Wow, I can TOTALLY relate! I've almost bought a Porsche twice: first time, a "bargain" from a co-worker (turned out, it needed a valve job: $8,000 at the Porsche dealer) and second time from a kid who trashed it (new gearbox - big bucks - can't remember the price). Porsche clutches typically last 100,000 miles or so - and he's already burned it out? Wow. Oh, another Porsche story: my son (back before the market went to heck) bought a "nice" Porsche - only problem: the "check engine" light was on - he took it to the dealer - the motor was WRECKED - kid who owned it before (doctor's son & 16 years old!) didn't change the oil & didn't do the maintenance, so the motor was trashed! Conclusion: beware of used Porsches! The are complex, expensive (put aside at least $2,000 a year for maintenance) and, if not maintained by the book, will go bad quickly. A good, honest, book to read, if you're serious about buying one is: "Porsche 911 Buyer's Guide" by Randy Leffingwell - it will tell you ALL the pitfalls of ownership, not glossed over - if you STILL want to buy a Porsche after reading this book, well, at least you'll know what you're getting into!