Swapping the CL55 for a 911 - Mad??

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  1. MikeAMG

    MikeAMG Active Member

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    Hi all

    I'm thinking about getting rid of the CL55 for a change to a 911. So my CL is pretty much spotless, no corrosion, no leaks, only 48k miles. I've spent the year covering all the area's that can cause issues with these, and just done a full (all fluids and filters) B Service.

    It drives perfectly, there's nothing that needs doing so why am I thinking of getting rid of it? The 911 will need me to add about £5k and I'll still end up with a car that's done more miles and has just as many mechanical and expensive 'clouds' hanging over it.


    Have I gone mad?
     
  2. C240Sport97

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    911 is at least 400kgs lighter than the CL, and of course, you have an engine in the boot
     
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    jotter22 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Yes!

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    MikeAMG

    MikeAMG Active Member

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    Ah and you have both!

    If I could have more than one car it wouldn't go anywhere. But it's a bit dare I say it boring to drive
     
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    which 911 are you thinking of?
     
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    Probably a face-lift 996 C2, don't think I'll be able to stretch to a C4s unfortunately. Let alone a GT3, I have a friend with a 997 GT3 RS in Black and Orange which is amazing.
     
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    My 996 wasn't that brilliant TBH but on the plus side it was mega reliable. I drove a Cayman the other day and despite approaching it with a " its a boxster with a roof attitude" it was a really good well composed well behaved car, much better handling than I remember the 996. Guess it depends if you need those 2 rear seats or not?

    I actually wish I had not driven the Cayman as could have probably saved myself a fortune by buying one of those instead of the R8 :doh:
     
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    any 996, 997 (excluding GT and Turbos) or Cayman before DFI engines were introduced in 2008/9 have the old engines with IMS issues .. in short, if IMS goes, you need a new engine.

    GT3s are very different cars to other 911s. I didn't really enjoy 911s until I drove a GT3, and that was it :)
     
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    cazyp Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Factor in £1500+vat for the ims bearing upgrade.
    What sort of price range are you looking at?
     
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    £15kish I guess, would depend on what I can get for the 55K
     
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    Grovsie31 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    If you cant get a 997 I wouldn't make the change personally.
     
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    Early 997's (3.8) seem to be even more prone to bore scoring if less so than the 996 3.6 version.
     
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    cazyp Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I think for that money I'd either be looking for a well cared for high mileage car with documented engine replacement a bit like this one:
    Porsche 911 996 carrera 4 manual NEW ENGINE recently fitted | eBay

    Or look for a 3.6 for around 13k that I could take to SVP or similar and have them fit a new clutch and ims kit for just under the other 2k budget.
     
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    It's a dead easy rebuild in those engines though but if I bought one I'd do the IMS bearing upgrade first job about £1k up here at an indie

    DFI the better bet though and the GT3 is awesome a different league all together drove a few round the ring
     
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    Had a 911 many years ago.
    As an only car (which mine was for a while) the lack of boot space and seats for adults can be frustrating. A GT3 is wonderful toy - not for everyday.
    Agree with the Cayman idea - easily as capable as a 3.4 996. In fact the mid-engine does make them a bit more fun and easier to tame.
    Never be a fast as an AMG or as easy to drive (ignoring the Turbos).
     

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