1999 Porsche 911
I took ownership of my 99’ 996.1 in July of 2020. Purchased the car in California off of BAT and had it shipped to New York. I’ve been looking for a 911 for awhile and it was difficult to find the right one. Although this car had high miles (111k), numerous owners, and little service records, I knew this was the 996 for me.
There is something special about these very early 996.1’s which I didn’t realize until after I purchased it and owned it for awhile. Mine was built in 6/98 so it has the amber head lights, cable throttle (which is a noticeable feeling from the ECU throttle), no computer assist, and it has the original dual row ims. My 996.1 was also last of the hand built 911’s sharing the same assembly line as the 993.
With 297 hp at 2900 lbs, this car is an extremely engaging and lively car to drive. I love the ritualistic procedure I do on sundays as I take this car out. Its idiosyncrasies, such as the countdown chime to check the oil level, to carefully shifting in to 2nd gear as I start driving, to my 10 minute under 3,000 rpm drive until the engine is warm, are all part of what I enjoy and love. Once that temp hits 180, shifting in any gear is smooth and I’m 4000 to 6500 rpm the rest of the day. There is no need for the radio bc the sound of the engine is the greatest sound I have ever heard.
I also appreciate the fact that you have to learn how to drive this car in order to drive the car in the way that it’s meant to be driven. I’m still a ways away from driving this car to its engineering potential, but Improving how I drive this car is something I’ll look forward to doing for years to come.
Since this car rolled off the trailer, I have driven it about 10k miles with almost no issues. When I got the car I did some precautionary/preventative sorting as I got to know the car. I replaced the engine coils, heat shields, thermostat and water pump, spark plugs and sleeves, oil pan gasket, oil change and air filter. After that I had to replace the the expansion tank. Other than the preventative things that I believe anyone buying these cars should do, it has been nothing but oil changes every 3,000 miles.
My car currently has 121k miles and it is the best decision I have ever made.
3.4L Flat 6
- 15mm rear and 10mm front wheel spacers
- Lowered with H&R springs
- Wheels painted in taigagruen 349.
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