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Mart Fresh: 'Dirty' diesel, turbo inline four, or twin-turbo flat six?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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.


2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel - $39,500

I'll admit, this week was tough with a green 912 and an 911 RS America in the mix — both reasonably priced — but it's not everyday a Cayenne Diesel comes up for sale. Yet the EPA has announced a fix for the VW Group 3.0-liter diesel V6's emissions problem, so I'd feel comfortable buying one, even if performance is slightly affected after the fix. It could be the perfect car for driving all year. Great gas mileage, all-wheel drive, tons of torque, nearly two years (or 40,000 miles) left on the CPO warranty, and well optioned. Who doesn't like heated and cooled seats — at the same time! And when you're ready for your next Porsche, the tow-hook option might sway you towards a track toy to use in autocross, HPDE, and maybe even club racing events. All the while, you can rest assured that your Cayenne Diesel is one of the rarer variants of the SUV ever sold in North America. – Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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1986 Porsche 944 Turbo - $20,500

It’s tough to go wrong with any four-cylinder transaxle car. They all have their attributes, but most of the action at the moment is in the 968, 944 S2, and 944 Turbo markets. So, I was a bit surprised to see a 944 Turbo with under 75,000 miles in what is described as near-concours condition for just $20,500. Certainly the photos of the engine compartment back up the condition claim. Strangely missing though are any shots of the interior, and for that matter, the exterior shots are not the best with parts of the car cut off and people milling about and laundry hanging on a line.  Good photos really do help sell cars and it’s time well spent to read a few articles on how to compose a shot. But I digress; I like the fact that this car isn’t the usual Guards Red, and some fresh photos and perhaps an explanation as to why it needed a full engine rebuild at 70,000 miles might send this car quickly to a happy new owner. – Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and PCA.org

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2002 Porsche 911 GT2 - $190,000

It’s Christmas time… Why not add this to my wish list? And why would one want such a primal ride? Consider its 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat six, conservatively rated at 456 horsepower, which pushes 220 fewer pounds than the all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo of the same year and accelerates it to 195 miles per hour.  It was rear-wheel drive only, and there were no Porsche Stability Management or traction control systems to save you — just you, your confidence, and your skill level to keep it on the road. These were just shy of $190,000 without options when new. This owner is asking $190,000, and while a 996 GT2 can be had for less, this example looks like an immaculate garage queen with extremely low four-digit mileage. To match its performance personality, the evil black-on-black color combo is oh-so appropriate. Oh Santa, please drop this low-production beast off at my house on Christmas Eve! – Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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