2005 Porsche 911 997 3.6L Six from North America
Save money, buy a Porsche!
Nothing; this is advice from a serious car enthusiast and automotive professional.
I am both a collector, and automotive professional. I purchased a 3 year old 997 CPO with 9K miles on it for over $30K(1/3 off!) less than original sticker.
I own vintage cars, have owned more 11 different drivers in the last 10 years from (3) BMW, (2) AUDI, (1) Land Rover, (2) Volvo, (1) Jeep, & (2) Porsche.
The 997 is far and away the best car I have owned. The noises, the transmission, the clutch, the road feel, everything is perfect. Not too harsh like the older Porsches, driver comfort is great, excellent luxury options, great interior materials, no rattles!
Exit & entry aren't a problem for someone 6'4' and over. Do not think twice. Do yourself a favor, if you are a sucker for automobiles, don't waste your time and money trading up (see above). It will likely be one of most enjoyable financial decisions you can make! You will lose more on a new Camry in three years than a three year old Porsche with warranty for the subsequent three years, so finance it long term and you will enjoy life, while making out better in the end!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th July, 2008
I an wondering why you haven't mentioned the IMS bearing failures on 2005 to 2007 Porsche 911 motors... maybe you've been lucky? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/super-piston-slap-kickstarting-a-porsche-ims-lawsuit/#more-383149
Regarding the IMS failure, this has been hyped by internet know-it-alls and those hoping to sell a fix, but the incidence is estimated to be less than 5%. Admittedly, nobody knows for sure because Porsche doesn't provide statistics on the failure rate. Like many internet-discussed phenomena, it is a problem widely known but rarely experienced. If it happened to you, it is a $10K plus bill, though.
IMS failure is no hype - it's very real, enough for every Porsche blogsite to have it constantly in discussion. It's kept me from getting one second-hand, while I've been monitoring the situation for years.
All cars have their faults, but while most can be put down to either driving style or maintenance, or particular design faults that can be circumvented (say, changing a cambelt at 50,000 km instead of the recommended 120,000 km, just as an extreme example) or changing the plastic-impeller water pumps every 4-5 years to prevent catastrophic failure, the IMS can happen whether the car is babied or trashed, maintained by the book or neglected, low-mileage or not.
When you have a car that is tracked or raced, and driven to the extremes of the rev counter that has done over 100K miles and not had a problem, and you have one which has been consciously driven carefully and serviced on time, and needs the engine changed below 35K miles, at a cost of something like US$12K (and Americans get it cheaper than the rest of the world), then it is a concern.
When you spend money on a car costing that much (brand new), you expect a REASONABLE amount of durability built-in, and if it does have faults, that you can find out what can be done to prevent a problem, or that a fix is available without replacing the whole engine.
Porsche 911 and Boxster models sold in the U.S. from 2001-2005 are subject to a total intermediate shaft-bearing failure within the engine.
Porsche's lawyers in a class-action suit agreed to settle with owners on cars that had been in service less than 10 years regardless of low mileage.
Claims accepted until October 15, 2013.
Source: Autoweek magazine Sept.16 issue.