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À 23 500 $, cette Porsche 911 Carrera 4 03 est-elle une leçon de valeur ?

Nice Price or No Dice 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Le vendeur d’aujourd’hui Bon prix ou pas de dés 911 prétend avoir acheté la voiture pour apprendre à ses enfants à conduire des bâtons. Pendant que nous envisageons ce peu de parentalité incroyable, considérons également si cette Porsche vaut son prix demandé maintenant que les enfants ont appris leur leçon.

Lorsque le docteur Frankenstein a décidé de “se faire un nouvel ami”, son objectif était de trouver un moyen de prolonger la vie, pas de donner naissance à une abomination. De même, le propriétaire du 1998 BMW M3 Dinan cabriolet nous avons considéré qu’hier avait entretenu et amélioré la voiture dans le but de prolonger sa durée de vie, tout en accumulant 187 000 milles substantiels sur les pièces de base de la voiture. Dans cet esprit, un prix de 23 000 $ était apparemment trop lourd à supporter, car le Bimmer a subi une perte massive de 95% sans dés.

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Il y a une grande différence entre le modding et le simple maintien. Le M3 d’hier était un excellent exemple du premier, alors que celui-ci 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 ressemble beaucoup plus à ce dernier. La raison derrière tout cet entretien, à la fois préventif et actif, est très intrigante. Le vendeur affirme que tout cela faisait partie du processus d’apprentissage de leurs enfants à conduire un levier de vitesses.

Maintenant, avant que nous ne fassions tous des compliments au vendeur pour avoir éduqué leurs enfants sur une telle compétence en voie de disparition, considérons l’utilisation d’une voiture de sport décapotable à six vitesses à traction intégrale de 315 chevaux comme outil d’apprentissage. C’est comme un cours AP pour la leçon.

As noble a goal as teaching the fruit of one’s loins to capably operate a manual transmission might be, the seller offers an equally honorable gesture in wanting the car to be mechanically sound prior to its sale. To that end, the seller had a new clutch installed after school let out and the kids were done with their three-pedal curriculum. Other work on the car included a new multifunction stalk unit, a replacement IMS bearing, “all the plastic oil lines” (probably meaning the AOS hoses), and, according to the seller, “every important part you can think of.”

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Now the 142,000-mile 911 is said to be well sorted and, overall, aesthetically solid. What’s described as a revitalized interior features carbon fiber trim that’s a bit of an acquired taste, although that extends to the steering wheel which is an OEM bit. The leather does look decent and the car wears WeatherTech mats in the footwells to protect the carpet.

Above all that is a top that is claimed to work as it should (including all four windows) and to be weathertight.

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On the downside, the ad does note a cracked tail lamp lens and the availability of only one key. More concerning, though, is the admission that the door glass doesn’t drop when closing, with the seller explaining that the handle needs to be held up while shutting the door to prevent interference with the top seal. In an attempt to alleviate concern, the seller claims “Apparently this is normal for cars this old. I have the new door switch. It just needs to be installed.” The window-dropping mechanism is, in fact, controlled by two switches, one on the door handle and another in the door latch mechanism. Neither is terribly troublesome to replace, but the door latch is very expensive ($400-$500) and there are two of them. Clever monkeys might try reflowing the solder joints in the door latch switch for a cheap repair, but there’s no guarantee that will work in all cases.

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Okay, enough of being a Negative Nellie. Those minor (and possibly one major) annoyances aside, this does look to be a pretty solid 996 C4. The title is clear, the tires have only about 2,000 miles on them, and the car just recently passed its California smog test. Those are all big plusses. What might all those pluses and minuses reasonably add up to?

Well, in the case of this ad, that’s a $23,500 asking. As you might be aware, 911 prices are bonkers these days as everybody and their conjoined twin seemingly wants one. The 996 is the least-loved fruit of the 911 family tree, but it’s coming into its own as well. This is on the low end of 996 prices, but that’s a bit owed to the mileage.

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What do you think? Is this 911 Carrera 4 worth that $23,500 asking as it’s described in its ad? Or, does offering a price like that make this a teachable moment?

You decide!

San Francisco Bay Area, California, Craigslistou aller ici si l’annonce disparaît.

H/T à Don R. pour le branchement !

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