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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:18 pm    Post subject: Help needed 996 or 997 Reply with quote

Hi all

I've got my search down to a C4s but I'm still undecided 996-997 ?

Any advice ?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The engine and drive train are basically the same although the 997 is 200cc bigger so it comes down to whether you prefer (1) the more classic interior over the better quality newer one and (2) the exterior looks of either.

For most 911 fans the 996C4S has already achieved a place in the 'great looking 911s of all time' hall-of-fame. I doubt that the 997C4S ever will.

As a car to own and drive I'd normally go for the newer car but I couldn't live with additional paranoia that the 997.1 'S' engine would bring me.

At the end of the day only YOU can decide.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Condition, mileage, service history, receipts, and a inspection report would all direct me to my final choice. Ultimately you have to make your own decisions, but they're both 911's and will both get you from A to B.

Hope you make the right right choice, I like both have 997 & 996 so I'd base my decision on my opening sentence.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MNC911 wrote:
Condition, mileage, service history, receipts, and a inspection report would all direct me to my final choice. Ultimately you have to make your own decisions, but they're both 911's and will both get you from A to B.

Hope you make the right right choice, I like both have 997 & 996 so I'd base my decision on my opening sentence.

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If you can test drive both, I wasn't in the position to consider a 997, newer and fresher styling yes but some prefer the steering feel and interior of the 996 Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely there is a significant difference in price too - and that should play a part!

My preference - 997!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think the 997 is far better looking than the 996 although i do like both.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Price wise not much in the 996/7 on the C4s
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still undecided manual/auto ?
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonnywise wrote:
I'm still undecided manual/auto ?


Again, only YOU can decide what suits YOU.

What's your car ownership history Jonny' Question
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any problems with the auto ?
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The biggest things worth noting with the cars in mind are:

The 3.8 997 engine has more chance of bore scoring than the 3.6 996 engine. Tips suffer worse than manuals for bore scoring.

Resale value - the 996 will win hands down - future classic, unlike the 997 C4S.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonnywise wrote:
Is there any problems with the auto ?


as just stated - more chance of scored bores.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me a 996 4s manual would be the clear choice (subject to availability) Thumb

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For me a 996 4s manual would be the clear choice (subject to availability) Thumb

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a look at a 997 targa 4 at the weekend it was a 3.6 (not a s)

Any thoughts ?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonny , good luck in your hunt for a 911 whatever flavour you decide to go for.
Please take the time to browse through the FAQ's, also make use of the search function on the site. You may find all your questions have already been answered. Also, as has been pointed out already, there are somethings that only you can decide, it's personal preference.
When you have made a decision perhaps you could ask what the best colour is.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pzero wrote:
Jonny , good luck in your hunt for a 911 whatever flavour you decide to go for.
Please take the time to browse through the FAQ's, also make use of the search function on the site. You may find all your questions have already been answered. Also, as has been pointed out already, there are somethings that only you can decide, it's personal preference.
When you have made a decision perhaps you could ask what the best colour is.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok I think I've found her

997 c4s in guards red, it gets inspected Friday and will be collecting her Saturday if all goes well

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonnywise wrote:
Ok I think I've found her

997 c4s in guards red, it gets inspected Friday and will be collecting her Saturday if all goes well

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Make sure you see the results from a bore-score assessment, otherwise walk.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes will do
Might look into getting a warrantee
 
  
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