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Turbo pricing

Post by B-ran » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:17 pm

As a lowly NA Carrera owner, I’m always interested in the pricing of the much sought after and valued Turbos. I imagine the power one gets in a Tubro would make my 3.4 feel like a golf cart in comparission. A few years back, when I lived in San Diego, I remember seeing some craigslist postings for Turbos with higher-ish miles for sale in the mid 30s or so. What kind of pricing do they fetch these days?
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Re: Turbo pricing

Post by FRUNKenstein » Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:12 pm

Well, there are still 996tts out there in the $30k range.

Actually, a running 996tt can be had starting in the high $20ks, but it will have a serious issue like extremely high miles (think 200,000) or a salvage title.

Move into the low $30k range, and you might get a non-salvage title car with 150,000 miles, some accident history and a little rough around the edges. Or a lower mileage car (100k) that's been heavily modded. We Turbros love to mod our cars, but for some reason we hate to buy a car that's already been modded.

High $30ks will start being decent cars: maybe one in pretty good shape, no or only very minor accident history, a good service history and about 100k miles.

Low $40k range will get you a nice car with maybe 80k miles.

Mid to upper $40ks gets you a very, very nice car, maybe 50k to 60k miles, desirable options and colors, good service history and records, no or only very minor paintwork.

Once you go over $50k, you start finding "no stories" cars - no paintwork, maybe only 2 or 3 previous owners, bone stock or only minor mods, mileage under 50k, preferably under 40k.

Over $60k and you get into truly special cars. What we call "low mileage", which is under 30k miles. X50 package with PCCB brakes (which they called a 996 Turbo S in 2005). Paint to sample. Bone stock. No paintwork whatsoever. Interior flawless.

$70k is pretty much the top of the 996tt range. You might see one advertised for more, but I doubt any are actually selling for much more than that. Of course, that does not include the mighty GT2.
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Re: Turbo pricing

Post by pfbz » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:57 pm

I agree with the above, and cheap cars are usually cheap for a reason, but occasionally you find an exception.

There was actually a very nice looking Turbo that popped up on the Porsche Club website last week. Six speed coupe, black over black, sport seats, $35K with 86K miles on it. It looked in very nice cosmetic and mechanical shape, but it was too far for me to put eyes on it (which IMHO is a MUST when shopping for a 17 year old car.

I passed it along to another turbro wanna-be that was local to the car, I think he's got it locked down.

If your willing to take a cab (yuck, for me at least), a tiptronic (double yuck), or a beat-to-crap-cosmetically car (triple yuck), there are definitely "cheap" turbo's out there, but some extra dollars spent on the front end usually ends up paying off in the long run unless you find an undervalued car....

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Re: Turbo pricing

Post by Alan A » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:54 am

B-ran wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:17 pm
As a lowly NA Carrera owner, I’m always interested in the pricing of the much sought after and valued Turbos. I imagine the power one gets in a Tubro would make my 3.4 feel like a golf cart in comparission. A few years back, when I lived in San Diego, I remember seeing some craigslist postings for Turbos with higher-ish miles for sale in the mid 30s or so. What kind of pricing do they fetch these days?
Back in 03 (pre wife, kids, mortgage) I had a new C4S.
Waited over a year for it. Thought it was quick...

Lived in NYC at the time. Was driving it back towards the Triboro late at night. Was in VT for the weekend deal - and people don’t hang around on that road on a Sunday night - when a similar looking car pulled up next to me. We both take off.

This thing left me for dead. I was so far back by the time I lifted at 130ish it wasn’t funny. That’s when I realized just how much difference there was between a turbo look and a turbo.

Sad but true - fast forward 13 years and the first thing I did when I got my TT was stick a tune on it. It felt slow...

As has been said. 50k will get you a good one.

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Re: Turbo pricing

Post by Shadetree996 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:33 am

Go for a $50k car.

When all is said and done, you will have spent that much anyhow.
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Re: Turbo pricing

Post by FRUNKenstein » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:30 am

Shadetree996 wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:33 am
Go far a $50k car.

When all is said and done, you will have spent that much anyhow.
Good advice. I was surprised to see a 172k mile tippy sell this week for $26,500 (asking price) because it had some very nice options and appeared to be well cared for (a 2-owner car with the second owner having owned it since 11,000 miles). At that price under those circumstances, and if I were looking for a tiptronic, I would have pulled the trigger on that less expensive car. But, that's a rarity. And, it sold same or next day it was listed. So, that's the exception rather than the rule.
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