Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service

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Why a 996 Carrera 4S is a good choice

I had  a call yesterday from a chap wanting to buy his first 911 – a 996. As soon as he said his budget was around £23,000, I immediately thought ‘Carrera 4S’. A few moments later, he said he fancied a 4S but was concerned it may be too extreme for a first 911. Not at all. The Carrera 4S is basically a standard 996 enhanced with a wide Turbo bodyshell and Turbo brakes and suspension, plus a classic full-width rear reflector. To my eye, it’s the best-looking 996 of all (especially from the rear) and is lovely to drive […]

Save the environment – drive a Porsche

Here’s a fanciful story for you. Far, far away, on the planet Gerg, there’s an environmental disaster going on. Why? Because people get bored with their homes very quickly and, every couple of years, they move to a brand-new one. Their old houses plummet in value and so get snapped up by less wealthy people but, soon, they too move away, wanting the prestige of a new house with the latest fashions in soft furnishings. So the old houses, most of which are perfectly good, become worthless and get bulldozed to make room for new ones. The house-builders are, of […]

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 […]

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