What should I look for in a used Porsche 911 coupe?
This is a very sporty car and will have been used enthusiastically from time to time. Check the bodywork carefully for any signs of damage. Look at the alloy wheels closely for kerb damage, as repairs will be costly.
Engines and gearboxes are generally reliable, although earlier cars had problems with the dual-clutch transmission, and owners complained about the quality of the paintwork. It’ll be worth taking a Porsche specialist with you if you’re buying one of the older 991 models, as it’s worth checking the condition of the engine and the exhaust very carefully if you’re going to avoid large bills further down the line.
There was good news for Porsche in our most recent reliability survey. The venerable 911 finished high up in the sports car class with a splendid overall score of 95%. Of the few faults reported, most were related to the non-engine electrics, and three quarters were fixed in a day and all work was done under warranty.
Porsche as a brand finished in 23rd place out of 37 manufacturers.