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Choices, choices ...

I considered lots of cars, I wanted a real sports car with the kind of performance I was used to, a bit more comfort and sophistication, and something that will feel special to drive down to Le Mans in next June. The first car I looked at was a TVR Tuscan S - I'd seen a few of these and really like the look and sound. I went to test drive one and although I liked it my wife thought it looked horrid! So that was out ...

On the way home she asked what other cars I'd been considering, and I said I'd also been thinking about another Porsche, the dealer in Cardiff was currently advertising a used 911 GT3. So on the way back from seeing the Tuscan we called in to have a look. They were closed (Sunday afternoon) but the GT3 looked beautiful through the windows. She liked that. She also liked the cars in the next showroom too - Dick Lovett's in Cardiff is also a Ferrari/Maserati dealership. There were a couple of 360s in there and they looked pretty nice too. I did consider an M3 for a while, but decided it wasn't quite 'special' enough - highly capable car though.

I did test drive a 360, and was seriously considering it for a while. The GT3 we saw through the window was sold a day or two later, but they had a brand new unregistered one in that had been ordered but not taken by the customer. In the end I decided the GT3 was a more practical car, another factor being that the new GT3 was about the same price as a 3 year old 360.

I collected the GT3 on Christmas Eve, and after lots of conflicting adice decided to run it in for 1,000 miles. I kept the revs below 4,000 for the first couple of hundred miles then limited it to 5,000 for the rest of the time. By the time it had done 1,000 miles the engine was definitely feeling less tight, and when I did finally stretch its legs to the redline the howl at 8,000rpm was fabulous.

It's fairly highly spec'd, including PCCB carbon ceramic brakes, chrome rear half roll cage, litronic lights. I wouldn't have ordered the PCCB's by choice, but since I don't plan on tracking the car I'm not too worried about them.


Replacing Head Unit

One of the guys in the Pistonheads forum recently advertised a group buy on Becker head units. Becker make the standard Porsche branded head units, and mine has a CDR23, whihc is a plain radio and single CD player. The group buy was for the latest TrafficPro unit, which incorporates radio, cd player, satnav, bluetooth handsfree and MP3 player (can read off CDs but also has a slot for a compact flash card).

I had a chat with the person owning the shop who organised the buy, Julian Thompson who was really helpful and talked me through the install, providing me with a few pics. Full details of my install here.

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The Build (2003/4): June | July | August | September | October | November | December | January
Updates: 2004 | Le Mans | Sold | New Project
GT3 | Becker TrafficPro Install

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