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07-05-2019 06:44 PM
RJ's SL Hi everyone, I hope you all had a happy 4th.
It took 3 months, but I finally found what I was looking for.
Found it on my own, at a dealer no less.
2002 911 C2. Exterior(midnight blue) and interior(savanna beige) colors are what I was looking for. I decided to go stick shift again and I'm glad I did.
I found it at a dealer in Cleveland. It's rare to find a 911 this old at a dealer but the salesman said that it was taken in trade and that they had complete confidence in the vehicle, so instead of taking it to auction, they put it on the sales floor. I saw it on their website on a Sunday night, called them on Monday morning and it was delivered Wednesday evening.
It has a couple of minor issues that I need to take care of (fuel gauge sending unit, intermittent wiper switch). I also put a new stereo in it.
The IMS bearing had been done, so I didn't have to spend another $3000.
I frikken love this car. A true sports car. This thing carves turns and, it's actually more comfortable than the SL in my opinion. Has adjustable lumbar support as good as my wife's E350.
Enjoy the summer. Great top down weather here in upstate NY.
04-17-2019 05:20 PM
RJ's SL Got to work this morning and got pulled over for a random inspection(I work in a highly secured area).
As I was waiting for security to do their thing, my SL drove by
Nope, I'm really fine with it.
Met with the Porsche guy this afternoon and we talked 996's, SC's...
We're going to see what he can find. Though I'd be happy with a 996 and spend half the money of an SC.
So, I'm sort of leaving it up to fate. What does he find that's well documented, well cared for?
04-17-2019 12:05 PM
George993 RJ's yes, the SC should work well, without double checking I think a convertible was only for 1983 (I had a 1983 conv), but you can get a targa for any year, still a removable top and easier/safer. For a convertible I would recommend getting a roll over bar. BTW, the top is so much lighter and simpler than the SL. Overall it's a relatively simple and reliable car with tons of support/information available on the web, clubs etc. If you are going to do most of the work yourself, get a hoist which lifts the whole car up. Does not have to be the 4 post, I had a scissor lift which tire shops use for tire changes. When folded it's flat on the ground and you drive over it. The used ones are around $1000. Good luck and have fun!
04-13-2019 09:05 PM
RJ's SL George993 - I'm grateful for your advice. You're obviously very knowledgeable and you've helped me narrow down my options.
As I've said, this will be a summer evening/weekend back road toy. The farthest it might go is 2 hours from home on a weekend getaway. Longer trips are in the wife's E350. So, I like your choice of the 78-83 SC. Definitely want a drop top. And you say basic service is not a nightmare?
My wife will be fine with it -she doesn't mind me driving fast.
Just came home from a week in the keys. I left and it was winter, came back to Spring.
But I got a little pang of regret when I opened the garage door and the SL wasn't there.
04-09-2019 09:58 AM
George993 And if you choose 993 (most modern, best performance, best handling, good comfort and A/C etc) - it's a service nightmare comparing to the 3.2 Carrera/SC. Oil change is a half a day job (2 oil filters, accessing one requires a muffler or lots of other parts removal), you need to drop the engine to change one of the spark plugs etc. It's just too many things/too big of an engine in a very tight spot
04-09-2019 09:45 AM
George993 Of course as you look at my membership info you can conclude that I've kept a 993 plus with age moved into more comfort like V12 S Class :-)
04-09-2019 09:42 AM
George993 I've owned several air cooled 911. Long hood early 70s, SC, 3.2 Carrera, 993 and one water cooled (996).

If you need comfort, efficient A/C etc (or are often driving with a significant other who is not into cars) get a water cooled at whatever price point you like.

If you don't mind some noise, harshness, driving with windows down and you enjoy/focus on driving, get an air cooled. If money is a concern, get 1978-83 SC. Very solid, reliable, fun to drive and the least expensive of the air cooled - best value for money.

Air cooled can also be used as a daily driver - I've almost bought one with 500,000 miles on it and running strong - try that with a Ferrari :-)
04-07-2019 12:46 PM
Black Forest 993's are great and not a water cooled Audi remake. Gotta love that IMS bearing..
04-07-2019 11:39 AM
SL BRABUS
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Originally Posted by RJ's SL View Post
If I have to spend a little more than I was thinking, like a 997 or an air cooled, to get a more reliable car, then I will.

My thinking is to drive the 911 while still in upstate NY where the roads are twisty. Once I retire (5 years?) I'm moving someplace that surely will have straight flat roads. So, then maybe an E class coupe?

I'll stop in from time to time, let you know how it goes - thank you SL BRABUS
If you thinking about air cooled.......

I would pick 964 or 993 over the 997 any days.....

Air cooled is such a classic with strong resale value.....

If you love to work on car the 964 or 993 is the car for you.....

If you have a mechanic fix on any 911 it will cost you an arm & leg.... Plus parts is very pricey on any 911 compare to any SL....

04-05-2019 02:10 PM
RJ's SL
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Originally Posted by SL BRABUS View Post
No offense but 996 is junk......

You be back here in no time with another R129......

997 is a different story.....

Stop here once in a while...... Love to hear your story of your new car.....

Keep in touch my friend.....

If I have to spend a little more than I was thinking, like a 997 or an air cooled, to get a more reliable car, then I will.

My thinking is to drive the 911 while still in upstate NY where the roads are twisty. Once I retire (5 years?) I'm moving someplace that surely will have straight flat roads. So, then maybe an E class coupe?

I'll stop in from time to time, let you know how it goes - thank you SL BRABUS
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