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 they feel, well, a bit tired to drive. The dampers will be passed their best and the car will feel a bit saggy and not as together as you’d expect a Porsche to be.

If you’re on a very tight budget and  you’re desperate to get behind the wheel of a 911 then by all means buy something at the bottom of the price range like this. But remember that it may not give you the true Porsche driving experience and you may well end up spending money rectifying problems that a previous owner has neglected to sort. As I’ve said before, whatever type of Porsche you are buying, it’s usually far better to pay more and get a good example.

On the other hand, I could be wrong and this is a fantastic example and a complete bargain. Whatever, if you do buy this 996, please take that RS badge off the car’s rump! 🙂

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