Why Buy A Nissan Sentra When You Can Buy This Porsche 911 Turbo With Just 590,000 Miles?

Photo credit Craigslist seller
Photo credit Craigslist seller

You know, $18,000 will buy you a lot of car. You could get yourself a reasonably well-equipped new Nissan Sentra, if you hate yourself and hate driving, or any number of nice older used cars. But none will be as good and nice as this car, because it is a Porsche 911 Turbo. A 911 Turbo, for under $18,000! The mileage is... a bit high, but it’s been taken care of, allegedly.

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We got a few tips on this 911 Turbo for sale out of Minneapolis and I felt compelled to bring it to your attention. What you’re looking at is a black 2002 996 Turbo, unfortunately with the five-speed Tiptronic slushbox but what are you gonna do, selling for $17,995. Bargain of the century!

We’ve been saying for some time that the 996 Turbo is an underrated gem and a stellar used performance car bargain, long as you’re willing to put up with air-cooled snobs raining (airing?) on your parade and the runny-egg headlights. They also allegedly don’t suffer from the IMS bearing flaw that kills many a good 996. Because that generation of 911 is considered so undesirable, an astute buyer can scoop one up and get a ton of speed on the cheap—especially the Turbo model, with its ridiculous-for-its-day-and-still-respectable-now 415 horsepower. This example has been bumped to 545 HP. Even better.

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Now, this one has higher miles—a lot higher, in fact—but it’s also one of the cheapest 996 Turbos I’ve found anywhere that isn’t currently or has been on fire. Is that number legit? The PCA’s Panorama magazine said it was in a 2015 feature. I’m inclined to believe it.

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If you find a better 996 Turbo value, buy it. In the meantime this car is an absolute steal for a buyer willing to continue the work that must have gone into keeping this bad boy running. Go see the seller here and click here if the ad disappears.

Editor-in-Chief at Jalopnik. 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

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For those wondering (I assume “those” = the majority of readers of Jalopnik/this post), a 6 speed swap is no small task. Being that this is my local CL I troll, I saw this a few days ago and dug around on the forums to see how doable it would be (or even a 2WD conversion for a budget GT2!). TL;DR version is you need to basically replace most/all of the wiring behind the dash/in the car. Maybe not hard if the parts are easy to source, but they are not super easy/cheap to source unless you happen to also have a wrecked 911TT manual sitting in your garage next to this thing.

Even so, I did do a bit of part out math on my supercharged Miata to justify this thing. If it’s made it 600K, it’s obviously well cared for and in good shape. That wouldn’t scare me at all. Mega NP for the right buyer who can live with the (supposedly not bad) Tiptronic.