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2001 Porsche 911 Carrera

Not many cars out there have the pedigree that the Porsche 911 carries. Thanks to our friend, depreciation, and an owner obsessed with maintenance, this 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera may be one of the more accessible paths to join the club. Personally, I’ve got my eye on this Toyota MR2 Turbo, but if I had a larger budget, I’d join the 911 club now.

2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Green portrait view
Highlights
Model: 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera
Location: Hampton, Virginia
Miles: 115,000 (I know, looks like a lot)
Price: $27,500
Seller Type: Private Party
Listed On: Facebook Marketplace
Something Unique: Tons and Tons of documented maintenance, 997 style Aero Kit

911 Carrera (996) Overview

The 996 generation welcomed a rarely updated design and the wave of water-cooled engines into the 911 lineup. Pun slightly intended I guess. The Flat 6 engine is good for around 300 horsepower and 26o lb-ft of torque. As is the trend, these numbers are not super impressive by today’s numbers. The 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera is still good for a 0-60 time of 5 seconds with the manual transmission.

911 sitting on air strip in front of small planes

Soap box: cars have gotten too fast, too similar to each other, too expensive, and whatever other grumpy stuff a grumpy person like me would say.

For reference, my E39 BMW M5 comes in around a 4.6 second 0-60 time, and it’s a well-handling sedan. Sorry, I’m annoying and a fanboy. My M5 obviously does not handle anywhere near as well as this mid-engined sub 3000 pound curb weight ride. Plus this particular 911 has got some mods to up its handling game. It’s definitely been enjoyed, but also is very well sorted. The perfect combo.

2001 Porsche 911 Carrera taking a curve on a mountain road

I recently drove a 911 GT3 down in the Porsche Experience in Atlanta (post to come on that) which is certainly a different experience than this car offers. This 911 is not slow, it’s not gut-wrenchingly fast, giving you more room to play around with the full rev range while rowing through the 6-speed gearbox yourself.

Porsche’s modern PDK is absolutely amazing, performs better than I ever could, but it doesn’t have 3 pedals. I like the pedals. I am a simple man.

All black interior of the Porsche

Maintenance

On any performance, car fun starts and stops with maintenance. If you like driving your car, you gotta pay the maintenance tax. Such is life friends.

The current, and previous, owners have both invested heavily in that! Although the mileage is high at 115,000 miles, this car has had the works. Obviously, the IMS bearing has been done, using an LN Engineering kit.

In addition to regular maintenance, we’ve also got:

  • Clutch replacement
  • Rear Main Seal replacement (just did this on my m5 😬 )
  • Air Oil Separator
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Fuel Pump

The current owner also sites a clean Blackstone oil analysis which is always welcome. If there were going to be some bore scoring, I’d have expected it to surface by now. This owner is definitely on their oil change game, so there should not be a problem there.

2001 Porsche 911 Carrera service records and maintenance binder

All the common wear and tear have been addressed and replaced too. As I’m writing this, I’m honestly thinking about reaching out to buy it. This is the exact seller you want to buy an older 911 from.

Modifications

This car has a pretty good and unique list of exterior mods. It definitely favors a 997’s design, which may make some purists angry, but relax, all the stock parts are included. I like it.

Rear view of the green 911 with a GT2M fixed wing

Exterior Mods

  • Polyurethane (flexible) 997 GT3 style front bumper
  • Misha GT2M fixed wing
  • 997.2 LED tail lights
  • KBD polyurethane side-skirts
  • Modded OEM rear bumper
  • Wheel spacers
sleek and shiny green 911 in a park

Driver and Handling Mods

This 911 is definitely set up to be even more of a driver’s car. This should make it an absolute blast on the Tail of the Dragon or up at VIR. The owner self-proclaims to be much more about handling and driving characteristics than speed and horsepower. They’ve definitely put their money where their mouth is.

911 Carrera sharing the road
  • Short shifter kit
  • semi-solid OEM engine mounts
  • OEM oil skid plate
  • Fister exhaust
  • FEAL adjustable coilovers, adjustability settings/model not specified
  • Alpine head unit Apple Carplay

Here’s a pretty solid video showing the improvement the Fisker/FD motorsports makes to the sound. Spoiler, it’s got a deep rasp that we all want in our lives.

Takeaway

If you can afford this car and can continue to maintain it properly, you should buy it. The maintenance history and major repair items have been taken care of. It’s a unique, driver’s car, and I’m not sure you’re going to find a more sorted 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera out there right now.

Pop over to the Facebook listing to make the best decision of your year. Or lean even further into the driver’s car lane with a Lotus Exige S. OR do both and tell me about it so I can live vicariously through your success.