2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 3.6 from UK and Ireland


Always a classic, but it's just been discovered... things do get better with age


Voltage regulator.

Window regulator.

Starter motor.

Replaced clutch.

General Comments:

I wrote a review a few years ago about my 993. It was awesome. However as life goes, sometimes you are up and sometimes you can't have a toy any more.

Several years later, back on the up, it was time to get another 911.

So a 993 was out of my budget... gutted.

So a 996 was the choice, and fortunately I landed on a low mileage 4S which has been a thrill every time I get in it. With every option including a switchable sports exhaust, it makes a different sound to the 993, but louder and it really does roar when getting close to the red line. Turbo wide body/suspension and brakes gives it a hard ride, but it just comes alive once you get going, and with technology included and 4 wheel drive, for me it's a far better ride than the 993. I love the look of it, and from behind it really does look the part.

Just come back from a major service today and cost me £500. That really was everything done, and potentially that's it for 2 years, although it will be pampered again in 12 months.

Went to Bruges a couple of months ago, and didn't miss a beat, and I'm off to tour France next month and can't wait.

For me the 996 4S isn't the sweet cute 993, but now with a few years under her belt she has turned into a real beauty, rare, a head turner and user friendly, so no hidden surprises. Going up in value, this will be a classic to hold onto.

I would highly recommend, and the manual is superb if you get the choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2016

2003 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 3.6 twin turbo from Spain


Jet fighter


Front radiators and A/C radiators replaced.

Rear tyres.

Bonnet resprayed (stone chips).

General Comments:

Rotten front radiators (very expensive to change), and A/C radiators also leaking, including coolant lines.

Amazing performance.

Factory X50 model with 450bhp with DMS remap to 525 BHP.

Interior a bit cheap.

Immaculate, so fear of parking in car parks - it's a toy really; you need another car unless you want it trashed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2014

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera from North America


An amazing car with serious engine reliability issues


All the below issues occurred with 6 months of owning the car:

1) Mysterious clanking noise accompanied by engine failure light - cost me 3K to diagnose and fix (including compression tests). Further research online pointed to an impending RMS issue.

2) Gearbox/synchro transmission problems. Popping out of 4th gear. Estimated to cost $8K-$12K to repair.

3) Alternator went bad.

4) Fan belt went bad.

5) As part of general maintenance, I replaced the oil and filter, front/rear brake pads, shocks and tires.

General Comments:

I bought the car off lease and it had all the records. Unfortunately I ended up paying approximately $7,000 in repairs in 7 months.

I thought I was done when the shifter started popping out of fourth gear. I had a 997 shifter installed, along with having the gear oil changed in hopes of solving the problem. Unfortunately it ended up being a gear box, and/or transmission issue. I later found out from numerous blogs and forums online that this issue is very common with the 996. I was quoted $8,000 to replace and install a new gearbox and $12,000 to fix worn synchros in the engine/transmission. That would have made my total repairs $16,000-$20,000 for less than 7 months of ownership. No thanks.

I unloaded the car. What a waste. Stay away from all 996. I heard that the 993 and all previous iterations of the car are great. Unfortunately this was my third Porsche (1984 944, 2000 Boxster, 2003 911) and once you drive a Porsche you are hooked. I am now looking at purchasing a 1985 911. The 3.2 911 Carrera series from 1983-89 are supposed to be the most reliable Porsche series ever. Wish me luck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2008

23rd Jun 2009, 10:45

Do you think that your problems with your Porsche was the result of abuse from the previous owner?

17th Nov 2009, 02:23

If you've not purchased your 3.2L 911 yet, please be on the lookout for lower mileage models, for after 200,000 miles, the motor needs to be gone through, and rebuilds are quite expensive. Other than that, happy motoring.