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1987/89 911 Carrera Engine and Transmission Longevity


Vehicle Information: Model: 911; Year: 1988; Body Type: Coupe; Engine (type, size, modifications): na; Total Mileage: na;

I own a 1992 968 6-speed coupe and plan to keep it for a long timebecause I like it very much. However, I would like to expand my "Porscheexperience" by purchasing a different model. I plan to use it to splitcasual daily driver with 2 other cars so I will put about 4-6k mile peryear on the odometer, similar to the 968. I am considering everythingfrom 914's to Boxsters, with a budget of about $ 5,000 for older cars toabout $28,000 for the newer models. I am less inclined to buy a 914 (rustproblems), 924/944/944 Turbos ( probably too much like my 968), 928's(afraid of complexity/costs to maintain). The Boxsters that are within mybudget have their share of engine problems. This pretty much leaves mewith the venerable 911. Of these, the 1987-1989 models are at the top ofmy list because of the better shifters and power over the earlier models.I will likely find candidates at various dealerships, rather than privateowners and will take it to a Porsche dealer for a thorough pre-purchaseinspection. However, I would like to know a couple of things before Isettle on this year/car.MY QUESTION(s) is: How many miles can I expect from the engine andtransmission. I know this depends greatly on the type of maintenance thecar has been given. But assuming "average" maintenance (average Porsche-owner maintenance), what can I reasonably expect? I know there arestories of cars with 300k miles but I suspect these are exceptions,aren't they? Also, I understand some cars may need top end rebuildsbefore the bottom end wears out, what does this service usually cost?

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