One Small Disappointment - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: One Small Disappointment

May 10, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

This is nothing but nitpicking, but sometimes a car in this price range deserves it. I'm a little annoyed by the side mirrors on our Porsche 911, mainly because the bottom half of each mirror is covered in a big hunk of black plastic.

Now, I'm sure it's really nice plastic, and the use of plastic here is just one of a hundred things the engineers did to keep the 911s weight in check. But still, the mirrors are something you see every time you get in the car, and every time I open the door in our 911 I see that big piece of plastic on what is otherwise a finely sculpted machine.

For $100,000, you should be spared interaction with plastics. That is all.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor


  • I actually like it as some contrasting color on some exterior colors. I don't think it does much with the color of your 911 but since big chunks of chrome are out there needs to be something besides just a sea of one color on the car.

  • carfreak13 carfreak13 Posts:

    I'm pretty sure you can get those painted with a manufacture option

  • zcalvert zcalvert Posts:

    I assume you meant to say specifically that the fact it is unpainted is what you don't like? I doubt there's been car made in 15 years with exterior mirrors made of anything other than plastic.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    Is the painted part not plastic as well?

  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    If the Carrera is driven as it must be, the mirror front surface will be nothing but a large bug splatter anyway, so what difference does it make what material is used?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I think you can get Porsche crests on those for only $500. For the plastic ones...the metal crests are $1,500 and there's a waiting list.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "For $100,000, you should be spared interaction with plastics." Perhaps the plastic is to avoid unsightly damage when that part of the mirror interfaces with grit and stones as it is sure to do.

  • kroupa kroupa Posts:

    Isn't the whole thing plastic, just the bottom isn't painted?

  • canadaphant canadaphant Posts:

    It's a Porsche. There was a $1000 option you missed somewhere!

  • mieden mieden Posts:

    According to Porsche, "Wing mirror (lower part) finished in exterior color" is $645 from their "Exclusive" program.

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