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.