2004 Porsche 911 C4S – 1 Year Ownership Review

Well it’s been a little over a year since I took the plunge and wrote a $30,000 check to purchase a 2004 Porsche 911 C4S with a little over 40,000 miles, sight unseen and shipped it to my home.

The TL;DR – I could not be happier with the purchase despite some MAJOR costs this year.

Total Costs:
$30,000 purchase price – Listed at $32,000
$800 shipping expense
$2783.44 Tax and 1 year of license
$761.26 Insurance, full coverage for 1 year
$3,985 Wheels and snow tires
$7,978 IMS, Rear main seal, shocks, struts, clutch, coil packs and some other various deferred issues

TOTAL: $46,307.70

I imagine that most people would look at that number and be surprised that I spent so much more than the purchase price in the first year. I am extremely happy with all of those numbers above and would likely do it all over again.

See the list of items I wanted in my 911 were very specific and difficult to find:

  • Cabriolet with a factory hard top (rare)
  • manual transmission
  • All wheel drive
  • Infotainment system done and that be some of the only modifications

This came along and had everything above. I knew that the IMS had not been done which meant that there was very likely going to be other issues. I built that into my plan and sorted EVERYTHING. With all the work I’ve done on the car it drives like brand new.

The total cost of ownership is inflated by about 10% by an optional decision I made to purchase different wheels with snow tires. That was a pure luxury purchase and man oh man was it an awesome one.

With snow tires this car can go just about anywhere and do just about anything. She sure doesn’t like deep snow with the low stance but everything else is fair game.

$46,000 for a car that puts a giant smile on my face everytime I drive. I cannot wait to run errands down the mountain because every moment is thrilling and engaging. I suppose I could have bought a new car and had a bunch of technology but where’s the fun in that?


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