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JBaz
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I would just settle for 6.5k as my friend is selling his mint 03 wrx with only 2k miles on a new built engine. But sadly, I would need a job to play this game so I donno whats even out there now. Evo would be on the list though.

3/4/2011 12:28:29 AM

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"^^ only buys engines.

and doesn't like subaru's"


Only build engines actually. I don't mind subaru's, I just think there's much cheaper, faster, and better looking alternatives

3/4/2011 3:15:19 PM

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that require a prepped surface to do so

:-)

and you could build a 2500hp big block way cheaper than that.

600cid +2 turbos +25 psi.... done..

[Edited on March 4, 2011 at 7:27 PM. Reason : .]

3/4/2011 7:26:43 PM

theDuke866
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"993's are about mid $20"


https://youtu.be/BsKbwR7WXN4

11/22/2018 9:16:50 PM

theDuke866
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So...in roughly the same price range, we now have:

12-16’ Cayman S
997.2 S
current gen Camaro SS 1LE
C7 Z51

Or, for that matter, probably one of the supercharged Exiges

11/22/2018 9:20:23 PM

smoothcrim
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you aren't getting a 2016 cayman of any trim for 10k or a 997 of any trim for 20. you searching on fb classifieds or something??

11/23/2018 7:29:43 AM

theDuke866
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No no, I mean I think all 4 of those are going for about the same $ right now. Not sure which one I’d buy.

(If my job makes me full-time this year, I might buy one of them.)

11/23/2018 7:32:47 AM

smoothcrim
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i'd take the 997.2 if you like to shift and don't have to deal with traffic, and the latest model cayman S with pdk for any other scenario

11/23/2018 10:12:47 AM

Ahmet
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I know which one Duke's going to buy... None of them, he'll make some excuse involving his daughter, other hobbies, or something else. Are we in 2014? 2010? 2022? Probably doesn't matter for his next Porsche, which doesn't seem to exist.

11/26/2018 11:48:10 PM

theDuke866
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well, i sold my 7 today--done deal, money in hand. shippers supposed to be picking up on thursday or friday.

buying a share in an airplane next...hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

i doubt i buy a serious sports car until my job moves me up from part-time to full-time. i have no idea when that'll happen. Hopefully within the next year...but it could easily be another year after that. I mean, it could be long after that, but that would probably be a record.

11/27/2018 1:14:14 AM

Ahmet
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So, maybe next year, maybe another year after that, perhaps later. I'm shocked, shocked I say.

11/27/2018 12:55:37 PM

theDuke866
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dude i've had a lot of unforeseeable stuff happen beyond my control, one thing right after another, since 2014 when I got off active duty after getting half-custody of my daughter.

I can't help that a job that had been verbally offered for months fell through right about the time I gout off active duty and left me unemployed for 4.5 months, or that the engineering job I finally found and took had me working out of state, 75 miles away, driving 40k miles per year, and parking at a shipyard with 5000 yokels that couldn't be trusted not to fuck up your car in the parking lot (not conducive to owning a nice sports car), or that then my ex sued me again shortly after getting that new job (costing tens of thousands in legal expenses, lost income, and the little bit of $ that she was finally awarded), or that a month after I took a more local job back in aviation, that they grounded the entire fleet of jets for 2+ months and left me with zero income again, burning savings like you read about. Again.

...and I have no control over when I'll go from part time (with only about $40k/year that I can really count on) up to full-time status!

the last 4.5 years since leaving the USMC have worked out very well overall, but it has been a real roller-coaster, financially. I'm very glad not to have had an expensive sports car in the expense column over that time. Trust me, if I had written the story, a whole lot of stuff would have gone differently. For now, this airplane purchase is the next priority, for a variety of reasons.

Once I'm full-time, another sweet car on top of that should be easy. I have no idea if that'll be in 6 months or several years. There's some personnel stuff that should put me on-deck in a few more months. How long I'll be waiting as the next one up for full time, I have no idea. A few months, or years. Could be either...I'm starting to at least think about what I might celebrate with in the garage if it happens on the earlier side of that range.

[Edited on November 27, 2018 at 8:14 PM. Reason : ]

11/27/2018 8:11:39 PM

theDuke866
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So...

It looks like there's a considerable chance that I'll finally go full-time at my day job pretty soon. It's not guaranteed yet, and there's some other financial uncertainty associated with my partnership selling our airplane, then buying another one (hopefully still with partners, albeit just 2 instead of 3), selling a rental house, and then putting my actual house up for sale and buying another...

(so basically, if going full-time falls through, or if some crazy unforeseen shit happens otherwise and I delay buying another sports car, I don't want to hear any shit, Ahmet.)

...but I think the pieces are close enough to falling into place that I'm starting to give some real thought towards another sports car and what that might be. I'd probably keep my Insight (which reached 249,000 trouble-free miles today) as my DD. This would be something I'd drive, I don't know, once per week or something, and do a few track days per year with (Barber is not too far, wife and I have memberships at the museum and the Turn 9 club...and I also just got a USMC Reserves job in New Orleans, so NOLA would be a convenient track, too.)

My frontrunners at the moment are probably either a 987 or 981 Boxter S or Cayman S. The 981 Cayman S would be my top pick of those, but 987 Boxster S would be considerably cheaper, and I could have a bunch of fun in any of them.

an Elise is also up there on my list.

