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Used Porsche 911 Coupe 2005-2012 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Advice for buyers

Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
  • Used Porsche 911 Coupe (05-12)
Used Porsche 911 Coupe 2005-2012 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Porsche 911 coupe?

You will see privately advertised cars at what look like attractive prices, but it’s worth bearing in mind that the 911 is a specialist vehicle that can hide potentially expensive problems. As such a professional inspection (by a Porsche expert) is worth the few hundred pounds it costs if you’re buying privately, or alternatively look for a car from a well regarded specialist.

One of the things either will check is if the engine has been over-revved (via plugging a cable into the onboard diagnostics), giving an indication of how hard the car has been driven and potential problems this might cause.

Gen 2 cars didn’t suffer from the same problems and are proving to be very robust if correctly maintained. All 997s though can suffer from damaged radiators and air-conditioning condensers due to their location behind front bumper where they can become blocked with debris. They cost about £600 to replace, so it’s worth checking their condition and testing the air-conditioning blows good and cold.

Brake discs can corrode on the inside if a car isn’t used regularly. This is obviously hard to spot, so again it’s worth arranging for an independent specialist to inspect the car if you’re not sure.

Is a used Porsche 911 coupe reliable?