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A decade of Porsches are lemons
By autofahrer1 on 03/03/13 08:02 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

Review

Forget your prejudices about Porsches and German engineering. With the 996 and the Boxster (water cooled Porsches for over a decade until 2009) Porsche built and sold a car it knew had a self-destructive intermediate shaft bearing that could easily and without visible warning destroy the engine on any car, and has not issued a recall to correct the design defect. It has also not recalled the more common leaky main bearing seal. This is especially egregious because the 996 has the highest gross profit margin of any automobile ever in production. They could have replaced every engine on every 996 sold and still made a handsome profit. And yes, it is a hoot to drive.
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6 of 19 people found this review helpful
Miss High Maintenance
By Miss High Maintenanc on 11/19/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

Review

With respect to reliability, the car has been disappointing: close to $500 to fix a burned out xenon bulb; a failed rear main seal (a universal problem in 996s, 911s built from 1998- 2008, I have since found out, a lemon by any other name); failed sport exhaust cutout; failed radiators and there are 2 of them; increasingly stiff and notchy shifter; fractured dash trim (due to age) etc. Honoring the warranty has been reasonable. Noise and ride can be intolerable at times. Totally lacking in balanced handling, compared say to a Boxster or Miata, especially dangerous in very high speed curves, when camber and rear weight bias can combine to give it Corvair (or original VW Beetle) characteristics
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The Perfect Used Porsche
By Paul on 04/08/10 14:55 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I love this car. 15 Porsches this by far my favorite. I was a purist not getting a water cooled 911. Quality of materials, dependable, fast (with K&N and Italian exhaust) decent ride, find one with the optional sport seat, these are really comfy.
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996's are the value of the century
By Porsche Lover on 10/26/09 11:23 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I bought my 911 on 9/11 from an individual who had babied it. It only had 13K miles when I bought it 5 years old, so essentially I got all the experience the first owner had when it was new at about 1/3 of the original price. 996's, especially the later ones, like this one, are very underrated, mainly because of the different shape of the headlights. Let me say this - when you're cruising down the road and going through the gears, you're in a Porsche. Period. It is still a work of art, a marvel of technology and a high performance race car all rolled into one. I bought an extended warranty from Easy Care just in case, but haven't had to use it. Great value on quintessential sports car!
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The Every-Day Super Car
By subzero288 on 12/22/08 16:10 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I bought a blue '03 C4S in Jan '08 with a 6-sp man & 64,000 miles on the odometer. Factory MSRP was over $82K (with destination), but I got it for 40. I had concerns 'cuz of the mileage, but it looked great, everything worked, the leather smelled new and the car rode as solid as a brinks truck. Having used it as a daily driver for 11 months, I can report that handling is phenomenal on a dry road (even with AWD and PSM, the car will spin if pushed in the wet), acceleration is sublime and the brakes are in a class of their own. The tear of the flat-6 when the revs pass 4000 makes the driver feel like he's in a race car. The C4S's gorgeous turbo-style body draws envious stares.
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Pure Fun
By Ken on 03/10/08 13:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I have had sports cars in the past; corvettes, BMW M3, 500SL. NOTHING comes close to the pure fun of a Porsche 911 Cabriolet. Everybody else on the road is there only for you to pass them. Takes the corners impossibly well. Exterior design that you never get tired of. I have had Mercedes for many years and I am impressed with the ergonomic design and build quality of Porsche, absolutely on a par with MB (or better). If you have never driven a 911, you dont know what you are missing. I will say that I test drove a couple of coupes and really didn't fall in love until I drove the cabriolet. Top down is a car driving sensory overload.
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arctic silver
By doncamero on 05/23/07 10:04 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

Most beautiful exciting fast and superior handling.
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This Car Has It All Together
By HE GOES! on 03/14/07 05:34 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I have owned several Porsche's over the years. However, this is undoubtedly is the best one yet! Its power and handling are outstanding. The car is solid, and the ride, albeit harsh, creates a feeling that the it is glued to the road. It does not have much luggage space, but who cares. It has great instrumentation, which tells everything a real driver wants to know about the car and engine. It's gas mileage isn't great, but who cares, it's a Porsche. I have no complaints.
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Love It
By Cook on 12/03/06 12:34 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

I have had a number of cars with high horsepower and high performance. This is by far the most comfortable car to drive aggressively in. You always feel, and are, in control. The power and handling are unsurpassed. If you are looking to purchase the 911 TT you won't be let down.
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2003 Carrera 4S
By carlos on 10/05/06 12:30 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I love the exterior design and the car's performance
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