2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test


2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Every Day, the School Bus

November 1, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

A couple of years ago, Porsche ran a campaign, Engineered for Magic Every Day, where owners could submit real stories of using their cars. One promotional commercial at the time showed a guy buying bags of cement with his Cayman and a mom picking up kids at school in a 911 Turbo.

It's a clever commercial, but the funny thing with having a 911 Carrera in our fleet is that we've pretty much validated the whole concept. For instance, the past week I've used the 911 to take my two kids to school every morning, and it's been great.

The back seats are small, certainly, but in a way they're ideal for small children and will hold booster seats pretty easily. Initially, I thought I'd have to get out of the car and walk around to open the passenger-side door to help my daughter get out for drop-off at her elementary school. But there's actually enough space for her to step past the front passenger seat, and she can flip the seatback forward and open the door without my help.

Plus, my kids like the car. I love the car. Were it actually my 911, I'd certainly use it every day.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,095 miles

Comments

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    This is what I love about most 911's they seem to be a working mans car. A working man doesn't live on the side of town where the roads are dead smooth, he lives in a area that has a several potholes. A working man has to sometimes haul kids around but doesn't have room for a 3rd or 4th car. A working man has to be able to park in a standard parking spot with the minimum of fuss. This is what a 911 is in my eyes a jack of all trades premium sports car that can go places where more expensive cars can't go.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    @hybris - Working man's car? Ha. I haven't done extensive research, but I've done enough to know the follow. Porsche's a reliable. Yes, they are. HOWEVER, when something fails (and it will) you're going to pay A LOT. A WHOLE LOT. I remember read a discuss

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @ kirkhilles: That may have more to do with its mid-engine layout, meaning any time anything major has to be the done to the engine, it has to come out, and you're out several hundred dollars off the bat. If you service the normal things like oil, etc. by

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    @duck - Yeah, I read where the Porsche dealer for their first oil change wanted $600! Ugh!

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