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nickpan
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:54 pm    Post subject: Back in a 996 Reply with quote

After selling my 996.2 C4 in 2016 for the "far superior air-cooled cars", I'm delighted to say that I'm now back in a 996!

I'd sold my first 996 to buy a 993 C2 which never really lived up to all the hype IMO. Thinking I needed something more "involved", I picked up a 912 at the start of this summer which looked the part but that was about it.

So I've returned - this time purchasing a 2003 996 C2 coupe manual with 79,500 miles on the clock from a member of this forum.

Car is stunning in every way - meticulously maintained by its previous owner, an aeronautical engineer. List of items done recently include:

- COG suspension refresh
- Rear spoiler overhaul
- Full brake overhaul
- New IMS bearing
- New alternator
- RSS engine mounts
- Low Temp Thermostat
- Water Pump Change
- Mag Sump Plug
- Miltek Cup Rear Silencers & New Exhaust Tips
- DesignTek Cold Induction/Resonator Bypass Hose
- TRS 4” Underdrive Pulley
- Rear wiper delete
- Steering wheel / gearshift recovered in Alcantara
- 9Products Steering Wheel Extender

No big plans for the car at present. Replacing the battery tomorrow morning with a Yuasa as I don't have trickle charge facilities where I store the car and want peace of mind.

Visiting Minutia detailing on Monday to discuss a ceramic coat and possibly an under sealant as I plan on using the car all through the winter.

First trip scheduled for 1st week of December - destination Stuttgart via the Black Forest.

Despite not having an opportunity to drive her this week having picked up last Sunday night, I've visited her 3 times this week! I really like the Lapis blue under the lights.

It's good to be back!

Nick





 
  
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Sarfend
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice. Welcome back. Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to hear your journey and how your logical answer was to get another 996. worship thumbsup

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Robertb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a fantastic example! Enjoy Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lapis Cloud 9

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jezgreen911
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely looking car you've got there, welcome back Thumb
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Rik b
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does look a nice colour.
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segart
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lapis is a great colour. Weird that so few specced them like that from new! Those wheels look sharp and the yellow calipers look cracking.
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ch3tman
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Back in a 996 Reply with quote

Paint already looks great, and the colours of the calipers set it off well Thumb.

nickpan wrote:
I'd sold my first 996 to buy a 993 C2 which never really lived up to all the hype IMO. Thinking I needed something more "involved", I picked up a 912 at the start of this summer which looked the part but that was about it.

Would be interested hearing a little more about your experiences with the 993 and 912, in terms of how they didn't live up to your expectations. Main 3 factors for each car..?
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nickpan
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all - I appreciate the very positive feedback.

The 993:

- Overpriced IMO; I bought at the top of the market sadly - £54k for a C2 with lots of miles but it did have a lot of work done to it so it drove well. My problem was it never ever felt 3 x the value of the 996 that I had traded in. In fact now that I’m back in a 996, i still believe the 996 is outrageously underpriced vs the 993 as I find the 996 to be a better drive on all fronts.

I tracked the 993 at Snetterton - good times - and the photos I have as a momento remind me of what a stunningly good looking car it was - but people’s perceptions of looks change over time, so I didn’t feel confident the 3x price multiple would last.

The 912:

OOOF - so good looking. Stopped people in the street. Photos at the traffic lights. The works. But my gosh is that little 1600cc lump underwhelming - and mine had been fully rebuilt. So then you start wondering why you’ve just sunk £50k into the car when it doesn’t even drive like a Porsche?

So I’ve put aesthetics aside and gone for the drive. I happen to like the look of the 996 and actually think the later 991/992 generations are starting to look slightly 996 from the back! So in sum, I think their time as yet to come, and I’m happy to have bought back into the brand at £16,800 Cool
 
  
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NedHan79
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one. My 996.1 c2 is my only real experience of 911s. It's nice to hear some one who has had a few different 911's rate the 996 so highly. I'm all on for the driving experience as I don't actually think they're much to look at compared to the rest of breed.

The colour is first class though. Very nice
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