Re: Any 997 Turbo owners current or previous vs 981 thoughts?
I'll give you my 2 cents...I kind of went the other way. My first Porsche was a 2001 996 Turbo. I knew that if I ever bought a 'lesser' model I would have lusted after a turbo / more power. So I went for the big boy right out of the gate. Ended up with a well modified version. Owned it for 2 1/2 years - ended up hating it. Spent $20k in maintenance alone due to previous owners messups or general wear. Still needed new suspension which I was not willing to pay for by the time I sold it. If I had bought a reliable, stock (ish) model - maybe I would have thought differently about it. I only drove occasionally as I work from home. It was low and a pain when going over speed hump, parking, etc. Basic interior did not bother me - I liked it simple. I was always waiting for the next maintenance item to hit. As for driveablility - I ended up not enjoying it. It was a heavy (AWD) pig on Autocross. It had so much power I thought I was going to kill myself a few times. It's best trick was crazy acceleration which should ONLY be done in a straight line (see comment about killing ones self)...problem was that when you floor it, 3 seconds later you are at 100mph+, if you ever get caught by the cops - you go straight to jail. In the end, it was a better idea than a truly fun car.
I found the trick was to spend more to buy new or as new as possible. Use up all of the cars goodness, then unload the car. A higher buy-in cost, but you get thee reliability peace of mind. Older Porsches can be costly and frustrating to run...of course some people have great luck and/or love to tinker. If yours will be a spare car that you want to use for blasting off in straight lines, maybe an older 997 turbo will work for you.
I now have a 2016 Cayman GTS which I find to be a tremendous mix of fun, comfort, sportinesss, handling, speed - it is so engaging. No - it is not the quickest/fastest...but for town driving (not motorsports) it is more than enough, and a better car than 98% of what you will come across daily. It is lighter, more nimble on AutoX. Reliable and modern without being over the top with the newest gizmos. I love the Cayman GTS. If I never had a turbo - I'm sure I would still want one. Since I had one - I have no desire to go back. There is no one car that can do it all...best you can do is get something to tick as many boxes as you are comfortable with. Use the proper tool for the applicable job.
2016 Cayman GTS - Mexico Blue, Manuel, Sport Suspension, PTV, GTS Interior (silver) and Exterior, Smoking pkg, SportDesign Steering Wheel in Leather, Auto Dim Mirrors, Convenience pkg., Platinum Satin Wheels.
Ordered - March 24, 2015
Completed Production = July 31
Loaded onto ship = August 12
Ship (Delhi Highway) docked in (Brunswick) = August 28
Leaves Brunswick = Sept 9
Ready for Pickup at Dealer = Friday Sept 11