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BM996 replied to BM996's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Hi, I sold it because I am departing Germany, would have happily kept it had I not been leaving, have (like other owners) worried if I would be hit with engine failure? When you buy one they'll tell you 15-20% risk, when you are selling they say 80-90 % failure rate.. have had two dealers in germany say those figures! How does anyone know how many cars have suffered issues? is porsche transparent with this information? There is so much talk about the reliability of this model, If the problem is minor then Porsche PR should make a statement to back it up. Aside from the resale value, my experience with this 996 was great. rgds, B
BM996 replied to violaGT3's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)'99 C2 - 115,000km, no mechanical issues, a great car but with terrible resale value.. I just sold mine here in Germany for 50% what I paid for it four years ago. My 996 cost 7600 euro annually ($10,050) for devaluation, insurances, parts & service, thats 30% of purchase price annually! Thank god I didnt experience an engine failure as well! 996's have a very poor reputation because it is not clear how many cars have had engine failures. The only source that could provide the insight that owners and the market needs is PORSCHE itself. PORSCHE PR needs to be honest and make a clear statement. I enjoyed my 996 very much, can afford to buy a new 997 now but will find an alternative, I refuse to spend money with a brand that is not being honest with its customers.
BM996 posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Just sold (gave away) my '99 carrera in Germany for 18,000 euro.. 115,000km, PZ serviced, immaculate mechanically and visually.. When I bought this car here four years ago for 35,000 euro I had heard about some select engine issues and was told that 15 - 20% of the early 996's were effected. More recently I have heard that 80 - 90% of 996's will suffer failures sooner or later.. Porsche dealerships in Germany immediately resell traded 996's to smaller dealers and most Germans wont buy a Porsche without dealer warranty. 996 prices are still dropping and the replacement engine price is now 50% of the cars value! Thank god I didnt have an engine failure! 35,000 purchase price + 8,000 new engine = 43,000. market value 20,000?! DISASTEROUS! I have always been a great supporter of the Porsche brand and have enjoyed my 911 driving experience beyond expectation BUT I feel screwed. I personally believe that Porsche has been remarkably evasive and dishonest. I wonder if many other longer term 996's owners feel that porsche has responsibilities beyond standard warranty with this model ?! I was considering getting a 997 now but do not have the confidence or respect to go there.
Hi James, OK, so I just want to double check that your rears are "ET40" - 18J x 10 ?! many thanks, BobM
I am looking at purchasing GT3 MK1 (10 spoke Sport Design) wheels for my ´99 996 Narrow body car and need to know if they are going to fit? I understand that the GT3 MK1 is also a narrow body car so assume that there would be no problem? The wheels are: 8.5J x 18 - ET45 front. with 225/40s 10J x 18 - ET40 rear. with 265/45s Unfortunately I will not be able to try them on the car before collection/purchase so any clear guidance would be appreciated.