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In my foolhardy search for the "perfect" 911 for me, I have come across the knowledge that the Turbo engine lacks some of the common problems of the M96 engine. It also compares favorably in terms of cost to insure and probably in terms of maintenance, as far as I can tell. Are there some different issues I should look at with the Turbo than I have been in shopping for normally aspirated 996's? I mean, other than fulfillment of a boyhood dream of owning a Porsche 911 Turbo. Thanks in advance!

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When looking at a 996tt there are some common areas to look at.

1. Check all the discs for corrosion, especially the inner edges.

2. Check all the nuts to the exhaust and Turbo are there and not corroded away.

3. Check all 3 Rads for leaks and swelling.

4. Check the AC pipes near the drivers side jacking points have not been crushed by a trolley jack, if so check for staining caused by leaks and also check the AC is really cold.

5. Check the Glove box handle is in one piece as they are prone to break.

6. Have the ecu read and make sure the engine has no type 2 over revs.

There are more but I dont want to scare you off, as a 996tt is a good choice of super car. I hope you get one.

Frank

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You're not likely to scare me off, actually. The 996TT looks like it might just be the single best value in a Porsche for year-round use. Reliability that beats the normally-aspirated 996, price point that beats 964 Turbo and 993 Turbo, performance that beats anything but a 997 Turbo, all-wheel-drive and creature comforts that beat all prior cars, maintenance costs that beat all prior Turbos, etc. I think it may just be the car for me.

I am chasing a beautiful one now and have a PPI set up for next week, done by a dealership so I assume they know to look for radiator leaks, broken front splitter, over-rev history, damage near jacking points, and other common issues. If I don't get this one, based on the last guitar I bought (which took a little over 2 years and purchases of another great guitar, two amplifiers, and at least $5,000 in other gear between the time I missed a deal on the model I didn't realize I was after and the time I got the deal I wanted), I will probably be chasing Turbos for the next five years or more. And that's okay - no sense buying a second-rate version of my dream car.

Meanwhile, I am going to help a friend put a stereo in his 944 this evening and will grab his latest Excellence Magazine to read the article wvicary mentioned above. I already reviewed the links pierre posted this morning. Good information all around, and very appreciated. Thank you. I'm excited to join your elite club. Then I just need to get an older 911 as a summer/Sunday driver, right?

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You're not likely to scare me off, actually. The 996TT looks like it might just be the single best value in a Porsche for year-round use. Reliability that beats the normally-aspirated 996, price point that beats 964 Turbo and 993 Turbo, performance that beats anything but a 997 Turbo, all-wheel-drive and creature comforts that beat all prior cars, maintenance costs that beat all prior Turbos, etc. I think it may just be the car for me.

I am chasing a beautiful one now and have a PPI set up for next week, done by a dealership so I assume they know to look for radiator leaks, broken front splitter, over-rev history, damage near jacking points, and other common issues. If I don't get this one, based on the last guitar I bought (which took a little over 2 years and purchases of another great guitar, two amplifiers, and at least $5,000 in other gear between the time I missed a deal on the model I didn't realize I was after and the time I got the deal I wanted), I will probably be chasing Turbos for the next five years or more. And that's okay - no sense buying a second-rate version of my dream car.

Meanwhile, I am going to help a friend put a stereo in his 944 this evening and will grab his latest Excellence Magazine to read the article wvicary mentioned above. I already reviewed the links pierre posted this morning. Good information all around, and very appreciated. Thank you. I'm excited to join your elite club. Then I just need to get an older 911 as a summer/Sunday driver, right?

IMO a996tt is all the sports car you are going to need.lol

If you have a large family then a family saloon or hatch might be required, but as to an older 911 for Summer/Sunday driver, no, the 996tt will tick all the boxes and is as good in the Summer as it is in the winter.

Frank :D

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Rear wing hydraulic failure is a known issue.

Leaky radiator tank is another. There are a couple others.

Nothing too major if I remember correctly. There's a couple threads on Rennlist identifying the short list of known issues.

I would try to find a CPO car - Porsche USA site lists them nationally by type.

Enjoy the hunt - it only took me 6 months to find mine - but its great.

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Rear wing hydraulic failure is a known issue.

Leaky radiator tank is another. There are a couple others.

Nothing too major if I remember correctly. There's a couple threads on Rennlist identifying the short list of known issues.

I would try to find a CPO car - Porsche USA site lists them nationally by type.

Enjoy the hunt - it only took me 6 months to find mine - but its great.

Simply put, I presently can't afford a CPO Turbo. It's about a $15,000 premium over what I have seen on the non-certified used market. Unfortunately, I now know pretty much exactly what car I want, and won't settle for less. :thankyou:

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