2009 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

The 997.2 Porsche 911 Targa was the last of the sliding roof versions that started with the 993 and ended with the intro of the 991 generation that got extremely complicated. Without looking close enough, you can assume that they are just regular coupes and maybe that is what Porsche was going for. If you happen to see one, they are rare. Only about 3,000 997.2 Targas were made, as compared to the 10s of thousands in the regular coupe bodies. This 2009 for sale in Washington is finished in the classic Carrara White with the Cocoa special leather. The perfect daily driver?

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Year: 2009
Model: 911 Targa 4S
VIN: WP0BB29969S733316
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 7-speed Doppelkupplung Automatic
Mileage: 55,728
Location: Fox Island, Washington
Price: $59,900 Buy It Now

2009 Porsche 911 Targa 4s. Beautifully specified in white over cocoa leather with the sport chrono package and PDK double clutch transmission. “S” package provides an additional 0.2L of displacement and 40 horsepower, and this car is equipped with Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM), so suspension can be adjusted to either normal or sport mode, as well as Sport and Sport+ modes, which adjust the gear the car will choose at any given speed and increase throttle response, among other adjustments. Owned for two years, always garaged, recently received full service. Clean carfax. I’ve put ~7,000 miles on the car, none of which were winter miles. Heated and cooled seats, roof glass is polarized for UV protection. Original window sticker and service records included. Some rock chips on front bumper and rear fender, as is typical with driver’s cars. The 997 generation 911s (2006-2012) are already considered a future classic, and 997 Targas were only produced 2009-2012, making them more on the rare side. The PDK system was introduced mid-year in 2009, so this car is among the very first to be equipped with it. Being a 997.2, theres no need to worry about the IMS bearing issue found in 996s and 997.1s. The 997 generation Targas also have a unique solution to the targa problem. Instead of a cloth section in between the windshield and C pillar, the cars instead were fitted with a panoramic sunroof that slides almost all the way back beneath the rear window. With the targa top back and all the windows down, you get a convertible-like experience without losing chassis rigidity or adding weight.

One thing to note on the 997.2 Targas is that Porsche added a different style of glass to the tops to block out UV rays. You really can’t tell just by looking at it, but a nice touch considering if you lived in a sunny environment. As for this example, it is fairly well optioned with Sport Chrono, Bose audio, ventilated seats, navigation, and more. It is a PDK car as well as a 4S, but in terms of 365 days a year driving, would do quite nicely in my opinion. The 997.2 fixed all the little problems of the 997.1 examples and was a big upgrade in terms of interior quality, and the 3.8 is no slouch at all in terms of power.

The asking price of $60,000 might be a little heavy considering it has 56,000 miles. Given their low production numbers, it is tough to be picky if you are trying to find one, and good luck finding another one in Carrara over Cocoa. I think mid-50s would be a realistic price, but maybe that is what this seller is going for. I don’t foresee these getting any cheaper unless you piles the miles on, so if you want a modern 911 with a relativity stable value, go for it.

– Andrew

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9 Comments

  1. This is a great combination, white with the rare cocoa, but certainly too rich. I’ve had two 996 targas and the 997 is even better with the light bar in back. And these wheels are not the best option either. If it was a manual, it would get all the money but not so sure on a PDK. Lovely car though!

  2. love those 997.2 targa’s.
    Nice color combination.

  3. Is there any way to convert these button shifted PDK cars to the later 997 steering wheel that has the paddles?

  4. Ricky, yes you can. The wheel with the paddles was actually offered at the same time as this wheel (for example, it was standard on the 997.2 GTS). It’s called the Sport Classic wheel.

  5. Suncoast parts generally have nice deals on these OEM wheels-

  6. Hey thanks! I was searching a bit for an answer but couldn’t find a direct answer. Why offer both wheels? I’ve always found these buttons awkward to use.

  7. They actually offered 3 different steering wheels in both the 997.2 and 991.1 – the Sport Classic (the good one with real paddles), the one optioned in this car, and a version of the one pictured here with buttons to control the radio and display menus. I had the Sport Classic in my 991.1 and while I did miss having radio controls, I loved the feeling of banging off a shift with the paddles!

    As to the why of offering all these different wheels, that’s easy: the classic Porsche upsell of paying more to get the better wheel as an option. There is a reason they are the most profitable car company in the world.

  8. Haha very true. Only with Porsche can you just about double the MSRP of any car. I remember playing around with their configurator on a Boxster of some sort. Base was around $70k or so, I wound up around $115k after I got everything just right. Yikes.

  9. james fuerstenberg

    I did convert my 2011 997.2 from the rocker type wheel to the paddle wheel. I bought my wheel from Suncoast Porsche…about $900. Then I needed a Porsche dealer to go into the computer and reprogram so the wheel worked correctly with the computer. Now, when you push sport or sport plus, it lights up on the wheel spokes. I think the wheel is called the Tequipment Wheel. The PDK is great (I have another older car with manual in case I want to row my own). That being said…for a 55K mile car, this one is overpriced…4S and Targa. The 4S is heavier than the 2S..as is the Targa. I would think $50K.

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