The Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Turbo, 964 Carrera, 993 Carrera, 996 Carrera, Porsche Boxster Buying Guide.


Below are some unsolicited extracts from customers who bought one of my Porsche buying guides. Just like you, they wanted to find a really good Porsche and were keen to avoid the pitfalls.

They now own a Porsche, one they are confident with…and have avoided some nightmare Porsche for sale…… To order a guide click the links at the bottom of the page.

“I love receiving news of Porsche buying success and that makes the hard work of writing these guides worthwhile.” Adrian Crawford.

John Parsons with his Porsche Carrera 911...on the way 2500 miles home.

964 After reading your Porsche buyers guides (964 and 993) I have found (after 4-5 months of searching)  my 964 Carrera. Quick Spec:1992 964 C2. 39K miles Amazon Green & Lt Grey ALL records from both owners. Going back 13 years No damage/dings/dents, good tires. Had it inspected Good engine compression, fluids, rubber etc Clean Carfax etc  So Im off to pick it upIn Oregon this weekend2500 miles awayThanks for the reading! Ive looked at more 964s than most I guessIll send you pictures of the road-trip! Im heading down California Highway 1 (Pacific coast Hiway), then across Route 66 via the Grand Canyon.. John Parsons. Snr. Project Engineer

964 “I have bought other Porsche 911 guides but been disappointed. I enjoyed yours tremendously and appreciated the sound, detailed advice.” J.K.F. Switzerland.

993 “I have recently purchased the Porsche 993 guide and can tell you that it is an excellent in depth analysis, beyond all comparison with some of the ‘Boys Own’ stuff that is also available!” Terry.H. U.K.

993 “I recently purchased your guide online — I have found the contents to be not only comprehensive but also full of insights.” Jon Vanasin. THAILAND. 993


911 3.2 “I want to thank you for your great books. They really help persons like me, without technical background, to be more secured by purchasing an older Porsche 911.” Patrick. F. California.

 964 “Despite my mechanical background I consider your notes a great tool even for professionals. Thanks to it I bought a superb 964, (07.93, 41000km). I would never had checked thoroughly that fast without your notes. M.C. Geneva.”


911 “I’m really getting some valuable insights that I hadn’t from the other buyer’s guide I bought.” D.S. California.

964 “First off, I would like to say that I am loving your book on the Porsche 911. Its the most detailed information I have found thus far for the 964.” Brian Rosentein U.K.

911 3.2 “I was preparing to make a trip from Chicago to Atlanta to purchase a car. After pressing some of the points found in your guide, I realized that my seller was being evasive.  Using your guide helped me ask the right questions with confidence and prevented me from making what might have been a very expensive mistake.  Thanks again! “Mark W. Chicago


911 3.2 “Thank you so much for offering such a great tool. I just bought a 1986 Porsche 911 Targa 33,000 miles and it had the renowned synchro problem which the person I bought it from said “they all shift that way.”  Needless to say if I didn’t have your guide I would have taken it that way instead of getting 2k off the price to have it fixed.” Aaron P. Collins. U.S.A.

911 Speedster “I really enjoyed your 911buying guide, so much that I also bought the other three volumes just for the joy of discovering more about the 911 family members. With the help of your guide  I have inspected and purchased a 911 Speedster here in Japan, it is pristine.  Morgan F. Japan.


911“I have just read your book it will more than pay for itself.
Richard S. Florida USA.

911 3.2 & 964 “Many thanks for the guide it was very helpful. I have now finished reading both (Carrera 3.2 and 964) of the guides and can honestly say that they are money well spent. Mark C. U.K.

964 “I would like to thank you for writing a very useful buyers guide.” J.L.  Belgium.

964 “I very much enjoyed and valued your Porsche 964 buyers guide, on the strength of which I have inspected 3 cars already.” Tim W. U.K.


993 “I have just downloaded your guide [excellent and thorough it is too!]. Once again thanks for the valuable advise and insight which is greatly appreciated. Nasair Hussain”

911 3.2 “Let me say your manual was a good buy and I have learned quite a bit!  I have found an 88 Porsche 911 coupe black/black. ” Damon.





Jens Kleis Frederiksen with his 'new' Porsche 911. Lausanne, Switzerland

Jens Kleis Frederiksen with his 'new' Porsche 911. Lausanne, Switzerland

964 & 993 “Last year I bought your excellent guides to the 964 and the 993. They are great reading, and provide by far the best and most comprehensive advise available to buying a second hand Porsche 911. During the past months I have seen and tried a number of 964s, and using your guides I have rejected all of them. Many were accident damaged, had oil leaks, a dying clutch, dodgy service history, or a combination of all.

