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Thanks everybody. I think I have found a new love that'll give an equally enjoyable driving experience, with a bit less bling and a lot less $$$ (especially for maintenance). Looking to get a newer S2000. I also fell in love with the latest model Cayman/Boxster S's so I think this will do for quite some time and then when I have a good bit more saved up and am further along in life I can look into one of those, or maybe go the 911 route. Also want to test ride a few other toys (M3, Z4M, going to rent an MX-5) but pretty set on the idea of the S2000, maybe even spring for the CR if a test drive doesn't "shake" the idea out of my head.
mototrojan12 started following First Porsche... 2005 the best 997? Reliability of S vs. non?
Approaching graduation and looking to purchase a sports car to be my somewhat daily driver (often commute on a motorcycle) as well as just a joy to ride. RWD, sharp handling and 300-350 hp in a smaller chassis is my ideal ride. My father recently picked up a 2003 911 Carrera Cab and I have begun to fall in love with this era of 911's, and feel like it could fit my desire perfectly... perfect blend of style and raw performance. While I am not opposed to the 996's... depending on what I can find I am interested in perhaps spending a bit more for the right 997. My biggest concern is reliability and ease/cost of repair. I believe my question to be pretty straightforward, but of the earlier 997's, is 2005 the best bet? I have heard it is much less expensive to work on, specifically the IMS bearing fix. Also, any big differences in reliability between the standard model and the S? I wouldn't mind the extra HP, as well as the electronic suspension. Thanks!