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Mart Fresh: Carrera S with PDK or manual Carrera or Cayenne?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Photos by the sellers except where noted

A popular PCA member benefit is The Mart, the club’s classifieds section online and in each issue of Porsche Panorama. Mart Fresh is a bi-weekly column in which PCA media staff pick what they think are the "freshest" Porsches currently available, and then attempt to explain their reasoning. Only PCA members and Test Drive program participants have access to seller contact information. Always invest in a pre-purchase inspection for any Porsche you may consider, as seller descriptions and pictures don’t always tell the full story.

1999 Porsche 911 Carrera - $15,995

I’ve never grabbed the first car to pop up as my Mart Fresh pick, but this silver 996 Carrera with Ruf wheels positively jumped off the page. Set up as a light-duty track car, with Recaro GT3 seats and the appropriate belts, the car looks the part. Although there’s no mention of the intermediate shaft bearing being replaced, its price takes that into account. I’m not even sure that I’d be in a rush to do it. With 75,000 miles on a dual-row bearing car that was driven the way it was meant to be driven, the likelihood of failure is probably pretty low. First year 996s have a super analog feel to them, due in part to the use of a throttle cable instead of electronic throttle, as well as cable-operated trunk and engine lid releases. I like them, and for under $16,000, this car seems like an amazing bargain. – Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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2012 Porsche Cayenne - $27,500

Manual transmission cars are becoming harder and harder to find these days. Sure, modern automatics are extremely efficient and with daily traffic probably the most sensible transmission choice. That said, if you enjoy the interaction of rowing your own gears and perfecting the dance steps between three pedals, then a manual transmission is the only choice. Now try finding a manual-transmission SUV. They are almost non-existent. Here you have what seems to be a well-kept example of a manual Cayenne. Unfortunately, manual Cayenne’s only came with the base motor, but winding out the 3.6-liter with 300 hp should still be fun. Despite no sunroof (in my opinion, a plus) the interior seems well equipped. Review the service records, have a pro do a pre-purchase inspection and enjoy! – Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S - $60,000

The 997-generation Porsche 911 remains a high point for me, with a great blend of modern styling that avoids some of the cues that set off 996 haters and classic rear-engined handling. Sure, subsequent 911s have kept the engine in the rear, but the shorter wheelbase and narrower track of a 997 makes it drive a bit more like a “classic” Porsche than models from the past five years — you can really feel the hefty rear end moving around during spirited drives. Starting in 2009, Porsche started using a new flat-six, dubbed 9A1, which did away with the intermediate shaft and its bearing, the latter a point of contention in the Porsche community with regards to the first water-cooled 911s and Boxsters. The 3.8-liter naturally aspirated flat six makes 385 horsepower, and paired with PDK it will be quick and user friendly on track or on the daily commute. This car in particular seems like a great buy for the asking price, with an extended warranty, a lot of recent maintenance, and what seems like a fastidious owner. If it checks out and you’re okay with PDK, then you can’t go wrong with this Carrera S. – Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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