I receive emails quite frequently from new Porsche owners (especially those of the 993 variant) looking for advice for the first time Porsche owner. As I've said before, I'm not a Porsche Expert, but I Play one on the Internet. As a result, I'm always happy to give my opinion! Specifically, he wanted to know what he could do to assimilate as much information on Porsche as possible as well as enhance his ownership experience. This is the response that I sent to my new subscriber and new member of our growing Porsche family.
Here was my response (edited for content and privacy):
Enhancing your Porsche Experience
Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the family!
As for enhancing the experience, that's a tough one. I've found that so much of what people want to get out of their Porsche is unique to the individual.
With that said, I can let you know some of the things that I've done and the reasons for them.
- JOIN THE PCA - When I bought my first Porsche, I immediately joined the PCA. I did this for two reasons: 1. the subscription to Panorama magazine (this alone is worth the price of admission); 2. The social aspect. I found it was a great way to meet people with similar interests.
- Take some DE (driver's education classes) - One of the great things about owning a Porsche (any Porsche) is that you truly have a "super car" that can be used as a daily driver (if you so choose). DE classes are a great way to find out what your car is really made of and will also help you as a driver learn to handle your 993 in ways you may not have thought possible.
- EXPLORE THE WEB - If you haven't already, explore the various web forums (especially Rennlist and Pelican). There is so much great info out there that at times it is hard to absorb it all. I've listed the most popular in this post and would still love to know if I'm missing any.
- UPGRADE, UPGRADE, UPGRADE - There are lots and lots of inexpensive to very expensive modifications that can be done to your Porsche in order to enhance both performance and looks (depending on budget, function and your own personal style). Fortunately for me, my car came with a lot of nice options. I now need to do some small things to personalize it as well as getting rid of the "SUV" ride height.
- DRIVE IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE - More than anything, I think this is the most important piece of advice I can give. While we all bought these cars for our own reasons, I have to assume that we share a common bond in our love for driving them (not to mention the way they look).
This list is by no means comprehensive and would love for you to share your thoughts on what else can be done to "enhance" the Porsche ownership experience. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog by reader or by entering your email in the form to the right.