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    Thread: Porsche 996 Appreciation Thread

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      02-20-2011 11:31 AM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by matches View Post
      My absolute favorite is the C4S, and here's why:



      Much better than what they tried to do with the 997 version, IMO.
      Mmmm, delicious. C4S is my attainable dream-car, so freaking nice!
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    2. 02-20-2011 01:59 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by VTECjustkickedinyo View Post
      True fact
      I didn't like the 996 until I clicked this thread.
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      02-20-2011 02:39 PM #73
      wait till you drive one...
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      02-20-2011 03:48 PM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Tuneman7 View Post
      I actually think these look better with the original "Boxster" headlights then the updated ones...
      Ugh, I hate those lights even on the Boxster. However, I like the facelift 996 (2002+) more than the 997, though I like the 997TT more than the 996TT - it seems more resolved somehow.
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    5. 02-20-2011 04:19 PM #75
      I'll take the risk of hate, but I love the design of the 996. A friend of mines dad has one and I have "driven" that car quite a few times. Maybe the styling isn't the best of all Porsches, but I still love it.

      looking at the prices of these things in flebay I gotta admit I'm seriously interested for my next ride.

      Where can I find good info on the upkeep and maintenence on these things? There is big potential for me to bank some serious coin in the next couple of months and this could be a great present. Anyone got any info to help?

      Maybe a 996 C4S with a 6-speed. Droooooooollllll!!!!!!

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      02-20-2011 04:27 PM #76
      how about a Macadamia Brown C4S Targa... with Light brown interior and some dark gray wheels... My favourite! The one I am driving in.. I look stupid because I was 17ish... haha


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      02-20-2011 05:27 PM #77
      Thats a 997.
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      02-20-2011 06:41 PM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by Harv View Post
      Thats a 997.
      I Know, I Know.... I meant to say, thats the 997 I would rock out.. I fell in love with it at first sight! Just an H&R Cup Kit would do...And a nice sounding exhaust...
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      06-17-2011 11:59 AM #79
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    10. 06-17-2011 12:36 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by MikeNoGo View Post
      The 996 being relatively unappreciated is just making it that much easier to get into one.

      Just gotta block out lovely 3-letter abbreviations like "IMS" and "RMS" out of your mind first, mind you...

      The 996 Turbos are bullet proof engines and don't have the IMS/RMS problems. Their engines are derived from the GT1 blocks and I know examples of 996 turbos hitting 200,000 miles from various owners.
      For me it is

      997 Turbo > 996 Turbo > 997 Carreras 4S

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      06-17-2011 03:15 PM #81
      For some reason, I've always preferred the earlier 1999-2001 bodystyle to the updated 2002+ version. They just look more elegant to me.


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      06-17-2011 08:42 PM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by EuroWolfsburg View Post
      I fell in love with it at first sight! Just an H&R Cup Kit would do......
      Ha Ha!!! You know you are on a VW website when someone recommends putting an H&R cupkit on a 911!!!

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      06-17-2011 09:00 PM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by DerSpiegel View Post
      For some reason, I've always preferred the earlier 1999-2001 bodystyle to the updated 2002+ version. They just look more elegant to me.
      I do as well because I think that the older headlights flow a bit better with the lines of the car and the tail lights look more proportionate to the car as well. Those tail lamps that the 996 Turbos and other Carreras got later on look terrible imo.

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      06-17-2011 09:58 PM #84
      I love 911's, but the 996 just doesn't do it for me. I'd take a gt3, but that would probably be it.

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      06-18-2011 06:20 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by GINCH View Post
      Ha Ha!!! You know you are on a VW website when someone recommends putting an H&R cupkit on a 911!!!
      No kidding.

      This customer of mine runs coilovers that use Ohlins shocks (with remote reservoirs mounted on the cage).

      The most recent picture of it from when I worked on it on Monday:


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      06-19-2011 12:32 AM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Das Borgen View Post
      you posted a 997 and win...nothing


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      06-19-2011 02:19 AM #88
      Here's my father's old '02 996TT.

