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Hi guys, Im thinking of getting a 05-06, possibly S.

but coming from a 996 and after going thru engine blowup, not sure what to expect from the 997...

Has there been any issue with the 997 3.6l or 3.8l engine? Any leaking issues?

Was there any recall on any parts? How is the stock suspension at high speeds?

Is the S rear width same as 4S's?


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Get an '06; they have a revised and stouter IMS bearing, and yes, the 997's have fatter fannies--at least the 'S' does. No leaks or IMS/RMS issues however from my '05S with 46K+ on the odo.

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Get an '06; they have a revised and stouter IMS bearing, and yes, the 997's have fatter fannies--at least the 'S' does. No leaks or IMS/RMS issues however from my '05S with 46K+ on the odo.

The 997 is wider than the 996 in general. 996 were 1770mm with the exception of the 996 4S that had the 1830mm wide body. The 997 3.6 and the S are both 1808mm wide, 997 AWD models (4, 4S, Targa 4/S) are 1852mm.

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I'm following the same route as the original poster. Sold my 996 at 80k miles after reading too many posts about IMS failures and plan to purchase a 997. From above, it appears that the '05 997 may have the same IMS configuration as the 996. Is this correct?

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It's the "Intermediate shaft" common to M96 engines (1999-2008)

Do a search here and you will find a PLETHORA of information on the IMS. The IMS design is a weak link in the design of the engine. The design was to save manufacturing cost during a time when Porsche was in financial duress.(at least that's the concensus.)

Not a stupid question.. Nobody but Porsche owners would know..

Here is a great link that was posted recently to help you understand the IMS.


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Congradulations on the new car! You're are going to love it (but you know that.)

Get an extended warranty (if you don't have one) With such low miles it will be easy to get. I will never have a Porsche without a warranty (been bitten once,,)



Thanks very much, I DO love it;))

Thanks for the advice. I'll be sure to extend the warranty when it expires in another 2 years time.

Take care


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