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5 Reasons Why The Hated Porsche 996 Is The Best 911

By   December 9, 2020

Porsche 996

Porsche 996

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.

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1999 Porsche 996 – Interesting Features

By   December 3, 2020

Porsche 996

Porsche 996

The 1999 Porsche 996 is one of the last 911s that offers a vintage driving experience. It was the last time you could get a Porsche 911 with a cable driven throttle body instead of the modern eGas system.

It is still when the 911 was very mechanical instead of using wizardry like torque vectoring. Because of this you have to respect the rear engine bias more than you do in a newer 911. Although, it is better behaved than earlier versions of the German rear engined sports car.

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Porsche 996 C4S – Pros and Cons of Ownership

By   July 18, 2020

Porsche 996 C4S

Porsche 996 C4S

At first glance the Porsche 996 Carrera 4S looks like a 911 Turbo. However, a closer look parking a 996 C4S next to a 996 Turbo highlights the differences. Both have similar styling with 996.2 style lights and the same front and rear bumper cover.

Styling differences include the lack of rear air intakes that are found in the 996 twin-turbo, the closed air outlets of the rear air diffuser for the C4S and the 911 Carrera 4S has its signature rear reflector strip.

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Porsche 996.1 – Pros and Cons of Ownership

By   July 10, 2020

Porsche 996.1

Porsche 996.1

The early Porsche 996 was the first time that the legendary Porsche 911 had been water cooled. Sure Porsche had used water to cool their front-engined cars and the 959 had water cooling its heads, but no production car sold as a 911 had used anything except God’s good air to keep temperatures lower.

Even though purists didn’t like this move it was a necessary one as Porsche was reaching the limits of what could be done with an air cooled vehicle. It did bring an added benefit of air conditioning that worked quite well instead of the system that barely worked in the air cooled cars.

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Buying The Cheapest Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe In The USA

By   June 10, 2020

Porsche 996

Porsche 996

The Porsche 996 is currently the most affordable generation of the 911. Prices of early 996s are especially low when compared to later examples.

The thing about the early cars is that they have a few things that in the future may turn out to be desirable. Namely the fact that they have a more durable dual row IMS bearing and a cable driven throttle body.

Since selling my dependable Porsche 986 Boxster that I owned for over six years late last year, I had been searching for the next Porsche. I wasn’t going for the cheapest 911 or Cayman S, but this 1999 996 was priced so low that I couldn’t resist.

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