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DS240

1,788 posts

104 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Sorry no personal experience, other than repeating what I'd heard b4 on the Internet about the rattles. But like most things that become 'fact', the reality is likely rather different.

I've always like the look of the targa and think it does offer a unique package, especially 997 shape.

Their numbers are relatively low though, so it may be harder to find one.

As an aside... I always thought Porsche missed a gap in their model range by not having a targa turbo. I think that would look amazing.

Paddy_N_Murphy

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16,214 posts

70 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Do the roofs suffer from any peculiar wear and tear?
As no doubt many of you I have in my minds eye a specific Porsche I want to own - I wont go in to it in detail but thinking or hoping for 50,000 miles or so.
There are some 75,000 milers - any inherent issues associated with the more leggy ones?

TheBMWDriver

305 posts

40 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
Paddy_N_Murphy said:
This was kinda what I was asking the chap.
Is it like a scuttle shake on the bumpies? When pressing on ?

He suggested more of a noticeable noise and rattle even cruising down a backstreet in town at 30.

Seemed odd that Porsche would release such a vehicle if so compromised to be honest.
On a normal road at 30 I dont get any noise from the roof, only on very uneven roads.

It will be hard to find a good one as not many 997 targas were sold.
http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/?utf8=✓&am...

How much are you looking to spend? I think you will have to find around 33k for a good 997.

Paddy_N_Murphy

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
Currently, I am looking to 996s, and / or spending to 20 or 22 for the right car.
I know that the 997s are beyond that currently but depending on the seasonal change and my wait to find the right one might bring the 987s in to play.

Paddy_N_Murphy

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16,214 posts

70 months

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Thursday 18th October 2012 quote quote all
Any comments on this one?

On RSJ ? (or will that fall foul of Naming and Shaming?)
And I am unconvinced by the wheels...

http://classifieds.pistonheads.com/classifieds/use...
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Sportclassic228

35 posts

43 months

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Friday 19th October 2012 quote quote all
I had a 2010 Targa 4S from new. Absolute disaster! Long story short - wanted Targa for all the same reasons as you. Love (and still do) the lines as well.
Mine developed a moderate squeak and rattle on the passenger side which developed into the most annoying sound ever by 1000 miles. The car went in to Mayfair Porsche 3 times. Each time the noise came back within 10 miles driving. It then went to Hatfield who bodged it with highly visible Teflon tape and foam pads - it looked ridiculous with the roof open and led to a huge spat with the dealership. Didn't even fix the problem!
Eventually back to Porsche Mayfair (where I bought the car) - it was imparted that the salesperson should have told me Targas are prone to squeaks and rattles! Not happy. Told them I didn't spend that kind of money on my dream car to have noises so loud you had to shout above them. Did a deal on a 4S and 'swapped' cars. I lost out of course but the Targa was inherently flawed. A beautiful 911 - the best looking for me and I can only tell you one story. I would however never buy another.
I notice Porsche have gone back to the removable roof panels for the 991 version - I wonder why?!
Good luck with finding the right car and it might be a quiet Targa!

993kimbo

1,569 posts

71 months

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Friday 19th October 2012 quote quote all
Some people don't mind a few squeaks and rattles - I do, which is why I sold my Targa and bought a coupe, which still squeaks and rattles a bit over our roads.

The problem is, it won't squeak when you buy it from the dealer.


JackCarter

98 posts

37 months

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Friday 19th October 2012 quote quote all
I recently took an extended test drive in a 996 Targa I was thinking of buying. It had done about 40,000 miles. I really liked the rear hatch and the glass roof. It felt quite special. The roof did have a few squeaks in it but I suggest a liberal application of Gummi Pflege would help. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/EINSZETT-GUMMI-PFLEGE-R...

I decided not to buy the car mainly because a 911 isn't practical enough for us, not because of Targa issues. In fact, I think the Targa is the most practical 996/997.

Paddy_N_Murphy

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16,214 posts

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Friday 19th October 2012 quote quote all
Interesting and concerning at the same time.
It does seem to provide a massive bugbear to some owners - this squeak and rattle.
I can 100% understand why you would get so upset if a new car portrayed this.

Even more concerning is that the Targa's squeaks and rattles seem to be specific to each car. Some are better than others, some worse. (or is that related to the owners wink )

From what I gather RSJ is a showroom though where test drives are off the menu - i.e. iit would be hard to say what that one above would be like under money down and driving home...... worrying.

As for the car? is the spec wanting for anything? missing something that a newbie Porsche owner is to overlook?

