Thursday, February 28, 2019

Cheap Success: 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 2

Nothing say's you've made it like driving a Porsche 911. To most people it is this bulbous shaped billboard proclaiming to the world that you've worked hard and now you are ready to play.  But the truth is that you can buy a 911 for less than the price of a used Hyundai. Find this 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 here on eBay offered for $8995 in Costa Mesa, CA. Tip from George.

 From the seller:

Item specifics
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Year: 2001
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): WP0CA29911S653661 Mileage: 168558
Interior Color: Black Make: Porsche
Number of Cylinders: 6 Model: 911
Transmission: Automatic Trim: Carrera 2
Body Type: Convertible Engine: 3.4L
Vehicle Title: Clear Drive Type: RWD
Options: Convertible, Leather Seats Fuel Type: Gasoline
Exterior Color: Black For Sale By: Dealer

Here is a nice looking 2001 Porsche 911 Cabriolet up for sale. The car runs and drives well but is a bit rough around the edges. See my video description above for a detailed condition report! Give me a call with further questions at 949 2 8 5 – 8 0 1 1

Exterior wise, the paint is in fair shape with rock nics on the front bumper cover and a spider crack on the bumper as well. Hood has a few rock nics and rear bumper has a small stress crack and some paint fading. Right rear quarter has a crack in the paint about 8” long or so. That being said, as you can see from the photos the car doesn't look half bad! I would rate it about a 6.5 out of 10 overall. Convertible top doesn't have any rips but rear of the top is coming out of the anchor bow and could be put back in. Rear window looks like it was just replaced. Convertible top does not work, when you push the power top button, all windows go down and the header latch unlatches and you hear the motor but nothing happens.

The interior is in fair shape overall. The driver and passenger side seats look good with only a tear in the driver outside bolster which has been taped up. Capeting looks very good all around. Dash looks good with no cracks or issues. Center shifter console has some typical scraches from use. Climate control center console looks good and AC blows cold and heater warm. Has an Alpine head unit which has bluetooth, USB and AUX inputs. Speakers in the rear are made by Sony. Interior has no bad smells and was a non smoker thankfully. Door panels both look good and all four windows power up and down with no problem. The switch in the header latch is a bit worn out and you have to put your finger on it to make rear widows roll up, otherwise it thinks top has not been latched.

Mechanically, the car starts runs and drives fairly well. Engine runs smooth and is quiet. I have no service records indicating the IMS bearing or RMS seal. Tiptronic transmission shifts very well with no hard shifts, slips or issues. The car drives quietly down the road and no noise from the rear end or trans whine. Tires are Perelli in the front with about 15 to 20% in the front and Hankook in the rear with about 20%. Brakes up front look good and rears are showing the brake wear light on. This should really be considered a project car for someone who knows how to tinker with the little things it needs or else it will bleed you dry paying a Porsche mechanic to do the work!

Hello and welcome to FMI Enterprises Ebay car store, my name is Pete. I have been a retail auto dealer since 2003 here in Costa Mesa, California. I am independent retail dealer and hand pick all my cars for resale. Every car I sell goes through a safety inspection looking for issues such as oil leaks, brake wear, steering issues, and or other safety related issues. I also personally drive each and every car and try my best to shake out any issues the car may have. I will generally make all necessary repairs or otherwise disclose to you.

At my "buy it now price" I can provide very competitive shipping rates to you - Example below

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  1. I am no expert, but that roof not going down issue probably involves taking a lot of stuff apart to get to the issue. I wonder if there is a way to convert it to Miata style do it your self up and down operation?

  2. Even with the convertible top issue this seems to be a pretty good deal. "Truth is that you can buy a 911 for less than the price of a used Hyundai." I take issue with this, even if you do the labor yourself, tools and parts will eat you alive on this car compared to the much newer used Hyundai.

  3. I love my 996! Can confirm that nothing is cheap. Get one with at least SOME service records. I would try to get one without aftermarket stereos because they can cause endless parasitic draw problems. Ask me how I know.

    1. OK, I'll bite.

    2. Rod speaks the truth. At least one problem is the stinking anti theft system. The stock stereo has a wire going into the DS of the chassis that, if not plugged in, won’t allow the radio to keep its presets or any other memory settings. This is also the case for a some aftermarket stereos but this wire also tells the alarm that the stereo is still in place. When I took out the utter POS Becker and replaced with an approved Alpine, leaving that wire plugged in to the new head unit did two things: drained the battery and tripped the alarm about two minutes AFTER you locked the car and had walked away. Yeah, very frustrating.

  4. Ah yes... Porsche ownership.

    Loved me my Porch.

    Back in the late 80s, my wipers stopped working.

    An easy fix, you say?

    Yup. Just needed a new motor.

    Except that a new Porsche windshield wiper motor (the size of a cane of Coke) costs as much as a brand new Japanese small block.

    While the small block would have made an *awesome* windshield wiper, it woulda made it hard to see out the windshield.

    So I opted for a used OEM motor ($300)...Which was probably taken out of a VW bus.

    -Stan (yeah, *that* Stan...)


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