today’s sellers good price or no dice 911 claims to have bought a car to teach its kids to drive a stick. While we’re considering all that wonderful parenting, let’s also consider whether this Porsche is worth its price now that the kids have learned their lesson.
When Doctor Frankenstein decided to “make a new friend,” his goal was to find a way to extend life, not to hate birth. Similarly, the owner of 1998 BMW M3 Dinan Convertible We assumed that yesterday had maintained and upgraded the car in an effort to extend its life, while building up a substantial 187K miles on the car’s original bits. With that in mind, the $23,000 price tag appears to be too much to bear, as the Bimmer fell in a massive 95 percent No Dice loss.
There is a big difference between modding and simply maintaining. Yesterday’s M3 was a prime example of the former, while it 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Looks much more like the latter. The reason behind both preventive and proactive maintenance is very complex. The seller claims that this was part of the process of teaching his children to drive a stick shift.
Now, before we sellers go high-fiving into educating their kids on such vanishing skills, let’s use the 315-horsepower all-wheel-drive six-speed convertible sports car as a learning tool. Consider use. It’s like an AP course for lessons.
As a noble goal as teaching the fruit of one’s waistline to competently operate a manual transmission, the seller offers an equally respectful gesture to mechanically sound the car prior to its sale. To that end, the seller had a new clutch installed after school and the kids were done with their three-pedal course. Other works on the car included a new multifunction stalk unit, a replacement IMS bearing, “all plastic oil lines” (probably meaning AOS hoses), and according to the seller, “every important part you can think of.”
The now 142,000-mile 911 is said to be well-ordered and, overall, aesthetically solid. Described as a revamped interior that has carbon fiber trim which is a bit of an acquired taste, although this extends to the steering wheel which is an OEM bit. The leather looks good and the car wears a WeatherTech mat in the footwell to protect the carpet.
Above all is a top that is claimed to work (including all four windows) and must be weatherproof.
On the downside, the ad notes a broken tail lamp lens and the availability of only one key. More concerning, however, is the admission that the door glass does not drop when closed, with the seller explaining that the handle is required to be held while the door is closed to prevent interference with the top seal. In an effort to ease the concern, the seller claims “apparently this is normal This old cars. I have a new door switch. It just needs to be installed. The window-dropping mechanism is, in effect, controlled by two switches, one on the door handle and the other in the door latch mechanism. Neither is much trouble to replace, but door latches are very expensive ($400-$500) and there are two of them. Clever monkeys can try refinishing the solder joints in door latch switches for cheap repairs, but there’s no guarantee that will work in all cases.
Well, enough to be a negative Nelly. Those minor (and possibly a major) annoyances aside, this looks to be a very solid 996 C4. The title is clear, there’s only 2,000 miles on the tires, and the car recently passed its California smog test. Those are all big pluses. What can all those pluses and minuses reasonably add up to?
Well, in the case of this ad, that’s a demand of $23,500. As you might know, 911 prices are bonkers these days because everyone and their conjoined twins want one. 996 is the least-loved fruit of the 911 family tree, but it’s also coming into its own. This 996 is on the low end of prices, but that’s a bit because of the mileage.
what do you think IIs this 911 Carrera 4 that costs $23,500 as described in its ad? Or, does paying such a price make it a happy moment?
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