View Full Version : Porsche 911 2nd hand is it worth it ? why do many sell them

26th May 2005, 10:36
Porsche 911 2nd hand is it worth it ? why do many sell them on after a short period of ownership ??

Is it because of high fuel consumption ? is it because the aggro they get from people ? or is it because the novelty soon wears off ?

would a 1991 911 Porcshe last the distance ? or is it for the scrapyard

Ivor bigun
26th May 2005, 10:41
30K seems to buy a decent one.
Mind you for that money, I would rather buy a boat when it comes to having a life-afirming toy!
One good adage I've heard is that the most expensive car you buy will be the cheapest.

26th May 2005, 10:43
I think it's car that can scare alot of people,especially if coming from FWD. They are particularly tail happy . But build wise they are buillet proof. The engines will do intergallactic milleages if well cared for. The bodywork is gallvanised so they keep well. I guess you'd be looking at 15k plus?

26th May 2005, 11:14
High on contract money, no responsibilities and 'I always wanted one' I blew a considerable sum on a 2 year old 911 Targa.
Points to note - everyone has an opinion about the car, you and what will happen. e.g. you cant afford it, you will crash it, someone will nick it etc. All rubbish but there you go.
No matter how fast you are going it will be happy to go faster and you will back off before it will.
Don't break it whatever you do (yes they do break), I had a couple of problems and they cost a fortune, so does a service (few extras soon means a grand bill), tyres, insurance, tracker they insist on.
Women - if you mention it you are flash git, but they quite like it, even if they pretend they don't.
Novelty does wear off, every other car on the road is too slow, they dont like going slow so traffic jams are hard work.
You have to 'drive' the car all the time, cruising along is not an option, great when you are blasting along a deserted road but not great for everyday commute (get the auto, trust me).
They are tail happy, but after the first spin on a wet roundabout you learn to brake in a straight line and power out of bends.
On the road, people look but they also let you out (I do myself to get a better look at the car).
After a few months its 'just a car', best feeling is getting a new car, by choice a new 'different but good' car every 6 months would be more fun.
Dont believe the road tests, yeah if you are getting a car for a couple of hours in wales or on a track, you want the most extreme possible and will love it, different over months or years in all conditions.
You will lose money on it (unless you get brand new and sell for instant premium) percentage wise not too bad but 40% of 50k is a lot of candy. Also, limited market for them so selling aint always easy, people want them mint and would rather pay much more to a dealer.
Hate to put you off, I dont regret having mine and am glad I did it when I had chance and got it 'out of my system'. Reduced and different circumstances mean I have a Golf now and I love it and the feeling of not worrying about where I leave it (as much) !!
Best scenario, something practical (e.g. golf) and something mad (elise, vx220 etc).
Good luck whatever you decide.

Ivor bigun
26th May 2005, 11:28
Great account of "I always wanted a porche" - thank you.

I wish I could justify buying one as the cost of the car is probably worth it for the memories.

I have a Golf now and I love it and the feeling of not worrying about where I leave it

Seems to sum up what is ultimately more important - peace of mind

26th May 2005, 11:50
I'd like one too,

but it looks like I am destined for one in my later thirties as the Benes plan is to build a solid financial foundation before investing in toys

I don't want to be one of these who has had the toys in their younger days but is skint in their mid forties !

looks like it's the Octavia for a few more years


Ivor bigun
26th May 2005, 11:56
I guess thats why you see young chaps or oldies driving the nice ones - with thirty somethings driving the porche "bangers" - sorry classics!

26th May 2005, 12:03
Not another damn Porsche on the roads being driven at 39mph in all conditions!

Porsche driving bastards - if you must all drive like little old ladies, kindly stop hogging the middle of country roads, it makes it difficult to overtake in my Maestro van!

26th May 2005, 13:12
...the thing I hate about Porsche drivers are those old fashioned hats they wear.

26th May 2005, 13:26

mmm lovely

IMHO the wheels on the early 90s car look horrid


26th May 2005, 13:33
Told you everyone has an opinion !
I heard a good quote about buying a boat - the 2 best days are the day you get it and the day you sell it. Not quite the same with the car, you will feel amazing all through the buying process.
Dont put your house on it or too much finance, if you cant afford it dont even think about it because you will lose sleep and money !

26th May 2005, 13:33
Porsches are for guys with small willies. Real men drive girly cars. The Citroen 2CV is ideal for proving your manhood.

Ivor bigun
26th May 2005, 13:57
For me I would prefer to buy a boat abroad and sail the Med for a few months for £30K.

But I can understand others who would like to show off in their car stuck in a traffic jam - with the rain pelting down.

Boats for sale (http://www.boats-for-sale.com/displayboatsresults.asp?BoatType=AnyType&Manufacturer=&Keyword=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=30000&curCurrency=GBP&MinLength=&MaxLength=&lengthUnits=metres&boatstoview=all&TheSubmitButton=Search++%3E%3E%3E&recsperpage=25&page=1&startpage=1&clicked=1&searchtype=boats)

26th May 2005, 14:06
but it looks like I am destined for one in my later thirties as the Benes plan is to build a solid financial foundation before investing in toys

milan - You dull barsteward! You can't take it with you, you know. Mind you on £8 an hour you'd have trouble affording a decent push bike, never mind a 911.

I've had a few flash motors in my time - lost a packet on every one. But that's what young contractors should do. It keeps the economy ticking over.

At the moment I'm going through my "it's only to get from A to B" phase. Dull 4 door family cars.

However, I'll probably be back into cars when the kids have left home and I can't get it up anymore. :\

26th May 2005, 14:09
I'm with Ivor here,

boats and cruising is a much better way to spend your money than cars

I have one of these:

Perfect for conversion to a cruiser (http://www.babcockdisposals.co.uk/Documents/11_7854.DOC)


26th May 2005, 14:11

you dullard, you're gonna be one of these middle age skint people


26th May 2005, 14:15

When you've been contracting as long as I have, on the rates I've been on, then you can afford to enjoy yourself all the time AND have the so called "Plan B" safely developed, tested and implemented (not that mine has anything to do with IT :D )

traj in "smug" mode.

26th May 2005, 14:18
good for you old timer

my plan b is also non-IT

which is nice


26th May 2005, 18:02
well I dunno .. I think that the second hand ones are usually clapped out ... I mean selling a car that once was worth £50,000 for £15,000 ... something is going to be wrong with it.

I dunno. £50k for a brand new car is just too steep.

And I have a moderately size p*nis btw.

Lucifer Box
26th May 2005, 18:05
You haven't really made it unless you can think like Paul Allen and get your own 747.

26th May 2005, 19:57
buy yourself a rover : they almost give them away nowadays
soon i will be the full GM line : fancy a dodge ram 2500 or a lincoln continental ?