Less likely choices, but still on my radar I suppose, are a Z4 M-Coupe, or a a 3rd-gen Viper.



Yes, I know another Z06 or a Miata or whatever would be more bang for the buck...but my thinking is that automation is coming, and with my long-ass commute, I can't wait. Once I can buy something self-driving, I'll probably sell the sports car, buy a Tesla, and a cheaper Miata or something. If I do this, I want a special car that I'll have stories about when I'm old.

Anyone have experience with these? What would you buy? Any others I'm forgetting? The only thing about the Elise or Viper would be that they're...uhh...so special that they'd kinda suck to drive 1:45 per day...so if my Honda bites the dust, it would require shuffling vehicles rather than just "whatever, the Porsche/BMW is now my DD."

5/26/2019 12:13:38 AM

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tl;dr: worrrrrrrrrrds.

[Edited on May 26, 2019 at 2:00 AM. Reason : ]

5/26/2019 1:58:53 AM

theDuke866
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What would ya buy for a weekend toy, to see periodic track duty, with money being a factor but not a hard budget per se?

987 Boxster S / Cayman S
Elise
3rd gen Viper
Z4 M-Coupe

Other? (Not a Corvette this time, even though I like them a lot)

5/26/2019 2:17:28 AM

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A Viper sounds like a fantastic weekend toy

5/26/2019 3:05:37 PM

TKE-Teg
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I would argue that the 987 is the best overall choice from that list. For durability, reliability, speed, enjoyment and cost of consumables. I'm probably biased, haha.

3rd Gen Viper would be considerably faster but with a much higher consumables expense (I'm assuming). Also were it a convertible you'd need aftermarket roll protection for VIR.

Back to 987's, for out of the box track performance a 987.2 is better than a 987.1

5/28/2019 10:02:54 AM

stowaway
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cayman s, hands down.


and I love me some Vipers.

5/28/2019 11:08:21 AM

theDuke866
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^^ I would only consider 987.2.

Why 987 over 981? Is it just cost difference/value proposition, or is there some reason you prefer the 987?

Good call on the Viper—Nic pointed that out to me after I posted that. The coupes are more than I’m willing to spend, and yeah...apparently the ‘verts are a roll of the dice on when/where the factory til hoops will suffice. Couple that with the car’s nasty reputation and lack of electronic safety nets, and I think I’ll oass on the Viper. Maybe sometime down the road if/when I can afford a later model coupe.

5/28/2019 12:58:46 PM

theDuke866
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OK, upon reading a little more, it appears that many prefer the 987's slightly more tactile and responsive nature. Maybe the 981 is a better all-around sports car, but the 987.2 is the high water mark as a purebred, joy-generating, driving implement?

How much of your preference is that, and how much is that it's, what, at least $10k cheaper?

5/29/2019 12:59:18 AM

TKE-Teg
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The 981 has a much nicer interior, and some people prefer the exterior styling as well.

But it's a larger more isolated car (compared to the 987). It has a longer wheelbase and only outhandles the 987 if equipped with the active rear differential. Porsche claims it weighs less than the 987 but I've never seen evidence of that actually being the case. 987 has a more usable rear trunk (I think volume is about the same, but the shape is better in the 987). If you want to DIY, most of the work the 987 is probably simpler. (just going off the assumption that every new Porsche is more complicated than the previous one). And lastly there is the big one, steering feel. 981 has EPS, 987 hydraulic. The EPS rack is pretty good, for an EPS rack. But compared back to back against the hydraulic rack it's just not as great.

987.2's have been holding their value fairly well for these reasons (that and their production numbers were pretty low). I'm starting to see value overlap in the market now between 987.2S and 981S models.

5/29/2019 10:45:56 AM

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"tl;dr: worrrrrrrrrrds."


Summary: He got married again [and didn't tell us about it. At least I didn't see it.]

5/30/2019 1:29:12 AM

smoothcrim
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false

5/30/2019 1:35:19 PM

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^The marriage is a sham?

[Edited on May 30, 2019 at 2:05 PM. Reason : ^^ message_search.aspx?type=posts&searchstring=wife&username=theDuke866]

5/30/2019 2:03:41 PM

smoothcrim
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was referring to the "again" part

6/1/2019 8:34:37 PM

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That's a good point.

6/1/2019 10:25:38 PM

theDuke866
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Not "again." Just the first time...and yeah, I did get married, at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum (adjacent to Barber Motorsports Park.) Her idea, seriously.








(with George Barber, billionaire founder and benefactor of the track and museum).







but yeah..I think I'm about 60% 987.2 Cayman S, 20% 981 Cayman S, 19% Elise, and 1% Viper/Z4 M-Coupe/Alfa 4C.

6/2/2019 1:04:54 AM

0EPII1
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Dang, congrats dude!

BTW, awesome calves and bis bro

[no homo]

6/2/2019 2:16:28 PM

theDuke866
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haha. No homo taken.

6/2/2019 5:29:19 PM

TKE-Teg
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Awesome pics, looks like you got a keeper!

6/10/2019 9:06:42 AM

tchenku
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Good job! She's

6/10/2019 6:54:10 PM

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