I believe that that your Porshe is a fantastic car. I've been a Porsche fanatic for years, and I'm especially interested in the turbo-charged ones. It'd be great if you continued your review with some 0-60 times and a description of what its like to drive!
I can't wait for the day when I drive a Carrera GT2...sigh.
Have to agree with the first comment.
On a £100,000 motor I'd be hopping mad at finding my foot-well full of water and the front radiators rusting into nothing - let alone all the other stuff that went wrong! Running out of fuel on a turbocharged car can be seriously bad news for the mechanics, and when it's not your fault...
And another thing. While it's fast, it's hardly the most exclusive car on the planet, and while I'd agree you're not going to be looking a lot at the interior it remains dark and dingy. For that money I'd want something a little more individual and a little less, well, plonkerish. Sadly, Porsche don't have the best image.
I have read all the comments associated with this 911. As one who is a few steps away from purchasing one, I am not put off at all. I do feel it necessary to let all know that as a Ferrari enthusiast and owning the same, I have found that my Ferrari is the prancing horse with impeccable style and grace. My Porsche (I have had six going on seven) is my "workhorse". I feel that the Porsche is the most reliable sports car ever. I am considering the 911 turbo for it's longevity and circumference of assets. If you've never had one get one. If you cannot afford one go test drive one. You will then see what I mean by "workhorse". You will also start making provisions to get one of your own.
Gotta love 996tt or GT2 with 750hp upgrade by autothority specs on 1 with 650hp 0-60 2.9secs w/o going to a diff gear ratio.
The 996 911 Turbo did not have Porsche logo centre caps for the alloy wheels, it had "Turbo" ones...
In response to the previous post, I can assure you that my 996TT HAS Porsche enamel shield logo centre caps. They are an upgrade option from new versus the plastic painted Turbo logo center caps which are standard fitment.
As a Porsche ex tech (I'm now at BMW) I can tell you that the flooding and rad problems will be due to you parking the car under a tree. The badges on the coloured crests always fall off and Cam shaft bearings? It doesn't have any as such and I have never heard of them being a fault. Was it a rear main seal?
Some feedback to author of the 12 March comment:
Did you get fired from the Porsche dealership then?
Let me educate you - The 996TT engine does not suffer from the rear main seal problem associated with the normally aspirated 996's..and the the camshfts DO have bearings.
Fortunately I don't own a BMW - i'd hate to think what would happen if you got your hands on it.
Car for £100,000??? That's ludicrous! Where has all this money come from? Here in Russia we live for about £120 a month => £1,500 year, that would take about 90 years of my life to earn enough money to buy one. There is something terribly wrong with this world.
Just a quick reply to the russian gentleman, all that money comes from free enterprise, its possible for anyone to get rich in a country that lets them. Not that I'm rich, but if someone is, fair play.
No, the Fabia vRS won't beat the 911 Turbo in a 30-80 race, but it will beat a Porsche Boxter. Don't believe it if you don't want to, but all vRS owners know the truth.
First off, I find it very hard to believe that someone who sprang 95k for a car wouldn't invest 59.99 on a car cover to prevent damp leaves form causing problems. And to the guy in Russia, move. I live in the US which is the greatest country in the world, you can make more money begging on the streets here than you do there working a job in Russia.
I own a shelby cobra kit car with a chevy 351.
Porsche 911's may be a bit dull. They may not turn heads or look as if they're worth £100k. But that's the whole point in them. If you want to ponce around and show off, there's always the Ferrari option. If you like fast cars with excellent all round performance, but you don't want every Tom, Dick and Harry staring at you when you drive past, then a 911 is a far better bet. Yet it still looks stylish and smart, it's just not in your face saying "look at me". And to the gentleman who said it's like a work horse: I completely understand what you're saying. From sitting inside, you could be sitting in any car, say a Focus, but when you put the metal to the floor, you know you're definitley not in a Focus (Focus only used as at random before anyone says anything). It's the kind of supercar you have fun driving, but completely forget about once parked up on the works car park or at home. A Ferrari is a much more dedicated car, and I would assume would need much more looking after and taken care of more than the 911. It depends what you want from a supercar, but I think the 911 Turbo is a great all rounder.
A question for the Porsche connoisseurs and long time fans!
I'll be selling my C32 AMG and will possibly buy one 911 in the near future, they are just too good all-rounder sports car. In terms of what my best choice would be (?) :
1. It has to be a Porsche and it has to be a 911.
2. I only drive manual.
3. I have to have the 2 nauseating & extremely-small seats in the back - i.e. a 6 series has more space, but is way too bigger a sports car than I want. (I do not need more space). The compact size of the 911 suites me best.
4. Turn-offs: (and sincerely do not wish to start a debate) Although I think everything else about the car is mind blowing, since I would have it as a Daily! Driver, there is one thing that puts me off. THE ENGINE NOISE. I want a 6-speed manual (German) car and the 911 has everything except there is this Backroad-Burner sound to it. I have driven it and like everything else. I wouldn't get the 550xi (which comes in manual, is fast, and is quiet, because then Everything else is changed) and I am not looking for a sedan.
5. Again, Porsche is the best, there is only this thing that puts me off. I do not want to be heard and hear myself driving a back-road burner. If the 911 would display its great performance in a quiet way that'd be it. We have so many silly options about everything, but this .. you have to get it the loud way.
6. I do 500-km trips when we visit home once in a while. If the engine noise would not be there, this would be the perfect choice for me. Is there a way to tune it down in such a way that does not affect the performance? What would be my best bet. Again, the BM 550xi has everything in terms of quite engine, and responsiveness, but I want the small and compact 911 with that.
7. Sorry for the connaisseur who sees this as ignorance. But I have to compromise for something that will be a daily driver (not something to step away onto in fury) and, twice a month a long HW drive. It's not a matter of "getting used to" either. After a 500-km drive I always know I do not want a louder engine. But again, the Porsche just has everything else that I want as opposed to the bimmer 550 (360 bhp & 6-sp manual in the 550xi, which has the quiet and responsive engine, but I know I want a Porsche). If someone will help I'd be greatful.