(and I don't suppose anyone is local wink )

JackCarter

98 posts

37 months

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Saturday 20th October 2012 quote quote all
Another (far cooler imo) option would be to buy a 996/997 cabrio and add one of these kits for the proper old school targa look...

http://www.gtn-automotive.com/gtn/startseite_e.htm...

Paddy_N_Murphy

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16,214 posts

70 months

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Saturday 20th October 2012 quote quote all
scratchchin

Not sure - but a Conv is an option too, but I want the hatch / slightly larger seats to vaguely justify that buying 911 as not a moronic impractical decision biggrin

mattman

1,395 posts

108 months

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Sunday 21st October 2012 quote quote all
Paddy - this looks like a nice one, sounds like a decent owner from the description - not sure if that's a good price though - don't normally look that high up!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Porsche-911-Targa-Manual...

LaurasOtherHalf

8,399 posts

82 months

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Sunday 21st October 2012 quote quote all
mattman said:
Paddy - this looks like a nice one, sounds like a decent owner from the description - not sure if that's a good price though - don't normally look that high up!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Porsche-911-Targa-Manual...
That does look lovely

Paddy_N_Murphy

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16,214 posts

70 months

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Sunday 21st October 2012 quote quote all
thanks guys.
I have been 'watching' that one - it has been on for a while, and just been relisted IIRC

The RSJ car (my post above) is really appealing to me at the moment for a newbie porsche owner with their warranty back up scheme, and I would assume it 'would be right'.
£1,000 more, less miles and a back up...


RSJ have not replied to an inquiry I have sent them however.

It should see me right for a long enough time to get the seals looked at etc at Nelson Porsche up near me.
Unsure of the wheels though at the moment.

I am travelling to the USA on Tuesday for 10 days (work not too much pleasure) and was thinking I was coming back in through Heathrow, so a treat on the way back through would have been a call in to Slough.
Also feeling a little frivolous at the moment and found someone to babysit my Mx5 for 5 months, it was all starting to fall in to place.....

Then : "you are flying through Amsterdam and Teesside" irked

So I will continue to watch from afar and make plans for a purchase first 2 weeks of Nov if I can before OH cattles the plans (we have just managed to get pregnant after a long time trying!).

Paddy_N_Murphy

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16,214 posts

70 months

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Sunday 21st October 2012 quote quote all
Oh, and Basingstoke is miles away hehe, I may as wel lgo see the one listed in Devon (as that one has a good feeling about it too)

MrC986

937 posts

77 months

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Sunday 21st October 2012 quote quote all
Paddy_N_Murphy said:
Any comments on this one?

On RSJ ? (or will that fall foul of Naming and Shaming?)
And I am unconvinced by the wheels...

http://classifieds.pistonheads.com/classifieds/use...
I'm sure a good indy will be able to do something about the wheels if it is a deal breaker - IMO they are at least OEM & do make it look slightly different to the rest of the Targas in the market place

Paddy_N_Murphy

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16,214 posts

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MrC986 said:
I'm sure a good indy will be able to do something about the wheels if it is a deal breaker - IMO they are at least OEM & do make it look slightly different to the rest of the Targas in the market place
Fair point. Lets see if they reply number 1 !
I note it is about the cheapest car in stock they have.
A good or bad point?
(from a buyers perspective!)

mollytherocker

11,138 posts

95 months

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Monday 22nd October 2012 quote quote all
JackCarter said:
Another (far cooler imo) option would be to buy a 996/997 cabrio and add one of these kits for the proper old school targa look...

http://www.gtn-automotive.com/gtn/startseite_e.htm...
I can't even begin to describe how crap that looks. The proportions are way out. The rear looks 20% larger than the front.

It looks like fking pope mobile! Not good.

Paddy_N_Murphy

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16,214 posts

70 months

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Monday 22nd October 2012 quote quote all
Glad I was not alone on that one then !

RSJ

576 posts

144 months

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Monday 22nd October 2012 quote quote all
Paddy_N_Murphy said:
thanks guys.
I have been 'watching' that one - it has been on for a while, and just been relisted IIRC

The RSJ car (my post above) is really appealing to me at the moment for a newbie porsche owner with their warranty back up scheme, and I would assume it 'would be right'.
£1,000 more, less miles and a back up...


RSJ have not replied to an inquiry I have sent them however.
Hi Paddy

Unfortunately we have not received any email from yourself regarding this car , must be lost in transit.
If you want to resend then I will reply to it.
All emails come to me..
And they are answered pretty much straight away if possible..

Joel

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