Cheap or expensive? 1999 Porsche 911

With the meteoric rise in prices of all air cooled Porsche’s, it is a valid question to ask whether there are any bargain Porsche’s left in the wild? The 996 generation of 911’s can be found for pennies on the dollar compared to it’s 993 predecessor.  IMS bearing failure seems to be the big boogie man in the Porsche used car world.  It should be one of the first things checked when shopping for any early water cooled 911 or Boxster.  Find this 1999 Porsche 911 for sale in Naugatuck, CT for $7,500 via craigslist. 

We have a attractive navy blue over saddle Porsche 911 with proper 6 speed manual transmission.  The car has just over 100,000 miles and has had a lot of recent maintenance including: oil change, spark plugs, water pump, and drive belt.  The clean car fax shows no accidents and nineteen service records with the most recent coming at 98,000 miles.

What’s the catch you might be asking?  The seller notes the engine has a cracked head and smokes a bit.  The car still runs and drives as is, but the owner does not have the time to fix the problem.  Could this be a a straight forward fix or even a misdiagnosis?  Is it worth a $7500 roll of the dice?

It never a good sign when weeds start growing up around a parked car meaning it has not likely moved in a long period of time.  I don’t think it anyone would have balked at a price tag of 10k if the seller took some decent photos in a more scenic setting.  Pro tip: do not picture your high end Porsche for sale looking like it is sitting in the middle of a geranium.

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