The Porsche 996 is currently the most hated generation of the 911. The reasons for this have been well documented and include the headlight design, interior and the move to a water-cooled power plant.
Of course fear over a possible IMS Bearing failure has helped keep prices down. This often overblown issue certainly adds to the dislike of the 996.
But crazy thing is, the 996 may just be the best generation of the Porsche 911.
This becomes more the case when you factor in the low price of entry versus other 911s. Combine that with the fact that mechanical issues are well documented and that they can be retroactively mitigated, it becomes quite the bargain.
While some aren’t able to get past the headlights or the exposed interior plastic, if you look at the overall package there is a lot to like. It is a lightweight (by today’s standards) small 911 that maintains much of the vintage feel. It does this with air conditioning that works and pedals that aren’t hinged from the floor (something that takes some getting used to in the air-cooled models).
This video goes over five reasons why the 996 generation of the Porsche 911 is the best generation of the 911. Check out the arguments for the Porsche 996 and then scroll to the comments and let us know if you agree or think this is just plain wrong.
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