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
5th Mar 2011, 18:49
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
7th Apr 2012, 17:41
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.