The Porsche 996 was the first water-cooled 911 and it generated and continues to generate controversy. It is definitely a love-in-or-hate-it proposition. The car is powerful, fast, and handles very well. It is well built and solid — with the possible exception of the materials used on the interior. However, a small percentage of these cars have experienced catastrophic breakdowns resulting from a failure of its intermediate shaft bearing. Porsche has settled a class-action brought on behalf of Porsche owners of the affected cars, but some people complain that not all affected Porsches were included in the class. In any event, a person planning to purchase this car should determine whether or not the car has had remedial action taken with the intermediate shaft bearing and, if not, factor that into the price. There are fixes for the IMS issue and, indeed, cars that are run regularly and do not sit don’t seem as likely to experience the problem. In this writer’s opinion, the issues only have the effect of making the car more affordable for those who want to own and drive one.
The look is rather timeless. Throaty when accelerating which I like. An excellent road car. But I keep it in Fla where the roads are too straight. Needs twists and turns to get the real best out of it. Sophisticated roadster. Moves well through the 6 speed manual.
It's the most unreasonable, justifiable smile producing gift any man should indulge in. The Carrera is a tight fit,smooth growl and fun-to-drive, eye brow twitcher racer. Don't second guess yourself-just buy it and you will be rewarded. There is a little burn smell after a hard drive but it seems to be normal.
The sheet metal curves on the body are cool. Brakes are very responsive. Oil changes cost over $125. Don't forget to change the cabin filter. Rear tires erode prematurely. Options are unnecessary.
LED on the A/C display burn out. Rear shocks are a stiff and keep the butt jittery. Wish there was a after-market glove compartment add-on.
We have a small car collection (including an Audi R8 and Audi RS6), the Porsche is not the quickest in the group but it is the most reliable. Its a C4 with the sports package. The C4 corners better than either Audi and there is nothing to compare to the freeing feeling of driving the Porsche with the top down! I have replaced the sound system and added navigation and a radar detector. The car now has 60k mi on it and I have not had one mechanical problem.The battery had to be replaced once and general maintenance that's it! The Audis have had numerous problems and they are both years younger. You cannot beat the elegance, classic style, performance, and reliability of this piece of art!
The sound of the engine, low maintenance costs (for a car in it's league), comfort, easy to obtain parts if needed, lots of after market options to personalize your car (like carbon fiber accents), and it is a timeless piece. Love it, love it, love it!
I recently had a new top with a glass window put on the car, this improved visibility with the top up. I also recently upgraded the sound system. I am going to change the exhaust as well soon, but love the sound! I finally found an aftermarket cup holder for the center console that actually works.