non-sunroof would be nice, but astonishingly rare.

'Sports chassis' is nice, but again the car responds well to suspension changes and many have already been 'improved' over the factory heights and settings.

Enjoy your search, and be patient :grin:
 
Welcome. Lots of questions will get answered on here :thumb:

I'd be tempted to take a look at the '94 silver with chestnut leather on eBay at £19k. Mileage is in your criteria colour combo is good plus it looks like a dealer has it on SOR for £5k more so it appears they have confidence in it.

Spoiler kit and wheels not to everyone's taste but easily changeable.

http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=85820&start=15
 
Thanks for the welcome guys!

Some great tips and advice, really appreciated as this is a fairly complex car despite age compared to my last cars.

Zingari - I'll check out the 'bay 993 at home, cheers!

OC - All my cars were meant to be keepers, ahem! AC would be an advantage, especially as I spend quite a bit of time in the Alps. I'll probably keep the car fairly standard but Jackals has made me think about adding a few choice 'upgrades'. Would love the hard backs but guess it comes down to what crops up...

Ollster - I'm in the Hope Valley, would love to meet up sometime and look around your 993, looks beautiful (just what I'm after!).

sday -good info, many thanks! :thumbs:

madalaa - yep condition, the guards red '3 for sale in Dublin look great on 120k+ miles.

wasz - I'm sure I know Mike - he lives in the same village as my parents - small world...

Cheers all,

Andy
 
I spend a lot of time around the hope area (mainly on the mountain bike). Normally get out there a lot in the car aswell but not since the council took the recent descision to resurface the roads with a million tiny stones!!!

To be honest we are currently looking at houses in bamford/hathersage although it sounds like you are on the move yourself...

No problems on meeting up at some point, i would be more than happy to have a chat about 993's and let you have a look around mine. To be honest i should be sensible and think about selling mine with the impending house move but really dont want to!
 
Ollster,

We live in Curbar, but use to live in Bamford so happy to pass on our experiences of the Valley villages. They are all quite different and depends what you're looking for, and age (Curbar is full of old people, Bamford is really fun with younger people).

Thanks for the offer, would love that, especially now the roads are getting back to normal. Give me a shout when your free.

Andy
 
Do you have a link to the Dublin car ..
If its the one I'm thinking of , I've known it for a number of years, and its in top condition.
 
thegobetween said:
ballcock said:
Do you have a link to the Dublin car ..
If its the one I'm thinking of , I've known it for a number of years, and its in top condition.

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/porsche/911-993/superb-993-c2-manual/1585322

Looks great. Pain to go and see for it not to be good though...

Yep that's the one ... I've known the car thru its previous two owners (over about 7 years) and have previously checked her over when she was last for sale.
You say previously that you're very picky about your cars, that makes me a tad nervous for obvious reasons but all I can say is that IN MY OPINION!! It's a real top notch 993 with everything sorted. Feel free to PM me any questions you might have..
HTH.
B
 
ballcock said:
thegobetween said:
ballcock said:
Do you have a link to the Dublin car ..
If its the one I'm thinking of , I've known it for a number of years, and its in top condition.

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/porsche/911-993/superb-993-c2-manual/1585322

Looks great. Pain to go and see for it not to be good though...

Yep that's the one ... I've known the car thru its previous two owners (over about 7 years) and have previously checked her over when she was last for sale.
You say previously that you're very picky about your cars, that makes me a tad nervous for obvious reasons but all I can say is that IN MY OPINION!! It's a real top notch 993 with everything sorted. Feel free to PM me any questions you might have..
HTH.
B

Cheers Ballcock for the help.

I am a fussy ***** but it does look nice.

Is there a big difference between non / varioram?

A
 
thegobetween said:
Is there a big difference between non / varioram?

A

Yes. More mid-range grunt/sound and more buyers want a Varioram.

In real-world driving, not a lot.
 

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