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      07-10-2019, 05:58 PM   #1
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TLDR: Should I trade my E92 M3 for a 997 Carerra S?

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, I was out for my weekly joy ride in the E92 with the windows down enjoying the symphony of 400 horses singing in unison when inevitably I hit traffic. Rather than allowing this piece of engineering marvel to remain stuck between a beige-ish brown Honda Oddesy, and a 50-shades-rust 1980's Mustang, I took the next turn off of my usual route and ventured into unknown territory. After driving a few miles I stumbled across the brand new Porsche dealership. Having just been completed a few months ago, I have only heard of its grandiose but had yet to see it in person. I decided to take a quick stop to see the new dealership - my first mistake.

After perusing the glorious GT2's, Turbo's, and the like, I came across a 997. Now this 997 was particularly special as it had a unicorn color combo, and some aftermarket bits.

She's a 2006 911 S, Carerra White on "Special Natural Leather Cocoa Extended" as the tag read. This juxtapose color combo mixed a stark white exterior with a rich, dark brown leather interior. Stepping inside felt like entering a 1960's cigar lounge and draping an English leather smoking jacket upon yourself.

The car was enthusiast spec with a 6 speed, manual seats, sport chrono package, PASM, Bose soundsystem, and not much else from the factory. With a few high end performance mods, I was intrigued and proceeded to the nearest salesman. Eager to help, he began to tell the story behind the car -

Apparantly a mid 70's retired man owned this car for many years prior, and is an avid Porsche enthusiast. He is the president of Porsche CCA in our region, and meticulously maintained this car as his personal vehicle and weekend track star until he traded it for a Carerra T. I was skeptical at first as this sounds like the textbook "ideal previous owner" of a used Porsche. After speaking with a local friend involved in the PCCA and providing a pic of the car, he confirmed in fact that this is the truth. The previous owner truly is a retired mid 70's Porsche enthusiast and he even provided pics of the car at events. I couldn't believe it. The salesman provided receipts for work done in the last year including RMS, clutch, tires, suspension, and brakes.

I took the car for a test drive and thoroughly checked it out, and started to seriously consider it.

The few concerns I have are mileage at 72k miles, and the fact that the car was tracked often for many miles. Being a well loved and enthusiast owned vehicle, these concerns are minimized yet still prevalent.

I do love my E92 M3 and am truly unsure whether or not to do it. Advice is much needed.
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      07-10-2019, 07:37 PM   #2
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That is very tempting, whats the $ on it ? mileage is not bad, around 5,300 a year.
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      07-10-2019, 08:05 PM   #3
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If the price is right i say go for it. I assume you enjoyed the test drive and if you are looking for a change a 997.1S is great choice.

It will be more involving to drive and better handling. Also, sounds like it was well maintained including the RMS. Big plus.

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      07-10-2019, 08:36 PM   #4
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That is very tempting, whats the $ on it ? mileage is not bad, around 5,300 a year.
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If the price is right i say go for it. I assume you enjoyed the test drive and if you are looking for a change a 997.1S is great choice.

It will be more involving to drive and better handling. Also, sounds like it was well maintained including the RMS. Big plus.

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well, what do you think fair market value would be?
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      07-10-2019, 10:23 PM   #5
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I see it for sale online. Price is very reasonable! I thought it would be in the 40s.
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      07-10-2019, 11:42 PM   #6
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$33k-$35k ? Maybe
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      07-11-2019, 01:04 AM   #7
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priced very well at 34.9k.
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      07-11-2019, 02:43 AM   #8
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The only Porsche that I'd trade my M3 for is a GT3 (+ cash on my end of course ). Adding one to the stable with the M though, maybe...
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      07-11-2019, 06:35 AM   #9
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Try one for a year. You can sell it any buy another E92 or try something else if you donít like it. I personally would not ó my plan is to get a 991 series 911 Turbo, but I am not a diehard N/A fan line many here. I like some turbo motors.
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      07-11-2019, 08:51 AM   #10
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Eh, I am not sure about a 997.1 Carrera for me personally having driven a couple

A 997.2 or 991 is an easy call.

Still, if you like it, do it. Nothing like a dedicated sports car
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OP I think you should definitely get the Porsche.

Whenever someone asks if they should get XX car I say yes, if you've thought of it and it seems like a good idea definitely do it
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OP I think you should definitely get the Porsche.

Whenever someone asks if they should get XX car I say yes, if you've thought of it and it seems like a good idea definitely do it
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Do more research before you get a 997.

M96/M97 variants are particular about engine failure due to a failed IMS.

I personally wouldn't consider any 911 other than 991.1.
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During my previous visit I was offered 34k for the Porsche and 21k on my E92 M3. I did not counter at that time rather walked and when he called back two days later told him I would come back Friday to discuss my thoughts on price. today is the day and after much deliberation I am going to counter with 30k for the porsche, with 25k for my trade, and attempt to get as close to those numbers as possible. Does this seem reasonable?
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Have you actually driven it? What's the condition like? If your serious I would drive a few examples so you can get a baseline. I wouldn't get too caught up in the story of the owner, although the service history sounds solid.

There are plenty of E9x's out there, its a car you can easily come back to if you decide to switch.
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Ended up with an awesome deal. 32k for the Porsche. Will certainly miss the M. But many new adventures to come in the P-car
Looks...trippy...
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