Internet says these cars blow up but it's just not the issue they purists would have you believe. Stories stem from early IMS history and but failure rate is really much lower than toyota and other "reliable" manufacturers. This is the car that saved Porsche as a company. Love this car because it is an icon, beautiful and untouchable from a performance and racing legacy point of view. Buyer beware however, these cars are often abused, but they can take it like no other make. Personally think the 996s are one of the best 911 designs, because it was the first thoughtful departure from the old VW bug aesthetic...from the 1998 models forward, the Porsche became a modern car. Just look at the brand new ones, they are similar to the innovative design of Pinky Lai and that design language is carried on today. The 996 headlights were a style complaint from many , but again innovative for the time. Water cooled is actually a more reliable motor than the air cooled and interior comfort is on par with modern vehicles. Only real complaint is that cabin noise has a lot of engine and wheel/ tire noise and can be tiresome after 90 miles of highway driving. On the flip side it's sound is intoxicating when accelerating and cornering, giving the occupants the real visceral feeling of driving in a true race car legend.
Love this 40th Anniversary 911... It is a blast to drive and been reliable driving all over east coast... Rides great for a true sports muscle car. Ice cold A/C I did change the Navigation Head unit, get one with a radio it looks better and it does not not get outdated . The car is beautiful a head turner acceleration is instant in any gear the clutch is crisp...
During this past year I test drove and researched every Porsche made from 1996-2007. I chose the 2004 Anniversary. I loved its price, acceleration, styling, engine sound, aggressive exterior, and interior creature comforts. It has the most bang for the buck without all the added expenses of a turbo which will be my next Porsche, a 993TT. Maintenance has been marginal and fuel economy exceptional for a sports car. Heads turn wherever I go, including from other Porsche drivers trying to fiqure out what type of Porsche I'm driving. It's a novelity Porsche that packs plenty of horsepower. "She's a lady when she has to be and a whole lot more when she needs to be."
I bought this Porsche second hand after test driving every model from the 993TT, GT2, GT3, Targa 996, and Carerra 997 with everything else in between. Even went to the Porsche Driving School for two days to try out the newer 997's and for the money, this Porsche Rocks!!! She is fulled loaded with everything Porsche could throw into a car plus additional HP with X51 Power Boost. She is a joy to drive with incredible handling, acceleration, and a smooth ride. Beautiful color outside and top quality all leather inside. Downsides, the usual complaints....bad cup holders and the 996 narrow body. Otherwise I have no regrets ever with this purchase!! Test drive one if you can find one!!
This car is everything I dreamed it would be, and more! It drives like a dream and when it's on open road it just wants to go. Interior is designed beautifully. The wide body and fat rear rubber of the S are the icing on the cake. The new age 911s are a perfect blend of the 911s of the past and the grand touring vehicle the 928 was intended to be. This car is world class!