I owned a 1996 Porsche 911 (993) that was both wonderful and terrible. It was a stunningly beautiful car. It melted my heart to look at it in my driveway. The interior was also beautiful, with rich black leather. It was scary fast and could do 60 mph in first gear with 5 more gears to go. It handled much better than earlier 911s. Here's the bad part........first it was that the car was very mechanic unfriendly. It was difficult to perform the most simple tasks that should be easy. It seemed to be designed to be difficult to service, unlike most German cars from the 1980's. The 993 Porsche had a strange mix of crude technology. It had two distributors that were synchronized with a little rubber belt. You had to remove part of the exhaust system to change the spark plugs. Then there was the Porsche security system. It was inflexible and required your subservience. You followed the rules or paid the price. Every time that you turned the car off and removed the key, you had to lock and unlock the car before restarting. The car had to be locked after you shut it off. In your drive way, in your garage, everywhere. If you failed to follow the sequence, lights might flash and the horn might blow. I kept the car for less than a year.
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Dear Kyle: If you ever dare to own an old British motorcycle, it might cause you to better appreciate Italians. I have owned a number of Triumphs and BSAs over the years. I never fully realized how awful BSAs were until I rebuilt an A65 vertical twin. Now that I've seen the insides of one, I know why you can't keep them running.
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