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Porsche 911 cost of maintenance.

edited November -1 in Repair and Maintenance
I am considering purchasing my colleague?s 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera. It has low miles and seems to be well taken care of, except that it may need a new clutch.



1) I have never owned a sports car, and was hoping someone could shed some light on the cost of ownership of such a car (i.e. maintenance, replacement parts etc.) It has less than 30K miles on it.



2) I am wondering how 911s handle in snow compared to other rear wheel drive cars.



3) I go to a competent and trustworthy mechanic, but have been told that it would prudent to have the car serviced by a 911 specialists mechanic. Does this have merit?



Thank you in advance!
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  • edited May 2010
    The car is over 10 years old, so you can expect some repairs. Parts and labor are both higher than "normal" cars, about 20 to 30% on average per repair.

    Not too bad in snow, but you'll need winter tires. The car is low to the ground and won't do well in deep unplowed snow.

    A Porsche specialist is a good idea for repairs. A good shop can handle oil changes and routine maintenance.

    IF the car really needs a new clutch that is a red flag. Either the owner for 30K miles is a novice driver and very tough on the clutch. Or, the owner is an aggressive and hard driver and was tough on the clutch. A clutch should not be toast in 30K miles. Was the car raced? or taken to "track days" at the race track?

    Get a mechanic's inspection before buying the car.
  • edited May 2010
    1) Maintenance is higher due to parts. You need to find a qualified mechanic to work on the car.
    2) A 911 is wonderful in the snow with a set of quality winter tires. Use tirerack.com to and buy wheels/tires mounted. The only issue is clearance but it is not prudent really to be on roads with 5"+ deep snow.

    3) A general mechanic can check most things. However EVERY car has known issues. Majority of general mechanics have never touched a 911 due to low sales #'s. So they don't know the common problems and how to identify. Even if you use a general mechanic for repairs/maintenance after it is still very prudent to have a knowledgable Porsche mechanic for checkover.
  • edited May 2010
    I agree. Needed a new clutch after only 30k miles is a huge red flag. Either the car has seen heavy track us or your is terrible a driving a manual transmission. Get the car inspected first and get some estimates on the price of a new clutch + the install, you'll likely be mortified when you find out how much it costs.
  • edited May 2010
    Otto, you might find a Porsche forum and post these questions, the 911 has a fanatical following and lots of folks will share their ideas. Needing a new clutch at 30k is a bad sign, these were pretty stout, I've not heard of this being a common need. You will want a Porsche-specific mechanic, the engine is very different that just about everything else. And yes, both the parts and the labor are quite expensive, with some maintenance items requiring lots of man-hours=$$$$. You might go to a Porsche dealer and quiz the service department.

    So, it's a GREAT sports car, but an expensive one to maintain.

    p.s. - do not buy this if it needs a clutch, have the current owner fix it. If he won't, there are plenty of other 911s out there.
  • edited May 2010
    There must be a car that costs more to own and operate, but off hand, I can't think of which one that might be..A Ferrari maybe..

    Just for chuckles, ask your friendly Porsche mechanic what the clutch replacement will cost..

    Drive it in the SNOW??? Get serious...
  • edited May 2010
    Um, if you have to ask about the maintenance cost. . . can you really afford it? Would you be shocked at a $2000 tune up?
  • edited May 2010
    There's nothing wrong with a 911 (my dream car) but they will be costly to maintain and the huge red flag as mentioned is this car needing a clutch after less than 30k miles.

    This means the owner has been driving around with his foot on the clutch pedal all of the time (not so bad) or he's been driving it clean into the pavement. (bad)
    Price that clutch job and you may decide to walk away from this.
  • edited May 2010
    Check out the replacement cost of the engine -- close to $31K. Everything that needs replacing on the 911 is going to be costly. In addition, because weight is of concern all parts are manufactured of light weight material; are sized to only handle the designed load; and will not tolerate ham handed mechanic technique. Thus, using a Porsche specialist is a wish choice.

    On the other hand, I bet you would be paying a bundle to purchase this car, even though it is 11 years old. So you shouldn't be bothered by the high cost of parts and labor to keep it up.

    But, when you get out on Highway 1 between San Francisco and the Russian River, you will appreciate what a nice sports car the Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is. Go for it -- its only money which may well be worthless tomorrow.
  • edited May 2010
    Yeah, I would be shocked. Why don't you break that down for us, you know, itemize?

    We can start with 10 hours of labor stipulated, now how do you account for $1000 in parts? Just curious.
  • edited May 2010
    Reportedly, an admiring bystander asked Commodore Vanderbilt how much the huge new Vanderbilt yacht had cost.
    The Commodore's reply was..."If you have to ask, you can't afford it".
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