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.
With the x-50 horsepower package this car @ 450 hp has all the performance and high end torque you'd ever need unless you're an F-1 driver. The car has immense practical driveability as an everyday car. Rattles - a service department that has a hard time listening and a car that died with a mechanical failure at 4,000 miles leaves a little bit of a bad taste though-maybe a Ferrari next time?
After driving a Merecedes, then a
Corvette, my husband suprised me with a
1990 911 Cabriolet. That was three
Porsches ago, and now my 2003 is my
baby. My husband drives a 1996 993 Twin
Turbo, so we are a Porsche family all
the way! A benefit of this car that I
would not tell my husband is that men
check it out ALOT...which has made for
some interesting conversations at red
I bought a blue '03 C4S in Jan '08 with a 6-sp man & 64,000 miles on the odometer. Factory MSRP was over $82K (with destination), but I got it for 40. I had concerns 'cuz of the mileage, but it looked great, everything worked, the leather smelled new and the car rode as solid as a brinks truck. Having used it as a daily driver for 11 months, I can report that handling is phenomenal on a dry road (even with AWD and PSM, the car will spin if pushed in the wet), acceleration is sublime and the brakes are in a class of their own. The tear of the flat-6 when the revs pass 4000 makes the driver feel like he's in a race car. The C4S's gorgeous turbo-style body draws envious stares.