Porsche 911 Buyer's Guide: 2nd Edition Paperback – Jul 29 2009
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“… Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide is one of our favorites for its accessible style and focus on the American market.” - Automobile magazine, March 2010
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The Porsche 911 was and is one of the finest sports cars ever made. Thanks to a long production life, used 911s are available at a variety of price points, some of them very affordable.—But you must know what you are buying, lest your dream car turn into a nightmarish money pit.
With the Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide 2nd Edition, author and photographer Randy Leffingwell has created the most comprehensive resource ever to guide you through the potential pitfalls of purchasing one of these fabulous sports cars. This year-by-year guide includes technical specs, replacement parts price lists, media reviews, and each model’s known strengths and weaknesses. Each model year is profiled with solid technical information and photos of original and well-maintained Porsches of every generation. The Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide 2nd Edition will help ensure that you select the right car for your needs and your budget.
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That is where, in my opinion the praises stop. The author tells you from the start that there is redundancy in the content from one model year to the next...on some models, the picture changes but the text is copy/paste from the last page you read. I expected more technical content about the porsche 911 line up than the general idea I got from reading this book.
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Each type of Porsche 911 (internal Porsche model #s 830, 964,993 etc., etc.) is covered with about 5 pages for each year of each type/series. Including a 2 page picture of the car. Around the picture of the car the author has various callouts pointed out for each year. Sounds in-depth right? Wrong, because all he basically does is repeat the same info in paragraph form over and over again for each yr and may add something specific to that year. But after reading the same paragraphs over and over again, I quickly lost interest in trying to pick out the little parts that weren't already stated 5 times before.
And the pictures with the callouts really bugged me. The 2 page picture of the car at an oblique angle (back right rear angle) is cut right down the middle with the front half being on the right page and the left page has the back end but the dividing line by the pages really wrecks the photograph and distorts the car's look. I hope if there is a 3rd edition he puts the picture on 1 page so you get an unobstructed view of the car.
More picture gripes... He also has pictures of the motor, wheels etc like on the cover but they are the same pictures over and over for each model year. More space wasting.
It seems like this would be a fairly simple book to do well and to do right and I have seen many books of a similar nature for other cars that does in fact do it right. Within 10 minutes of cracking the book open, I felt like, wow this guy just basically filled up a bunch of pages to make the book feel more substantial to justify the nearly 28.00 dollar price tag (when I bought it at 27.99)
Unfortunately, this book did not turn out to be the tool that I had hoped it would be and I definitely would not recommend this book to anyone except maybe someone who collects books about Porsche and just wants to add it to the shelf.