After 12 years of owning my Porsche and adding about 42k miles I'd have to say this car has been more reliable than all my other vehicles. If you want to own a Porsche, the 996 is quite a bargain. I never get tired of driving my 19 year old Porsche 911. I am the third owner. Many repairs and routine maintenance is easily accomplished by myself.
I bought my car in 2003 just as the original warranty ran out. It had 17000 miles, cost 45k and I bought a 2.5k extended warranty. It was lucky I did. I used the car daily, summer and winter. I also did maybe 12 PCA drivers education events in the car. The car's engine was the main issue. It would check engine at high steady RPMs with a misfire code. The dealer changed the lifters (4k) but the car had the same issue afterwards and the dealer then changed the computer (2k). The CEL remained. The car later had an engine failure where the cylinder wall failed. It was new engine time. 13.5k from the dealer with a 2 year warranty. The tiptronic transmission also failed and cost 10k to replace.
When it worked, I loved the car. Engine noise, handling, brakes, awesome.
GT3 quality engine. The M96 engines are just not reliable.
Owned similar cars and brands, but NEVER liked a car more than this one. It has the best combination of a daily driver, exotic car, looks, and best of all reliability. It's looks are ageless. I got more compliments on this one than any other cars I owned (though the classic Benz came close). The best thing is it leaves me with a great smile every time I drive it.
Looks, performance, and marvelous flat-six growl.Trouble free... much less maintenance than a Italian comparable which can cost an arm and a leg for every major services.
Cup holder would be nice. Get rid of the cassete tape holder. Wastes a lot of space.