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.
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.
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.