2001 Porsche 911 996TT 3.6L twin turbo from North America
A supercar - now on steroids
Check Engine Light upon hard acceleration when purchased - see comments below.
Rear spoiler failure.
I purchased this vehicle sight unseen from a dealership on the other side of the country. I was assured that all the components worked. The rear spoiler does not. I have narrowed it down to the hydraulic portion of the spoiler pump having failed. It seem common to this model.
The check engine light indicated a misfire. I replaced the spark plugs and that solved the issue. Working on this car is amazingly easy. It does take time however. Spark plug changes for example took several hours and required removal of the rear bumper, intercoolers, and numerous heat shields. If you plan on having your vehicle serviced instead of DIY, you will pay accordingly.
You should also know that this year model suffers from 2nd gear pop out. It can be remedied by installing an upgraded 2nd gear detent from Gbox. This will only work if the problem has not occurred prior to installation. You should also be aware that the installation is not simple. It involves laying under the car and feeling around and installing the detent blind - just by touch. It took me hours. It would have taken minutes if the gearbox was out of the car.
Outside of all of this, this is an amazing vehicle. There is no designable turbo lag. It is amazingly powerful. I replaced the stock exhaust with a FVD Brombacher unit and upgraded the stock k16 turbos with k24 turbos. I also had the ECU flashed.
If the car was amazing before, it is phenomenal now. I have driving a friend's stock 996TT since then. There is a huge increase in power. I have owned several 911's over the years. In every model, I have found something missing. There is nothing missing with the 996TT. It handles amazingly. It drives amazingly. I use it as a daily driver and I have done autocrosses as well. Unfortunately, my track day this past summer was cancelled so I cannot comment on the track usage.
If you are considering the 2001 911 turbo, make sure your wing works. Make sure that you do not have the 2nd gear pop out. If you do, move on and get a newer model. If you have a glove compartment - forget it. There is not one. If you want a car you can use on a daily basis and still overpower everything on the road, this is your car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th January, 2014