Written on: 02/04/2013
I have had the 996 now for 3 months. It is my second porsche. My first was the boxster. This is an awesome driving car. Fast and furious but refined and dignified other times. Great styling and overall quality are keys for this vehicle. The convertible top is convenient and folds quickly and quietly. The only thing i wish it had was a light that showed when the spoiler extends and is extended off the back. (read more)
Written on: 05/11/2010
I am new to Porsche ownership having owned my C2 for only 3 months.
Whilst I was obviously fully aware of the long history of Porsche and the 911, until I went to view my first example I had never appreciated what a masterpiece in design the 996 is.
My previous car was a Subaru STi 5 Type R. The comparison between these two cars is interesting.
The Subaru is 2 door, 2 litres, delivers about 330 bhp, is four wheel drive, weighs approx 300kg less and is capable of sub 4 second 0-60 time.... (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2010
I purchased my 996 C2 just over a year ago, CPO from a Porsche dealer. For me it's a daily driver and much like the other posts the car takes some getting used to. My first reaction was that you need to pay more attention while driving as the cars speed and close-rate puts you on-top of the next car before you know it. Once you used to the power and handling, you've fine.
You'll also need to get accustomed to everyone from the gangly teenager to the senior citizen ogling over your car,... (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2010
I've had 3 996 facelifts, two C2's and one C4, And i'm now looking to buy my 4th after a couple of years out driving diesels and contemplating ending it all every time i turn the key and feel the whole car shake!! At present these cars offer outstanding value for money, my first back in 2002 set me back £56,000, i can now buy that same car, albeit with an extra 0 on the odometer for £20k They're probably approaching some what risky territory with reliability, my last car was a C4 and that... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2010 by Android 100 (1 review written)
I finally took the plunge and swapped my Mazda RX8 for a 7 year old 911 Targa C2 Tiptronic S.
When I took it for a test drive one drizzly afternoon in Leicester I thought, "What's all the fuss about?" After the RX8 the controls felt heavy, the interior hopelessly dated and I couldn't even get comfortable in the damned thing.
After a couple of days pondering I had it taken over to a Porsche main dealer, where I spent half an hour wandering around and chatted for almost the same to the... (read more)
Written on: 24/02/2010
I have had my 996 Carrera 4 for 8 months and I love this car! I have had quite a few nice cars in the past, Clio V6, S2000, TT V6, GTV Cup but none of those even comes close to the 996! no other car I have driven has it all like the 996.
The only small grumbles are, hard ride, better with new Michelin Porsche N2 tires, Tiptronic is great around town but when you want to push it always changes up so manual is best to keep the engine on the boil!
Economy is really good I get almost 300 miles... (read more)
Written on: 05/02/2010
I had a scooby prior to the 996 and I can say that the 996 has much more immediate performance than the scooby. You could use 99% of the scoobies performance whilst the 996 you have to respect and be smoother on the inputs. Mine is in superb condition despite being 9 years old, not a spot of rust and all components still feel tight. Only items that have needed replacing are the front drop links - hardly a chore and only £45 a side. Great Car. (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2009
I bought the car knowing nothing about 996s having previously owned Audi's S2 BMWs 5s and a 350Z. My first impressions during my drive home was how fragile the car felt.. that feeling like if you pushed it something would go wrong.
I garaged it for 2 months whilst I learnt my way around the car.. manuals and parts schematics are available on the web free in pdf format. For £200 I replaced all the coolant hoses, drive belts and brake pads. Suprised how cheap the parts are if you shop around... (read more)
Written on: 22/07/2009
My third Porsche (previous were a 944S and then a 911(930) Turbo). The 996 is a far more civilised drivers car than older models and allows a degree of error which in the past would have had the car off the road, especially in the wet. Downside I suppose is fuel economy and the requirement for 99 Octane fuel - but comes with the territory - and the ever present worry of where to park it when out to minimise being door clipped in a car park or some nerd coining it. In all other resepcts it... (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2009 by pedrilla (2 reviews written)
I have owned my my 2002 Porsche 996 911 Carrera coupe tiptronic for 5 years. The car is an absolute joy to drive and mid range acceleration is awesome (wannabie tail-gaters are swiftly lost in your rear-view mirror!!). The 996 has received heaps of bagging about the interior trim but after five years of ownership, I can say the interior is functional, ergonomic, a drastic improvement from the 993, and contrary to some unfounded comments, it is not made from bargain basement bin pieces that... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2008 by cozynp (1 review written)
I bought my '98 Porsche 996 C2 3.4l, Tiptronic, because I love these cars. I had it for one week when I had to take it back to the car yard as it had a very bad oil smell. There was no oil leaks. It had 86,000km on the dial (53,000mls).
The car stayed in the workshop for more than a week. I was told to take out extended warranty to save myself expensive repair costs. The engine was replaced due to cracked 1st cylinder. This could happen to any car.
I have driven it for more than 20,000km... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2008
I am a new owner of a Porsche 966 Carrera so it is hard for me to comment to much, so far i am happy with my purchase and can recommend this car if you had a choice of a GTi hatch back or a Porsche 911 for the same money i know which one i would choose. (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2007 by lounges (1 review written)
I bought this car used and it was impeccably well maintained. It looks brand new. In fact somebody had mistaken it for a 2007 model. I just want to be driving it all the time. It's almost as though nothing else matters when you own one of these beauties. My wife thought of it as just another car...until she drove it. Her immediate comment was "this is amazing".....another win for the hubbie's! (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2007 by 911 (1 review written)
Very often copied indirectly for legal reasons yet never duplicated. Cheap inexpensive other brands are value for money. Tough skins jeans swap meet gold chain dollar store etc. You get what you pay for! (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2005 by noelnoel (1 review written)
The Porsche 996 911 Carrera is a very nice car, very fun to drive but I wish I hadn't splashed out so quickly - I would suggest test driving some other cars before spending this kind of money. A Jaguar XKR might be of better value. (read more)
Written on: 08/10/2003 by Galactus (4 reviews written)
My Porsche 911 Carrera (996) was, on balance, a brilliant car. They take a bit of getting used to, the car is very precise in it's controls - light clutch, strong progressive brakes and an accelerator where every millimeter of travel gives an instant increase in power - so far so good. The tricky bit comes in going round corners fast - the car grips very well if you keep the throttle nailed down hard, if you lift off then the rear end can break away quite badly. Be brave, if you do get it... (read more)