1997 Porsche 911 Reviews

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo GTV

Summary:

Gob smacking pleasure

Faults:

There have been numerous changes of tires. One does not own them rather you rent them!

There was a problem with the power steering at about 60,000 requiring the garage for two days.

Stone chips from pleasure induced speeding.

General Comments:

I have been fortunate to drive a number of exciting cars ranging from an Imprezza to TVRs. No car so encapsulates the term drivers car than the Porsche 993. After 40,000 miles it still brings a smile to my face!

It is a crime to drive this car on motorways, even if it is capable of comfortable speeding in excess of 100mph, this car is most at home on smaller roads where its excellent road holding makes it feel as though you are driving with your fingers on the the road. Every action of the car being communicated to the driver effectively.

More than just a straight line speed machine it's a joy to push around corners and twisting roads.

Inside you have a car designed four people. Two very small children in the rear, one passenger in the front and one very happy driver.

In terms of the range of the 911s, this 993 is more comfortable and safer than older models without disappearing down the route of the hairdressers car that the 996 sadly became.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 Flat-6 Twin turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.6 Flat-6 Twin turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance49500 miles
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

Amazing!

Faults:

No faults.

General Comments:

An absolutely astonishing car. It's spectacularly fast thanks to 408 bhp, immensely useable thanks to permanent four wheel drive, and totally reliable thanks to a level of build quality which has to be seen to be believed.

The sheer grip and unflappability of the chassis makes my old R33 Skyline look stupid, which is the highest possible compliment that you could pay to a car. Yet it has none of the electronic trickery to help it. You simply turn the wheel and it goes where you point it. Come streaming rain, high winds or sleet, this car is impeccably behaved, yet can be provoked into lairy oversteer if you feel like destroying a £450 pair of rear tyres. It's tricky on the road though because of the silly speeds you need to be doing in order to break grip.

Performance is astonishing. It's hard to describe the sensation as the twin turbo flat six snarls and whistles its way through the gears. It feels as if a giant, unseen hand has scooped you up and propelled you toward the horizon with brutal yet strangely civilised force. It's amazing, and even two years on, it still gives the same stab of adrenaline fuelled excitement that it gave when I first dropped it a cog and floored it on the test drive. Only a well ridden superbike or a handful of specialist British manufacturers cars would be significantly quicker in the dry, and in the wet, it will simply squat and leave them for dead!

Running costs are actually surprisingly reasonable. Fuel consumption averages between 18 and 30 mpg depending on use, and reliability is flawless. Servicing is not horrendous either considering the superb ability and attention to detail of the dealers.

A stunning and pretty all-rounder which is outrageously fast, yet civilised enough for daily use. A triumph!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2002

15th Dec 2002, 06:56

I've always loved the idea of a 993 Turbo and you make it sound like a car worth keeping. I'm especially interested in what you said as I'm an ex R32 and R33 GT-R owner. Have to say that I'm not the least bit convinced by the 996, because it's ridiculously expensive, because it's more of a Grand Tourer, and because if you read some of the reviews here you'll see a whole bunch of unhappy faces. The lousy interior also doesn't fit its newfound luxury GT status.

Must confess that the older 911 models are far truer to the original concept, and far more appealing to the senses. Noisy, raw edged, aggressive, stunningly quick. The world is gradually becoming wrapped up in cotton wool, covered in warning labels and subject to all manner of wet nurse legislation. Cars like the 993 still stick two fingers up to all that!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews