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Porsche M96 and M97 issues explained in GT Porsche

I had a visit from fellow GT Porsche contributor Peter Morgan last week and, as ever, we had a good chat about the world of Porsche. Peter mentioned that he’d recently written an article on the M96 and M97 engines used in the Porsche 996, 997, Boxster and Cayman up until around 2008. Peter and I agreed that a lot of nonsense had been written about these engines and their supposed issues – mainly with bore scoring and IMS (intermediate shaft) failure – have been blown out of all proportion. I’ve addressed this in a previous blog post and, naturally, I was keen […]

Fixing a Porsche 996 and Boxster climate control LCD display

  The Porsche 996 was the first 911 to feature a modern climate control system – set the desired cabin temperature and the electronics would do the rest. At the heart of the system is a control box in the centre console with buttons and a large, clear LCD display. It works very well but, as the cars get older, it’s becoming common to find faulty LCD screens – usually one corner fails leading to an orange smudge. The same unit is used in early Boxsters, too, by the way. I had one of these recently and Porsche quoted me […]

Top Gear and the Porsche 996

One of the most memorable episodes of Top Gear was when they took a Porsche 911 Carrera, BMW 645Ci and Jaguar XKR to Pendine Sands in Wales. The filming was sublime, the commentary entertaining and the sideways action hilarious. I found the footage online recently and what really stuck me was how enthusiastic Richard Hammond was about the 911 calling it, among other things, “rare, visceral and exciting” and “a great car”. He just couldn’t stop gushing over it. You can watch the full feature at the bottom of this page. What’s odd about that, you may be thinking, as Hammond […]

Why the glass-roofed 911 Targas are great

A lot has been written about the latest Porsche 991 Targa and, I have to admit, I do like the way the new Targa apes the appearance of the classic 911 Targa, with its wrap-around rear window. It’s a good looking car in a retro way. However, what I don’t like about the new Targa is the overly complex way the roof is opened. The entire rear window opens, the Targa panel drops down under it before the window returns into place. Sure, it’s a triumph of engineering but it’s not an elegant solution and, unusually for Porsche, it’s a […]

Why the Porsche 996 has the best 911 interior

Some say that the Porsche 996 interior is dull and poorly made. I disagree. For the first time in the 911’s long life, when the 996 came along it had an interior design that matched the car’s curvaceous body shape. Where previous 911s had angular sharp lines in the cockpit, because of historic manufacturing demands, the 996 has beautiful flowing curves which modern materials and construction allow. There is a nod to 911s of old – the five dials with a tachometer at their centre remain, and there’s a hint of the old crease across the full width of the dashboard […]

Rising classic Porsche prices

The fact that a Porsche 964 Carrera 2 RS (above) sold for a record-breaking £215,000 at auction recently has been big news that has caused shockwaves around the Porsche world. That’s big money, even for a super-low-mileage RS, and will undoubtedly have a positive effect on prices of other 964s and, indeed, in classic Porsches in general. We’ve seen noticeable increases in air-cooled 911 prices over the last year and, in turn, increased demand for good examples. 993s, in particular, get snapped up very quickly, with people almost fighting over them. We had the same thing with a trio of 964 […]

Porsche Savannah leather interiors

I was chatting with a colleague yesterday about Porsches and he mentioned he was thinking of buying a 996. It sounded an interesting car but then he sheepishly told me that the car had a Savannah interior. For some reason this yellowish brown colour is disliked in Porsche circles, with some dealers refusing to stock cars so endowed because they don’t sell. I don’t subscribe to this view because people do like Savannah – after all someone must have specced the colour when the Porsches were new. Also, I rather like Savannah. Light, warm shades make a 911 cockpit feel […]

A brand new Porsche 996 Carrera 4S!

A friend in the USA just sent me a link to this advert for a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S The first thing that struck me was that it is odd to see an Official Porsche Centre (Center?) selling a 10-year-old car, and then I spotted the mileage. This 996 Carrera 4S has just 1224 miles on the clock! In effect, then, it’s as good as new. The asking price is $54,000 which equates to £34,000. Now, that’s a lot of money for a 996 Carrera 4S but it’s less than half the price of a brand-new Porsche 911. Look at […]

Is a Porsche 991 £88,000 better than a 996 Carrera 4S?

A friend on Twitter has just posted that his dream Porsche 991 Carrera 4S would cost him a total of £110,000 if he bought it on finance. A full £12,000 of that is interest and the deal involves putting down a £10,000 deposit then paying off £2300 a month for  two years. It’s actually not a bad deal from a finance point of view, I guess, but only if you can afford to swallow the costs without a struggle. It got me thinking, though, you can get a Porsche 996 for the price of the deposit, although I’d recommend spending […]

Porsche 996 in GT Porsche magazine

I’m becoming more and more of a fan of the Porsche 996, one of the most underrated 911s today. Find a good, well-maintained example and it’s a joy to drive with all the characteristics you’d expect of a true Porsche 911. I’ve explained why the Porsche 996 is a great 911 in an article in the current issue of GT Porsche magazine, so do please pick up a copy to read my thoughts. It’s also got a great feature on the new Porsche 991 GT3 and a first drive of the new Cayman, so well worth getting. In the meantime, […]