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Old 06-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #16
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Thanks for proving my points:

1. "But if you want to find a 996 for $7-9,000 less, you are going to have to accept a lot more miles (probably over 100k)"

Your car has 110K.

2. "... you will then have to spend from $2-4,000 in deferred maintenance, cosmetic repairs, tires, brakes, etc. to get the car to peak condition."

You describe the maintenance and repair after you bought it - doing the work yourself to lower the cost. Add a $100/hr labor rate to what you did and the price falls about in line with my estimate.

As I said, "The mythical low miles $17,000 996 may be out there somewhere..."

And you may find one. But the chances of finding a good one that you would want to buy are slim. You got lucky - good on you! The OP stated he was waiting till the fall for prices to drop, an expectation not supported by anything except misinformation and hope.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:20 PM   #17
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To expand on the previously posted interior. Here is the full car. This has to be the least desirable. This dealer marks his cars waayy up and sits on them for months.

http://www.ardemotorcars.com/2001_Po..._185468479.veh
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:37 PM   #18
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I read in one of the excellent 996 books that some dealers who got "stuck" with dark green 996s asked Porsche to take them back for a respray. They had a hard time moving them.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:40 PM   #19
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Thanks for proving my points:

1. "But if you want to find a 996 for $7-9,000 less, you are going to have to accept a lot more miles (probably over 100k)"

Your car has 110K.

2. "... you will then have to spend from $2-4,000 in deferred maintenance, cosmetic repairs, tires, brakes, etc. to get the car to peak condition."

You describe the maintenance and repair after you bought it - doing the work yourself to lower the cost. Add a $100/hr labor rate to what you did and the price falls about in line with my estimate.

As I said, "The mythical low miles $17,000 996 may be out there somewhere..."

And you may find one. But the chances of finding a good one that you would want to buy are slim. You got lucky - good on you! The OP stated he was waiting till the fall for prices to drop, an expectation not supported by anything except misinformation and hope.
I paid $22K for a 110K mile C4s. Spent at least $3K and counting to get the mechanics to proper shape.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:42 PM   #20
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I read in one of the excellent 996 books that some dealers who got "stuck" with dark green 996s asked Porsche to take them back for a respray. They had a hard time moving them.

Dark green was what I actually wanted when searching for a used 996. Couldn't find one that met the requirements, so I ended up with blue (ocean metallic). Used dealers warned me of the hassle in selling a dark green 996 when the time came. I kinda see it either way...if you have a rare color combo that someone wants, then you might be able to ask a premium. I understand a dealer typically has black, silver, etc, so anything outside the norm is a problem.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #21
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I read in one of the excellent 996 books that some dealers who got "stuck" with dark green 996s asked Porsche to take them back for a respray. They had a hard time moving them.
Didn't have much trouble moving these:

http://www.porsche.com/microsite/911...rnational.aspx
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #22
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blondes or brunettes!
Yes.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:02 PM   #23
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I thought the OP was trying to find the ugliest, lowest optioned 996 with low mileage and a low price.

Did I read it wrong?
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:05 PM   #24
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No, you are correct. He trying to find the car equivalent of a girl with an okay face, bangin' body, no daddy issues and who is still a virgin.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:34 PM   #25
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blondes or brunettes!
The statement "...as long as the drapes match the carpet" no longer applies since "carpets" seem to be out of fashion these days.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:38 PM   #26
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Boring colors=boring people
KK it really doesn't matter for you, your car never leaves the garage anyways....
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:38 PM   #27
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Biarittz White with metropol blue is pretty sharp looking combo. Just my two cents.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:54 PM   #28
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No, you are correct. He trying to find the car equivalent of a girl with an okay face, bangin' body, no daddy issues and who is still a virgin.
LMAO!

I bellieve Speed Yellow is a bit of a tougher sell but there is always someone out there who has to have yellow.

I absolutely hate Arena Red (and every dark red version of every manufacturer) but some love it. I'd take the nephrite green on green with wood accents over an Arena red/Savanna car.

Bottom line is that it's a hard question to answer.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:12 PM   #29
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I'm not sure you should buy a 996 with resale value in mind...

A friend just found a Speed Yellow coupe and he is thrilled. I wanted Guards and wound up with Orient Red. My priorities were miles, condition, options, and then color. I was actually looking for Seal Gray or silver before my wife asked for red.

Find a good one in a color you can live with.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:49 PM   #30
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Captain Obvious...that was perfect! And Wyovino is correct...although many have replaced the carpet with some interesting hardware/art work!

When I was Porsche hunting, I was looking for Black with Savannah interior. None of them made the cut. Then...along came the Guards Red over Black. My wife actually found the car and it was love at first sight. I knew there would be good natured ribbing from my buds about my mid life crisis (red convertible and all), but lets face it. I AM going through my mid life crisis so f*@k it!

After almost 2 years I am glad I went with the GR. I certainly didn't buy a 911 to blend in (at least I will admit it), and in Scottsdale, 911's are a dime a dozen. But even here, there aren't a lot Guards Red Porsche's on the road, so its still special to me.

To the OP...I would put your budget and the condition of the car over color. The more flexible you are, the better deal you will get in the long run.
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