I’m pleased to have a lovely Porsche 996 Carrera in stock. Being a 2002 model, it’s got the Turbo-style headlamps and more powerful 3.6-litre engine.
Many 996s of this age are getting scruffy and neglected but not this one. Having covered only 48,000 miles, it’s in lovely condition inside and out.
However, when I took it on, it wasn’t perfect. The rear main seal (RMS) was leaking – but then most do at some point – so that had to be rectified. It’s a £10 part but to change it means dropping the gearbox and, to ensure the new seal fits correctly, an expensive Porsche tool is required (see photo).
Also, the front lower suspension arms were worn, so I had these renewed at the same time. Finally, the alloy wheels were refurbished.
I could have sold the car as it was, but I always like to go the extra mile and ensure that any Porsche that goes through my hands is in tip-top condition. For that reason, I use an independent specialist who does a full mechanical inspection beforehand. That gives me peace of mind and, more importantly, the buyer.