2003 Porsche 911 Consumer Review: Miss High Maintenance

2003 Porsche 911 - Consumer Review

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Carrera 4S Coupe (3.6L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
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Miss High Maintenance
By Miss High Maintenanc on


2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S AWD 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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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