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02-04-2002, 05:14 PM
I am thinking of finally buying my first 911. I have loved them since I first sat in one at the age of 12. Could someone please tell me what to look out for in an older used 911. Unfortunately my budget will require me to stay in the $10-12k range. I am very DIY oriented and really enjoy small projects but dont want to buy a money trap. Thanks for any suggestions/help.

02-04-2002, 06:00 PM
I have said this more times than any one cares to hear but I must strees the point again. DO NOT under any sircumstances buy a car with out a pre- purchase inpection by some one who is qualified. Must be a Porsche tech. There are so many things to look at when buying a car to make sure you dont get a $$ trap. For the money you have to spend look at 1971,72,73 model year cars. At all cost avoid 74,75,76 model year cars they were the lowest horse power cars. Porsche was getting ready for emissions laws and other factors played into why these are not great cars to own. The 911 SC is not a bad car but it has CIS fule injection that never seems to run spot on. Its very sensitive to debris, temp, age in generall, and there pron to vacuum leaks as well as costly air box issues if not tuned and serviced properly. It only take one backfire to spend 5-600 bucks in parts and labor if you dont have the "toilet bowl" update. Any thing newer than that is out of your budget. The early cars are great fun and not beyond a shade tree mechanics ability to repair and modify.

Obviously you may find a great deal on a 87 Carrera with high miles but for the most part what I said above applies. Take any car your considering for purchase to the most reputable place inthe area for a prepurchase inspection, it might cost $100.00 but it could save you thousands.

02-05-2002, 05:46 AM
Mail me and I'll send you a good checklist you can hand to the specialist.
Good Luck

02-05-2002, 08:39 PM
I bought my car a little over a year ago and this is what I found.
#1 Absolutely get a pre-purchase inspection from a qualified Porsche specialist. No need to go to a authorized dealer, but don't go to your local Ford/Chev/junk mechanic either. PORSCHE SPECIALST!!
#2 When the pre-puchase is performed, make sure that they don't just check mechanical. Make sure all the interior bits work too. (Then again you did mention that you're a Do It Yourselfer).
#2 Pick the newest car you can afford. The newer ones have features and attributes that'll make it worth buying one.
#3 Drive lots of cars. That way, you'll get a feel for what drives properly and what's a P.O.S.

If you're near the Canadian border, (Washington State). You can have a look at my solid 82 911 Targa. I'd let it go for $12 US for a no hassle sale.

Cheers, Dennis - Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

02-08-2002, 10:09 PM
martin, i'm in the same boat.....wanting to buy my first sc or carrera. could you please send me the checklist?
thanks, charles

02-21-2002, 12:54 PM
Martin, I am in the process of buying a 1977 911 targa for $13,000.00 This will be my 1st porsche. I don't know if it is a good buy or not. Can you semd me a checklist.

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