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Thank you all! I went with my slight emotional attachment to the slate gray and have a PPI scheduled on it next week. Fingers-crossed.

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I suggest you be specific about what you want your PPI to include as a PPI can mean different levels of assessment to different mechanics and purchasers. As others have recommended be specific and request a PPI that includes a compression test and leak down test in addition to checking for broken head studs. In addition to the usual mechanical components have a check of the paint work and panel fit.
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These cars are the definition of workhorse reliability and the 3.2 L motor is bullet proof. .
The 911 can be a very reliable car but this "bulletproof" mythology really needs to stop.

Bulletproof......

Except if you have pulled or snapped head studs.
Except if you have a failed chain tensioner.
Except if you have an exploding air box without popoff valve.
Except if you have worn valve guides.
Except when you need the 915 synchros replaced.
Except when you have the exploding rubber centered clutch.
Except when the Targa top leaks.
Except when the A/C doesn't work.

No car ever made is bulletproof, especially the 911 with its engine out $5,000 gearbox and $10,000 topend services.
Your wallet better be bulletproof if you want to own a vintage car
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No one said the car does not have characteristics but list the must do mechanical updates on a 1989 3.2 G50 Carrera.

They are so reliable they are boring.....
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It sounds like you're leaning towards the grey car.

You should buy the car you like the best (as long as the PPI comes back ok). Years from now you do not want to be looking at a red Carrera wishing you bought the grey one instead, mileage won't mean a thing at that point.
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The 911 can be a very reliable car but this "bulletproof" mythology really needs to stop.

Bulletproof......

Except if you have pulled or snapped head studs.
Except if you have a failed chain tensioner.
Except if you have an exploding air box without popoff valve.
Except if you have worn valve guides.
Except when you need the 915 synchros replaced.
Except when you have the exploding rubber centered clutch.
Except when the Targa top leaks.
Except when the A/C doesn't work.

No car ever made is bulletproof, especially the 911 with its engine out $5,000 gearbox and $10,000 topend services.
Your wallet better be bulletproof if you want to own a vintage car
Over half your claimed problems do not apply to a G50 Carrera.
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To bad you're opting for the grey targa - the Red targa will go much faster!


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