Alan Cesar Associate Editor
July 30, 2012 8:52 a.m.

The 911 is instantly recognizable, a stout performer and has eons of racing pedigree. Are they affordable? We explore the options in the sub-$20,000 range.

http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/articles/practical-porsche/

forzav12 Reader
July 30, 2012 11:43 a.m.

Yes. Done.

Osterkraut UltraDork
July 30, 2012 12:16 p.m.

one 964, please.

clutchsmoke HalfDork
July 30, 2012 12:55 p.m.

964 with a slant nose front end for me!

July 30, 2012 12:58 p.m.
clutchsmoke wrote: 964 with a slant nose front end for me!

Yuck.

Yellowbird or turbo valence with splitter for me please.

Rusted_Busted_Spit SuperDork
July 30, 2012 1:24 p.m.

Not even close for 20K but I would like one of these please.

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
July 30, 2012 1:34 p.m.
Rusted_Busted_Spit wrote: Not even close for 20K but I would like one of these please.

Cool color! Thanks for sharing.

bravenrace PowerDork
July 30, 2012 1:40 p.m.

I think it's name is "Frog".

clutchsmoke HalfDork
July 30, 2012 2:02 p.m.

In reply to Rusted_Busted_Spit:

I like your style sir.

yamaha Reader
July 30, 2012 2:07 p.m.

To each their own I suppose......I can't stand the look of the slant nose. I prefer the arched fenders and fixed lamps

Rusted_Busted_Spit SuperDork
July 30, 2012 2:20 p.m.

Between Woodys Targe thread, this article and the fact that my wife likes the way 911s look ...., but do I want to forgo an Elise in favor of a Porsche?

singleslammer Reader
July 30, 2012 2:49 p.m.

Started looking at these a little and think that a 996 carrera is actually closing in the same price as the 80s 911 and definitely the carreras. Thoughts on those verses, say, an 87 Carrera G50?

Woody MegaDork
July 30, 2012 2:53 p.m.

The 996 is actually cheaper than a Carrera 3.2. The 996 has some engine issues that have caused the values to plummet.

singleslammer Reader
July 30, 2012 3:16 p.m.

Yeah, I remember that. Something having to deal with Porous metals causing engine failure.

Tyler H Dork
July 30, 2012 3:23 p.m.

The conventional wisdom on the 996 is that the higher-mileage ones are probably okay or they would have puked by now. Any thoughts on that?

Argo1 Reader
July 30, 2012 6:39 p.m.

Interesting article. I'm a little puzzled by the "not a Miata killer" comment. On what planet? I've had a number of older Porsches as DD. They are great for the duty. Practical, economical, reliable, and fun. The rap on Porsche parts is overblown. Shop a bit. Plus Porsches rarely break with resonable care. Want to add upgrade goodies to it? Bring your wallet. The upside is that I have sold each car for more than I paid for it when I was ready to move on. Can't ask for more than that.

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
July 30, 2012 6:52 p.m.
Argo1 wrote: Interesting article. I'm a little puzzled by the "not a Miata killer" comment.

Just meaning that an older Porsche 911 might not outrun a Miata around an autocross course, all else being equal. It might, it might not. Either way, that's not what this article is about. It's about the driving experience.

Vigo SuperDork
July 30, 2012 10:56 p.m.
Just meaning that an older Porsche 911 might not outrun a Miata around an autocross course,

Must resist Toyota Camry comment.. nah just kidding.

Looks like a lot of fun for new car money. This does not surprise me.

Knurled SuperDork
July 30, 2012 11:45 p.m.
Rusted_Busted_Spit wrote: Not even close for 20K but I would like one of these please.

It's like owning an FB, but with a cantankerous, funny-sounding engine.

Wait a minute.

mad_machine MegaDork
July 31, 2012 8:09 a.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote:
clutchsmoke wrote: 964 with a slant nose front end for me!

Yuck.

Yellowbird or turbo valence with splitter for me please.

Give me an 80s turbo look with a long nose conversion to "S" specs..

Early bumpers, early hood, euro lights, wide fenders, no spoiler, and a tiny little lip splitter under the bumper... tasty

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
July 31, 2012 9:04 a.m.

See, that's another thing I like about the 911: everyone had their own preference. Choose your poison: Yellow Bird, Carrera RS, ST, slope-nose, IROC, narrow-body, 911S, etc., etc.

oldtin SuperDork
July 31, 2012 9:25 a.m.
Knurled wrote: It's like owning an FB, but with a cantankerous, funny-sounding engine. Wait a minute.

Out of the piles of cars I've owned, the 911s were the ones that always started and got me where I wanted to go. Pretty easy to work on and maintenance parts were very reasonable.

bravenrace PowerDork
July 31, 2012 9:33 a.m.

I like dis:

My wallet doesn't.

July 31, 2012 9:37 a.m.
bravenrace wrote: I like dis: My wallet doesn't.

Sooooo sexy. I would love to something similar to the front clip of my 964.

Any ideas on where one might find a lower valence/bumper/lip like that?

singleslammer Reader
July 31, 2012 10:38 a.m.

In reply to Tyler H: I would rock a 99 or 00 carrera. It needs a GT3 bumper for me to enjoy looking at it but the funny head lights are ok and the price is right. Hmmm.... Doesn't seem to be many takers on the 996 conversation. Perhaps a new thread is needed?

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