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Miss High Maintenance
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By Miss High Maintenanc
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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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


Favorite Features

Impeccable, classic looks; flawless build (not materials and engineering) quality; lovely slower speed handling below its limits; satisfying power.


Suggested Improvements

More attention to engineering quality; lower option and parts prices (fewer options might help a great deal, but it seems to be the reason the 911, and Porsche before VW took over, was the most profitable auto and manufacturer, respectively. More ways to quiet and soften the ride on demand. A spare.


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This Car Has It All Together
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By HE GOES!
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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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.


Favorite Features

The power, design, finish, top operation, instrumentation, brakes, and handling.


Suggested Improvements

It needs a more operator-friendly seat memory.


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Pure Fun
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By Ken
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Speed, handling, full leather, engineering (who else has a glass rear window in a convertible?).


Suggested Improvements

There are no improvements to this car, it's perfect.


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2003 911 cabrio
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By Jersey Guy
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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Recently acquired a used 2003 911 cabriolet that was traded in on a 2004 C4S cab. The word 'outstanding' does not do justice to the car. Fit, finish, ride, handling, acceleration, and the "oh wow" factor are simply first-rate. In the 40 years I have been driving my 2000 Boxster and the '03 911 cabriolet are simply the finest cars I have ever owned or driven. The '00 Boxster was flawless. It was never in the shop for anything other than the most routine of maintenance. The new car gives evidence of having the same quality built in. For me, the Prosche advertising slogan: "Porsche, there is no substitute" is spot on.


Favorite Features

Handling, acceleration, brakes, fit & finish.


Suggested Improvements

A rebound in the value of the US $$$ against the Euro to bring the prices of these cars back down out of the stratosphere.


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Midlife Crisis
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By Ed
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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Crisp handeling, acceleration is awsome, and an overall dream car. A must have before you die and leave this world, because you dont know if theres going to be one wherever your headed.


Favorite Features

Handeling, acceleration, and beauty.


Suggested Improvements

All vehicles come standard with the turbo look. Produce more vehicles per year.


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