2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe 3,600 cc from Belgium
Drives great but surprisingly poor reliability
The engine had to be replaced after 70.000 kms.
Non working satellite navigation system/ CD reader.
Various oil leaks (had to be towed twice to a garage).
A couple of electrical faults, eg non working light switch.
The car body, the front in particular, gets damaged very easily by chippings.
Generally, the manufacturer is unwilling to help much beyond their (mean) 2 year warranty (Note: a KIA comes with a 7 year warranty!!), which leaves you with hefty bills.
I love the looks of the car and its performance.
Seats are not particularly comfortable, though, in particular for long journeys. Not great for my back.
I thought the purchase of this car made sense from the standpoint of both my heart and my head. I was rather mistaken on the latter as the car proved far less reliable than what its myth suggests. When talking to other Porsche owners, my experience does not appear to be an isolated case.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th August, 2008
18th Sep 2008, 12:48
Actually your review is an isolated case. Not one problem with my 2003 996 Carrera 2 coupe. Only thing is the car goes through tires like crazy. Had to replace the rear tires at 15,000 miles. The car drives like a dream... only thing is the maintenance can get pricy. Try not to buy anything from Porsche unless you have to... especially tires. They are marked up by at least 30% over anyone out there.
2nd Jan 2015, 01:11
I agree totally. My 2003 Carrera 2 Dr Coupe is doing well, has 60K miles, and looks like it is new. Tires are expensive, but I found TireRack gives great prices on tires.
2nd Jan 2015, 21:30
The car was a 2003, and it was mentioned that the engine was replaced at 70K km. That to me sounds like it may have been a failed intermediate shaft, which necessitates an engine replacement. The IMS failures, the last time I read about it, didn't seem to have a definite cause of failure - cars that were low mileage, fully serviced on schedule, babied, and otherwise well looked after, still had them fail; some have had very high mileage, driven like they were stolen, even ill-treated, and have not had the failures. If I were to get one used, I'd go for the facelift without the intermediate shaft, I think that was from 2009 or 2010.