I bought my car in 2003 just as the original warranty ran out. It had 17000 miles, cost 45k and I bought a 2.5k extended warranty. It was lucky I did. I used the car daily, summer and winter. I also did maybe 12 PCA drivers education events in the car. The car's engine was the main issue. It would check engine at high steady RPMs with a misfire code. The dealer changed the lifters (4k) but the car had the same issue afterwards and the dealer then changed the computer (2k). The CEL remained. The car later had an engine failure where the cylinder wall failed. It was new engine time. 13.5k from the dealer with a 2 year warranty. The tiptronic transmission also failed and cost 10k to replace.
When it worked, I loved the car. Engine noise, handling, brakes, awesome.
GT3 quality engine. The M96 engines are just not reliable.
This is my first Porsche, having owned Mercedes and Japanese luxury cars previously. It is very fun to drive and extremely reliable. The handling is superb. I understand why Porsche 911's are legendary. I love the interior and exterior design. Every inch of interior space is utilized and I can actually carry a third passenger occasionally on short trips. This car is great for LA driving. It can be used for joy drives or everyday use.
The looks, reliably, how the Tiptronic transmission is truly dual-use, and fun. I also like the acceleration and classic, legendary looks. This is a serious car that's very drivable. It will be very collectible in ten years.
Give it a better audio system and cup holders. Porsche's cup holder (a plug in on the side) is poorly designed.
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