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Best Porsche 911 for $40,000

Asked by John McGillivray

My wife has finally given in to my childhood dream to own a Porsche 911. I'm 50 in a few months and this will be my present. I'm looking at 2001-2003 model Carrera cabriolet with the Tiptronic auto. It's not going to be an everyday driver and with soft top mostly weekend drives in good weather. I read the 3.6-litre engine is the better engine and relatively trouble free. My budget is $40,000, but I might be able to squeeze a few more grand. I've seen a few 2003 models, but they have done lots of kilometres. Is there anything I should be looking for, obviously full service records etc. I'd love your thoughts and advice as I want to make this dream a good one and not a nightmare.

Answered by CarsGuide

7 Aug 2015 Graham Smith

You're in pretty safe territory with the Porsche, they're soundly engineered and well built. They give little trouble if they're properly serviced, although the cost of servicing can be high. It's a good idea to cosy up to a Porsche specialist for repairs and servicing to save a few bucks. Go for a car that might be a little older but in good condition rather than a later one that has been round the block a few times.

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