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I would pay for a PPI or negotiate price contingent upon clean PPI. Good maintenance records would solidify the deal.

So few miles driven in a year is generally not a plus with these cars.

The 1999 model year is a good year for the IMSB and also good for head castings, since this year has the strongest dual row bearing of all 996 and 997 model years (as well as some 2000 and very few 2001 models) until the DFI design, and also far fewer intermix occurrence due to head cracks.

The 1999 is also very "analog" to drive, a true drivers car in most situations without many drivers aid options. Very raw and exhilarating.

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Drive it first to see if you like it. I would suggest driving a few before making a final decision. There are lots of 996s out there. If you like the way it drives, get a PPI as recommended by Logray. The PPI will pay for itself in negotiating the final price.

If the seller won't agree to a PPI, walk away. Also, make sure the PPI includes overrev and cam displacement readings.

At 86K, you may need engine mounts, clutch, brakes/rotors, water pump, fluid changes, struts, spark plugs (it adds up quick). Factor all of that into your purchase price. A good PPI should let you know what needs fixin.

BTW, I have an '01 C4. Love it. Makes me smile every time I drive it.

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