I was at a Porsche specialist yesterday and they showed me a Porsche 964 Carrera 2 which they had in for some work. The owner had just bought it for £14,000 and thought he’d got a good car.
Sadly, though, the technicians looked it over and found that the engine cylinder compressions were low, there were various oil leaks and, generally, the car was not mechanically good. What’s more, the paintwork appeared to have been cleaned with a Brillo Pad.
The engine required at least a top-end rebuild, plus the various other jobs needed attending to, and a £5000-plus bill was looking likely. Even then, the car would still have that scruffy paintwork.
It seems that the £14,000 price bracket is common for 964s and, if you’re carefully you can get a decent one at that figure. However, if you pay a bit more, you could end up saving money in the long term.
I’m selling a 964 Carrera 4 which has had over £10,000 spent on it, including a full (not just top-end) rebuild. I’ve been told it’s too expensive but look at it realistically and here’s a car that shouldn’t require any major work doing on it for the foreseeable future. Surely that’s worth paying for. The owner of that black car could have bought mine and saved himself a lot of heartache and hassle, and have a better car then he’ll come out of all his mess with.
Sometimes it pays not to skimp.