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hi everyone, I just bought a 1999 996 and was wondering how reliable is the engine on the N/A models compare to the turbo models? I hear plp. having issuses with RMS leakage and clutch replacing every 30k-45k miles. Are all these issuses for the turbo models mainly or both? I really like my car alot but stories like these just scares me abit.

thanks in advance

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hi everyone, I just bought a 1999 996 and was wondering how reliable is the engine on the N/A models compare to the turbo models? I hear plp. having issuses with RMS leakage and clutch replacing every 30k-45k miles. Are all these issuses for the turbo models mainly or both? I really like my car alot but stories like these just scares me abit.

thanks in advance

The RMS happens in the some 996 engine. I heard more RMS on non-turbo car then turbo. Actually I have not heard of RMS issue on a turbo car.

My 2000 has 50,000 miles on the original clutch and it seems working fine so far. It all depends on how the previous owner(s) drive.

I have a friend who sells cars and got his father in law and himself a 99 996. One C2 and the other C4. He got both cars at a very low price like high 20's.

The C4's motor lose power while tracking at Watkins Glen. There were noises comming from the motor and he bought and installed a factory rebuild motor from BrandyWine Porsche. The cost by BrandyWine was very reasonable.

His father in law's C2 found oil in the coolant. The car is still in the shop.

I guess when you buy a used 996 you really need to check the history and see who owns it.

Most people don't have major problems with earlier 996's. You just have to watch out.

Good luck

Kam

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Clutch life is based on YOUR drving style and is not a design defect. I have seen clutches last as little as 2 days and as long as 100K (neither my car just reports from my SA).

RMS is a <$1K fix and the newest seal (4th gen) seems to be the winner.

Did you do your homwork BEFORE you bought this car? Did you have a full PPI done? Did you research the history of the car service related? If you did then you did your homework, if you didn't still get it all done.

Now go drive your car and quit worrying about it. Life is TOO short to worry about a seal if it leaks. If it does, you fix it.

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Would agree with LV about the RMS...don't worry about it until you HAVE to worry about it. Most cars never have a RMS issue and the new replacement seal seems to be the solution many had hoped for years would come.

Now about the clutch...You may want to take the time and read some of the clutch related posts over on 6speedonline. One guy over there says Porsche has acknowledged a flaw in the pre -01 cars that caused premature failure. There is a small part replacement that should be done when the clutch is replaced to remedy it. Can't vouch for the accuracy of the post but worth reading.

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