I was at my dealership replacing a
bent rim on my '99 996. Wwhile waiting
I test drove the 04 Porsche 911 C4S.
Even though the salesperson said "we're
dealing on this last '04" I thought it
would be "joy" ride to kill some time.
We'll the ride, speed and handling
made me start thinking "how much of a
trade could I get for the 996".
First, this car is glued to the road.
You'll have to drive off a bridge to
get the back to come out. Second, the
throttle is by far more responsive and
the torque is very impressive compared
to my 996. Third:, the new cabs are
quieter than mine and the bose stereo is
much better. Last, but not least, the
car at high speeds (100+) keeps its
front end glued.
I bought it.
I always dreamed of a 911 but little
did I realize it would become a
nightmare. I have always loved the
look and sound of the 911, but have
been generally disappointed since
owning it. I still think the look and
sound is outstanding, but the
performance is really nothing special
for a car that stickered out over $100
K. You can get better performance from
a corvette or BMW M3 for half the
price. In addition, the reliability
has been abysmal as the car has been
in the shop approximately every 2
Finally, the Porsche mystique has been
severly compromised by the Boxster.
My advice for future owners? Admire
from afar but do not purchase!
The right front brake calliper was
scratched on delivery, they replace it.
Went to a Porsche Sponsered Driving
School in Phoenix. Started shifting
hard between 1st and 2nd and wouldn't
go into 1st sometimes. After much
insistance a new transmission was
installed at 1600 miles. Now have 2300
miles on it w/o additional issues. NO
MORE RACING FOR ME. Uses about 1.6
quarts of oil every 900 miles, which
isn't unusual for a high performance
motor. The quality is fantastic. I had
a SL 500 before this and had many, many
problems.This is my 2nd new Porsche,it
would be difficult to drive anything
but a Turbo especially a Cabriolet.
Very refined automobile, excellent all-
purpose car. Drives well in the city
but runs quick on the back roads. Very
civil when needed yet aggressive when
you want to be. Love the way it can
exit a corner. Great driver feedback
from steering wheel. Super smooth
engine with smooth clutch action.