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Continuing Pleasure
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By David Cutlip
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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The research I did found the IMS bearing problem affecting only 4% of the models produced. However if the IMS bearing fails you're looking at a very expensive repair, if not a replacement motor.
That being said, once "repaired," the car runs "like a Porsche." It pulls strong, with anything above 4000 RPM bringing an ear-to-ear smile. The handling is spot on, as expected, from any Porsche auto. I plan to do some "hot laps" at the track this season, as that's the only place you can properly drive the car without being arrested!!
Addendum 09/22/2017: I have now driven two different tracks, doing "hot laps": High Plains Raceway, Byers, Colo. and Aspen Motor Sports Park, Aspen Colo.
The car ran strong and did NOT disappoint. The drive to/from Denver area to Snowmass added a very pleasurable 1180 miles to the clock. Very comfortable for a long trip and those mountain road curves were made for this car!!!


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A decade of Porsches are lemons
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By autofahrer1
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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Forget your prejudices about Porsches and German engineering.
With the 996 and the Boxster (water cooled Porsches for over a decade until 2009) Porsche built and sold a car it knew had a self-destructive intermediate shaft bearing that could easily and without visible warning destroy the engine on any car, and has not issued a recall to correct the design defect.
It has also not recalled the more common leaky main bearing seal.
This is especially egregious because the 996 has the highest gross profit margin of any automobile ever in production. They could have replaced every engine on every 996 sold and still made a handsome profit.
And yes, it is a hoot to drive.


Best Features

While on warranty, Porsche was responsive to the leaky seal and, by reputation, to people whose intermediate shaft bearing failed. The car


Worst Features

Give all 996 owners an engine fix to correct the design defects. The Porsches since 2009 appear to have corrected these design defects. The 911 body could use a hatch like the Cayman to make access behind the seats useful. The jump seats are useless and should be eliminated to create more room. The 2003 transmission is notchy and rough, giving the car a feel more like a muscle car than a 356 or air-cooled 911.


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Miss High Maintenance
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By Miss High Maintenanc
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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With respect to reliability, the car has been disappointing: close to $500 to fix a burned out xenon bulb; a failed rear main seal (a universal problem in 996s, 911s built from 1998- 2008, I have since found out, a lemon by any other name); failed sport exhaust cutout; failed radiators and there are 2 of them; increasingly stiff and notchy shifter; fractured dash trim (due to age) etc. Honoring the warranty has been reasonable. Noise and ride can be intolerable at times. Totally lacking in balanced handling, compared say to a Boxster or Miata, especially dangerous in very high speed curves, when camber and rear weight bias can combine to give it Corvair (or original VW Beetle) characteristics


Best Features

Impeccable, classic looks; flawless build (not materials and engineering) quality; lovely slower speed handling below its limits; satisfying power.


Worst Features

More attention to engineering quality; lower option and parts prices (fewer options might help a great deal, but it seems to be the reason the 911, and Porsche before VW took over, was the most profitable auto and manufacturer, respectively. More ways to quiet and soften the ride on demand. A spare.


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The Perfect Used Porsche
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By Paul
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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I love this car. 15 Porsches this by far my favorite. I was a purist not getting a water cooled 911. Quality of materials, dependable, fast (with K&N and Italian exhaust) decent ride, find one with the optional sport seat, these are really comfy.


Best Features

Superior pain, fit and finish, unreal bang for the buck right now on the used market.


Worst Features

Cup holders are poor. Rear wipers on standard C2s.


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996's are the value of the century
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By Porsche Lover
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2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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I bought my 911 on 9/11 from an individual who had babied it. It only had 13K miles when I bought it 5 years old, so essentially I got all the experience the first owner had when it was new at about 1/3 of the original price. 996's, especially the later ones, like this one, are very underrated, mainly because of the different shape of the headlights. Let me say this - when you're cruising down the road and going through the gears, you're in a Porsche. Period. It is still a work of art, a marvel of technology and a high performance race car all rolled into one. I bought an extended warranty from Easy Care just in case, but haven't had to use it. Great value on quintessential sports car!


Best Features

Handling, paint job, engine purr, looks fast sitting still, sport design wheels, running through the gears as fast a possible, head turns, thumbs up from other Porsche drivers, my wife even loves it, something shocking to both of us!


Worst Features

Porsche has since improved dashboard. A couple hundred $ of aftermarket aluminum or carbon fiber fixes any issue one might have with the dash. You can also get an aftermarket 996 to 997 light kit if you want to change the headlights, but to me it's beautiful just as it sits.


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