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What do you mean by up keep?
That could either be air pressure in the tyres or fluids in the hydraulic dampers.

Wait, sorry, he asked about Porsche, not Jaguar.

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That could either be air pressure in the tyres or fluids in the hydraulic dampers.

Wait, sorry, he asked about Porsche, not Jaguar.
That's right mine are put together with connecting rods. Maybe he wants to know who that works and how to maintain said rods?
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Buy a front wheel drive shit box and drive it around in reverse. Same feeling as driving a 997 forward.
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just keep feeding 20c pieces into the coin slot, it will work fine...

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I have a base 997 and can give you some ideas about maintenance costs.

Recommended oil change intervals are 20 K miles at about $300. (I do it every 10 K)

Brake flush every two years for $300.

Replace front brake pads and rotors is $1200

40 K mile service is $600

spark plugs at 4 years or 60 K (whichever comes first) is $500

front end alignment is $300

Porsche battery is $325

Tires are about $1400 (or more for a set of PS2s mounted and balanced) This is for the 18s. The 19s on the S are even more expensive. Expect front tires to last about 20 K on average and the rears to need replacing at about 10K. These are averages I’ve been able to discern from other owners. I have been getting twice this mileage on the stock Contis.

..and if anything goes seriously wrong with the car out of warrantee then you will have to sell your first born.

These are estimates from memory. I would not expect routine maintenance items for the S to be much more except for tires. All the quoted prices are from the dealer service department which is on the high end. If you go independent, I’m sure you can do better. Better yet many people change the oil and brake pads themselves.

I would not buy one out of warrantee. Find one that Porsche certified pre-owned with a warrantee extension.

The car is an absolute blast to drive and with the economy in shambles there are great deals to be had on used 997's.
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Never liked the prettified dash of the newer 911's compared to the serious down to business interior design of the previous model.
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The reason 911's are worth more than most SL's of later vintage makes about as much sense as picking on Obama while holding W. up on high.
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The reason 911's are worth more than most SL's of later vintage makes about as much sense as picking on Obama while holding W. up on high.
or as much sense as blaming Bush for everything and nothing on Obama.
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I traded in my SL for the 911. From a fun to drive perspective the 911 wins hands down. No doubt the SL is more beautifully appointed but the sheer weight of this car detracts from the driving experience. Having owned both I can say without a doubt that I would never consider an SL again.

The question is what to get next. This (model) year Porsche introduced the new motors with direct injection for the NA cars as well as a new dual clutch transmission (PDK) which has been getting rave reviews (even by long time manual owners). This second iteration of the 997S gets to 60 in the low 4 sec. By contrast the current generation turbo is in the low 3s but no one knows for sure when PDK and direct injection will be introduced for the 997tt.
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