Why I Bought A Porsche Instead Of A Ferrari

By   April 9, 2018

Ferrari Ownership

Ferrari Ownership

Not all that long ago for about $30,000 you could purchase a Ferrari 308 GTS / GTB. The same car in decent condition is now worth over $100,000 (nicer cars are often getting over $150,000). The 308 is a wonderful vintage Italian sports car, but maintenance costs (especially the engine out belt changes that need to be completed every few years) quickly add up. This makes it strictly a weekend driver.

You just can’t drive a Ferrari every day. There are various reasons for this and it is what led me to choose a Porsche over a Ferrari.

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Is A Modified Porsche 911 Better Than Stock

By   April 6, 2018

Porsche 911

Porsche 911

Porsche makes some wonderful cars directly from the factory. Most people love these cars just as they are, but some of us want something a little more unique. While the factory Porsche 911 is the sports car that all other sports cars are measured by, a few suspension upgrades and a bit of weight reduction can transform a 911 into something extra special.

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Vintage Porsche Boxster Ad Shows Why Life Is Better With A Sports Car

By   April 5, 2018

Porsche Boxster Ad

Porsche Boxster Ad

Cars are a large part of our lives. The automobile allows freedom, but cars can come in two flavors. They can either be boring or can add excitement to your life.

For many of us a car is a utilitarian machine. It’s all about getting from point a to point b while hauling our things. But, if you are thinking that way you may be missing something huge.

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Is Now The Time To Buy A Porsche 996 GT3

By   April 4, 2018

Porsche 996 GT3

Porsche 996 GT3

We shared yesterday, an article about the 996 generation of the Porsche 911 and it talked briefly about it being the first generation to unveil the GT3. The Porsche 996 GT3 is a track focused car that has uncompromising performance. The first GT3 as well as the GT3s that followed it are all race cars for the street.

For most of us a new 911 GT3 is out of reach with a starting price of $143,600. But is it possible to get into a 911 GT3 for less than the price of a new base 911 Carrera?

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Is The Hated Porsche 996 The Best 911 Ever Made

By   April 3, 2018

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Porsche 996

When you ask many Porsche pursuits, they will agree that the 996 generation of the Porsche 911 is a lesser 911. It isn’t air-cooled and has headlights that look like fried eggs (until the 996.2 redesign). Of all 911’s, the 996, has got to currently be the least loved, which shows in how it’s undervalued.

The reasons for the hatred toward the 996 comes down to three main issues.

1. IMS Bearing

The Intermediate Shaft (IMS) Bearing is a major failure point of the 996 engine. How bad is it if the bearing fails? It simply causes your engine to self destruct. Fortunately, the percentage of engines this happens to is relatively low (not that this fact makes you feel better if it happens to you).

The good news is there are relatively inexpensive fixes to ensure this doesn’t happen. If you make sure to install a retrofit IMS Bearing you should have peace of mind for many miles to come.

2. Headlights

The fried egg headlights are not loved by many purists largely because they just aren’t round like those on the 911s that came before. Beyond that the early 996 headlights look exactly like the 986 Boxster headlights, making the front end of the two look almost identical. This was one reason Porsche redesigned the headlights for the 996.2 update.

3. Interior

The Interior looks dated by today’s standards, but in 1999 it looked very modern (just check out some other cars from the era including some Ferrari models). It was also the model that introduced the overlapping gauge style that modern 911s feature. The materials are of good quality, although, depending on the trim selection, there may be quite a bit of plastic. The interior is also criticized for being almost exactly the same as the 986 generation Porsche Boxster, just with back seats added.

All of these criticisms have some merit, but most can be fixed or overlooked once you get behind the wheel. The 996 is unloved by many, but it may just be the best 911 that you can purchase right now.

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