Today’s seller Good price or no dice 911 claims to have bought a car to teach their kids to pull up the joystick. While we contemplate this piece of amazing parenting, let’s also consider if this Porsche is worth its asking price now that the kids have learned their lesson.
When Dr. Frankenstein set out to “make a new friend,” his goal was to find a way to extend life, not to give birth to abominations. Likewise the owner 1998 BMW M3 Dinan Convertible we felt that yesterday we had maintained and modernized the car in an attempt to extend its life while building a substantial 187,000 miles on the essential components of the car. With that in mind, the $ 23,000 price tag was seemingly too much to bear as the Bimmer fell in a massive 95% No Dice loss.
There is a huge difference between moding and plain maintenance. Yesterday’s M3 was a great example of the former, while this 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 looks much more like the latter. The reason for all this maintenance, both preventive and active, is very intriguing. The seller says it was all part of the process of teaching his kids how to ride the gear stick.
Now, before we all high five salespeople for educating their children about such a vanishing skill, consider using a 315 horsepower six-speed all-wheel drive sports convertible as a learning tool. It’s like an AP course for the lesson.
As noble a goal as teaching the proficiency of using a manual transmission, the dealer offers an equally honorable gesture of wanting the car to be mechanically sound before selling it. For this, the seller installed a new clutch after leaving school, and the children finished the curriculum on three pedals. Other work on the car included a new multifunction steering wheel assembly, an IMS bearing replacement, “all plastic oil lines” (which probably means AOS hoses), and, according to the dealer, “every important part you can think of.”
Now the 142,000 mile 911 is said to be well-sorted and overall aesthetically solid. What is described as a revitalized interior has carbon fiber finishes which are a bit acquired although they extend to the steering wheel which is a bit OEM. The leather looks decent and the car has WeatherTech mats in the footwell to protect the carpet.
First of all, it is a worktop that is supposed to work as it should (including all four windows) and is weatherproof.
On the other hand, the advertisement draws attention to the broken lampshade of the tail lamp and the availability of only one key. More disturbing, however, is admitting that the door glass does not fall off when closing, and the dealer explains that the handle must be held when closing the door to prevent tampering with the top seal. In an attempt to ease the anxiety, the seller says, “Apparently this is normal for cars so old. I have a new door switch. Just install it. ” The mechanism for lowering the window is actually controlled by two switches, one on the door handle and the other on the door latch mechanism. Neither one is terribly cumbersome to replace, but the latch on the door is very expensive ($ 400- $ 500) and there are two. Clever monkeys can try to shed solder joints in a door latch switch to make a cheap repair, but there is no guarantee that it will work in all cases.
Okay, enough of being Negative Nellie. These minor (and possibly one of the major) inconveniences aside, it looks like a pretty whopping 996 C4. The title is clear, the tires only run around 2,000 miles, and the car recently passed the California smog test. These are all big pluses. What can all these pros and cons consist of?
Well, for this ad, it’s the $ 23,500 question. As you may know, 911 prices are crazy these days because everyone and their connected twin seemingly want it. 996 is the least liked fruit of the 911 family tree, but it also becomes its own. This is at the lowest price of 996, but that’s a bit of a mileage factor.
What do you think? ANDis the 911 Carrera 4 worth $ 23,500 as described in the ad? Or maybe offering this price makes it a point to learn?
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Craigs Listor go here if the ad disappears.
H / T to Don R. for the connection!
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