Finally, two weeks ago, I found what I was looking for. A 1993 Carrera 4with 117.000 km on the clock. Although the car was in Geneva, only a short drive form where I live, I started by asking the dealer to fax me copies of the service book and registration papers. It provided good reading, and preparation for the visit. The car had had only two owners, both living in Geneva. All services had been carried out by the Porsche dealer in Geneva who originally sold the car. From the registration papers I found the name of the last owner, and called him. He turned out to be an avid 911 enthusiast and he told me openly about the cars’ history.

Afterwards, I called the Porsche dealer in Geneva, where the foreman kindly confirmed what the previous owner had told me. Thus prepared, I went to inspect the car. Using your guide as a checklist, I spent 4 hours going through it. It was in excellent condition, and only needed a new windscreen, new brake discs and pads. (all things that the previous owner had pointed out). The dealer agreed to fix these items and was visibly impressed by my approach, i.e. your guide.

Finally, my search had come to an end. I bought the car and now look forward to having it delivered this Thursday. Just in time to take it to France for the 24 Heures at Le Mans. An appropriate maiden voyage, I think.

Your guide has been invaluable help to buying my 964. Without it I would no doubt have ended up with an inferior car. An added, but equally important, benefit is that for once I felt comfortable buying a second hand car because I knew what to look for.

In short, I am having a blast with my 964, not least because your guide helped me secure a healthy car. Thank you! Jens Kleis Frederiksen. Lausanne, Switzerland


996 “Thanks for the quick response and for the attached file. You offered a highly professional service and it has been a pleasure in doing business with you. I will certainly recommend your books to any one I know who is looking to buy a Porsche. ”  Nick Trinh. Taiwan.

996 I have purchased your Porsche guide and used it buy a beautiful ’99 996 Carrera in Germany. I followed your guide step by step and it allowed me to buy with confidence. The dealer was also impressed with your guide.” John R Germany.

911 Great book! I’ve been involved with Porsche  in concours since the ’70s Even so, your book uncovered some things I missed. C.

911 I purchased the Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide from you a few months ago and must say how useful its contents are – to the point that having inspected two dozen or so units, I have yet to buy one!! Jacob P. MY.

993 Just downloaded your 993 Carrera guide-it is excellent! Marcus  C.

Ilkka Vapaavuori's  911

Ilkka Vapaavuori's 911

911 Carrera Thanks for a superb buyers guide for the 911 Carrera 3.2.

I purchased a copy last week and have read it through already a couple of times.

Ilkka Vapaavuori  Helsinki, Finland.


Boxster After buying and studying your book, I shopped for my Porsche Boxster confident that I knew what to look for.  Your book helped me avoid two cars that clearly had been repainted. Thanks for your e-book!  Money well spent. Peter A. Bastian

964 Just purchased the 964 buyers guide and down loaded it. Glad I did very informative lots of stuff on there I wouldnt have know otherwise. Philip Johnson

996“I have purchased and read your book on the 911(996). This makes very interesting reading, well worth the money.” David Buchanon. IRE.

964 Hi there!  First off, your Porsche 964 secrets book is amazing. Very, very informative, so you should feel very good about that.  David W. Bentson. Precision Automotive Group.


 'Charlie' the lovely 911 Carrera convertible bought by Brian Rosenstein

'Charlie' the lovely 911 Carrera convertible bought by Brian Rosenstein




964 I ended up purchasing a 1990 Porsche 964 C4 Cabriolet in April.  Last night, I found myself looking over your book as a reference and I realized that I never thanked you for your help and advice. I just want to say that I found your book to be not only important in my hunt for a car, but equally as important as I drive the car on a regular basis.

Anyway, thanks again, and as you requested, I have enclosed some pictures of “Charlie”.

