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looking into purchasing 2003 911 c2


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hey guys,

im looking into purchasing a 2003 911 c2 with 72000 kilometres. is there anything i should know about the year, in regards to any problems. Im a total newb when it comes to these cars, as i just started looking into them recently. what am i lookign at in maintence costs and at what intervals are major services done? i heard oil changes are pricey for Porsches? Im coming from a 2006 350z, do you think this car would be an upgrade in performance? sorry about all the questions, but i just want to get some insight before i make any decisions.

thanks in advance

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I would have it checked over by a certified porsche mechanic first, it'll be the best money you ever spent if it turns out to be a bad one. Bottom line is that these cars are amazing, they make you drive them and in return for that privilege you have to expect fairly hefty service and repair bills from time to time (just an oil change at the local porsche dealership is $295). Think of it like you would when choosing a wife, it's gonna cost you but what is it going to bring into your life that will make it worth it. Yes, there would be some performance upgrade from the Nissan, not least of all to top-end speed, and you at least have the notion of rear seats in the 911, albeit they're only useful for smaller folks and kids.

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Have an oil analysis done. You only need about three or four oz. and can be taken from the dipstick. Blackstone Labs(there are plenty of others) offers a rush service just for this. It's called "Lemon-Aide". They are on the net. The seller should not mind. If he does,beware. An analysis will tell you all kinds of things about your engine and can tell if bearings are going out,coolant in the oil, etc. These are problems that could and do happen and this would alert you to present conditions. Engine rebuilds are very expensive and not that many mechanics familiar with them. I would not buy another without this first. The price is only $22.00. Cheap insurance. I speak from experience but still just my opinion. Good Luck, Robert.

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