Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service

993 or 997

993 or 997

Had an email from someone wondering if he should change his 993 for a 997.

This is a question I often get – or at least a variation of it, usually about moving from air-cooled to water-cooled (and occasionally the other way round).

My usual answer is that the 997 is, naturally, the more modern car and easier to live with on a daily basis. It’s comfortable and has all the modern conveniences we’ve come to expect of new cars. It’s hard to fault.

The 993, on the other hand, feels like an older car, as you’d expect. But it’s also got that elusive quality called character – it has that old 911 DNA running through it, quirks and all. It’s a car you’ll love and cherish and love driving for fun. It’s not, though, such an easy car to use every day.

So, it depends what you want from a Porsche – modern convenience or classic character.

The other essential thing is to spend time driving the cars and see what suits you.

1 Comment

  • Hey Phil,

    Interesting position to be in. I love the shape of the old classics, for me though it’s all about the 997. Having that shape with the added mod cons is what it’s all about.

    What about you Phil, what’s your ultimate 911? Money no issue, running costs no issue, just your ultimate 911 and why?

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