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996 manual transmission faults

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I have decided to buy a Porsche. I've landed on a 911 996 c4s 2002 or 2003 model. I have found one i prefer, only negative is that it has manual transmission, I was actually looking for one with automatic transmission. I've heard it's different faults with the manual transmission. Is this correct?

Thanks in advance.


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Some early 996 models have issues with second gear. After some wear it will develop a tendency to pop-out of gear. In my opinion, this excessive wear/damage is generally caused by drivers shifting into second at speeds below 20 mph. Other than that, as far as I know the manual transmissions will last forever (not including the clutch, of course, which is a part designed to wear out). I have 125,000 miles on mine with no issues.

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I've enjoyed my 2003 C4S every day I've had it. (Except when the alternator went out and had to be replaced along with a new battery after the car sat for a few weeks without a trickle charger on the battery.) (and every now and then the radio electronics lock-up, but that goes away with either a restart or cycling a cd into the head unit.) (there are some "mysterious Porsche issues" out there, but all are pretty much discussed somewhere in this great forum.) I couldn't pass up the 6speed when I got my car, and I think this forum notes more repair issues with the tiptronic than the manual trans. I was actually looking for a tip, but realized I had another stick left in me. If I lived in the City, or had a heavy b2b commute everyday, I probably have gone for the tiptronic. but for mountain road driving where I live the stick is great fun. cant go wrong with the C4S either way, imho. good luck.

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