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GMG
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...hmmm, an early 3.4 is likely to be up on miles and has been well documented once the M96 engine passes about 70-80 miles crank bearings etc are likely to be significantly worn...and anything over 100k miles is very worn...

Hartech aren't the only outfit capable of rebuilding these engines...many other garages are rebuilding these motors every day of the week...leaving me to suggest that you seek a turbo or a rebuilt motor by a reputable company and to avoid a high miler if you want to experience the M96 engine at it's best and to avoid the potential very large bill...
 
  
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2004 Porsche 996 Turbo

PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't seem to get mentioned on here, but turbo and GT3 engines can and do fail. When they do the rebuild will probably cost you more than a very nice C2. Baz has suggested preventative rebuilds on M96 engines for some time but many people say he is just scaremongering or looking for business. I agree with him. A well timed rebuild on an early M96 would not be expensive and would give great peace of mind. As the IMS and bore scoring isn't an issue it is really just about the big end and main shells. I would rather buy one where the rest of the car is in great shape and spend £3k on engine work before it is a £9k job.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...which takes us back to; there is no such thing as a cheap 996...

If you want to enjoy the best of what they have to offer you will need to spend and furthermore if you get unlucky as I did and others have then you will need to dig deep into your cash reserves...
 
  
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