Porsche 911 Carrera S

Harry Metcalfe
8 Dec 2009

Good 997s fly out of the showrooms, so don't hesitate if you find a decent one at the right price

With the average price of a new 911 Carrera S pushing beyond £75,000 once a few extras have been added, it’s worth checking what’s available second-hand on the dealer forecourt. This two-owner, 2006 car being offered by Dick Lovett in Swindon is a prime example of what can be found. It’s reasonably well specced in Cobalt Blue Metallic with black leather, 19in wheels, sat-nav, sports seats and an electric sunroof, and has covered fewer than 26,500 miles to boot.

All current Porsches have two-year/20,000-mile service intervals, and this car will be due its next service in January 2010. It had its first MOT in January of this year and has covered only 4000 miles since. I suspect it’s been used for lots of short trips as some creasing is evident on the driver’s seat, but this is the only sign of wear.

On a short test drive all seems fine mechanically, the engine revving freely and matched by a particularly sweet gearchange. A slight wheel wobble is present but is nothing to worry about – this car is being sold under Porsche’s approved used car scheme so it comes with a comprehensive Porsche-backed 12-month warranty, meaning any niggles will be easily sorted.

Dick Lovett worked out a finance scheme for us and it shows that if you were prepared to put down a £9000 deposit, the monthly payments would be £610 (over 36 months with a balloon payment of £23,631).

Good early 997s are walking out of showrooms at this kind of price. The only problem is finding one in the first place, so if you like this one, you’d best not hesitate too long or it’ll be gone by the time you call.

With thanks to vendor Porsche Centre Swindon (www.dicklovett.co.uk)

Summary

• Exterior
Bright blue metallic paintwork in very good condition, as are the alloys
• Interior
With black leather and carpets it’s a bit dark, but sports seats and sat-nav are good to have
• Mechanicals
All seems in fine order. Twelve-month Porsche warranty provides extra reassurance
• Should I buy it?
Cars like this aren’t easy to come by, so if you like the spec you’d better hurry
• FOR: Everyone should own a 911 one day and this one looks perfect
• AGAINST: Low mileage for its age means it isn’t the cheapest example out there

Specifications

Price £45,450
Year 2006
Mileage 26,485
Engine Flat-six, 3824cc
Max power 350bhp @ 6600rpm
Max torque 295lb ft @ 4600rpm
0-60mph 4.6sec
Top speed 182mph

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