David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/24/23 10:57 a.m.
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Maybe it’s the new year. Maybe it’s the rising prices.

Whatever the reason, we’ve had a few people ask us lately: What does it really cost to run an air-cooled Porsche 911?

You can dive deeper into the ownership experience of our 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera right here, but call thi…

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Noddaz
Noddaz PowerDork
1/24/23 11:27 a.m.

$5000 plus routine service to drive 18,000 miles.  Granted, the car does have 130k+ miles and any car will need work at that mileage.

But since all I own is junk, I don't know if that is good or not.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/24/23 12:21 p.m.

Well, the car went 130,000+ before it needed those heads redone. Figure it's now good for another hundred thousand or so. I'm very okay with that. 

billbrewer59
billbrewer59 New Reader
1/24/23 1:01 p.m.

After having Mercedes and Porsches and their eye-watering repair bills I am back to British cars (Morgans and Triumphs). Awhile back after driving the last rebuild for 60,000 miles I broke a crankshaft in my TR3. I went all the way through the engine and installed a new clutch. The carbs & cooling system were okay. Put in all back together in about 6 weeks of partial weekends for about $2500. Compare that to a $5000 "routine service" on a 911. I would like to have a newer 911. I just don't want to pay for the maintenance and repairs. 

Noddaz
Noddaz PowerDork
1/24/23 4:34 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Understood!  Beautiful car BTW!

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