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Porsche 911 996 1997

5
reviewed by mikeluke on 28 August 2014
5
reviewed by Peter996 on 27 February 2014
3
reviewed by Aerostar on 18 March 2013
5

Porsche 3.6 turbo

reviewed by jdogturbo on 17 April 2012
5
Overall rating
5
How it drives
3
Fuel economy
3
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
3
Cost of maintenance and repairs
4
Experience at the dealership
3
How practical it is
4
How you rate the manufacturer
4
Overall reliability

One hell of a super car for low price and superb performance

I bought this car privately. I was warned by many about problems but my actual experience has been fantastic. The issue with so called MAYO type gunk on the oil filler cap being indicative of engine fauliure is nonsense. They do produce it and if you use good forums you will notice many others but this is just a quirk mainly in cars run short distances and the oil dies not get up to temp leaving residue on the cap. Changing oil from specified Mobil
One to a thicker viscosity like Motul or Millers 4/40w will often eradicate this quirk. Tyres need checking and my own experience is to run at 36 front but 40 rear instead of recommend 44. This saves tyres degrading in the middle from over inflation. The car handles like a dream, revs freely and is super quick. The 4WD system will stop even the craziest driver from embarrassment and it is a very forgiving car flattering even the worst drivers talent wise. Easy to upgrade with a remap to silly BHP. My car came with carbon fibre, heated power seats and too many extras to write about. Turbo heat shields can rust as can inter cooler heat shields. Regular servicing will keep an eye in this. Turbo actuators ARE problematical because they are in exposed area so open to the elements but also because many do not drive enthusiastically enough to open them. The turbos need use. I have changed actuators because the previous owner drove like a grandad. Spark plugs are labour intensive. Make sure the car has had it's 48K major service to avoid the expense
In summary I love my Porsche turbo and provided you change oil regularly then you have supercharge performance at a great price. The 02 on facelift model has dealt with many of the issues the earlier cars had. Turbos do not get affected by RMS or IMS fauliure as it is a different block and a true dry sump engine. Go for it. Have a porker and smile every time you drive it

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