Which used Porsche 911 coupe should I buy?
The good news is there is no such thing as a bad version of the 997, and so there’s an argument to be made for just opting for the most basic rear-wheel-drive Carrera and saving some money. However, with its increased power output, standard-fit PASM adaptive dampers and the fact there are simply more to choose from, the Carrera S is our 997 of choice, preferably in Gen 2 guise to minimise the possibility of engine problems.
As for optional extras to look out for, any car with a stopwatch on top of the dash will have the Sport Chrono pack fitted, which allows you to sharpen throttle response and relax the stability control system for a sportier drive. There is also a Sport chassis that lowers the suspension and adds a mechanical limited-slip differential, improving handling at the cost of a firmer ride.
A rear windscreen wiper is also a useful option it’s worth looking out for, particularly if you need to reverse out of your driveway first thing in the morning.
Our favourite Porsche 911: Gen 2 997 Carrera S manual