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Just want to say hello and would like to introduce myself. Fist time owning a Porsche, 2003 996 C2 Coupe Black on Silver. After 3 weeks of looking I finally got one. My budget was for a 1999 996 was lucky to find a 2003 for same price range. The only thing wrong with it is the remote key won't work (probably needs programming, just change the battery), no Owners Manual and the cd changer is dead no power at all (hope it's just the fuse), I have no idea where to look since there's no manual.

I was shopping and comparing this to a 2004 Mercedez E500 sport and 2005 545I BMW. All my friends and family tried to stop me from buying it.......coz the other cars is roomier and luxier with more options, they are all great cars but the porsche for me is something else. I'm amazed the way this car handles and pulls on the freeway. I and a friend bought and picked up this car in southern Cal and Drove it to Norcal and it was one of the best driving experince we ever had. He himself was negative about everthing at first and was pushing me to get the 545i. But after the drive he is shopping for one now. Just happy to be driving my dream car.


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Congradulations, and the best of luck. It is different isn't it. When I first got my 986 the only question anyone asked was " How fast is it? " I would tell them that it only had around 200 HP and the dissapointment would show in their face, but if I took them for a ride or let them drive, they always came back like giddy school girls. Have fun.

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Congrats Miko, I think you made the right choice! I picked up a 2002 C2 back in June, after running Vettes since 89. I originally felt I needed to bump up the 320HP, especially since I was used to the torque of a V8. When you appreciate the balance & chasis dynamics of the Carrera, the car is definitely quick enough in stock fashion, although I will tweek mine as time goes on. I know exactly how you feel cause I cant stop driving mine! Good luck.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hello- I'm a newbie also- my '03 targa (one month ownership) came without a manual (I think the auction jockeys take 'em). I found one on ebay and was lucky to get one for $30 or so. It took a week to get one that wasn't $70-80.

Tim in MT, '03 targa six speed

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"This thread is worthless without pics." :D

You guys may have noticed that you can easily attach a picture(s) with your post, and it's Christmas, so get in the sharing mood, ha.

BMWs and Benz's are great, but there is nothing like the sound and feel of a boxer motor.

So Tim, you're in Montana? Hope you're friends with the local Sheriff?

I think you're right about the auction jockies taking the manuals.

My '99 came with an '02 set of manuals in case anyone needs an '02 set.


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Congrats Niko and welcome to the board. The lease on my BMW 545i (2005) is about to be up and I can't wait to return it. Way too many compromises for my taste-- a car cannot be roomy, fun to handle, responsive, cool factor, etc in one package. My solution? Keep the 911 as my fun car and just got an Audi A8 for longer drives; the Audi in my opinion is 1000x more luxurious and comfortable than the 5 series and still fun to drive. I would suggest getting an extended warranty or trying to find a good reputable shop though. I bought my C4S certified pre-owned so I have had to deal with the dealer mostly but let me tell you that stuff not covered by warranty is very very steep. Take care and keep enjoying the 911.

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