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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.