      I miss it like ****ing hell.





      I will always love the 996TT, never saw why people disliked it.
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    19. 06-19-2011 03:13 AM #89
      I too love the 996, it's presence in motorsport had a big effect on me as a teen. I remember watching first-hand as 996 Turbos, GT2s and GT3s blew away Ferrari 355s and 360s in tarmac rallies etc.

      Here's a hellishly loud 996 RS from the Bathurst 24 hour (the event that cemented my love for endurance racing and exotica):

      and at night:
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      this one still runs in the Australian GT championship:

    20. 06-19-2011 03:21 AM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by DoubleNaught View Post

      Don't like the headlight assembly shape

      +1
      I have never been able to get over how much I dislike those head lights. I was very pleased when Porsche went back to the "round eyes" design.

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      06-19-2011 07:50 AM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by KC Jazz View Post
      Here's my father's old '02 996TT.

      I miss it like ****ing hell.





      I will always love the 996TT, never saw why people disliked it.
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      06-19-2011 06:24 PM #92
      Quote Originally Posted by monoblanco View Post
      +1
      I have never been able to get over how much I dislike those head lights. I was very pleased when Porsche went back to the "round eyes" design.
      I'm exactly the opposite. I LOVE the 996's "fried egg" headlights. I never understood the allure of spending $60,000 - $120,000 and getting the same headlights that look at home on an old Volkswagen. The round headlights made an otherwise expensive car look like they were scraping the bottom of the parts bin when it came to the headlights. At least with the "fried eggs" in 1999 you wouldn't mistake the 996 in the rear view mirror for a VW New Beetle.

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      06-20-2011 09:54 AM #94
      A guy I know recently picked up a 996...your basic 1st gen silver Carrera 6 spd. He's not really a car guy and he can be kind of a dick, so I didn't say anything about IMS and RMS issues to him. Just congratulated him on what is in reality a very nice car.

      I actually like the plain jane basic C2 looks.

      It sounds good, too.

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      06-20-2011 10:14 AM #95
      Do N/A 996 still explode?

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      06-20-2011 10:57 AM #96
      Perfect thread revival timing after I have a nice drive yesterday in mine with my buddy in his Cayman S!




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      06-20-2011 02:35 PM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by Tuneman7 View Post
      I actually think these look better with the original "Boxster" headlights then the updated ones...
      This.. x10000

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      06-20-2011 06:13 PM #98
      Has the frequency of IMS failures gotten any worse in the last few years? Is it a "sooner or later" thing or do most make it to 200K with no incident?

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      06-20-2011 06:57 PM #99
      I'm not gonna lie, the 996 is my favorite generation of 911 because of:

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      06-20-2011 07:04 PM #101
      Looking at the old pics of the 996 interior, it's pretty ugly. All things considered, the C5 Vette isn't that much worse.

      Anyway, I'd looooooooooove to have a 996 Turbo in the near future.

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      06-20-2011 07:10 PM #102
      Just look at the dent in the door.
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      06-21-2011 02:29 AM #103
      Friend's old GT3. He's since moved away, sadly. Super cool guy.











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      06-21-2011 02:38 AM #104
      Other 996 photos from over the years.



















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      06-21-2011 03:00 AM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by Fritz27 View Post
      Looking at the old pics of the 996 interior, it's pretty ugly. All things considered, the C5 Vette isn't that much worse.

      Anyway, I'd looooooooooove to have a 996 Turbo in the near future.
      so based on pictures you think it's ugly? have you ever actually driven any generation of Porsche?

      the 996 interior was ergonomic light years ahead of all the previous generations of Porsches. for the first time ever the street cars were coming in close to the ergonomics of the race cars. if you don't like the 996 interior then you might as well write off all future Porsches because the cable shifter, gauge cluster, and highly ergonomic interior is here to stay.

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