I’m in the market for a new car, and I’m debating between a 2005 or newer (997 gen) Porsche 911 or a 2011 or newer (N55 Engine) BMW 135i. My family’s owned a BMW before and repairs were actually really good. I spent about $5,000 on repairs (not including regular servicing like oil and tires) for the entire lifetime on my family’s 1998 BMW 318, and we threw it out at 290,000km (180,000 miles).
Anyway I’m considering an older Porsche, but I’m concerned about repairs. I plan to use this car as a daily driver, and I drive about 20,000 km (13,000 miles) a year. I have a few questions because I can’t find any articles about long term reliability.
How long does a Porsche engine last before it clonks out normally? I live in Toronto, which is just a bit bigger the Chicago, so most of my driving will be in traffic.
-Is it reasonable to expect 250,000km + (150,000 miles +)?
How often does it break down? I often read that a Porsche 911 is a super reliable car, however at the same time Lemon-Aid rated the 911 “below average” mostly due to expensive servicing and faulty electronics. I read that a common issue with the 911 is the Rear Main Seal breaking, and that costs about $1,400 to fix. Plus I hear $700 repairs are fairly common (which isn’t bad).
-How much should I expect repair costs to amount to during the lifetime of the car? How much more will this cost to repair then a BMW 1/3 series over the lifetime of the car?
Does Oil really cost $250? How many KM does that last? I ask because most cars need oil after 8,000km, but my buddy’s Lexus & BMW only need one ever 24,000km.
How long does a clutch typically last? I hear they are expensive to replace since you have to drop the engine.
I don’t mind paying more for maintenance, a 911 is a $100,000 car brand new, but I want to get a $ value for how much more it costs when I make my decision. Finally…
- 9 year old Porsche 911 or 3 year old BMW 135i? Which should I get? - I’m 25, and I only ever drive with my girlfriend, so I’m getting a Cabrio as well.