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So..how on earth does anyone decide?

MarkS62

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OK so lots and lots of time on the forum, think I have decided on the car..will know more after a visit to a meeting in Iver on Oct 15th to see a few members and understand the realities of day to day life with a 911.

I am not in a hurry in fact happy to wait a year (lease on current motor stops then), just wanted some thoughts on what I might be looking at vis realisitic money for the following (and yes I know you can't say what future market value will be in a year but the same will hold true in general terms as 911 values dont appear to fluctuate much):

Ideal spec C4S, tip, PCM2, PSM (although I think all 4's have that), sunroof, cruise. Somethin 4 yrs old max, 40k max - I figigure somewhere between 39-43k pounds.

I am still undecided on Targa or not as this is a nod towards my original intention of a rag top - can't say (but haven't seen in the flesh) a cabrio does it for me looks abid odd?

Question is should I worry if more miles, are things like cruise, PCM2 available as upgrades?

Does Targa come with same options?

Final thoughts are maybe 993 turbo/ or at GT should be in the mix too argghghgh is this normal!!!!!


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Don't narrow your choices too much regarding models and options, so you won't miss out on one that's good condition but not got the right combo. Keep your options open, dream about having it on a daily basis so you get the feeling of owning different models! Be sure you'll change your mind many many times before getting the right one eventually! Happy dreams!

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Yes, your indecision is quite normal... Keep your options open at this early stage!

On the whole, the C4Ss come better specced than most Targas IMO.

911 values don't fluctuate much, just go down! I reckon in 1 yr, £40k will buy you an excellent C4S. Spend the next year getting to know the cars, and do your research, and get a great car privately for less... you can get a proper Porsche warranty once you've had the OPC multi-point check.

993 Turbos are fantastic, but won't have the on-board toys or refinement of the 996s.

You can get cruise control, rain sensing wipers, on-board computer retrofitted for a modest sum (see
www.wrightune.co.uk) PCM 2 will cost a fortune to have retrofitted- the better option would be to have a really good aftermarket nav system with monitor plumbed in.


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Mark, I wouldn't get too hung up on spec. It's good to have an idea of what you are looking for, but don't become obsessed with it, as you may never find it. I think the important thing is know your budget, which you appear to. Then start browsing around look at whats available using the web within your budget. Go check out a few different cars, drive a few. You'll soon form an idea of what you want. You'll then go see something completely different & decide thats what you want and end up buying it.

It's a lot of money so take your time. Don't get hung up looking for something too specific. I went out looking for a black 996Turbo & came back with a Red GT3. Go figure! :D

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OK quick question what is a switchable sports exhaust??

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Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by MarkS62 on 19 September 2006
OK quick question what is a switchable sports exhaust??

Many will tell you a must have accessory, but it can be fitted afterwards.

Basically a bit more power, a lot more lovely noise. The switch allows you to control if the bypass is active or not. Some people choose to never have it fitted so in sports mode all the time. Others who have it connected use it to make sure they do not disturb the neighbours late a night or early in the morning.

BTW you will see it referred to as PSE (Porsche Sports Exhaust)


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flick a switch and it sounds sweeter....

I think?


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Oh and on how to select a second hand 911. As the others say keep an open mind.

The only thing I would suggest you decide on is whether you want manual or tiptronic. This is one of the few "options" that it could be hard if you made the wrong choice with. My 911 is my daily drive (well it would be if I drove every day) and for that reason plus it just works for me I specified Tiptronic and will do on my next one. If I have a car mainly for the track/pure weekend use I am going to look at manuals.

If you have not had a play with a Targa yet I would. They are not for everyone but for me the 911 Targa makes my ideal daily driver. Light airy and secure. Ok like the cab it is heavier but get a good set of magnesium rims and you can recover that weight if you really want to.

Enjoy the search.

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Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by SeanD on 19 September 2006

If you have not had a play with a Targa yet I would. Enjoy the search.
you could always get a pink one :twisted:

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Thanks Nicola if it's all the same I'll avoid it in pink :)
my wife is already clutching her sides and laughing about the sterotypical mid life crisis, arriving in 180mph pink car would not help the cause!!

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Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by MarkS62 on 20 September 2006

my wife is already clutching her sides and laughing about the sterotypical mid life crisis,
welcome to the club !

my advice is to follow the hart and live the dream.... and when you wake up there will be a 911 parked outside :D


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Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by MarkS62 on 20 September 2006

Thanks Nicola if it's all the same I'll avoid it in pink :)
my wife is already clutching her sides and laughing about the sterotypical mid life crisis, arriving in 180mph pink car would not help the cause!!
Just tell her mid-life crisis normally end in a Porsche or a new girlfriend. :twisted:
Although it has been known for the Porsche to lead to new girlfriend, but don't tell her that bit.


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Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by SeanD on 19 September 2006

Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by MarkS62 on 19 September 2006

OK quick question what is a switchable sports exhaust??
Many will tell you a must have accessory, but it can be fitted afterwards.Basically a bit more power, a lot more lovely noise. The switch allows you to control if the bypass is active or not. Some people choose to never have it fitted so in sports mode all the time. Others who have it connected use it to make sure they do not disturb the neighbours late a night or early in the morning.BTW you will see it referred to as PSE (Porsche Sports Exhaust)


There is no power increase but it makes the car sound beautiful, like a 911 should sound.

The switch does allow you to turn it in to quiet mode, which i guess is a nice option to have, but IMHO there is never a reason you would want it in quiet mode after you hear it loud. If retro fitting getting the switch adds on quite a bit to the cost.

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F1,

Yep no power inc for the PSE. Brain in wrong gear, should not post late at night.

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