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    Early S oil coolers

    As these are popping up with some regularity used nowadays, I was curious where Porsche was with respect to re-offering these coolers, I just spoke with Maurice at Stoddard NLA and he said they were being re-manufactured by Behr and they were expecting them in relatively soon. Asked about price and he said $4,000, but he wasn't sure till they came in. Availability was going to be based on demand. Me thinks this is pretty good news. Even better if they stock both 27mm and 30mm sizes. I'm inclined to spend the change on an exact repro that is brand new vs an almost 50 year old used beast that might have un-repairable internal issues. :cool


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    I've never seen the early S unit, only the 21 row brass one.

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    $4000 for a cooler? I think Porsche thinks we Porsche fans are a bunch of fools and they are laughing all the way to the bank.
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    $4k is very fair and I suspect owners will stomach it just fine after they think through it. It's one of those critical aesthetic and functional pieces for an S.

    I have a few of these; if someone waved 3500-4k in front of me I'm not sure I would even sell.

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    Yes maybe for a vintage NLA part yes to $4000. but for a mass produced cooler probably made in China is pushing it. Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by raspy2point2 View Post
    $4000 for a cooler? I think Porsche thinks we Porsche fans are a bunch of fools and they are laughing all the way to the bank.
    We are...and they are. Your point?
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    the hobby becomes less enjoyable now that all prices have doubled since the 1990's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raspy2point2 View Post
    the hobby becomes less enjoyable now that all prices have doubled since the 1990's.
    ... and yet car values have more than quadrupled.

    It humors me that people whine about parts prices while enjoying the benefit of the market. And I'm well aware of the argument: "But I'm not selling my car." The point is that someone, maybe a distant cousin or unappreciative child will inherit your car when you die and sell it for a boatload shortly after you're buried.

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    I am with the “this is ridiculous” group. Yet another reason I have given up on restoring old 911s. Sure I might get my money back when I sell, but it sure isn’t a particularly good investment, or even fun when every time you have to order a part you feel like your getting screwed. That certainly isn’t value.

    And by the way, I have a repo oil cooler in my 911S, and it performs just great. Only someone crawling under the car would even know, and it isn’t a Concours car but a driver. I’ll be driving my POS self restored car to Rennsport Reunion this Fall so you can judge for yourself how it ruins the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csbush View Post
    ... but it sure isnít a particularly good investment, or even fun when every time you have to order a part you feel like your getting screwed. That certainly isnít value.
    Chuck,
    You're a rational being, right? It is entirely an act of intellect and will as to whether a person "feels" screwed when tinkering with such frivolous things as collector cars.

    Not sure how long you've been playing with these cars but I've been doing it for 45 years. Whatever outrage or offense you think you've suffered imagine what some of us oldtimers think when we have to pay 5-10x what we used to pay for parts. Just yesterday I was shopping for a new headlight switch; my cost is $425 with a list of over $500. I remember when those were under 50 bucks brand new. And somehow I don't "feel" like a victim.

    "Value" is a moving target and its definition is easy to manipulate if we're willing to be creative, open minded, and remember that these things are VERY unnecessary toys that more than 99% of the world doesn't get to enjoy.

    Serious question: Why are you ok with car prices going through the roof but parts prices not following?

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