Purchase Advice?

I am considering the purchase of a used, low mileage Carrera, (thinking maybe an '02 Cab) and would very much appreciate advice from the
knowlegeable people on this list. Is there a model year in particular I should avoid, any known issues I should be wary of?
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cgreene wrote:

Generally, buy the latest year Porsche you can, since they are generally always improving the models.
The 2002 and later Carreras are preferred over earlier ones since they got an engine upgrade from 3.4 to 3.6 liters (300 to 320 HP) along with improved torque characteristics. In 2003 there was an optional 345 HP engine available and you may be able to find one of those, although they're rare. We have a 2002 Coupe and it's a great car!!!!

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Mileage: 21,100 Number of Cylinders: 6 Type of Title: Clear Transmission: Automatic Interior Color: Graphite Gray Warranty: Existing Exterior Color: Slate Grey Metallic           Standard: REAR SPOILER AUTO CLIMATE CONTROL DUAL AIR BAGS ABS POWER STEERING AUTOMATIC 2 WHEEL DRIVE 2+2 SEATS POWER WINDOWS FULL LEATHER CRUISE CONTROL AM/FM RADIO CASSETTE 6 CYLINDER 3.4 LITER POWER SEAT DRIVER           Optional: POWER DOOR LOCKS AIR CONDITIONING CD CHANGER CD      LITRONIC HEADLIGHTS, ALUMINUM SHIFTER/BRAKE, SELF DIMMING REARVIEW MIRROR,HEADLIGHT WASHERS, HEATED FRONT SEATS, ALUMINUM INSTRUMENT DIALS, LUMBAR SUPPORT-LEFT SEAT, POWER SEATS, NAVIGATION (GPS) SYSTEM Vehicle Description 2000 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet is in SHOWROOM Condition. This car has an elegant color combo of Slate Grey Metallic with Graphite Grey Full Leather Interior. This car is LOADED with options including the upgraded TIPTRONIC as well as Automatic Transmission, and Power Soft Black Top, Full SUPPLE Leather Interior, Special Leather Interior Trim, Leather Dash, CARBON FIBER Shifter and Brake, Turbo 18 Lt Alloy Wheels, Colored Wheel Crests, Carrera Door Sills, HI FI DIGITAL AUDIO with Music Sound Adjustments ($3500), remote CD Changer (6 Disc), 3 Spoke Leather Steering Wheel, On-Board Computer System, Power Seats, Windows, Doors, and Locks, Keyless Remote, Security System, Porsche Embroidered Mats, and MORE. This car is still under Porsche Factory Warranty and can be extended for another 6 years or 100,000 miles. The car NEEDS NOTHING. This car has beenGARAGED Kept and NEVER smoked in. There are NO DINGS anywhere on car. The interior has NO SEAT or CARPET WEAR anywhere. The top and window is like NEW. The car LOOKS and DRIVES like theday it was delivered. The car is immaculate in every way and should be with only 21,000 miles. The tires and brakes are have minimal wear. Vehicle Condition SHOWROOM There are no flaws anywhere. Terms of Sale $52,000 obo     
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What part of the country - assuming that you are in the USA ??
Are you the original owner or a dealer?
Thanks! DS

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Here's what I have ...
From the Sept. 2003 issue of Excellence: Porsche Market Update, Boxster and 996...
Here are some prices (low/high) for some 996 models:
'99 996 Coupe 2001: 45084/68621; 2002: 38621/58784; 2003: 34295/52200 '00 996 Coupe: 2002: 43401/66060; 2003: 38205/58150 '01 996 Coupe: 2003: 41851/63700
It is assumed average mileage runs between 7000 to 9000 miles per year though higher mileages are possible as cars may be used as daily drivers
Cars with excessive mileage lose 10 to 20 percent of their resale value
I can post other models and prices if you want.
Some snippets of info from the article...
996 911 intro'd in US in spring of 98 and 99 model
after 35 years of 911 production, 996 is first all-new 911
2+2 911 developed in parallel with Boxster
from doors forward nearly identical share many parts
3.4l 911 engine 296hp at 6800 adn 250 ft/lbs torque at 4600
911 offered with 6-speed or optional 5-speed tip
all new body-shell to increase 911 wheelbase by 3.2 inches to 92.5 inches (better handling, improved agility and more spacious cabin)
dash has 5 overlapping gages vs. Boxster's 3
rear suspension now 5-link with aux. subframe
sport pkg offers stiffer springs, stabilizers, tuned shocks
18" wheels/tires available along with traction control
17" wheels/tires stock
996 brakes have larger caliper pistons and rotors
spring of '99 Carrera 4 intro'd
side airbags become standard
litronic lights offered
Carrera 4 came with Motorinic 7.2 engine controller system with e-gas and PSM (standard on the Carrera 4)
for 2000 MY all Carreras used e-gas throttle control and PSM offered as option
power increased to 300hp at 6800, torque to 258 ft/lbs
tip changed in 2000 to allow manual inputs in auto mode
stiffer rubber tie-rod bushings and increased friction for ball joints to help straight line stability
2000 interior improved by painting plastic parts with color-matched soft textured finish
improved alcantara material used for headliners in coupes
for 2001, lights added for interior, center dash area, ignition switch, and door latches
front trunk got upgraded carpeting and remote access to front trunk added
If you want info on 2002 MY I can post it... (Mainly, engine size increased, HP/torque increased, VarioCam Plus added, cup holders, glove box)
The standard caution to avoid any cars with signs of accident repair, non-factory paint apply.
Earlier 911 models (993s) exhibited valve seal wear which caused smoking upon startup -- by itself and if shortlived not an uncommon event and not necessarily a sign of any trouble -- and at other times -- this a sign of trouble -- and in the worse cases was actually the cause of a check engine light. Top end rebuild to address worn valve seals can run almost $5000.
Another area of trouble with little used cars is rodent damage. Gnawing of the wiring harness can cause all sorts of gremlins. A new wiring harness is very expensive, running close to $6000 for labor alone to replace.
Sincerely,
MarcW.
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