If you want a true sports car that has been designed around the driver, then this is the car for you. The engine performance is excellent, the sound is beautiful when she sings. Handling is very crisp and gives the driver an excellent feel of connectedness with the car. The interior is relatively comfortable with 2 little seats for the kids. The car has to be owned by a person who has basic mechanical knowledge and understands the concept of "Preventive Maintenance", otherwise it can cost the owner very dearly. But don't worry as there is a lot of help out there since this car has a lot of following.
Excellent performance, fun to drive. Quality is a different issue - manual shifter is not very smooth (dealer claims it responds as spec'd). Blew rear main seal at 12,000 - dealer does not stock the parts (claim porsche needs specific VIN before sending replacement part - does this mean they are aware of a major manufacturing process problem ?) - takes weeks to get. Radio & cassette player are bogus
This has been a great car. I looked at 997s but, for the money, the the 996 seemed like the best buy. It's an everyday driver and I drive it from Austin to Dallas every week for work. A lot of fun; surprising economy; very comfortable seating.
Car just lost power and stopped downtown with no warning, engine is broken, waiting for repair appointment and estimates. I am disappointed with quality, On- board computer has no diagnostic message to display.