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Old 09-20-2011, 09:21 AM
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While I can understand the allure and charm of a G-50 gearbox which is an utterly fantastic gearbox which shifts smoothly and precisely, I would certainly not use the word "live with" when it comes to a 915 gearbox. To me that implies thar one is making a compromise by going for the earlier cars and I would disagree. I made the same mistake until my family here (theWB, Eds, the helios et al) directed me in the right path. All the earlier 911s are a blast to drive and please don't be fixated (like I was) about a particular year. The press always goes gaga over '87 through '89 models but I would take a well cared for '84 or '85 over a '88 with a chequered past. I would go one step further and say (Running the risk of being crucified) that the real joy and satisfaction is only found in learning and mastering the intricacies of a 915 gearbox. My air-cooled experience would have been incomplete without the involving shifts of my '86 coupe. Thank you Ed (ivangene) and Ed hughes. You both are the only reason I got the car that was right for me. There have been incremental improvements made over the years on these cars. The best car to buy is one that has been well cared for and not the one that is red in color or has the least miles or the one with the bigger air vents. Many experts say that the '89 Carrera is the best of the lot and in general they carry a premium. Too bad I did not get a 915 gearbox discount ;-) when I got my '86 coupe.
Hell yeah! I love my 915 tranny, it drives wonderful. However, my other Porsche is a 914 with a 901, so there ya go.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:49 PM
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Robey: I'm looking everywhere but with an eye to the West Coast. I am originally from L.A. and have to go there next Spring for a wedding. I would like to have one waiting for me so that me and my 9 year old boy can have the "road trip of a lifetime"! Thanks for the advice.

Chuck: I'll take the best car for the $$$. Thanks.

ivangene: No problem there. My wife always tells me where to "stick it"!
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:55 PM
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JABSEA: I feel your sickness!

whalebird: PZ's book already on order. Already checked out PZ's PPI checklist. I also realize that I am only scratching the surface when it comes to my knowledge and education with the 911's. I really appreciate all who have taken the time to educate and guide me through this process. It's been 10 years since I sold my 928 and I can't wait to get back in the game! Thanks again.

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Old 09-20-2011, 12:59 PM
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Busta Rib: I have driven SC's but not the G-50. Can't wait though!

w00tPORSCHE: Thanks for the words o' wisdom!

Ed: What year did the G-50 6 speed start?

dshepp806: so noted, thanks.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:42 PM
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Ed: What year did the G-50 6 speed start?
'95 with the 993.
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... and he owns a beautiful specimen of that.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:06 PM
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Ed: Thanks. I'll check them out!
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by w00tPORSCHE View Post
While I can understand the allure and charm of a G-50 gearbox which is an utterly fantastic gearbox which shifts smoothly and precisely, I would certainly not use the word "live with" when it comes to a 915 gearbox. To me that implies thar one is making a compromise by going for the earlier cars and I would disagree....
I hear you. No disparagement intended towards the 915. I have one myself. You just have to know how to row the gears with this box, whereas the G50 doesn't require as much finesse. Just depends on user preference. For me, the 915 is just part of the old-school charm of the earlier cars.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:16 AM
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Ed: They are beautiful cars. Although 5-10k over my current budget. But something to strive for in the future!
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:55 AM
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Originally Posted by 911 Crazy View Post
Ed: They are beautiful cars. Although 5-10k over my current budget. But something to strive for in the future!
I was saying that in jest, mostly. With all the talk about improvements and "best of series", etc.....one can't help but wonder why anyone would consider a '70-72S or a '73RS, when Porsche keeps improving, even up to 2012.

But, the 993 is an aweome air-cooled Porsche, and would make an excellent DD!
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:01 AM
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Newbie here. This thread and the related ones mentioned are proving very informative as I've also been researching an SC v. a 3.2. My initial research had me fearful of the 915s, I've decided to widen my search to all 78-89s with a strong preference to the M491 wide body.

Oh, and I ordered "the" book.
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:51 AM
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^^ Good plan. The main deal is to research what you are buying and know what you are buying. Arming yourself with knowledge and getting the right shop to do a PPI will be quite important.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:11 PM
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Keep doing the research...you're well on your way. Not to confuse the process, but I may suggest driving a 3.6 964. They are spectacular Porsches in my opinion. In fact, you should drive every example of every year you can find. Any seller should be happy to throw you the keys if you're a serious buyer. Contact your chapter of the Porsche Club of America and get a copy(often online) of their latest newsletter. They will always have a classified section and more importantly(in the long run) ads from the various shops in your region. I strongly suggest you visit these shops before you purchase and ask them if they know of any good cars for sale. At the same time, size up the shop in terms of how you are received and treated. You WILL be shopping for a good shop once you have a car and I recommend "interviewing" all the shops.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:12 PM
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Ed: I hear you Ed. I also agree that cars are always being improved. And with that I will officially change my search to 2011 GT2's!............I wish..........But someday I'll have one!
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:43 PM
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Don’t know if this has come up, but do you work on you own stuff? With the 911 it can make a major difference as to how empty your wallet is. And with that in mind, the SC did not have the oil controlled chain tensioners. Many SCs were updated to the Carrera oil type and it is a consideration if you go, the best bang 911 for the buck, SC.
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