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post #1 of 49 Old 04-21-2019, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Putting miles on Porsches. Drive them!

So Iím a new owner. Iíll be honest- Iím hesitant to drive my new beauty everywhere. I donít get excited taking it to places where the parking is tight- like in downtown or shopping malls. Iíll get over that eventually and I know itís part of my quirkinesses. Dings make me insane.

However I see and hear a lot of owners trying to keep mileage low on their Porsches! Is this true? I mean not driving them in winter with salted roads, etc makes sense. I guess driving them in bad weather in general isnít as fun. But just trying to keep mileage low to keep value up doesnít make sense to me. I respect those that really want to tap into the full capabilities of these cars by tracking them.

But garage queens? Not me.

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All my Porsches have been DD so alot of snow and salt.
No issues as of yet on my 713 (on my third) and my 986 have done 147000 miles and it still rolls

But thats me
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But just trying to keep mileage low to keep value up doesn’t make sense to me.
Agree; all cars, Porsches or otherwise, are meant to be driven. Cars that sit idle or are barely used don't hold up all that well.
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Went for a ~40 + mile drive this morning just because I felt like it. I don't care what the mileage is by the time I come to change it. Shrouds dont have pockets and fun, like a 718 on twisties, is difficult to emulate from a nursing home. Like @johan , mine is my DD and I still feel the need to play. Bank holiday Monday morning. Few drivers on the road other than enthusiasts in Caterhams, kit cars and classics.
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Putting on miles is what a car like a Porsche is all about! (Though that doesn't seem to be true over on rennlist.) If I was concerned about resale value I wouldn't have bought mine in the first place. I'd rather be driving it than sitting at home looking at it. Except that I can look at it with a beer in my hand, which I can't do while driving.

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A car is not a car if you don't drive it, then it will just become a lawn ornament.
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Like you, I will avoid driving in salt. And if the parking or traffic seems dicey, I will take one of our other cars.

To be honest, I hate driving any of our cars if there is increased chance of dings or damage (even my GMC cargo van). This is what Uber is for.

One of the things I try to do is to plan ahead in terms of safe parking. Even if I have to park pretty far way from my destination and walk a fair distance.
And sometimes I just choose to leave the 718 home. Right now I am a 6 hour drive from home, visiting relatives over Easter. I knew the parking on this trip would be sketchy so the Porsche stayed home. It's a shame but I also don't want to be worried about it during this entire trip.

Still, I try not to obsess too much and drive the Cayman fairly often. It's all a balance. So far, in about 16 months, I've put almost 8000 miles on it.
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I couldn't care less about the mileage and use mine as a daily. Yesterday I went for a drive around some of the best driving roads in Scotland (A835/A832/Bealach Na Ba) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I even enjoy driving it to the shops! However, when I stopped off in Inverness for a coffee, some numpty parked right next to me, even though the car park was more or less empty. That really winds me up!
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The Cayman is my only car and therefore a daily driver.
However if i am going somewhere with dodgy or tight parking i would rather use a taxi or public transport.
I too hate parking dings. I can't believe how careless some car users can be. I've always thought this way.
Any car costs a lot of money so why not take care of it.
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I've had to make several trips to see my Dad this past year. Each trip adds almost 1000 miles to the odo. My girl past 18K the last trip.
Well, before the last trip my wife asked me if I wanted to take her car instead. Can you believe that, the nerve! Me take her Accord vs my 718. A look was all that was required.
Like most here, I bought my car to drive.
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