I Think The Porsche 911 Turbo (997) Is an Amazing Bargain

I Think The Porsche 911 Turbo (997) Is an Amazing Bargain

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this is a 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo I've borrowed it from my friends at exclusive automotive group the Bentley and Aston Martin dealer here in the Washington DC area where it's currently listed for sale for under fifty one thousand dollars with that price in mind you have to ask yourself how is this the 997 911 Turbo not one of the best bargains in the entire sports car market [Music] I really mean that I really think this is one of today's great sports car bargains and in this video I'm gonna
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explain why and if you click the link below to go to autotrader.com slash oversteer I've listed a few other cars I consider to be great in modern sports car bargains and I've also given more of my thoughts on the 997 Turbo I'll start back here now like I said this isn't just a regular 911 but rather a 911 Turbo which means that back here is a 3.6 litre twin-turbocharged flat 6 that makes 480 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque I think can send this car from zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds at a top speed
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of 193 miles an hour which will hang with exotic cars of today let alone back in 2007 this thing is less than 51,000 dollars that's cheaper than an Acura RLX the rest of the car is pretty cool too now obviously every Porsche 911 is a beautiful car but the 911 turbo is extra beautiful especially with its special little 911 turbo details that a regular Porsche 911 doesn't have like for example it's special front bumper with the cool fog lights on either sides and these big air intakes behind the doors
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and it's fixed rear wing this car is also a little bit wider than a regular 911 but it's not so showy that it grabs as much attention as a Lamborghini or a Ferrari it's really the perfect look and this one is available for under fifty one thousand dollars that's barely more expensive than a base model BMW 340 I now at this point I already know what you're thinking and that is yeah sure I already know it's cool but you're talking about a ten-year-old European performance car is this thing gonna blow up every time I Drive it not exactly
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from 2007 to 2010 Porsche used its famous Metzger engine block in the 997 Turbo now if you go in the Porsche forms you will find thread after thread after thread of people singing this engines praises as if it was one of their children and had just finished a dance recital normally this is the kind of obsessive devotion that people hate about internet car forms but in this case it's a good thing because this engine is famously solid and famously durable you might have a few little problems with this car here are their but you probably meant suffer any
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catastrophic failures and this thing it costs less than 15 thousand dollars that's cheaper than a rural Subway restaurant franchise but it's confession time this car is fifty one thousand dollars because it has higher mileage in an unusual color combination namely it's dark green but the average asking price for a 997 Turbo with that Metzger engine is actually around sixty-five to seventy thousand dollars on auto trader which is of course a lot more and yet even for that money I still think it's a bargain part of the reason is the design I recently made a video where I talked about how
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much I love this models predecessor the 996 generation 911 but that car styling is so much more controversial this one is more traditionally Porsche and more traditionally handsome same goes for the interior while the 996 models interior has been criticized as cheap and outdated something I don't really agree with the 997 scabbit is undoubtedly sharper and more attractive yes it's starting to look old but not quite as married to one time period as the 996 by virtue of being less daring it looks like the 997 s interior is aging better another one of the things that makes
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this car great is that it's very much quintessentially Porsche in every respect the best example of this will always be the cupholders right now no cupholders press this cover and they're revealed but hidden so you push on them and they pop out and you can adjust them to the size of your drink but that's not the cool part check this out you can then push the cover closed hiding the cupholders again you want the other cup holder open the cover get it out and then you can close the cover again way too much thought went into this it's so
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German so Porsche and so brilliant and this attention to detail smart engineering and intuitive practicality is everywhere on this car for instance want to change the temperature pretty simple and it's also simple to change where in the interior the air comes out the door locks aren't hidden or tricky and they're just there they work same goes for the hazard lights on the door you have a door handle and a window switch no stupid gimmicks the mirror control is right where you'd expect it to be by the mirrors and it works exactly as you think it would there are
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no gimmicks with the turn signal lever it's a turn signal lever same goes the lever for the windshield wipers on the other side of the steering wheel with a little dial for intermittent wiper speed even setting the clock on this car is simple there's a little switch with a clock coming out of the gauges push it in for a second then twist to change the time the glovebox works like a normal glovebox and it's bigger than you think for a car like the 997 Turbo the door panel may look like a normal door panel but check this out the engineered storage into the arm rests of course they did the center console opens like
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it does in a normal car and Porsche even put little tiny slots in there for coins which I'm sure German 911 drivers use religiously the gauge cluster may not be as pretty as it is in a McLaren or a Ferrari but it gets the job done shows your range your air pressure per tire your location and more in back well there is a back now many cars that do 0-60 in three-point-something seconds have a back seat also the front trunk is relatively roomy there's more space in here than you'd expect as for uniquely Porsche exterior details you see that silver thing that's the
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headlight washer they'll paint the cars exterior color if you pay extra and my favourite bit even though this is an exotic car with supercar performance they still leave these things on top so you can easily mount roof racks so the 997 Turbo has excellent practicality precisely as you'd expect from a Porsche it also has attractive styling excellent performance numbers and reasonable pricing I mean under 51,000 dollars that's cheaper than installing a racquetball court it also has a quintessentially Porsche experience when
