2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The 996 Porsche 911 C4S generated a healthy discussion a few weeks ago when I looked at a very nice 2002 in Miami that surprisingly is still for sale. Wouldn’t you know it, another 2002 happened to pop up for sale and as you can see, this one has a splash of color on it. However, this example for sale in California isn’t as nice as the silver car from a few weeks back. This Speed Yellow C4S has almost 160,000 miles on it and by the looks of it, they were very hard miles. Still, Speed Yellow with matching hard back seats and a painted center console? Tough to overlook. And what if I told you that you could buy this car for under $20,000?

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Year: 2002
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
VIN: WP0AA29972S622374
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 158,498 mi
Location: Hawthorne, California
Price: $19,998 Buy It Now

Porsche South Bay is thrilled to offer this very striking 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S finished in Speed Yellow over Black Full Leather Hard Back Sport Seats. This C4S was purchased new at Porsche South Bay, Serviced since new at Porsche South Bay through out all of its 158K miles. While it has been taken exemplary care of it does show signs of age and wear. Over the last 18 years she has had some bumps and bruises but overall it remains a nice example of the highest performance normally aspirated available at the time. The service file stretches from new up to current with all work being performed at Porsche South Bay totaling over $60K. The Original MSRP $91750 included the following factory options:

635 Parking Assist System 662 Porsche Comm Mgmt (N/A Canada) AH Black Full Leather M6A Black Mats – Porsche lettering P04 Advanced Technic Package P14 Heated Front Seats Package P78 Sport Seats w/Full Leather Int X4 Speed Yellow XME Rear Ctr Cons Painted Extr Clr XSA Sport Seats Painted To Match XSC Porsche Crest in Headrest XSY Seat Belts – Speed Yellow

Given this 911’s age and mileage it is being sold AS-IS. Anyone looking at a 158k+ mile Porsche needs to be realistic about the potential for future service needs. This is not a restored car and will certainly require ongoing care and maintenance. If you are up for that this could be the just the right entry level 911 for you.

ABS brakes, Heated door mirrors, Illuminated entry, Remote keyless entry. RWD 6-Speed Manual with Overdrive 3.6L H6 SMPI DOHC

18/26 City/Highway MPG

I’m a little confused with this one. The photos alone look like this is a decent used Porsche as you’d expect from the miles and age. However, I know something must be up if an official Porsche dealer is offering it for $20,000. This color with the hard options should be at least $10,000 more. They do say that it has bumps and bruises, I have to wonder how bad it really is. A car dealer is never one to leave any money on the table for a deal, so their profit must be significant for them to offer the car at this price which means the car is probably worse than they are letting on.

One thing to be aware of is that this is the same dealer that was caught Photoshopping the 991 Speedster back in November. So I wouldn’t put it past them at all to do some creative effects to make this car look better than it really is. They aren’t dumb, they know cars with bring colors and lots of options command a premium, so I have to wonder what exactly is going on here. Caveat emptor needs to be in all capital letters on this one. Maybe bold too.

– Andrew

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4 Comments

  1. MMMMMMMmmmmmm Andy, my fav. colour……

  2. They sure seem to be telegraphing that there are problems lurking. How open might a dealer be to a third-party PPI? There are multiple good Porsche shops in the South Bay where this is located. I wouldn’t consider this without an independent opinion first.

  3. @Euromo Dealers are usually open to a third party PPI if its in their close proximity and can be driven there by a salesperson. The way dealer is looking at it is if the PPI will help to make the sale why not… If the dealer flat out declines indie PPI its a sign to keep on looking.

  4. RUN AWAY!!!

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