Value Proposition: 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Cars fall out of favor with buyers for many reasons.  It could be triggered by known mechanical issues, documented design problems, or styling that just does not resonate with potential owners.  You can typically find cars in these categories at deeply discounted prices compared to the value they offer as a whole.  Find this 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet for sale in Austin, TX for $12,500 via craigslist.

Porsche shocked the world when they announced the 996 series 911 would be water cooled.  “Sacrilege” was the yell heard from the dyed-in-the-wool air cooled crowd.  Porsche was in a corner as the change was inevitable to meet emissions standards.  Throw in the fact that the 996’s engine could experience a catastrophic IMS bearing failure and the popularity contest was lost.  Today, all non-turbo 996’s seem to be tar’d with the same feathers regardless of maintenance or upgrades performed.

The totally restyled Carrera took a bit of getting used to, but today it looks every much a Porsche.  996’s were breaking new ground so it was expected teething problems would eventually surface.  This example looks well cared for and the worrisome IMS bearing has been pro-actively changed out to help you sleep at night.  Unfortunately it wears generic German silver over grey, but with 300 BHP on tap this is a ton of bang for your buck.

The seller does not supply a lot of detailed photos for scrutiny, but when buying a high end sports car personal inspection is your best option.  Local dealers would happily perform a certified PPI.  With the asking price floating in lesser capable Boxster territory, I’m having a hard time looking away.  If this were a coupe and some shade of color other than ‘blah” I would have to take a serious look.          

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When not receiving complaints of “distracted by cars…again” from his wife, Glenn can be found in the kitchen whipping up exotic cuisine and nourishing nosh.