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Hi James, I think it's amazing that you're willing to buy a nice car for your son. The most important disclaimer is that you (and your wife) know your son better than anyone else, so the fact alone that you're considering it tells me that your son must be quite mature and level-headed for his age. Ultimately if your son is going to be irresponsible, most likely he will be in trouble in any car. My suggestion would be to establish rules for the use and care of the car, as well as what would it take for him to lose car privileges (tickets, grades, etc). I agree with previous suggestions mentioned and perhaps take a bit of your budget (maybe downgrade to a Boxster instead of the 911?) and allocate it to Porsche driving education. If you're around for this, you can judge how your son's driving skills match the handling of a sports car. Second disclaimer: I am not nearly as educated about Porsche as some other forum members, but here is my $.02: 1) Fear of total engine failure (too much reading about IMS/RMS issues? From what I've read in this and other forums, it all comes down to proper maintenance and some luck. I would not allow this to deter me from purchasing a Porsche. 2) Should we focus more on lower miles or later year...e.g. is a 2003 with 65,000 miles better than a 1999 with 30,000 miles or vice versa? The Porsche mantra I've read is "but the newest Porsche you can afford". Either way, make sure you have a good mechanic and get a PPI. 3) What about Cabriolet versus Coupe (remember...never going to be garaged...also, is one safer than the other)? If you're in Atlanta, I'd say getting a cab would be nicer. 4) Interior color...does it matter...my son likes black? Just a matter of taste. And of how much care you put into it (stains, etc.) 5) What am I missing...what should we be considering? I'm assuming that money is not and will not be an issue. As mentioned before, maintenance is more expensive than other makes. Insurance for a Porsche being driving by a 16 year old must not be cheap. And again, you decide how you want to work with your son. If he is mature enough and an educated, responsible driver, why not?
Beaglehusky replied to moonshadow's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)You can get the description from your VIN here: http://www.autoatlanta.com/life/vin/vin.php?
Hey there, Just based on the fact that you're in Canada, my guess is that the C4 may better fit your driving needs. You just have to make sure that the price difference is worth it to you, and estimate the future expenses due to the RMS change, etc. Alternatively, be patient. There are lots of cars out there and you could wait until you find the one that causes you no hesitation. Regardless, good luck with your purchase. You will end up loving whichever 911 you buy. Cheers.
Beaglehusky replied to Deftones1's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)38. One day I looked in the mirror at my receding hairline and I thought "It's time to buy a Porsche" /jk