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Old 17-08-2017, 10:28 PM   #11
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Only you can answer that - but if it were me (with the benefit of having owned several 911s of all years) then I'd say "Yes, I'd be wishing I had an earlier version."

The 996 is a decent car, it's still a Porsche after all - but it's also the cheapest '911' for a reason too. They don't have the 'soul' of the earlier aircooled cars IMO. But equally, they're still a good car.

Ultimately budget will decide what you can buy - just buy the best you can.

As an aside, the Peugeot 205 will increase in value at a faster rate (percentage wise) than the 996 will. 205s aren't ever gonna be any cheaper than they are now.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Not sure about that. Reading the thread made me have a quick look on eBay..... Year or so ago they were changing hands for 6 to 8k.....Cheapest one on eBay now around 11k
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Not sure about that. Reading the thread made me have a quick look on eBay..... Year or so ago they were changing hands for 6 to 8k.....Cheapest one on eBay now around 11k
Yeah. You just kinda made my point dude. I think they'll continue to rise in price. So, they'll never be this cheap (as of today) again.
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Old 18-08-2017, 12:08 AM   #13
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Another 996 C4 owners viewpoint. 😉 I've had mine nine years now and whilst values plummeted a while back to sub 9k they are actually on the up. That's never mattered to me as I bought it to use it - however any increase in is a bonus. It's cost me nowt. It's fun and fast and reliable. If you have 20k yould get a nice one for sure.
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Old 18-08-2017, 08:22 AM   #14
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As a father of three small children, I find that I rarely have time to drive / tinker with one of my fun cars, let alone two.


So should I a) Man up and stick with what I've got. b) roll the dice and take the first step into Porsche ownership.

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I'm gonna suggest you stick with what you have, trends of what we all see on the forums would suggest you will utterly regret getting rid of them, especially with the prices of them going up year on year lately!

Choose one you want to keep on the road, and do some preventative maintenance on the other one(kill rust, keep it nice and dry and give the engine a good turning over every month).

Then when the kids inevitably reach their teenage years and no longer want to see your face you can start tinkering with both, AND you'll save yourself the regret of selling one of them or both!

Win-win in my opinion
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Old 18-08-2017, 08:25 AM   #15
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Yep, wish I'd have bought the 22k mile minter that I turned down for 12k a couple of years ago, their values had reached rock bottom at the time, it would have been an easy way of having a Porsche for a year or two without loosing any money (or perhaps making a bit!)

What stopped me though, is that I was so underwhelmed by it when I got in it, it just didn't feel special enough and I was sorta let down by the experience (having wanted a porsche since the dawn of time!).
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Old 18-08-2017, 11:01 AM   #16
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Crazy thing is I remember a friend buying a very late seventies or early eighties rhd 911SC for 7k in 2003, it was immaculate.
That's what I find depressing. Wish I could get one now for that money! But then again, my 205 was only worth 600 then too!
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Just seen this on facebook, might be worth picking up a copy



Go and have a test drive in a car and see what you think and go from there. I'd suggest a C2 over a C4
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Great. I'll certainly grab a copy of that.
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Be very careful when purchasing a 996, there's a lot of poor examples out there. If I was buying I would be looking for full main dealer or reputed specialist service/maintenance history with receipts of all work carried out. Then the usual hpi checks to back everything up. Get a good one (they do exist) & it will reward like few others, get a bad one it will cost you an arm and a leg.
A great alternative is a gen 2 997 or 987 Cayman, 20k will buy you a lovely example. What's more the gen 2 engine is bulletproof unlike the gen 1 996 engine.

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Yep, wish I'd have bought the 22k mile minter that I turned down for 12k a couple of years ago, their values had reached rock bottom at the time, it would have been an easy way of having a Porsche for a year or two without loosing any money (or perhaps making a bit!)

What stopped me though, is that I was so underwhelmed by it when I got in it, it just didn't feel special enough and I was sorta let down by the experience (having wanted a porsche since the dawn of time!).
That's kinda where I'm at with them.

At face value, they're the absolute bargain of the century - quick, refined, civilised, relatively good quality (compared to some hi-po stuff) etc.

It's only in context of other 911s that they potentially disappoint - which is I guess reflected in their values.

Would I have one instead of a similarly priced Scooby, Evo, M3 etc - hell yes, all day, every day. Twice.

Could one scratch my own particular 911 itch - sadly not.
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