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    Opinion on the 912E

    My mother has spotted one for sale and wants to have a new toy she can cruise around in.

    What are your thoughts? Should she get this for fun?

    Note, this is the 912E (sold in US only) and not the 912.

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    hmm sold in the US only doesn't bode well
    other than that, how much driving does she do?
    Andreas Preuninger, Manager of Porsche High Performance Cars: "Grandmas can use paddles. They aren't challenging."

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch-monkey View Post
    how much driving does she do?
    Not much, she has other cars to put miles on. I think she just wanted this as a weekend cruiser.

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    eh, i don't see any problem with this plan. it's light, simple, easy to drive and looks neat in a classic car way. go for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LTSmash View Post
    Note, this is the 912E (sold in US only) and not the 912.
    What's the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimento View Post
    What's the difference?
    Research shows a VW 2.0 B4 instead of a Porsche engine.

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    Its a garbage car, no power, over heats, not fun, doesn't even sound good.

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    70s 912 I assume? I've heard good things as a cruiser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicFromLA View Post
    70s 912 I assume?
    I should have specified earlier. 1976.

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    Nothing wrong with the 912E

    LTSmash, go to the source for info on these, the 912 Registry. History of the Porsche (TM) 912 - The "356D"

    While it's true the '76 912E (one year only) used the injected 2.0 from the 914, that doesn't make them a bad car. On the contrary, these models are a perfect choice for those interested in handling and not outright speed. They are nicely appointed and compared to early 912s reasonably priced. Only 2000 or so were produced so they're fairly rare.

    It might be the perfect choice for your mom: a fun car with style, without the expense of a 911.
    Just be sure to have a reputable Porsche shop do a PPI on it before writing any checks.

    BTW, I just bought my 3rd 911 and 4th Porsche, a '68 (Europe only) 911S Targa Sportomatic, #253 of 442 built.

    Good luck, hope she gets what she wants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csl177 View Post
    LTSmash, go to the source for info on these, the 912 Registry. History of the Porsche (TM) 912 - The "356D"

    While it's true the '76 912E (one year only) used the injected 2.0 from the 914, that doesn't make them a bad car. On the contrary, these models are a perfect choice for those interested in handling and not outright speed. They are nicely appointed and compared to early 912s reasonably priced.
    pretty much what i was thinking, surely she does not need some fire breathing twitchy hopped up 911 for a weekend cruiser.
    Andreas Preuninger, Manager of Porsche High Performance Cars: "Grandmas can use paddles. They aren't challenging."

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    csl177, thanks for the link and information.

    And, congrats on the new Porsche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch-monkey View Post
    pretty much what i was thinking, surely she does not need some fire breathing twitchy hopped up 911 for a weekend cruiser.
    Yeah, she's not looking to impress anyone with her superb driving skills. She's always wanted a small classic car when she got older and I guess this can replace the boring Merc's for all those years.
    Last edited by LTSmash; 09-20-2009 at 10:39 PM.

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    Good for her... just have a shop do a pre-purchase inspection, if it's a good car she'll love it.

    Old? How old is she? I'm feelin' positively geezeresque now.
    '62 356S Notchback Hotrod
    '64 VW Microbus 21 Deluxe
    '67 911S Das Geburtstagsgeschenk
    '68 911T Targa Sporto
    '68 Mercedes 280 SL
    '62 BMW 700 Sport
    '63 BMW 700 Cabriolet
    '72 BMW 3.0CSL
    '72 BMW 3.0CSA
    '70 914/6 GT

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    Quote Originally Posted by csl177 View Post
    Good for her... just have a shop do a pre-purchase inspection, if it's a good car she'll love it.

    Old? How old is she? I'm feelin' positively geezeresque now.
    *cough* 53 *cough*

    But officially 35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTSmash View Post
    *cough* 53 *cough*

    But officially 35.
    Yow. I just turned 54 on the 11th. Geezerville.

    The good part of getting older is knowing all that stuff that used to bother you is pointless.
    The bad part is trying to convince younger types that's the truth.

    I'm actually 27, but my joints lie to me all the time.
    Last edited by csl177; 09-20-2009 at 11:10 PM.
    '62 356S Notchback Hotrod
    '64 VW Microbus 21 Deluxe
    '67 911S Das Geburtstagsgeschenk
    '68 911T Targa Sporto
    '68 Mercedes 280 SL
    '62 BMW 700 Sport
    '63 BMW 700 Cabriolet
    '72 BMW 3.0CSL
    '72 BMW 3.0CSA
    '70 914/6 GT

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