On 09/07/2008 I drove home my first Porsche 911. It's a 1982 911 SC Targa in beautiful "chiffon white", with 87,999 miles (after the drive home). The car is in exceptional condition and runs great.
I looked at about ten other 911s along the way. I believe this one was roughly number five. I knew it was special right away, and it was the second, and last, car for which I ordered a pre-purchase inspection (PPI). I looked at quite a few more before the previous owner (PO) and I agreed on a price for this one. I had Storz Garage in Denver do the PPI, and the car came back with flying colors, with the only service recommendation being brakes sometime within the year. Bob at Storz basically said "I've worked on this car before and it's always been a good car -- I haven't seen a better one for sale in a while". It has a lot of service records (but probably not complete) going back to original owner in 1982. Good enough for me.
|09/07/2008||87,999||Purchased the car and drove it home.||
Purchase price was $16k. Not a bargain, but a fair price for a car in this condition. NADA classic car "average" value for this model is $17,075. Excellence has it at $17,015 for "good" condition. In my opinion the condition is slightly above these levels, so I think I did well.
Car drives great, but can probably use a set of Turbo tie rods to snug-up the steering. I drove a '77 with this upgrade and it had incredible steering feel.
Various service by Storz Garage.
Bill was about $1,600.
The clutch cable job ended up being fairly significant work due to a frayed clutch cable and a worn out bushing on the arm to which the cable connects. The mounting point was almost worn through. The washer system had a leak in the headlight washing tubing, which was plugged (too expensive to fix right now).
|09/19/2008||Second fill-up:||13.9 gallons for 219 miles. Pretty crappy mileage, at 15.75mpg. Wonder if this is due to the O2 sensor being disconnected.|
|09/20/2008||Detailing Session||I spent 4-5 hours (!) detailing the car today. Here's what I did:
|09/19/2008||88,424||3rd fill-up:||13.6 gallons for 213 miles. Again, pretty crappy mileage, at 15.66mpg. Will try running with O2 sensor connected.||
|09/30/2008||88,555||4th fill-up:||7.1 gallons for 131 miles. Better mileage at 18.5mpg. I must admit I didn't connect the O2 sensor. I think the difference this time, is getting into fourth gear a little more often, and I drove about 40 miles with the top on, which has to help aerodynamics. Am taking the car to BV this weekend, so will be interesting to see what my highway mileage is. Will likely have the top on.|
|10/04/2008||5th fill-up:||13.2 gallons for 294 miles. Better mileage at 22.3mpg. These miles included:
|10/04/2008||6th fill-up:||5.1 gallons for 120 miles. Better mileage at 23.5mpg. This was the return trip from BV to Denver, top on, 65-75mph most of the way, with a slower speed (but higher rev) bomb down Deer Creek Canyon for a portion.
Worthwhile to note that I put 414 trouble-free miles on the 911 over this vacation weekend, in a variety of weather and altitude situations. I'm pleased.
|10/18/2008||89,194||7th fill-up:||13.5 gallons for 224.7 miles. 16.6mpg. Lots of city driving and redlines in 1st and 2nd. All top-off driving, too.|
|10/25/2008||???||Performed a clutch adjustment.||Actually Jason W. did the adjustment -- I was an observer). Adjusted to Bentley and "101 Projects" specifications. Big difference in clutch feel. Light as a feather and engagement is very quick and smooth.|
|10/26/2008||???||Fill-up||13.0 gallons for 230 miles. 17.6mpg. Combination of top-on and top-off driving, and city/highway.|
|11/02/2008||???||Fill-up||13.0 gallons for 239.7 miles. 18.4mpg. More top-on and top-off driving, and city/highway (drove up to Lafayette for Coffee-n-Cars with top on, drove up 285, down Deer Creek Canyon, etc, etc, top off).|
|11/02/2008||89,680||Added oil||Added about 0.5 quart of oil. Brought level to between low and high marks. About 1,500 miles since oil change at Storz.|
|11/15/2008||89,910||Fill-up||15.4 gallons for 246.8 miles. 16.0mpg. Mostly top-on driving, but did some Deer Creek Canyon runs at high revs, thus using a lot of fuel, apparently :-).|
Even though I don't listen to the stereo that often (since I usually have the top off), when I do listen I want it to sound good. The existing stereo (Kenwood HU and changer, Boston speakers in the doors, who knows what in the rear) just didn't fill the bill, though it was decent stuff. My original thought was to just add a powered, under-seat subwoofer, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed to make sense to put in a modern HU and get rid of the skippy CD changer (plus, I've never liked changers). I figured that I might as well put in better speakers while I was at it. So, I ended up with the following:
I ordered the sub from Crutchfield, but I purchased the HU and speaker at CarToys and had them do the install. I've done stereo installs before, but this time I decided to just let an expert do it. The entire system came out to about $1000. A far sight more than my original plan of just adding the sub, but I feel good about the changes.
