The 996 generation Porsche 911 is currently the best value in a 911 on the used market. Of course there are a few reasons for this.
The big things that have kept prices lower on the Porsche 996 are the IMS Bearing, RMS, headlight shape and the interior materials.
The IMS Bearing is the thing the internet will debate forever. The great news is that there are retrofits available with better bearings. There is even a retrofit that removes the IMS Bearing completely, changing the design to be similar to the previous generation 993.
Rear Main Seal (RMS) issues were oft reported early on, but most cars have had this sorted out. Having said that, you do need to keep an eye out for oil leaks as this could be a sign that the RMS is failing.
The headlight shape has taken criticism because it is different than the round lights used by almost all other 911s. To add to this the early 996 (before the 996.2 redesign) had headlights that looked exactly like the less expensive Porsche Boxster. While both cars are great, many willing to spend the extra money for a 911 didn’t like the fact that many people confused the two models.
The interior has show that it can hold up to years of wear quite well. Even with a good amount of exposed plastic, they tend to be less troublesome than plastics used by other manufacturers of the era. This was also a time period that even very expensive cars had a decent amount of exposed plastic. Take the Ferrari 360 for example and notice that painted plastic look of the center console and many controls. These days even less expensive cars try hard not to look like they are converted in plastic (no matter the truth).
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