Brian A Rosenstein  Philadelphia, PA



Boxster Thanks again, and well done on the Porsche Boxster Buyers Guide. It really focused my attention to detail when looking for my car. Chris Carlisle

996 I’m selling a 2000 Porsche 996 Cabriolet and one of my prospective buyers forwarded your Buyer’s Guide to me. I found it to be very informative and a great educational tool for any prospective buyer. As a seller, I get tired of answering the wrong questions. If every buyer were armed with your publication, we’d all be better off indeed. Aynsley Catalano.  Massachusetts

996 “Just finished reading your book. Very good and comprehensive. I am going to recommend your books to everyone in the brand new Porsche Club Athens!” Dr.George H. Athens 996

I down loaded a couple of your Porsche buyers guides. They are great! I look forward to my shopping for my next Porsche. Ron Migliori


993 I am now looking for a 993 Carrera and because of your book, I feel confident that I will find the right oneI was able to shop with confidence because of your manual….. I purchased a flawless 95 cab at a great price. When it came time to inspect the car I used the manual page by page, then brought the car to a Porsche mechanic for a good look over.  Thanks, Lou Vecchia

993 First, let me say that your guide is truly indispensable. It helped me hone in on a great example of a 1997 911 C2S with 27,000 miles, low owner history with a stellar PPI. William T USA

993 Before buying my 993 targa last year , I had ordered your advice “911 secrets”, which I found extremely valuable. Francis S. U.K.

993 “Thanks for the help. Your advice has saved me a small fortune and rescued me from buying a car I wouldn’t have been proud of.” Tony B. U.K.

911 Carrera I found your buying guide extremely useful and have been following its advice.  So far, I have looked at 5 cars (one of which the seller simply lied about in his advert). Jeremy. UK.

964 Thank you for a great book that will help me determine between a good 964 and a bad one.John Parsons. USA. (see top pic!)

911 Carrera The 911 guide is fantastic; I highly recommend this for anyone in the’s the best that I have seen. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!  Todd C. New York, USA


964 Turbo “I was rather sceptical that this may be a ‘web scam‘ but my fears appear to have been misplaced. Certainly I feel more empowered and hopefully I’ll be better able to find a worthy car.”  Roger C. U.K. 964 turbo

993 Your book, 993 secrets ect, is unbelievabely good.I have recommended it to 3 three friends. Thanks a lot, Regards, Chris

993 Hi, with the help of your guide I bought a 1996 911 Cab. It helped me to walk away from a lot of cars and when I finally found the “right car” I could make a decision within hours. A thorough PPI confirmed my evaluation. Thanks, Great Product and worth every cent! Erik Stibitzky The Woodlands, Texas

911 May I congratulate you on your very informative ebooks. I purchased both the ‘3.2’ and the ‘964’ specific books about a year ago and count myself lucky that I had. Thank you. Bilal,

911 I just wanted to thank you for a very well presented buyers guide. I am looking to buy my first Porsche, it would have definitely been an emotional decision. Now I have the tool to make a cool, calm and collected choice. I am very glad that I stumbled upon your web-site. Thank you & Kind Regards, Bernard.

911 Your guide has proven invaluable in helping this Porsche newbie acquire his first 911. Have not bought one yet but I am searching. Thanks, Jeff Jeff Frazier

993 996 I recently bought from you two guide books, Porsche 996 and Porsche993. After reading through your book, I have more knowledge how to deal and inspect a car that I like – worth my money to buy your book. Thanks, Henry Vo

911 Adrian – I’m sure you must frequently get this sort of mail. However, I want to thank you for producing a well-structured & logical guide. It helped me avoid the car I viewed this afternoon despite its pristine appearance and enthusiastic caring owner.

996 When I explained to the owner that I was no longer interested he was (I believe) genuinely stunned by what he heard when I explained why. He wondered why the OPC 111 point extended warranty check hadn’t thrown anything up. It was flattering to be asked if I would check over his next Porsche purchase! Thanks again – from a delighted customer. Bob

Boxster Your buyers guide is very informative. I’m in the market for a used Boxster Tiptronic and need guidance on what to be aware of, and how to test drive the prospective buy. Thanks, Merrick Harter

996 I purchased two books and lent many others before reading your book on the 996.  To put it succinctly, “Leffingwell’s” left the reader confused and unable to make an informed purchase. Your book truly provided knowledge and useable tools. I will be picking up a 2002 911 4S this weekend. Everything you suggested, I reduced to a check list and went one by one. The dealer did not mind at all. Best regards and thank you again. Wei C. Wong, LA, California.

911 Carrera Well your guide helped me get past two poor examples and led me to a cherry! ’89 white cab. with a couple small dings but otherwise looked like she just came out of the show room. Your guide gave me the confidence to purchase knowing what to look for top to bottom. Seeing bent oil pipes, hidden corrosion, door bolts removed, water under mats etc. got me off cars costing 5K less and led me to mine. Thanks again!  Kenneth S.


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