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Michael Woodcock

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  1. One thing that comes to mind, engines seem to have ovaling of the bores and perhaps other issues. Is this something I should anticipate with a higher mileage car? I saw the reliability thread and it sounds good, but it may be beneficial to have a new block (1.2k plus machining/sleeves/pistons) or a good used engine (dont think i saw one lower than 5k) Ready to go if the engines tend to fail. One thing is I love to buy things with the intention of keeping them forever. If bore ovaling is something I will encounter no matter what I'd like to be ready, and there's no better way than to have a nice porsche flat 6 on display, ready to hop in the car 🙂 Oh are there different long blocks based on electronic throttoe vs not?
  2. You guys might think I'm crazzy. I'm a full time college student with two part time jobs. I've saved 10k but I don't want a poor example, unless it's all repairs I can do myself. I deffinately have a particular style and the 996 fits those requirements. There was a boxster for sale locally for 1500 with body damage perfectly concelable with fender flares/wide body kit, but I'd rather spend 10k or more on the car I really really want. The boxster seems mostly cheap, and for people who want to say "look at my porsche". I'm sure this is an overgeneralization amd some are passionate about them but I found them to be slow and not so aestherically pleasing especially if the top is not down. So onto the 996. I was a mechanic for years, and I got to drive the old air cooled Porsches, good stuff. Sure the boxster was faster but just not my cup of tea. I have two toolboxes overflowing with metric tools and my old place of employment where I cam go and use a lift, tire changer, etc. I think I'm well equipped to change ims bearings, ball joints, put in an underdrive pulley, you name it. Mostly I'm interested in opinions and facts about high mileage and turbo vs. Non turbo. I had the opportunity to buy a pretty bear up turbo 996 where most of the damage would be concealable with a wide body kit (i know, I think that alot). If I drive it a lot, would it be prudent to just buy one (non turbo 996) already over 150k miles? These are the ones I see at or slightly above 10k. I won't discard the the insight just yet. Being the only manual hybrid I actually enjoy it. But it's time will come. Am I setting myself up for nightmares with a cheap higher mileage example or, at this age, soming up on 20 years old now, are the 1999's and 2000's still a car I can depend on every day? I love wrenching on cars and don't feel luke I really iwn something until I've fixed it myself. I don't want the attention though amd want an inconspicuous color. I want to enjoy the car and I'm a very shy guy. I actually get more attention then I'd like with the insight. Is a 996 manageable with a drab color? Say, gold, silver, white, or black? The last thing I want is red or purple. Or a gold wrap.
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