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post #1 of 10 Old 01-24-2011, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Buying 360 - mileage question

After 11 years of Porsches, I am considering a 360 spider instead of another Porsche. The 360's I am looking at have a wide range of mileage, from under 1000 to 10,000. I am generally looking to avoid anything over $10k. My question, is what is the impact of to little mileage. Should I have concerns of dry-rot or other things? My current front runner is a 2004 with 2970 miles. Thoughts?

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Low Mileage = High value is all a twisted market perception. My 360 had 9k miles when I bought it and 25k+ when I sold it a few years later. These cars are well built and should be used regularily. I would be more concerned with a 1k 360 then a 10k 360. All sorts of things start to go wrong when they sit for ages.
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Low Mileage = High value is all a twisted market perception. My 360 had 9k miles when I bought it and 25k+ when I sold it a few years later. These cars are well built and should be used regularily. I would be more concerned with a 1k 360 then a 10k 360. All sorts of things start to go wrong when they sit for ages.
+1. And also look at the service records and try to discern the quantity of miles per year. You'd like to see a car that has been serviced and driven regularly as some services intervals, such as fluids and belts, are determined by miles and/or years of operation.

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+2 what they all said, and is this a stick or F1? That is more an issue than mileage IMO.

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That is exactly why I am asking. The car is a stick, I don't want an F1, I actually like to drive and this will be a street car only, I have a Porsche 996 race car for the track. I put on about 1k a year so looking at a 7 year old car with only 3k miles, it is awfully low. Plus side is it was a 1 owner car.
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if you like to drive, don't buy a low mileage car. waste of money. ask me how i know.



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I too looked for a 360 stick! Ended up with an '03 360 F1 with 3600miles. I Love the F1 gear box, I would never go back to 3 pedals now!!

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tend to agree with wet on the low mileage ESPECIALLY since the 360 is now really dated. Would need a good PPI to make sure it's up to speed. Not saying it might not be a good buy, but you may expect to spend a few to bring it up to track use.

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No advantage to low miles

Agree with all the above. No real advantage to a low mileage car and they can have lingering problems getting sorted out.

If you simply prefer shifting for yourself, by all means keep looking for a manual. Unfortunately, that cuts you off from over 80% of all 360s and provides no advantage over the F1 except personal preference.

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That is exactly why I am asking. The car is a stick, I don't want an F1, I actually like to drive and this will be a street car only, I have a Porsche 996 race car for the track. I put on about 1k a year so looking at a 7 year old car with only 3k miles, it is awfully low. Plus side is it was a 1 owner car.
360 Manuals can be difficult to find. If you like everything else about the car, I would consider going for it. You will need to factor in some minor problems getting the car to run perfectly, but there's no reason that it can't get there. I'm sure it will enjoy being woken up. But I would recommend driving it more than 1k a year. This is what I would do: first, take to the specialist you trust and replace all fluids, and give it a service if required. Then I would use it extensively for a few weeks as a daily driver, making sure that you warm it thoroughly, and take it to the redline once warm. Once you're reasonably happy that there are no troubles take it for a long trip, say a long weekend. If she comes back happily then, there's no reason to expect further issues.


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