2001 Porsche 911 996 Twin Turbo 3.6 from UK and Ireland
Darth Vader on Steroids
Ran out fuel due to faulty computer software causing wrong readouts on the on-board trip computer - it has been re-programmed, but still not very accurate.
Both rads behind the front air in-takes rusted through within 12 months due to the build up of damp leaves. Replaced under warranty.
Major water leak into driver's foot well.
The metal Porsche logo center caps on 3 wheels came off due to wrong spec glue (replaced under warranty).
Problem with the cam shaft bearings which was fixed at the first service under warranty.
The car is just the doggies danglies and the performance is just stunning. It's happy to potter along at at 20-30MPH or it will take you to 120 MPH in a heart beat. It returned 33.5 mpg on a 180 mile run (driving at UK speed limits) and gives me 23.5 mpg during normal every day driving. However the car cost me just short of £95k (inc options) and I'm disappointed to have endured the problems outlined above... but I guess that it hasn't put me off as my order is already in for its replacement due in 2005.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th May, 2003
28th May 2003, 13:59
You obviously have far too much money.
If I had any faults whatsoever with a car that cost TWICE as much as my house I'd return it.
I know they're only silly faults, but for that money I'd expect gold plated instrumentation not to mention complete trouble-free motoring.
I know the 911 is said to be one of the best handling modern sports cars, but, after your experience, I'd be sniffing around the latest MG or Jaguar variant.
You could use the left over cash for the hefty insurance bill or buy a small dwelling up north, like Staffordshire!