I've had all kinds of cars and many Porsches over the years. I race a Porsche 944 competitively and this is my weekend toy. Despite some of the negatives that you might hear about the 996, these are awesome, modern Porsches. This car is fantastic in every way. Invest in a remote top from Wilhelmy and operate the top from the key fob. I can't live without mine!
Power, power top, looks, seat heaters, and build quality.
Having owned a number of sports cars over the years, and having lusted after many others, the biggest downside to the 911 is that you no longer lust for anything better. The car does almost everything unbelievably well. The 911 provides race car acceleration and handling, while offering a fairly comfortable ride and interior, a really usable trunk (so you can drive to the store), a wonderful level of fit and finish, excellent gas mileage and reliable performance. Besides all of the above, it's flat out gorgeous.
The acceleration and handling are incredible.
It could use a little more leg room, although I've spent a day in it comfortably and I'm 6 feet tall.
The Porsche 911 is the finest auto out there bar none. It is fast off the line and can out handle most professional race cars. The sporty looks really turn heads and maintanance is not as costly as it is on most Europeansorts cars. Own at least one in your life time!
The car surpasses expectations as it is fast, safe and comfortable. The build quality is excellent and the styling is timeless. It is easy to drive well if you have exp in high performance cars. It is a substantial improvement over the prior 911's I have owned.
It is a 911. That really says it all if you know and appreciate Porsches.
Improved interior, which they have done for 2005 as well as a few design tweaks, also done for 2005.
I bought a speed yellow Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and it is a great car. Everyone loves it. The convertible is great. I also love the tiptronic transmission and all wheel drive. I don't like the fact that the steering wheel doesn't raise through. It is a good thing that I am short. Overall this is a great car so far.
The convertible top.
Add a power steer wheel that raises...they allready changed that.