For Sale: 2005 Carrera S

2005 Porsche Carrera S
Exterior: Speed Yellow
Interior: Cocoa (dark brown)
Mileage: ~85,300
VIN: WP0AB29925S741418
Price: $40,000
Location: Seattle

One of the cars in the Posse stable is now available for sale. Please email if interested. Thanks for looking.

Purchased August 2018 with 71K miles and I am the 4th owner. This 911 originally came pretty much fully loaded with highly sought after carbon ceramic brakes (PCCBs), sport exhaust, active suspension management (PASM), Sport Chrono, factory sport shifter, Bose stereo, and a beautiful and unique color combination of Speed Yellow over Cocoa Brown full leather interior highlighted with yellow seat belts. Original MSRP was $105,655!

It is in excellent condition, runs like a charm, no leaks, well-maintained, adult and enthusiast-owned, no pets/children, no smoking, always garaged. I just had the car professionally hand-washed, waxed, detailed, and vacuumed. It is ready to go for the new owner!

It had the IMS bearing upgraded/replaced in 2015, and a bunch of other maintenance (see below). Oil changed every 5-6,000 miles and I have three oil reports from Blackstone with normal or below normal levels on all readings during my ownership. This is the 5th 911 I’ve owned (previous 4 were air cooled) and it is definitely my favorite. I’m selling because I bought another Porsche 911. 

Tastefully modified and handles/drives impeccably. All aesthetic body parts were professionally painted by Haury’s Lake City except front lip. PPIs welcomed at any reputable shop in Seattle at buyer’s expense.

Cash only, no trades.
Local sale preferred but I will facilitate shipping at buyer’s expense.
Clean title and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity in hand. I also have the clean Carfax from when I bought the car and can share with prospective buyer as well as full records of maintenance since 2005.

Rennline semi-solid engine mounts (Oct 2019)
ACS Wheel studs 80mm front/90mm rear (Feb 2019)
H&R wheel spacers 7mm front/15mm rear
Function First shifter cable ends (Feb 2019)
Function First transmission mount inserts (Feb 2019)
LN Engineering spin-on filter adapter (Feb 2019)
Filtermag oil filter magnet (Feb 2019)
Porsche 3rd radiator kit with GT3 duct (Feb 2019)
GT3 bumper vent (Feb 2019)
painted black mirrors
OEM black door handles (Feb 2019) Original yellow handles included.
aftermarket UNQ Shop front lip spoiler painted with Plastidip (easier to maintain)
GT3 Tek rear lip spoiler
factory heated adaptive sport seats in Cocoa leather (Sep 2018)
Bluetooth adapter for streaming music and phone calls (Sep 2018)
B&B sport mufflers with 3.5″ tips. Sporty sound but not obnoxious.
Black vinyl headlight trim
vinyl stripes professionally installed by Gorilla Mad Wraps (removable)
Zunsport front grille covers (Feb 2019)
powder coated Sport Design wheels and center caps in glossy black. No curb rash and they are in perfect condition.
Michelin PS4 summer tires with approx 8,000 miles on them.

oil changes every 5,000-6,000 miles with Motul 5W-40 synthetic. Most recent change was Sep 2019 at 84,500 miles.
Eibach Pro Kit lowering springs, 4-wheel alignment (Feb 2019)
Transmission fluid replaced (Feb 2019)
new cabin filter (Jan 2019)
new engine intake filter (Jan 2019)
Air/Oil Separator replacement (Sep 2018)
Water pump, thermostat, ignition coils, spark plugs (March 2017)
IMS bearing upgrade, new clutch, new rear main seal (Aug 2015)

Factory Options:
267 – Self Dimming Mirrors 
342 – Heated Front Seats
407 – 19″ Sport Design Wheel 
446 – Wheel Caps with Colored Crest 
450 – Ceramic Composite Brakes-PCCB 
640 – Sport Chrono Package Plus 
670 – Navigation for PCM 
680 – Bose High End Sound Package 
982 – Supple Leather Front and Rear 
E36 – Alum. Look Pkg Switch Panel 
M6C – Cocoa Floor Mats 
P15 – Power Seat Package 
RA – Special Leather Cocoa 
X4 – Speed Yellow Top 
XCK – Rear Center Cnsole in Aluminum Look 
XCZ – Sport Shifter 
XFH – Instrument Dials Speed Yellow (since swapped to white dials)
XSY – Seat Belts – Speed Yellow 
XTW – Door Finishers Aluminum Look

Known issues:
1) I hit a deer in Sep 2018 at low speed that caused cosmetic damage (see last photo). I had to have the front bumper, front hood, passenger fender, and passenger headlight replaced by a certified Porsche repair shop (Haury’s Lake City).
2) normal road rash on front bumper and hood.
3) small chip in front lip about 5-6 mm wide.
4) The washer fluid pump is not-functioning. I have a new motor but have not installed. It will come with the car.
5) Does not include side splitters or the fire extinguisher attached to passenger seat. They will be removed prior to the sale.

Deer Damage
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3PP Professor Palm Springs Run

We have a special drive planned February 20-24. It’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs and what goes better together than vintage cars and modern design?

Save the date and plan on joining us for a an incredible few days of driving, cars, sun, modern architecture/design, and camaraderie with fellow car enthusiasts.

Our preliminary itinerary is below. Check our 3PP Instagram feed for updates and more details, including meeting locations and times. Hope to see you there!

