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Not me. I'd rather wait and avoid any nasty surprises that comes with a car you don't know. To equate this in a more colorful light; it'd be like having marathon sex before engaging in some heavy petting. There's a certain way to go about things early on to ensure a mind-blowing journey.
First of all, the mood has to be set in order for me to feel engaged. What that means is that some classic soul music has to be playing in the background, a cold beer needs to be in hand, and a factory workshop manual has to be opened on a cleared-out bench. Once these elements are in place, I'm ready to absorb everything that needs to be addressed.
"Surely there must be a medical condition where this sort of illness falls neatly into place..."
"This is why only badasses own vintage Porsches."
The leaking power steering lines are a walk through the park...riddled with broken glass. I've already ordered them, but that's the easy part of course, changing them requires patience that I don't have but can easily be compensated with cheap American brew...
I'll stop here to let you in on a secret.
These repairs would have cost just south of five figures. Yep, it's a Porsche. Don't ever be fooled that the older they are, the cheaper things will be. Horseshit. This is why punters lease Boxsters and Caymans—they're less expensive to drive than this date and at the end of your term, it'll be someone else's problem while they move on to renting the next soulless model. This is why only badasses own vintage Porsches.
The truth is this, any Porsche under 25K means that you'll be putting in twice the amount of the purchase price to make it a "needs nothing" car. The market values given are the price of entry, that's all. It's up to you to make them right and to do it on a smaller budget means you need three things; brains, beer, and balls. Without any of these, you'd be better off leasing a "yeah, I have one too" Porsche.