Alex A - 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

My 2007 911 Turbo is a special car because of the legendary "Mezger" engine. I had wanted one for a while but they are typically rather expensive and beyond what I was looking to spend.

Alex A  - 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
Alex A  - 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
Alex A  - 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
Alex A  - 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
Alex A  - 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
Alex A  - 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
Alex A  - 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

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Alex A.

2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

Instagram: @_turboalex

Photographer: Jeremy Rice:  @jrice_visuals

I'm a 34-year-old physician currently living in Houston, Texas with my wife Kourtney. I was born in Poland and moved to the Chicago area where I grew up, before moving to Texas at age 22. Despite no longer living in Chicago, I remain a steadfast supporter of the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox. Although cars are my main hobby/passion, I also enjoy Texas barbecue, strong whiskey, and 80s music. 

I've been interested in cars since I was young, but my passion really took off once I started doing my own work. When I was in grade school, my dad would take me to the Chicago Auto Show where I loved sitting in the new cars and collecting all the brochures I could get my hands on. I've always enjoyed German cars, starting with BMW and eventually moving to Porsche and Mercedes. Working on my own cars brings me tremendous joy and I love tackling challenging projects. 

My first car was a red 2005 Toyota Matrix XR - it's actually the car that I held onto the longest. Once I got established in Texas, I traded it in for a 2009 Honda Accord V6 coupe which was a tremendous mistake. That car had so many problems. After having the steering column replaced twice, I decided to cut my losses and finally move to German cars, so in 2013 I picked up a gorgeous black 2007 BMW Z4 coupe. The Z4 spurred me to learn how to do my own work so that I wouldn't have to pay so much for maintenance and repairs but eventually wrenching became my main hobby. After the Z4, I picked up a 2008 911 Carrera 4, which was followed by a 2001 Mercedes SL500. Once I got done working on the Carrera, I sold it and bought the 2007 911 Turbo which is the subject of this writeup. In the meantime, I had sold the SL500 and purchased a 2002 Mercedes E55 AMG and a 2009 BMW Z4 35i, both of which I recently sold in favour of a 1998 Mercedes SL600. Although my wife isn't into cars, she loves her 2016 Cayenne very much and I enjoy doing all the maintenance and repairs on it. 

My 2007 911 Turbo is a special car because of the legendary "Mezger" engine. I had wanted one for a while but they are typically rather expensive and beyond what I was looking to spend. I lucked out and found a relatively inexpensive high mileage but a clean-titled example that certainly needed some love, but since I was looking for a project, it was perfect for me. The 997 chassis is, in my opinion, the last mostly analogue driving experience from Porsche. The body is classic 911 and still small and nimble enough to feel like a proper race car. The 997 Turbo is wickedly fast, and I love how the turbos spool before launching like a rocket. 

Whenever I park the 997TT, I always look back a few times because it is such an attractive design. I love photographing it and it certainly gets many compliments and thumbs up on the road. Unfortunately, it is also attractive to the police who seem to enjoy pulling it over. On display at car shows, it tends to draw a reasonable crowd and I love chatting with other enthusiasts about the modifications and work I had performed on the car. Driving the 997TT is an exhilarating experience because of how much power it puts down and the fantastic feedback it gives from the updated suspension. However, it is a very capable daily driver and comfortable enough to take on long road trips. 

Tip/Advice

I would strongly recommend a qualified mechanic to look over a potential 997.1 Turbo purchase. While these models are relatively robust, they do have some expensive failure points. Coolant leaks from failed hoses or lines are unfortunately quite common and require an engine-out repair. Ideally, one would find a 997.1TT with the coolant lines already addressed, but if they are original, it would be wise to budget for that repair. Sharkwerks sell a set of metal coolant elbows that are a must - the OEM rubber elbows are a common failure for the cooling system and the metal elbows eliminate that failure point. Intake camshaft sleeves have also been reported to spin inside the hub, blocking oil passage and resulting in decreased engine performance. Pinning of the intake camshaft to prevent this failure is highly recommended. 

Having a plan for your mods and using only quality parts. These cars can hold a ton of power once you start upgrading the intake, turbos, exhaust, etc, but I found the most valuable asset to be a knowledgeable and responsive tuner. I highly recommend Markski tuning; he did a wonderful job setting up my car after I performed all of the engine modifications. It stands out because of the gloss blue vinyl wrap, which pops compared to all the silver, black, and white cars on the roads today. 

Engine

  • Fabspeed carbon fibre competition intake
  • Do88 intake pipes
  • 63.5 mm VTG turbos
  • GT2RS intercoolers
  • FVD Brombacher sport exhaust
  • Injector Dynamics ID1050x fuel injectors
  • Markski custom tune
  • Pinned coolant lines
  • Sharkwerks metal elbows
  • Pinned intake camshaft sleeves

Suspension

  • Bilstein B16 damptronic coilovers
  • DSC sport suspension module

Exterior

  • Avery Dynamics gloss intense blue vinyl wrap
  • Design911 Aerokit replica wing
  • Fabspeed quad exhaust tips

Wheels

  • Starke SC19 Fuchs replica 19x8 front 235/35/19, 19x11 rear 305/30/19

Interior

  • 991.2 GT3 steering wheel

The car was wrapped by Garage Houston (@garage_houston) and the tune was performed by Markski Tuning (https://www.markskituning.com/)

I pulled the engine in my garage on jack stands and did all of the work and modifications on it myself. I made some really great friends from the Porsche forums who helped and encouraged me with the work. I was able to get my hands on a workshop manual so I have confidence that it was put back together reasonably well. I don’t have future plans at this time. At some point in the future, I would like to work on the interior by repainting the centre console and reupholstering the seats, but it's already in pretty nice shape.

I love German cars from the late 90s and early 2000s. My dream car is a Ferrari F355 - I hope to pick one up in the next 1-2 years, hopefully before they skyrocket too far out of my price range. A friend picked one up about 2 years ago and they are as good.

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