We are planning on staying at the Ace Hotel and have a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate. Here’s how to book: call 760-325-9900 or email and ask for the 3 Pedal Posse block. There is a 2-Night minimum stay from February 20-24th. Our discount expires January 31!

Wednesday Feb 20: Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. The Professor is organizing an amazing half-day run with the Posse, and Der Faszination to Palm Springs! We will arrive just in time for lunch in PS. Meeting location: 1919 Verdugo Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011


Friday Feb 22: Professor Run Part Deux with collaboration from Dmitry at Palm Desert Auto. Dmitry is going to introduce us to his favorite backroads in the area. Don’t miss out on this half-day drive through the best roads in Palm Springs. Meeting location: TBD

Saturday Feb 23: Cars and Coffee hosted by Dmitry at Palm Dessert Auto. Dmitry will lead us on a short morning drive and then we will head to his showroom and lot to hang out, check out cars, and form new friendships. Word has it a special guest with the name that rhymes with Chad McQueen might show up.

Saturday night Feb 23: Cocktail party with your favorite car peeps. Location: TBD

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Why I Drive

[An essay from Posse member Jim (Busta Rib) on the joys of driving a Porsche 911.]

I love to drive. There’s something special about pointing my car down a winding open road, windows down, and the breeze fluttering past my ears on a balmy summer day. To maintain the purity of moments like these, my stereo is turned off, with only the sweet mechanical song of an air-cooled engine encouraging me on with each stab of my right foot, or downshift before a turn.

BMW may have the rights to the tagline “The ultimate driving machine,” but in spirit and singular purpose of design and provenance, it is truly owned by Porsche’s 911. For five decades, the 911 has symbolized the epitome of a sports coupe, particularly the air-cooled generations (1964-1998).

This is evident in its racing heritage, unorthodox flat-six rear-engined layout (for better traction and a lower center of gravity), sleek profile to cheat the wind, and light-weight architecture to maximize handling and responsiveness. Even the ignition switch is on the left-side of the steering wheel for faster starts, a legacy of Porsche’s racing history when drivers would sprint to their cars at the beginning of races. Efficient, those Germans.

Iconic Porsche poster idolized by every boy (and some men) in the 80s

My love affair with the 911 began in the 80s with the iconic poster showing three equally tantalizing, sensual, and curvy silhouettes: a nude woman, a bottle of wine, and the 911. I suspect every teenager had this poster tacked to his bedroom wall, right next to Christie Brinkley and Kiss. The fantasy eventually became reality and I currently drive a 1977 911S ratrod. At one point it was actually my daily driver. Yes, that is whack, as the kids would say.

Some might question my decision to own a 40-year-old sports car that it is as functional as a plastic grocery bag with holes in the bottom. And compared to modern standards, the NVH of an air-cooled 911 is on the verge of unacceptable. The suspension creaks like an old man, the HVAC system is antiquated and ineffective, faint odors of oil and gasoline constantly permeate the cabin, it is as loud as an 80s neon t-shirt, and the ride as firm as Jillian Michaels‘ ass. Euphemistically, this is known as a visceral driving experience.

Yet, driving a 911 is truly sublime. Despite my attempts to sugarcoat the comfort factor of an air-cooled 911 (or lack thereof), it is a remarkable machine for driving without purpose; simply for the pure enjoyment of taking the long way home. It is a driver’s car; a precision instrument for carving up the road first and foremost, and not necessarily a mode of transport or an appliance to get you from A to B.

It’s difficult to describe the wonderful feeling of driving such a great machine. At the risk of being crass, I suspect you would want to smoke a cigarette after a vigorous and satisfying session with a 911 (if you smoked, that is). It’s that good.

First, there is the ballet of movements that, when synchronized properly, is poetic in nature and yields incredibly smooth and fluid travel down the road. Accelerate, clutch, brake, rev match, shift, lean, turn, accelerate. The level of difficulty increases with speed and decreasing turn angles, but when you get it right, it is incredibly rewarding as well as challenging. I could dance like this all day long.

And then there are the other sensations: the adrenaline rush, the performance exhaust as it voices its throaty approval on a well-timed downshift, and the mechanical whirring of the boxer engine emanating from just behind the cockpit, constantly coaxing you for more after every turn and straightaway. As our friends from England would say, it’s absolutely brilliant. Yes, it is.

One 911 + an open road = driving bliss

A business associate that I respect writes a blog under his nom du plume of HRNasty, providing observations about all things human resources. In one post, Nasty addressed the notion of hiring candidates with passion for their job, calling this desirable trait “fire.”

Besides being relevant for screening and hiring candidates, Nasty offered up some compelling insight for life in general. Whether it is for your work, a hobby, or some other aspect of your life, passion is the litmus test and determinant for actually living versus simply existing, fulfillment over emptiness, feeling love rather than nothing at all. At its core, passion is our raison d’être.

When driven by passion, your pursuits seem effortless, more productive, more enjoyable. Without it, life simply feels burdensome. And perhaps a little boring. As HR Nasty says, if you are not passionate about your job, at least have passion for something. Anything. Wise man.

Driving an air-cooled 911 is my passion. It reminds me that I am alive, and it is the straw that stirs my soul. It is what makes a simple trip to the grocery store enjoyable, or storming down a back-country road exhilarating.

Regardless if you drive a 911 or not, I hope you can find your passion. And remember to get out and drive!

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