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TOY4TWO

3.4 engine problems fixed in 2001+?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_996

"The engines in the 1999 and 2000 version have a large failure rate due to a design error. This problem was fixed in mid 2000. One will notice the resale price difference with these model years."

I am shopping for a 911 and do not want to replace the engine and can't afford a 02. I just want confirmation that in m/y 2001 the 3.4 issues have been addressed, can't always trust Wikipedia.

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"The engines in the 1999 and 2000 version have a large failure rate due to a design error. This problem was fixed in mid 2000. One will notice the resale price difference with these model years."

I am shopping for a 911 and do not want to replace the engine and can't afford a 02. I just want confirmation that in m/y 2001 the 3.4 issues have been addressed, can't always trust Wikipedia.

Same engine in the 2001 as my 1999 except for e-gas. IMHO, Whoever posted that on Wikipedia is smoking crack. ;)

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I would have to say that is INacurate.

There are numerous failures in the 996 3.6L engines as well, and into the 997's.

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No matter what model year you purchase, an extended warranty is always a good idea. I have a 2000, and have been through the replacement. No fun there, but at least with the extended warranty, you can get back on the road again for less that the $10-$15k replacement cost.

There are actually multiple issues that you may read about with the 3.4, from a slipped cylinder sleeve to a cracked head, or even a bearing failure. I believe each problem was fixed at a different time. I know on my rebuilt 3.4, the bearings have been beefed up to prevent that issue.

Others may be able to comment on specific modifications made to the 3.4 over the years, but honestly, most of us don't know what caused the engine failure, due to the fact that Porsche will not give you the core reimbursement if you open the block.

Bottom line... Get the carfax, a ppi, and an extended warranty if your worried about it.

Happy shopping!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_996

"The engines in the 1999 and 2000 version have a large failure rate due to a design error. This problem was fixed in mid 2000. One will notice the resale price difference with these model years."

I am shopping for a 911 and do not want to replace the engine and can't afford a 02. I just want confirmation that in m/y 2001 the 3.4 issues have been addressed, can't always trust Wikipedia.

From: http://www.trackpedia.com/wiki/Grand_Am_Cup_Series

The 996 cars that you race don't suffer from any oil starvation issues as they are rumoured on the web community to suffer from?

The ’99 996’s certainly had issues, but by ’01, it seems they have all been worked out. We ran a 3.4ltr engine with no issues, and later upgraded that car to a 3.6. We never had engine problems with either. The 997 engine is very similar to the late 996 3.6, and while we lost 2 engines at the beginning of the season, a single engine has lasted almost the whole year. The engines are not indestructible, but since ’01, blowing up engines seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

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I'm not a big fan of extended warranty companies so that would not be an option in my case.

I found some 2000 911's that blew their engines around 70k and had "new" ones put in at the dealer. I would assume any engines a dealer is putting in would have all the upgraded parts (bearings, RMS etc).

I'm not sure if I should target a 2000 with a recent blown engine or just get a 2001 with higher milage they seem to be about equal prices.

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I'm not a big fan of extended warranty companies so that would not be an option in my case.

I found some 2000 911's that blew their engines around 70k and had "new" ones put in at the dealer. I would assume any engines a dealer is putting in would have all the upgraded parts (bearings, RMS etc).

I'm not sure if I should target a 2000 with a recent blown engine or just get a 2001 with higher milage they seem to be about equal prices.

If you can swing it, I would seriously consider a 2002 car...they feel different (better) to me.

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Same engine in the 2001 as my 1999 except for e-gas. IMHO, Whoever posted that on Wikipedia is smoking crack. ;)

You're smoking crack if you think information on wikipedia is inaccurate! How the hell can you say that !

Every Wikipedia article is written by someone who is a self admitted *expert* iin the topic. Are you saying the expert who wrote that article is wrong ? It's on internet for chrissakes! The infomration is showing up on my computer screen....it has to be right or else the whole system falls apart!

:rolleyes:

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I have an 3.6L 2002 that was recently diagnosed with a porous engine case that leaked coolant. So not all engine issues have been addressed.

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