Today’s seller Good price or no dice 911 claims to have purchased the car to teach their children how to drive a stick. As we contemplate this piece of amazing parenting, let’s also consider whether this Porsche is worth the asking price now that the kids have learned their lesson.
When Dr. Frankenstein decided to “make a new friend,” his goal was to find a way to extend life, not to give birth to a hated one. Similarly, the owner 1998 BMW M3 Dinan Convertible Yesterday we considered the car had been serviced and upgraded in an effort to extend its life, all while building 187k miles on the car’s core parts. With that in mind, the $23,000 price tag was apparently too much to bear, as the Bimmer fell to a massive 95 percent loss with no dice.
There is a vast difference between modification and simply maintenance. Yesterday’s M3 was a prime example of the former, while this was 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 It looks more like the latter. The reason behind all this maintenance, preventative and active, is very interesting. The seller claims that it was all part of the process of teaching their children how to lead change.
Now, before we all go to the dealership to teach their kids this fade skill, let’s consider using a six-speed, 315-horsepower convertible sports car as an educational tool. This is like an AP course for a lesson.
Given a lofty goal as teaching the fruit of his loins to operate the manual transmission efficiently, the seller makes an equally honorable gesture in his desire for the car to be mechanically sound before it is sold. To that end, the seller had the new clutch installed after school left, and the kids finished their three-pedal curriculum. Other work on the vehicle included a new multifunction stem unit, a replacement IMS bearing, “all plastic oil lines” (maybe meaning AOS hoses), and, according to the seller, “every important part you can think of.”
Now the 142,000-mile 911 is said to be well sorted, and overall, it’s aesthetically solid. What’s described as a revamped interior features somewhat acquired carbon fiber, although that extends to the steering wheel and is part OEM. The leather looks decent and the car wears WeatherTech mats in its underfoot to protect the mat.
Above all, the top is claimed to function as it should (including all four windows) and to be weatherproof.
On the downside, the ad notes a cracked taillight lens and only offers one switch. Even more worrying is the admission that the door glass does not fall off when closed, as the seller explained that the handle must be raised while the door is closed to prevent interference with the top seal. In an effort to ease anxiety, the seller claims “This is obviously normal for me cars of this age. I have the new door key. It just needs to be installed.” In fact, the window drop mechanism is controlled by two switches, one on the door handle and one on the door latch mechanism. Replacing either isn’t too troublesome, but the door latch is quite expensive ($400-$500) and there are two of them. Clever monkeys may try to re-flush the solder joints in a door latch switch for a cheap repair, but there is no guarantee that this will work in all cases.
Well, enough Nelly to be negative. Aside from these minor (and possibly major) inconveniences, this 996 C4 appears to be a very powerful one. The title is clear, the tires only have about 2,000 miles, and the car recently passed a California smog test. These are all great blouses. What could all these pluses and minuses reasonably add?
Well, in the case of this ad, this is asking for $23,500. You know, 911 prices are crazy these days as everyone and their conjoined twins seem to want one. 996 is the least-loving fruit of the 911 family tree, but it also comes on its own. This is the minimum price of the 996, but that is somewhat due to the mileage.
what do you think? IIs this a $23,500 911 Carrera 4 asking as described in its ad? Or does offering a price like that make this a teachable moment?
It’s your decision!
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