I don't trust anyone to get the sound just right, so the next day I pulled the driver's seat and adjusted the sub: I turned it all the way up (the amp can control the audio level of the sub), set the crossover frequency to about 75hz (the focals go down to about 60hz), and adjusted the phase (which was way off). I also packed the sides of the sub with some styrofoam sheet so that it can't shift (much anyway) during transit.
This new system wouldn't win a car stereo competition, but is light-years ahead of what was in there. At reasonable speeds with the top off, I can actually hear the music reasonably well. With the top on, it sounds really great (better than my BMW's system, but that's not saying much really). The sub under the driver's seat provides a little extra oomph where it can really be appreciated.
Someday I'll have to do something about the rears, but until then I have the system biased to the front a bit, and it sounds just fine for now.
|11/23/2008||90,103||Fill-up||12.9 gallons for 193.2 miles. 14.97mpg. Mostly top-on commuting due to colder weather. I have been keeping the revs up between 3-4k pretty often, so maybe that accounts for it.|
|12/12/2008||90,199||Suspension, etc. Service @ Eurosport, Ltd., about $900||Had various basic suspension/steering work done:
|12/21/2008||???||Fill-up||13.3 gallons for 186.2 miles. 14.0 mpg (worst yet).|
|01/21/2009||???||Fill-up||15.79 gallons for 243.8 miles. 15.4 mpg. Added one full container of Techron at fill-up.|
|02/07/2009||90,795||Fill-up||16.81 gallons for 261.0 miles. 15.53 mpg. Added another full container of Techron at fill-up.|
|03/01/2009||91,045||Fill-up||16.2 gallons for 250.7 miles. 15.48 mpg. No additives this time.||Mention to Orrin next time: Car has been a little hard to start first time, lately. It will almost "catch", but then goes back to just turning over. When I turn the starter key after this, it takes about 5-10 seconds of cranking to get going. Then it runs fine.|
|04/13/2009||91,288||Fill-up||16.76 gallons for 241.7 miles. 14.42 mpg.||Car has been starting better lately. Probably due to warmer weather. Will be taking it in tomorrow for clutch and 1st/2nd syncro replacement.|
|04/30/2009||91,313||Drivetrain service @ Eisenbud's. Total nearly $4,000.||Brought car in mainly for clutch and 1st/2nd syncros. Ended up with the following:
||Front condenser blower needs to be replaced according to Eisenbud. Air will blow colder once replaced.|
|06/10/2009||91,526||Alternator service @ Eisenbud's. About $400.||Brought car in for charging system problem. Ended up requiring alternator replacement (replaced with rebuilt).
Also had the engine cover strut replaced, since it wasn't propping the cover up as well lately.
After pick-up, drove home in the rain. First time car has been in rain since I bought it. The A/C worked pretty well, and the car didn't fog up. Temps in the low 70s.
|06/20/2009 (est)||91,635||Fill-up||17.16 gallons (light had just come on). Mileage not available, because I did a partial fill-up before this one.||Car is driving nicely. Probably next thing to have addressed is rattles/vibrations in doors.|
|07/16/2009||91,887||Fill-up||16.96 gallons for 252.9 miles, 14.9 mpg.||Probably next thing to have addressed is rattles/vibrations in doors. Also, noticed that I have a new ding on the passenger side fender lip. That sucks. Will probably go to a body shop and have an estimate made for all the little dings, scratches, etc (not that many, really).|
|08/02/2009||92,144||Fill-up||17.53 gallons for 256.3 miles, 14.62 mpg.|
|08/02/2009||92,401||Fill-up||16.77 gallons for 257.0 miles, 15.32 mpg.
