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    Ventura Co. California
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  • Present cars
    2001 Audi A6 2.7T
    2006 Hummer H3
  • Future cars
    996 or 997 Series
  • Former cars
    1963 356 Cabriolet (in the 70s)
  1. I've been shopping for 996 in the LA area for three months. Every car I've seen has been priced well above (15+%) the online car pricing references, and more telling, all but one of the cars I've shopped (maybe ten) is still on the market; in some cases over 60 days later. This tells me that (1) I'm not being overly picky, and (2) that the sellers; private and dealers, are expecting unrealistic prices. The only other reason I can come up with is that super-low interest rates have taken away dealers' motivation to move high end used cars; but no sales means no profits. A Porsche dealer tried to convince me that $44K is a good price for an '01 Cab! I'm not an "old hand" with Porsche so I wonder if others more familiar with long term Porsche trends have any thoughts on this.
  2. It's dk tan leather (rich & gorgeous), wood is a dark burl; looks like walnut. The "windshield" strip would look fine with a black replacement.
  3. Nope. The dealer won't provide any data to a non-owner. The previous owner can get the history for his period of ownership only and give it to me. If I could find out who he was. Which I can't.
  4. I'm hoping someone posts a source for a non-wood replacement piece. Its no place for wood trim, especially burl veneer that disintegrates in the sun. The only thing I've found are aftermarket kits with no equivalent part.
  5. The Porsche dealer's service writer couldn't know the car's identity. The car is a trade-in, and apparently CA law prohibits the selling dealer from identifying the previous owner, and they're not going to go out on a limb and call him for permission.
  6. I've found a 996 Cab I'm ready to buy if I can verify a clean bill of health and care. I was going to take it to the dealer nearest the seller for a pre-purchase inspection, but they, a major LA area dealer, won't do the inspection because of liability; in case they miss something. And even though its likely they serviced this for the past 5 years, I can't get service history info for the time prior to my ownership either; even if I buy it! Privacy laws. But if I want to sell my house I'm supposed to disclose even trivial and potential problems? Go figure. Seems to me its just a lawsuit away from spreading to the indies too. Then what?
  7. I'm leaning towards making an offer on a 996 cab but the wood trim finish is almost opaque (age?). I had to look twice to see that it's wood. Worse, the full width wood strip just inside the windshield is thoroughly sun baked and broken into several pieces. Can the intact pieces be refinished? Does anyone make a replacement for the ruined strip in al. or carbon fiber that won't cost an arm? Direct direct sun was a bad place for a wood trim piece.
  8. Bought my first Porsche (a 356 Cab) at 28. Second one will be at 62. :D
  9. I'm looking at a 01 Cab that's in nice shape, but the leather (tan) on the steering wheel is heavily stained, rubbed through, etc.; generally looks terrible. It spoils the the whole interior. Maybe the owner has super sweaty palms or wears gloves...dunno. It's only got 50K miles on it. I haven't seen any other car with this fault. I have a hunch this isn't a minor thing to have corrected. Has anyone dealt with it?
  10. Beautiful automobile...I'm still on the hunt for mine.
  11. That may mean you can't go back from N to D without stopping.
  12. The manual says shifting from D to N while moving is OK. Doesn't say anything about going from N to D though. Are you having paranoid thoughts because of Toyota?
  13. 996 prospect here. My Audi's Tiptronic will not allow over-revving the engine in manual mode. It upshifts at redline. Does the Porsche Tip (in manual mode) do the same, or can it be driven to a dangerous engine speed.
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