2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

I’m a sucker for the details. Sometimes they are big and in your face, sometimes something so small you’d never really notice it. On Porsches, the details are never-ending and they’ll gladly charge you for such. Today’s car, a 2004 911 Carrera 4S up for sale in San Francisco, is not subtle with the details. Finished in the always-popular Guards Red, this one takes the Guards Red inside and splashes it absolutely everywhere. Get ready.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S on San Francisco Craigslist

Year: 2004
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
VIN: WP0AA299X4S621111
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 58,000
Location: San Francisco, California
Price: $39,000

This 996 has been driven lightly and meticulously maintained. Though I’ve owned it since March of 2018, it really only sees the garage under a cover. The first three photos are mine. The remainder are from 2018 when I purchased it. It looks exactly the same.

Corrective Maintenance:
– New clutch and (LN) IMS bearing done at 40k
– 60k service (belts, fluids, spark plugs), new driver’s window regulator, and front brakes done at 49k
– AC compressor replaced at 56k

– Driver seat heat switch doesn’t work
– Factory 6 disk changer carrier missing
– Passenger window needs alignment

Original Options:
342 Heated Front Seats
498 Delete Model Designation (subsequently added back)
692 Remote CD Changer (6 Disc)
AH Black Full Leather
C45 Inst Dials Yelw Red White Blue
CKA Center Air vent Mount Ext. Clr
CPR Dash Trim Strip Ext. Color
CPZ Thicker Steering Wheel
CUC Painted Model Desig Rear Lid
CUW Door Finishers Ext. Color
CUY Seat Belt Outlets Ext. Color
CYX Central Air Vent Slats Ext Clr
CYY Side Air Vent Slats Ext Clr
G1 Guards Red
M6A Black Mats – Porsche lettering
P74 Xenon Headlamp Package
P78 Sport Seats w/Full Leather Int
XSA Sport Seats Painted To Match
XSX Seat Belts – Guards Red
Z0997 Custom Tailoring
Z84 Stitch F/R Seats – Dev. Color
Z88 Door & Dash Stitch – Dev Color
[Silver/white gauges]

I’ve expressed by love for the 996 C4S before, and I can say the same for one finished in Guards Red. I think they compliment the Turbo Twists quite well and even some bonus points for matching the calipers. Then I took a peek inside. Truth be told, I first looked at this car when the seller only had the three exterior photos up. I could see it had the matching hardback sport seats, but I was not prepared for everything else to be finished in Guards Red when he uploaded the second batch of photos. I love the seat belts and deviated red stitching, but I got off the ride when I saw the arm rests, vents, and center console trim were also red. To me, it just looks cheap considering it is just basic plastic. There is a big difference to me between colored details on actual materials and just straight up painting plastic.

The seller is asking $39,000 for this one and I think that is probably fair given it has just 58,000 miles and the IMS bearing was already done. Yes, you can probably find some rough Turbos for that kind of money, but things like painted hardback sport seats do a make a difference in value. I think someone who loves Guards Red will probably snatch it up, but it has to be the perfect buyer. No takers yet.

– Andrew

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  1. Yeah, I’m a guards red guy myself and this works for me. Seems like 996s are hard to find in guards red and even harder with the black interior. For me, I’d Keep the belts and hardbacks, then box up all the other red bits and replace with standard 996 parts. Save the red bits when the day comes to sell and the options sticker has to match the car down to the last piece of painted plastic.

  2. I had a polar silver C4S with twice the mikes and it was a fantastic car. The previous owner did the clutch and IMSB and I installed euro M030 springs/shocks and it was a revelation. I think the miles and spec make this one more desirable than a typical C4S but I think $39k may be a bit too high. If it had 30k miles then yes $40k for sure but I think given the current economy $35k-$37k would be fair.

  3. Jim Fuerstenberg

    I think very much overpriced. You can fine 997.1 models with similar miles for that kind of money

  4. https://youtu.be/x8JkOBbOqgE

    This is my guards red 996 targa going on BAT in about a week. All red details color matched, sport seats, Ohlins, bbs E88 wheels

  5. Nice example Joe. Targas are extremely rare. Can’t wait.

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