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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
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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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!
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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?
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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.
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