In June of 2008 I bought a 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera and contracted with a guy in Florida to convert it to electric. He botched the job. Then I got the president of the local EV club (who also has an EV conversion business) to agree to fix it, which required completely dismantling, re-designing, and re-doing the conversion. The first and second parts of the saga are told in my Electric Porsche thread, and in my http://priuschat.com/forums/ev-electric-vehicle-discussion/74581-electric-porsche-update.html thread. Now for the sad ending: I finally got the car back. The year estimate for the fix turned into more like two, as more and more things turned out to be screwed up from the original botched conversion. For a while it looked as though I might have the Porsche before the Nissan Leaf arrived, and they seemed neck and neck for a while, as both the Nissan and the Porsche were delayed. Back in June, when I finally got sick of waiting for both cars, and the frustration level had become intolerable, I flew to Seattle on a whim and test-drove a Tesla Roadster. The production Roadster turned out to be so much nicer in every respect than the prototype I had ridden in 4 years ago, that I bought one and canceled my Leaf order. Now the Porsche is here, the local guy finally having finished it. But there's a vibration in the motor at high rpms, because it's out of balance. That's probably fixable fairly easily, just a matter of rebalancing. There's a bigger problem: We learned fairly recently, from the original battery importer, that the original conversion guy damaged the batteries BEFORE installing them. True to his behavior throughout this project, he never told me, and he just went ahead and installed the damaged batteries, perhaps hoping I would never notice. LiFePO4 batteries have come way down in price, but it would still cost a sh!tload of money to replace the pack. And here's my dilemma: Three years ago, when I was originally supposed to be in this car, it would have been one of a tiny number of hundred-mile freeway-capable EVs on the road. It would have been a showcase for what an electric car can do. It would have been a huge step up from my Zap Xebra. And it would have been worth what it cost, in a market where there was just about nothing like it. But today even if it had a balanced motor and a brand-new battery pack it has insignificant resale value because anybody who wants a commuter EV can buy a Leaf, and anybody who wants an electric sports car can buy a Tesla Roadster. Add to that, that I don't even want to drive it now that I have the Tesla, which is less comfortable to sit in, but vastly superior in every other way. The Porsche is three years too late to be of interest to me or value in the market. And without a new battery pack, it is a beautiful junker. (Though it still handles like the car it was. Everything Paul didn't touch is still impeccable German engineering.) And so... I've decided I'm not willing to put any more money into a car that I would not want to drive and wouldn't be able to sell. It was a mistake to buy it, a mistake to pay Paul to convert it, and a mistake to pay Gordy to fix Paul's botched conversion. I will list the car for sale, but I know I'm not going to get an offer I'd accept. Gordy has offered to garage it over the winter, but I imagine in a year or two it will end up in my outside parking area, under a tarp, until I die and my estate sells it for $50. It's not the worst mistake I've ever made. I'd say it's around my third worst mistake of my life. But now I'm going to forget about it and move on. I'm enjoying driving the Roadster. I have the EV I've wanted for so long. And it's a far better car than the Porsche ever could have been, and while it lacks the size and comfort of the Leaf, it goes almost 3 times farther, and for acceleration, it blows away pretty much anything else on the road other than another Tesla. For the range and fun factor, I don't mind a few contortions getting in and out.