10 things porsche 911 owners should know
There are 10 things Porsche 911 owners should know about buying & owning a Porsche in 2020 & 2021, and I’m going to talk you though step by step.
I have been fortunate enough to own 6 Porsche cars over the last 9 years. During my ownership I have picked up a lot of money saving techniques and ill pass them onto you. Porsche Ownership should be about enjoying the car, putting your foot down, not worrying about costs, problems, repairs etc..
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Tip number 9 is my favourite, so lets get on with 10 things Porsche 911 Owners should know.
1. Wheel Judder when wheels turning - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
This is quite a common thing, and most people think its a problem with the car, It’s not. Wheel judder occurs when the wheels are generally on full lock and the car is moving slowly. 911’s are set up with this suspension geometry, so don’t be alarmed when it happens to your Porsche 911. You’ll generally only hear/feel it during colder weather, it probably won’t happen in the summer months.
2. IMS & Borescoring Issues - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
You will find hundreds of online guides about the Porsche 911 IMS bearing & Borescoring issues. There are 2 guides below which explain these issues very well.
Issues like IMS & Borescoring only effect a small amount of Porsche 911’s on the road generally around the 996 & 997 era. These issues can also found in other variants like the Boxster & Cayman.
If i could sum up the IMS & Borescoring issues in one sentace I would say this
Borescoring can lead to engine failure, it doesnt effect 997.2 , turbo or GT models. Listen for a tapping noise at idle, look for blackened nearside exhaust tip. If you see any of these don’t drive the car and get it checked out immediately.
IMS bearing failure can also cause catastrophic engine failure. It mainly effects the early 997 models, as most 2006 onwards models have a larger stronger IMS bearing fitted.
These issues unfortunately are blown way out of proportion, but still worth looking at if you are buying or owning. There is no question that this fits into the 10 things porsche 911 owners should know list.
3. charge your porsche when not in use - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
Charging your Porsche when it’s not in use is such a valuable tip. When Porsche cars are not regularly driven (going 2-3 weeks without driving) then you definitely need a car charger. Ask me how i know!!
Batteries on these cars have lots of complicated electrical systems to look after and maintain. Just like any normal battery it will die if not charged by hooking upto a tender or driving it.
I can definately recommend the C-Tek charger to hook upto your Porsche 911 when not in use
4. Body Styles - Widebody vs Narrowbody - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
People are often quite shocked at how many variants of the 911 are available to buy. It is important to know what body style you are buying, because there is a difference.
Narrowbody cars include Carrera, Carrera s, GT3,
Widebody cars include Carrera 4, Carrera 4s, GT3 RS, Targa 4 & 4s, Turbo, Turbo S & Gt2.
I pesonally own the 997.2 Carrera 4s widebody, the hips stick out about an extra 1.75 inches on the widebody cars.
5. Service Costs - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard that Porsche 911’s are expensive to run. I think to an extent they can be, if you are taking the car to a main dealer to have repair/service work done. But here’s something that might make you sit up and realise they are not all that bad.
I recently carried out an oil, oil filter & air filter change on my 2006 911 997, it cost me in total £90. I sourced the oil & filters myself and carried out the work on my driveway. There is no reason why you can’t do the same, unless you have no driveway/garage or are disabled. I bought the oil from Amazon and filters from Euro Car Parts.
- Castrol 0W-40 Fully Synthetic (x2)
- Air filter £20 (Bosch)
- Oil Filter £15 (Bosch)
Additional service items are also not so bad. 6 spark plugs will cost around £43, and a full coil pack will cost around £200.
Despite what some service schedules say, I change my oil & filters every year. Spark plugs around every 4 years, ignition coils only need to be changed if one or multiple coils start failing.
6. Buying a Porsche Code Reader can save money - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
Followers of the Porsche Network YouTube Channel know that I highly recommend buying a Porsche scan tool. There is a very good reason for it.
Not only will it save you time by not needing to wait for your car to be booked in and looked at. You will be able to read (and possibly clear) the fault code/warning light there and then.
It might be something that you can fix yourself like a faulty o2 sensor, or a faulty MAF sensor. But even if you can’t fix it yourself, at least you know what the problem is. Therefore the garage cannot rip you off or tell you its something really complicate if it’s a simple sensor.
I highly recommend the iCarsoft POR v1.0 kit from Diagnostic World if you only want a scan tool for the Porsche. If you wanted a tool for all makes & models then I’d recommend the iCarsoft CR Pro kit.
These scanners will allow you to reset the service message on the dashboard. Here are a few short videos of the iCarsoft POR v1.0 in action.
7. Warm Up Period - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
There’s lots of information online from owners who have varying advice when it comes to warming the car up before driving. This is not to say that my advice is correct and others is incorrect, this is just what i believe to be correct.
- Start the car as normal
- Let the car idle for around 30 seconds until the revs drop to just under 1000rpm
- Start driving the car but keep the revs under 2000 rpm
- When oil temperature is at the 90degree marker you can open the car up rev higher past 2000rpm.
Once of my recent videos on this topic went a bit viral and caused a high topic of discussion.
8. popular options - what to look for - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
When buying a Porsche 911 you generally want the car to have lots of features & toys. Here are some of the most desirable options that were specced by the original owners.
- Sports Exhaust
- GT3 Aero Kit
- Sport Chrono
- Sat Nav
- Multi Function Steering Wheel
- Deviated Interior Stitching
- X51 Power Kit (quite rare & adds power)
Well specced cars from factory will have 10k to 15k worth of options installed. This is the type of car I would recommend looking for. The X51 kits though are very rare, so don’t be dissapointed if you can’t find one.
9. Expect attention & social agenda to increase - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
There is no denying the Porsche 911 is a beautiful car. Because of this you can expect a lot of attention at petrol stations, built up areas and even boy racers chancing their luck.
Every car enthusiast will tell you that it’s nice to hear compliments on your car, it makes you feel like you’re doing something right.
You will find many Porsche enthusiast groups in your local area. For me personally I am members of the 911uk forum, and the PCGB – Porsche Club Great Britian. Days out, runs out, trackdays and events are always on offer, which leans itself to making new friends with like minded interests.
Events can be pretty low key during the winter months as you would expect. In the summer months you should be able to find something to do every single weekend.
10. You Might need deep pockets - Things Porsche 911 Owners Should Know
They say that over 70% of all Porsche ever made are still on the road today. That’s a super impressive figure.
A lot of these cars are getting older, take my Carrera 4s for example, it’s a 14 year old car (its a 2006 model). The car wants for nothing, it is serviced regularly, maintained well. But I do know that soon it will need some cooling components and suspension components. Show me a 14 year old car that won’t need essential work to keep it running.
Because of the value of these cars, it is very much worth spending 2-3k on suspension/cooling parts. If for example we had a 14 year old Ford fiesta which needed suspension and cooling issues, then it might be deemed not economically viable. In that case the cost of the repairs would far outweigh the value of the car.
Ultimately, you are going to need to keep money aside for repairs, or warranty, servicing etc. They are sports cars, they have hundreds of complicated moving parts that need to be looked after. This comes at a cost, but it need not be bank breaking, just save a little extra each month and you will be fine.
I feel it’s a small price to pay for having such a beautiful sports car to play with.