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911PJ
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thoughts for what it's worth...I'd wanted a 911 forever, and bought a 996.1 3.4 C4 a little over 3 years ago. I went into it on the basis that, As a second car, I had a certain budget and would be unlikely to upgrade in the future. I wanted it to be a keeper so I did my homework, joined here and read as much as possible and spoke to lots of indy's to get as much advice as I could. After almost a year, and a few test drives later I went for my car, arranged an independent inspection from another porsche specialist, and ended up buying it. I got it with 70k miles for just over £10k. It was in fairly good condition but the previous owner hadn't spent much in the way of maintaining it so I spent another £1200 on a full service and a few other bits that needed doing before I collected it.. As I've every intention on keeping it, I've been able to take my time getting bits done as and when I've been able to. I'm no mechanic but I've been able to do a surprising amount of little bits myself and those I haven't been able to do, I've used my local garage or indy's. Everyone's different of course, but I found it more enjoyable and satisfying doing it this way rather than spending probably £5k more than I could've at the time on an A1 example. Main advice is getting an inspection and working your way through the to do list. Oh and drive it as often as possible! Last things are a Top gear exhaust and manifolds I've had in the garage for a few months to go on followed by an alloy refurb...can't wait! You'll love owning one, and even now I can't help looking back at it as I walk away from it! Good luck Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So as you can see, there are a range of views on mileage, private versus trade, how spec specific you can be and whether to bother with a PPI. My advice is to go and view as many cars as you can, whether you’re interested in them or not. I travelled miles to see cars that were not as described. Peoples expectations (and delusion) differ wildly. Some I could decline without even getting out of my car. But it’s still worth going over them with a checklist anyway to get a feel for what’s in front of you. Then when you find “the one” you can be all the more confident.
For what it’s worth imho:

Mileage: you can replace what you like, but usage wears cars. All cars are low mileage once so there’s nothing wrong with low mileage per se!
Private versus trade: unless the trade has the car I want, I’d rather meet the owner, “interview” them and not line somebody else’s profits (plus vat). Warranties are not usually worth the paper they’re written on, have claims limits and exclusions etc. Some specialists excepted.
Spec: do you want the fun of scouring for parts and fitting them? You’ve got live with it (go and see as many as you can, don’t just but what everyone else says they want - considered a C4? Driven one? Go see and drive one...)
PPI: you can spend a lot on multiple PPIs without finding the right car. Get to know what to look for yourself and then make an informed decision.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My advice, for what it's worth, would to be open minded on certain things.
I was adamant that I wanted an early C2 aerokit with black sports interior, low miles, low owners, perfect history and lots of recent work done..... oh and red or black as well. Ideally for about £16k.
That particular car appears not to exist, so in the end I compromised and went without the aerokit and had to accept a metropole interior, which is actually really nice in the flesh.
A year or so later and I'm still a happy puppy.
It is plenty fast enough, handles really well and thus far hasn't gone bang.
Get a good one and you won't be disappointed.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would agree with that, I think people spend to long thinking about spec or finding the exact car for them where the car is essentially the same underneath so find a good one and enjoy it. You will have to compromise on something.

I too started with a specific spec but would still be searching now (a year on) if Id stuck to that. However I compromised and have had a fun 5kmiles in the car so far.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It took me a while, but the search is over!

Only driven it the 200 miles home on a dark wet motorways, so lots to learn and explore. Looking forward to some time off over Christmas for a proper play.

It’s a C2 manual, great history in rainforest green.

Thanks for all the advice and guidance on here, really useful. I foresee asking lots of daft questions over the coming days, weeks, months!
 



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timm996
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great choice, the 3.6 look much more modern.. ( this from a fried egg owner)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats

Welcome to 911uk and to 911 ownership. Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great colour thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the colour.

Best of luck with it thumbsup
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations!

I absolutely love that colour Cool
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers guys.

Working from home today, but keep getting distracted and popping out to the garage Very Happy
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have watched this thread with interest as, two years ago, I could have been writing the very same thoughts. Eventually I bought a C2 from a dealer which had everything done to it and was prepared to within an inch of it's life. So far and 4000 miles later, only oil change costs involved. Trust that you have as much fun with your new car as I am having.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on a great looking car. Rainforest is a rare colour and the MY02's are one of the lightest and best looking wheels on the 996 IMO. Thumb

Safe driving.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice,lovely colour enjoy!
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James M-S
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations! Lovely looking car. I’m sure it will bring you many smiles.

I’ve had my first 911 for 3.5 years, the time has flown by. I still look back every time I park up. Such a capable and beautiful car.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats

Not N997B's old car Dont know

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully see you around West Yorkshire Thumb
 
  
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Marky911
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good result Oggers!

Great colour when it's polished up. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats. Looks lovely, well done!
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