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Old 01-10-2019, 02:22 AM
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65,000 miles, rebuilt engine out of warranty and branded title for $29,000, thats a hard pass.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Bash Hat View Post


Why would he have spent $20k + on a totalled 997?? Maybe he bought it back from insurance and wanted to turn it into a track car??

Well, I’m in LA, if the car is local I don’t mind swinging by to give you a Rennfax on it.
Actually I think the seller is in Newport Beach so if you wouldn't mind checking it out that would be pretty helpful. I'll ask him for more information for the location. Thanks.

I will call 9xx in the morning and ask them about this particular job.

Edit: a little update. Just got off the phone with seller. He said that he bought the car from a salvage yard because he had planned to try to run a business rebuilding salvage cars and reselling them. Bought 2 cars and fixed them up and figured it wasn't worth the time so he gave that idea up and just decided to drive the 997 a little bit and now it sits in his garage. He says that the previous owner blew the engine due to the IMS bearing and purposely knocked the car into a curb to get insurance to pay for it or something along those lines since there was originally damage along the front bumper.

I can pm you his address and phone number Bash Hat if you'd be willing to check it out for me. Thanks again.

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Old 01-10-2019, 03:25 AM
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Ah, sorry bud. Newport is 70 miles and about 2hrs each way in LA traffic from me.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:17 AM
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Originally Posted by chestershotfries View Post
Actually I think the seller is in Newport Beach so if you wouldn't mind checking it out that would be pretty helpful. I'll ask him for more information for the location. Thanks.

I will call 9xx in the morning and ask them about this particular job.

Edit: a little update. Just got off the phone with seller. He said that he bought the car from a salvage yard because he had planned to try to run a business rebuilding salvage cars and reselling them. Bought 2 cars and fixed them up and figured it wasn't worth the time so he gave that idea up and just decided to drive the 997 a little bit and now it sits in his garage. He says that the previous owner blew the engine due to the IMS bearing and purposely knocked the car into a curb to get insurance to pay for it or something along those lines since there was originally damage along the front bumper.

I can pm you his address and phone number Bash Hat if you'd be willing to check it out for me. Thanks again.
Weird BS stories are not the best when buying a Porsche - Go forward slowly
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:56 AM
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:11 AM
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Find a clean title, well-cared for 997 to start your ownership experience, not this basket-case. Ever heard the saying "the most expensive Porsche is the cheapest to buy".
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:49 PM
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Too many problems here. But I might be able to check it out for you if you are determined to move forward.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:45 PM
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The story seems extremely sketchy so I'll probably be looking at other cars.

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Too many problems here. But I might be able to check it out for you if you are determined to move forward.
But if you could check it out it would be helpful. Maybe his story checks out and it turns out to be a hidden gem. You never know haha.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by chestershotfries View Post
The story seems extremely sketchy so I'll probably be looking at other cars.



But if you could check it out it would be helpful. Maybe his story checks out and it turns out to be a hidden gem. You never know haha.
Since it's salvage you'd need to pay all cash. If you're gonna throw that much money down, why not pick up that other one for $31K that someone posted above. No stories.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:52 PM
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Actually I just noticed another listing pop up and it's local. https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/spt_us...ting=229163314
Any thoughts? I can probably check it out sometime this week. I'm not all too sure what counts as high mileage for these vehicles.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by chestershotfries View Post
Actually I just noticed another listing pop up and it's local. https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/spt_us...ting=229163314
Any thoughts? I can probably check it out sometime this week. I'm not all too sure what counts as high mileage for these vehicles.
I've always liked Atlas Grey Metallic. The price vs mileage seems OK depending on service records and PPI. A lot less stories so far than the other one.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:57 AM
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I've scheduled to go for a test drive tomorrow afternoon and ask for the records on the car. Buying it local lessens a lot of the hassle so hopefully it turns out ok.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:23 PM
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Don't buy this car ...Way too many unknowns that you will only find out about later $$$$$ . Even if you pay a little more up front for a properly documented car you will be way better off than with this car. Pay now or Pay later ...Your choice ...
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:56 PM
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Bought my 2006 C2 base with exact same mileage for $27k 2 years ago so that one sounds fine. The one in Newport beach has checked way too many red flags already no?
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:07 PM
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Yeah I think I will pass on the rebuilt. The one listed here seems like a much better alternative.
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