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you take it out on the road as I shall now demonstrate all right driving the 997 Turbo now this one's Tiptronic I've never driven a automatic 997 Turbo except for one with PDK Porsches dual clutch system which came out much later nonetheless the moment you get inside this car even with just the automatic it still kind of feels like home you you you know exactly where everything is because everything is simple and logically laid out I just drove the mclaren 570s video went up forever ago but i just drove it and there's
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cool buttons that everything's cool there's all these weird gadgets and it's awesome but like sometimes you just want to turn on the climate control you know you know look around for a while I actually think that there's an argument to be made that Tiptronic could be considered by some to be the better transmission for this car manuals more fun you shifted gears that's great and I totally get that in I personally believe that but I imagine some would say would tip you just stomp your foot down and this thing takes off and it's actually kind of a thrill and in just a completely different way than having a
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manual is every 911 the early ones the current ones it doesn't matter they're all just point it goes where you want and then this one just takes a lot there's no question it's not as fast as like Huracan have five 70s NSX all that crazy new stuff but it isn't slow it's not as fun with the automatic there's no dad especially because this is one of the old torque converter automatics doesn't even have paddles it has little bum buttons you can't even shift it down on the gear selector itself that's just put it in
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manual mode then you have to use the thumb buttons the thing I like about the automatic is this the 911s have always been more comfortable than the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world for better or worse and if you really want that you could just kind of relax and whatever in this car and you still have this beautiful car with 500 horsepower at your disposal and if you want to dispose of it you may just stomp your foot down you have three shifting if you're gone it's not as precise it's not as flat it's not as crazy as a modern 911 turbo would be or any really high-end modern exotic but it's just such a blast it's
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so exciting to drive it's amazing that a rear-engine car can feel so balanced it's so perfect now we get into I'm sort of in more traffic here and no exotic car does this very well or I'm now kind of going slowly behind a bunch of cars Mustangs and I just feel like they they want to go come on what are you doing let's go let's go but the 911 if you want you just you can just relax and it just drives like a normal car another thing I'm going over like a low kerb
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here in an exotic you know that's something you always have to worry about in a Porsche you go over a low curve and it does it if you scrape something or scratch something it isn't four million dollars because of some carbon-fiber part they only made for a year and a half and I love the subtle styling of this car some people want more oh look at me look at me but I'm over that I really prefer people don't look at me but I enjoy the car and if car people want to talk to me that's fine but you know you just you get an exotic car and you get to somebody want to trades at the gas station and it's just tiresome this car you don't have to do with any
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of that but you still gets from the performer of a real exotic car this is also car you don't really have to explain to people I feel like this is one of those cars you can drive to the office if you own a business and you're worried about your employees thinking that you have too much money just a Porsche you know everybody's all equals got a Porsche or whatever and that's kind of a big thing then you get on these back roads and this car just totally comes alive if you want it to without any changing suspension settings and blah blah blah you just bomb down these things and it is so ready for it so this
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car is great it's fast it's fun to drive it's beautiful it has a lot of stuff it's practical and it's reliable and I haven't even gotten to the best part yes $51,000 is still a lot of money and of course sixty-five to seventy thousand dollars is even more but very few cars lose value as slowly as a Porsche 911 Turbo Power these today for fifty sixty seventy thousand dollars drive it for a few years and you could probably sell it for forty fifty sixty thousand dollars even if you have some pricey repairs
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that's still less depreciation than a new camry put it all together and yes I really do think this is one of the great sports car bargains today and it'll even hang with some modern exotics and with all that in mind now it's time for the Doug score starting with the weekend categories and specifically styling the 997 Turbo is gorgeous but it doesn't have the exotic look of some of the top supercars so it earns a 7 out of 10 acceleration does 0 to 60 and 3.6 seconds giving it an 8 out of 10
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handling is sharp but not quite as precise or connected as modern exotic cars or the new 911 turbo it earns a 7 out of 10 as for cool factor it's definitely cool but most people wouldn't turn their heads to notice it so it can't approach modern exotics it gets another 7 out of 10 finally importance it's a wonderful car but not a historical or particularly significant one so it earns a 6 out of 10 that places its weekend score right where you'd expect 35 out of 50 a few points behind the Audi r8 in the Lexus LFA next up the daily categories starting with
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features the 997 Turbo had a lot of equipment for its time but it lags behind with today's most modern gadgets as you can expect from a 10 year old car so it earns a 5 out of 10 as for luxury which measures comfort and smoothness at a nice ride for a sports car but not quite on the level of true luxury cars so it gets a six out of ten quality measures reliability and materials reliability is reportedly excellent and while materials appear nice some are certainly geared more to function than attractive appearance still it earns a strong 8 out of 10 next up is practicality the 997 Turbo is 4
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cubic feet of trunk space should earn it a 2 but it's useful back seats bump that up to a 3 out of 10 finally value this car is a great bargain at 51 thousand dollars but many asking prices are above $70,000 where it loses some of its luster it's still an excellent deal for its performance quality and design and it gets a 9 out of 10 that brings its total daily scored a 31 out of 50 the highest number yet tested indicating that yes you'd love to drive one of these every day and I would it also means the final dug
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score is 66 out of 100 placing it just behind the Audi r8 and ahead of the Lexus LFA which is sensible considering its combination of great performance and usability for a fairly reasonable price [Music]

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