Everyone laments "I remember when you could pick up a used XYZ's for nothing." That time is now for the unloved Porsche 996's so snag a deal and do something crazy before prices start going up.
These cars are quick, comfortable, and to us present a flexible platform that hasn't been explored very much. We pine after air cooled Porsches, but with 40 years of engineering advancements for half the price, the 996 is looking better and better to us. The idea that 20k gets you that Porsche flat 6 with the ability (and safety) to throw a child's seat in the back also appeals to our family-car-guy side.
Some quick searching shows no shortage of sub 25k Porsche 996's out there. Cabriolets seem to hold even less value, while the C4s, and rare targas can command a bit more.
Some equally quick searching will also reveal tales of IMS bearing failures plaguing this generation of the flat 6. Unless provided with convincing documentation that this has been addressed recently, we'd budget $3,000 for a replacement and a clutch while you're in there.
For our purposes, we like the potential of this somewhat shabby 996 in NC. The seller claims the clutch and IMS bearing have been replaced, which if true, is a nice bonus. Black outside is our least favorite Porsche color of this generation but black inside is the hands down best.
We're looking to get into a 996 for less than 15k and doing some creative suspension and wheel work to create a 4-season driver. Run the stock wheels and suspension height during the summer. Raise the suspension and source some 17 inch wheels and with big rubber for the winter.
We know it's blasphemy, but we'd love to figure out a way that we can get a set of BFG T/A's on this. It quickly turns into 3 variable calculus with tire clearance, brake clearance, and wheel offset differences, but we'll bust out our TI-82s to make it happen.
Find it here on eBay in Troutman, NC.
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