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Porsche 911 thread
« on: August 17, 2010, 12:07:09 AM »
Ok so as some of you know I am a big fan of Porsches. The 911 is an automotive icon and despite what people think there are alot of them out there that are very affordable. Lets put it this way, an average mileage 996 costs about as much as a new Honda Civic, and what do you get for your 15-18k? A car that will hit 60 in less than 5 secs, top out at 180 mph, and sounds like nothing else in the world. Older models are even less expensive and are very reliable. I posted a thread similar to this on the old forums, when looking for a 911 it is important to get the right one hopefully this will help anyone in the market.

1973-77 911 2.7L: This is what I like to call the Jeckle and Hyde generation mainly because it produced probably the most collectable 911 ever and the worst. The 1973-1974 2.7 911 RS/RSR are some of the most collectable 911s ever produced and command huge $$$$. All of the other cars are have some issues. The 2.7L in the normal 911s had a number of issues and never had the durability of your typical Porsche engine. They had a split magnesium case and were prone to oil leaks and usually required costly rebuilds at some point during ownership. Unless the car has a documented recent rebuild I would move along.

1978-1983 911SC 3.0L: The 911SC is an outstanding car with great engine durability and reliability. When looking at an SC ensure that the engine has had the Carrera Chain tensioner and airbox upgrades. These are known issues with the 3.0L engines and if these upgrades are done the 3.0L motor in the SC is virtually bullet proof. SC’s are great purchases for restoration and/or a classic Porsche daily driver.

1984-1988 911 3.2L Carrera: The 3.2L Carrera retained the classic 911 looks and the motor offered a power bump and even better reliability than the SC. This is a great car if you can find a well cared for example. One thing to consider is that in 1985 (I think) they went from the 915 transmission which was durable but very clunky to the Getrag G50 which is much better in terms of drivability and performance.

1989-1994 911 (964) 3.6L Carrera: The 964 was the last of the “classic” looking 911s but a lot of people did not like the revisions Porsche did to the tail lights on this model. They thought it made the car look dumpy in the rear. The 964 however is a great car, the 3.6 block used is race proven and durable. The 964 model is the first 911 to be offered with AWD. Rule of thumb is to avoid 964 C4 models, while the system is very capable it is exceedingly complex and has been called “sputnik 2”. Repairs to this system can be costly.

1995-1998 911 (993) 3.6L Carrera: Ok so this is the last of the air cooled 911s and to a lot of Porsche purists this it the “ultimate” 911. Consequently, this model commands a premium in all trims. Frankly it is a great car, the 3.6L block is proven and air-cooled 911s are highly sought after. 1995 models are the cheapest because they did not offer variocam until 1996. Additionally Porsche made very few “S” and “4S” models and well preserved examples of these cars still command a premium. Unless you are a 911 collector with some money to spend I would suggest that you avoid this model, not because the car is bad but because you will pay a premium for a car that is inferior in every way to a 996.

1999-2004 911 (996) 3.4/3.6 Carrera: This car is what I consider to be the “bargain” 911. This car is superior in every way to its predecessors but a lot of purists completely reject this car because it is the first liquid cooled 911 and it is a radical stylistic departure from the classic 911. I have some personal experience with this car as one of my close friends owns one. It is a fantastic car, outstanding reliability, and it makes all the right Porsche noises. The 3.4L models (1999-2001) had issues with a heavy fly wheel that resulted in a warped driveshaft but this is easily resolved with an aftermarket dual mass flywheel. The 3.6L models were very durable.

2005-2008 911 (997.1): The 997 model was well received due to the fact that it was a return to classic Porsche styling. They offered 2 engine trims the 3.6L Carrera which is what I have and the 3.8L Carrera S

2009-2010 911 (997.2): The 997.2 incorporated direct injection, some subtle interior and exterior changes, and the PDK dual clutch paddle shifting transmission. Power for base carreras went from 325-345 and 355-385 for S models.
Ok tired now so I am going to take a break. I will include a section later about turbo models and GT3/2s.