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Old 04-22-2019, 06:47 PM   #1
 
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Default 99-03 Porsche 996

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Deals like this are tempting me. I'm curious to hear any info on how they do with such high miles.
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I'm sure Vogz will have some good insight. But here is a little of what I have seen when researching them a couple of years back...

The IMS bearing is a big potential issue in those era N/A cars. If you can do the work that saves a lot. But the kit and tools can still be expensive. I remember reading that early engines had some issues with cracking cylinder liners. But not sure if that is internet lore more than an actual high percentage of owners who experienced that issue. And I am sure by now it would have been obvious by anything other than a car that has sat for the last 10-15 years.

Aging wiring, vacuum hoses / hard lines, leaking rear main seals, ignition coils, and the usual stuff that are of concern with any 15-20 year old car.

The front ends have no weight to support. They usually last forever. The rear gets abused some but usually no major issues. And replacement parts are not too expensive or hard to replace.

Like any car, good maintenance history is a huge benefit when buying these cars.
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The IMS bearing is a big potential issue in those era N/A cars. If you can do the work that saves a lot. But the kit and tools can still be expensive.
Definitely make sure the IMS bearing has been replaced/upgraded. And the only reason I even know what that is, is because they just did a 996 911 on last weeks season premier of wheeler dealers, and Ant had to replace that, and it did not look fun
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Says in the ad the whole motor and ims bearing has been taken care of.
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Title says 1999-2004 996 and says listings like the one he posts is. Akibg him think of them. Not that he's only looking at that listing. Just in general
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Definitely make sure the IMS bearing has been replaced/upgraded. And the only reason I even know what that is, is because they just did a 996 911 on last weeks season premier of wheeler dealers, and Ant had to replace that, and it did not look fun
Saw that too. Doesn't look that bad honestly. The ad here claims the IMS has already been addressed too.
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Title says 1999-2004 996 and says listings like the one he posts is. Akibg him think of them. Not that he's only looking at that listing. Just in general
Yeah, just in general. If I got a 911 variant...modding it would be out. Parts are way too rich for my blood. Just getting a car to a good running state would be fine for me.

My wife is the hurtle I have to face on this one. She claims only douches buy Porsches.
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There are lots of very high mileage 996s out there. They honestly are extremely reliable overall if you keep up with maintenance. The IMS issue is overblown. It only affected about 5% of all cars. That said, it’s irrelevant in this case because the engine was bored out and re-built with an upgraded IMS. As long as the re-built is solid, this looks like a decent car for the mileage. I bet you could get him down a bit more too. Definitely have a PPI done by someone reputable if you plan to buy, I would not trust a PPI from 2017. Also, I would want to talk to engine builder.

All in all, these cars are an absolute steal for what you get and completely undervalued.
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My wife is the hurtle I have to face on this one. She claims only douches buy Porsches.
Haha, tell her douches only lease new Porsches...
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I would be somewhat leary about the one in the listing. I am pretty sure one of the codes is a rich or lean code on one bank. If you have a shop figure the issue out, which I'm sure cost at least $100, and it is only a $320 repair...why wouldn't it be fixed already? Seems shady to me. Just say'n.

It could be a great deal on a car IF it all checks out and you get a good purchase price.

If you don't plan to mod it, I'd say pony up a little and get a car from someone who is an enthusiast and had maintenance history.

The IMS bearing issue may not be a huge percentage of the production. But you would have to be crazy to not factor in the cost of a potential issue down the road. Meaning if you are at the top of your budget on the car and it fails you are in trouble. If you are ok with paying for the conversion at some point with your purchase price, at least you know you are covered if you decide to go down that road.
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I would be somewhat leary about the one in the listing. I am pretty sure one of the codes is a rich or lean code on one bank. If you have a shop figure the issue out, which I'm sure cost at least $100, and it is only a $320 repair...why wouldn't it be fixed already? Seems shady to me. Just say'n.

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I donít get people when selling a nice car and do not fix something that they claim is only a few hundred to fix. Agreed seems shady
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I welcome cars other people can't fix. They are usually the best deals. My 535 was a basket case when I got it...hence getting it way below market.
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Its always a gamble though. Shake the dice enough your luck will eventually run out.
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Oh for sure. You can wrench so you have an advantage for sure.

There are definitely deals out there on the n/a 996. Not trashed stuff either. It's just an aging car that, unless was beat or not maintained, is very solid and of course fun to throw around.
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Yeah, I kind of want a driver. My 535 has really low miles for the year. I don't want to put miles on it, and it takes away a lot of the fun of owning it.

My last two cars I bought with higher miles. I took good care of them, but drove everywhere without a care in the world.
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