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Looking to buy my first used 911 (2006-2007) and have some questions, especially for CA guys.

- Would you consider buying a car that started life outside CA, knowing that you may have possible problems down the line passing smog tests?

- Would you buy a 2006-2007 without documentation regarding the IMS and or RMS fixes?

- Is 20,000 miles on a 2006 actually too low, the theory being it probably sat for extended periods of time, which may not be good?

- Has anyone purchased a 2006-2007 from a used car dealer and gotten the extended warranty that expressly covers the IMS / RMS issues?

Thanks. RJ
 

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I little over a year ago I was in the same boat, looking for my first Porsche. I had my mind set on a 997.1, since I could not afford a 997.2 I test drove several cars and was close to pulling the trigger. Then accidentally I came a cross an ad for a Cayman. The Cayman was not really on my radar at the time. I decided to test drive it, and guess what ended up buying it. My advise for you would be to do the same, and give Cayman a shot. I think you'll be impressed with driving dynamics, utility and price :)
 

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Looking to buy my first used 911 (2006-2007) and have some questions, especially for CA guys.

- Would you consider buying a car that started life outside CA, knowing that you may have possible problems down the line passing smog tests?

- Would you buy a 2006-2007 without documentation regarding the IMS and or RMS fixes?

- Is 20,000 miles on a 2006 actually too low, the theory being it probably sat for extended periods of time, which may not be good?

- Has anyone purchased a 2006-2007 from a used car dealer and gotten the extended warranty that expressly covers the IMS / RMS issues?

Thanks. RJ
I purchased a 2006 997 C4S with 25k miles about a month ago. I live in CA but I couldn't find a clean white one here so I started looking nationally. I found mine in WA state. It's beautiful inside and out. With so few miles I can drive it a few years without losing value. Car is super clean even the underside looks pretty good. If your patient you'll find what your looking for. Best wishes.

PS - IMS shouldn't be major issue on a 2006. Failure rate is extremely low. I'm not really concerned with mine, it was built in April '06.
 

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Thanks. I have looked at the Boxster and it was a very nice car. RJ
Unless you can find a well documented 911 in your area, I would strongly recommend that you take a long look at either a Boxster or Cayman. Porsches are very expensive to maintain, and a 911 is at the top of that list. As a long time owner of 911s, I have met many owners of used 911s. Most of them were very happy with their cars, but a couple had nightmare experiences with respect to maintenance expenses. To minimize the chance of buying a nightmare car, I would buy from a CA dealer and would never buy one without a service record history. Many 911s have low miles, since they are typically a weekend car. 20K miles on a 12 year old car is on the low side, but I wouldn't let that by itself be a disqualifier.

My recommendation is to check out a 987 Boxster since you stated that you liked the Boxster. I went to the Porsche car locator and found some 2007 Boxster Ss for the low $20Ks. The cars on the locator only list cars listed by Porsche dealers. The good news about Porsche dealers is that they will typically only sell cars that are in decent condition, but they will ask more for their cars than a used car dealer.
 

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I got my 2006 with 22.5K miles on it, in 2016.

I thought that perhaps it was too few miles, as well. I've had zero problems, have changed oil and transaxle gear oil a few times and everything is perfect from an oil inspection POV.

I'm far from an expert, but it seems to be that Caymans and Boxsters are pretty much the same costs as 911s. Many of the parts are interchangeable and shop rates are the same. When I had my 944, a Porsche specialist said "Get rid of it. You're paying 911 costs but not driving a 911." So, now I have a Cayman, and am still paying 911 costs without driving a 911. Of course, my capital costs were half of the equivalent 911, which mattered to me.

Get the most thorough PPI you can, from the most highly rated shop in the area.
 
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