Thursday, April 21, 2016

Turned Key: 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

The 996 generation Porsche 911 was a huge departure from the original 911 that started production in 1963.  However, as prices of the 1963-1997 models have skyrocketed into oblivion, the 996 prices have continued to languish around the price of a used Kia. But this next car has to be the cheapest on the market.  Find this 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 offered for $8,900 in Barrington, IL via craigslist.  Tip from Tim.

I know what you're thinking.  There must be something wrong with the engine.  Of course there is.   The seller doesn't specifically say that it has the dreaded IMS failure, but he says "I'm selling it "as is". Fix it and you'll have a great all wheel drive porsche 911 carrera. I love this car but my wife hates it. I do not want to start or drive it in fear of doing damage to the engine. The last time I started the car was March 2, 2016."  For the life of me, I don't understand why his wife wouldn't love a car that he probably paid $20k for and is now worth less than $9k?  Does she not like the Porsche Slate Grey paint? Is she jealous of the time he spends with this beauty?

Under the rear decklid is a 3.2 liter flat-6 good for 296 horsepower and mated to all four wheels via a 5-speed tiptronic slushbox.  This isn't the snappy dual-clutch setup that you'll find in a new 911, but it does offer some driver involved shifting via steering wheel mounted buttons.  Just not right now because it probably need major bucks in an engine rebuild.  I wonder how hard it would be to put an aircooled VW engine out back? 

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  1. What do you fix first, the knock or pulling out the automatic?

    1. Yes.

  2. Ahhhh, as you guys allude, it sure sounds like the early stages of IMS failure. If you want a new (reman) engine, you can figure the total price of this car to be about $27k, as the engine is going to run about $18k.

    At that point, it's not exactly in bargain territory anymore, and Ryan's LS conversion probably makes a lot more sense.

    From what it looks like though, the seller is just trying to find a sucker to cut his losses, and it should be priced a LOT less than this.

  3. Just got done helping (and by help, I mounted the power steering pump haha) my in laws drop an LS3 into a a C4S just like this one using the Renegade Hybrids kit.

  4. An aircooled VW is just stupid why not a Subie Wrx no i know i would hate that with twin Starbucks exhaust....Take it out with an A-10 Warthog to do some weight saving's.....

  5. Ls3 actually isnt crazy in this case, except i bet youd end up more than half way to that 18k than seems reasonable. Which is why i suggest junkyard (aluminum) truck ls. And just a typical cheap ls swap.
    Or go all in and then throw a cheap turbo set up on it and have a full on crazy junkyard turbo 911.

    Oh wait its auto... maybe as a drag car? Not sure how tough those trannys are

  6. I agree with everything written here, but as far as the price is concerned, you don't seem to be figuring in the fact it comes with an owners manual and original keys.

  7. "I love this car but my wife hates it"

    And you wonder why most marriages fail..

  8. Meh. An ICE sounds like a pain. This would be my donor choice for an electric conversion.


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