Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service

Porsche 996

Porsche 996 – the affordable Porsche

The Porsche 911 is, for many people, their dream car since childhood – you know the cliche about the poster on the bedroom wall. And the great thing about 911s is that they are an achievable dream for most of us; some of us grow up to be wealthy enough to afford a brand-new Porsche, while others scrimp and save for a used one. But what if money is really tight and you want a Porsche 911? Well, a few years ago I’d have directed you to a 911SC or a 964 – both great but underrated (and therefore undervalued) […]

Porsche 996 Digital Sound Processing option

There was a customer’s Porsche 996 in the workshop today and I spotted it had a rare option – Digital Sound Processing or DSP. I can’t remember the last time I saw this. Digital Sound Processing was an addition to the Porsche Sound Package (usually known as Bose)and consisted of a control panel in the lower part of the centre console. It was effectively a graphic equaliser and allowed you to modify the sound to suit the sort of music you were playing and your personal taste. I had a quick play around with it but, like a graphic equaliser, didn’t […]

Would an ultra-cheap Porsche 996 be any good?

There’s a 1998 Porsche 996 advertised on Pistonheads for just £8995. It’s got some tacky additions such as ‘carbonfibre’ rear spoiler and mirrors and an ‘RS’ badge on the back (no, really, it has) but that apart looks decent, with just two owners and 105,000 miles on the clock. In fact, without the additions it would probably be a £10,000 car, assuming there’s no hidden problems. Of course, as with anything in life, you get what you pay for and you wouldn’t expect a 996 at this price to be perfect. The main problem with many early 996s is that […]

Is it worth upgrading from a Porsche 996 to a 997?

I had a call this morning from someone with a facelift Porsche 996 and wondering if he should put another £15,000 in and upgrade to a Porsche 997. That’s a tricky one. The Porsche 997 was based on the 996 and used essentially the same engine, transmission, bodyshell and suspension, but wrapped up in what many people consider to be a more attractive package. Of course the 997 is the better car – it’s a newer model – but is it so much better as to warrant putting in a fair chunk of money to upgrade to? If you’re being […]