Also "topped-up" oil (to between hi/lo on the stick) with Castrol 20w50 -- most of a quart. Went with a heavier oil because the car has been running a bit warm, at least when it's 90 degrees out.
|09/19/2009||92,642||Fill-up||17.32 gallons for 240.1 miles, 13.86 mpg. One of the worst MPG measures I've seen yet. Not sure why. Perhaps it's all the city driving (mostly just commuting and short errands).
I "topped-up" oil (to between hi/lo on the stick) with Castrol 20w50 (again) -- 3/4 quart. It wasn't low, but was a good bit over the low mark. I filled to a good bit over the halfway point. I usually go just shy of it. I have a theory that the oil level measures high because the garage is just a bit unlevel, leaning to the passenger side. Perhaps I've been running slightly lower oil levels due to this (?).
|10/24/2009||92,840||Fill-up||13.97 gallons for 198.9 miles, 14.24 mpg.
Added 1/4 quart Castrol 20w50. Wasn't low, but am keeping a bit over half-way.
|10/27/2009||93,050||Fill-up||15 gallons for 209.2 miles, 13.95 mpg.|
|01/18/2010||93,221||Fill-up||12.6 gallons for 171 miles, 13.57 mpg.
After fill-up drove to Longmont to turn my camera in for service. 120 mile round-trip and first driving in about a month, due to weather. Car started up like a champ and ran like a top the whole time.
|03/31/2010||93,488||Fill-up||15.5 gallons for 267 miles, 17.2 mpg.|
|07/09/2010||93,971||Fill-up (missed an entry)||17.2 gallons for 272 miles, 15.8 mpg.|
|09/04/2010||94,150||Fill-up||12 gallons for 179.5 miles, 14.9 mpg.|
|09/07/2010||94,210||Misc. Service @ Eisenbuds. About $1,000.||Took car to Eisenbud's. Following services performed:
|10/02/2010||94,385||Fill-up||15.4 gallons for 234.4 miles, 15.2 mpg.|
|10/08/2010||94,696||Fill-up||16 gallons for 311.1 miles, 19.4 mpg.||Mostly highway (though often spirited) driving. Return from Cars-n-Coffee, then to Buena Vista, Aspen, back to BV. Car did great.|
|11/06/2010||94,960||Fill-up||14.9 gallons for 264.3 miles, 17.7 mpg.|
|03/12/2011||95,218||Fill-up||16.5 gallons for 258 miles, 15.6 mpg.
Added a bottle of Techron.
|04/28/2011||95,476||Fill-up||16.4 gallons for 258 miles, 15.7 mpg.
Funny coincidence on miles driven between this and last fill-up.
|05/05/2011||95,476||Fill-up||9.7 gallons for 114 miles, 11.8 mpg (??)
Not sure what's up with this. I fllled up at half a tank, and I'm pretty sure the half tank was used basically to go to Cars-n-Coffe, which is highway miles (however, I had the top off). Anyway, pretty horrible mileage.
|07/25/2011||95,852||Fill-up||16.6 gallons for 261 miles, 15.7mpg
Did more upshifting into fourth around town. Seems to make a big difference (relatively speaking).
|09/09/2011||96,131||Fill-up||17.2 gallons for 279.2 miles, 16.2mpg
|---- Missed a few fill-ups ----|
|08/09/2012||96,860||Fill-up||18 gallons for 248.9 miles, 13.8mpg
|11/03/2012||97,458||Fill-up||16.25 gallons for 339 miles, 20.8mpg
|06/08/2013||97,698||Fill-up||13.65 gallons for 240 miles, 17.6mpg
|08/29/2013||97,976||Fill-up||18.0 gallons for 278 miles, 15.4mpg