I drive it to work everyday depending on which office between 20 and 60 miles. I can't get over how solid and rigid it is, just like a fast tank. I put one O2 sensor in it (it has four) and an oil separator that's it, except for tires.
I frequently change vehicles and have had some of the greats in the mid- price range - Elise, NSX, S2000. The 911 edges out the NSX for top honors in my opinion. It gives an unbelievably smooth ride when calm, but upon hard acceleration or cornering tightens up significantly. This is the first of the cars I've owned that my wife will drive. I've only had the car for a few months, but it hasn't missed a beat. Also, the torque curve is much more linear than any car I've previously owned. It's a welcoming contrast to the lack of bottom end power I've experienced in the past. In my opinion the Targa design is far superior to the standard 911; the glass breaks up the roof line nicely.
My fifth porsche including the 993 tt.
This car removed much of the rawness
of the car. The x50 package made an
enormous difference. Although porsche
claims 450 hp for the car, I have seen
it test on a dyno closer to 500 hp.
porsche is well known for understating
their cars numbers. Wickedly fast with
many creature comforts. No cars I have
driven have come close to the shear
power i feel when driving The x50
package is well worth its hefty
pricetag. Definately. I understand
that the gemballa exhaust will push it
over 500 hp. A definate keeper
I love the look of the car and to drive
it. However, build quality is very
poor - from the cheap materials inside,
to the rattles all over, and ultimately
to the machanical breakdowns. My car
has 2200 miles . . . it broke down on
the highway this weekend and is in the
the shop waiting for a "minor" part - a
new engine. Seems mine developed a
small block crack that requires a total
replacement. Clearly, this is not the
things of great cars! Porsche needs to
focus on quality.
Since prices have come down on these, they represent a tremendous value for anyone seeking a sports car, and anyone charmed by the voluptuous shape and performance of a 911. While many snuffed the new looks of the 996 chassis and design, it's unmistakably all 911... and the performance on and off the track are testimony to it's heritage. There are some weak points mechanically in some cars, but this is factored in to the low prices we're seeing for these models. 2002 added some nice goodies - and it's a great year... Would I love a 2009 997? Perhaps, but when you might be able to pay cash for a 2002 with only incrementally lower performance (but less weight, too), it's an easy decision.