I was a victim of a catotrophic engine failure of a 2002 Porsche 911.the car had 65k on it and I DID the IMS bearing fix and clutch replacement while I was at it. I ha e to say up until your well maintained engine seizes it is a wonderful car :-(
The 996 gets a lot of criticism and I think a lot of that comes from being an easy target because it's a Porsche. It's like nothing else I've ever driven. There is no practical reason for it to exist and I'd like top thank all of the Porsche enthusiasts for allowing it to exist. I haven't had a motorized method of transport that makes me smile like this since my friend killed my old jet ski. It's the go kart your mom wouldn't let you have as a kid. I never thought a naturally aspirated flat six could be this good. 300 horsepower isn't a big deal in modern cars but the difference is you get to use all 300 horsepower. It's incredibly well built, it's immediately apparent that it was made by true craftsman. It goes like stink all the way to the redline and the sound is delightful. The manual transmission is excellent and the visibility is unmatched by modern vehicles. It's one of the last lightweight cars and it begs to be driven hard. Yes the headlights are awful, the interior is nothing special, the radio is confusing and you have to do a preemptive IMS fix. But I don't care what anyone else thinks, I love it.
Fast and responsive -This Carrera is the best Porsche I have ever owned, it is quick, agile and and feels completely safe on any surface. Gone is the extreme over-steer and the front end lift under acceleration, and at 0-60 in 5 seconds, the 996 is nothing to sneer at. I bought this Porsche in 2012 with 53,000 miles, it looks new, it feels new and it is very well maintained and a pleasure to polish. Much maligned by the snobs who call themselves "purists" and the IMS and RMS fear mongers, this car has proven them wrong. Not a drop of oil on the floor, no additional oil between changes and including the recent 60 K inspection service it costs only $50.00 per month in maintenance.
I bought this car 5 years ago - speed yellow with black top, and then 28,000 miles. It's almost 11 years old now with 60,000 miles. No one believes it. These are phenomenally fun, well- built and fast cars. I drive mine daily and thoroughly enjoy it. By far the most satisfying car I've ever owned (and I've owned Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Toyota, etc...) There is no doubt that the only thing that will replace it will be a newer 911 convertible - hopefully a Turbo. In a word - you need one!
Convertible (one-touch), great handling, drive-ability, average 20-21 mpg day in & day out.
Have owned car about a year, purchased used with 50k on it. Had original window sticker and records. Always wanted a 911 since I was a kid 30 years ago, but fearful of cost of owning a performance German car, but wish I had done it years ago. Awesome driving car, a solid rock. Bullet like acceleration, brakes that stop on a dime and give 9 cents change, on rails handling, visceral exhaust noise. Classic style that will never be mistaken for some pseudo Asian competition. This car is addictive to drive. I find myself always taking the long route home.
Right now acceleration (even with tiptronic automatic), incredible brakes, seductive exhaust note, cool spoiler that can be manually activated or auto up at 75 mph or greater.
Needs some sort of glove box and a upholder. I'm 6 feet and the seats start to get uncomfy after 2 hours of driving, better support. Engine coolant reservoir cracked and leaked, an expensive fix at about $450. Syn oil changes run about 100 bucks a pop. Would buy another good used one in a blink again. 00