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2001 - 996 3.4 advise pls

win32

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Hi There ,

My first post :)

am about to go to see a 2001 996 - 3.4 , any advise what to look for please ?


thanks alot !
 
Make sure it's got an engine.

A lot of the ones I looked at had had the engine removed. When I looked under the bonnet there was just a spare wheel and some random junk. Took ages to find one with the correct engine.

Oh, and check it hasn't got an IMS. That can be bad.

hth
 
Hi :welcome:

You've done well to find this site before buying a 911. Go to the 'Porsche Forum' and '996' and have a long search through the thread titles to find as much as you could possibly ever wish to know.

The main things to be concerned about are 'current condition', 'recent service history' and 'previous service history' including proof of what's been done.

If these things are satisfactory most of the viewing will be the same as for any other 12 year old car but be aware that anything that doesn't work will cost 'Porsche prices' to fix.

If you're not mechanically minded get an inspection done. One done by a Porsche specialist would be ideal but even an AA / RAC job would do.

Have fun :thumb:
 
car has 70K on the clock ...

btw what is IMS ?
 
win32 said:
car has 70K on the clock ...

btw what is IMS ?

IMS is an intermediate shaft bearing. Some self destruct and lunch the engine.

RMS is the rear main seal. They leak oil and can contaminate the clutch. Or all your oil leaks out if you're really not looking, and the engine gets lunched.

Timing Doodads can break. This lunches the engine. (search for Infrasilver's epic Targa rebuild).

Coffin arms wear out and creak. Despite the name, this is not terminal but irritating. Unless they break ? I've never read about that happening. Presumably because if it did, the person in the car at the time would be dead.

Something called a MAF can be past its best. this results in lumpy running, and a general feeling of malaise. If ignored, I expect it could lunch the engine.

Your AOS can become contaminated and result in huge plumes of smoke from your exhausts. This is embarrassing and could result in cars behind being unable to see your brake lights, running into you and lunching your engine.

The engines get too hot, and if you then perform an enthusiastic start, the pistons score the bores. This lunches the engine. Lunch in progress can apparently be diagnosed by a sooty exhaust on one side only (one cylinder goes first).

But unlike every other car on the planet, mayonnaise in the oil filler neck does not indicate lunch. It is Perfectly Normal.

That's about it but someone called GT4 will be along soon to ridicule the above. He's entitled, because he does know a lot.
 
candida said:
win32 said:
car has 70K on the clock ...

btw what is IMS ?

IMS is an intermediate shaft bearing. Some self destruct and lunch the engine.

RMS is the rear main seal. They leak oil and can contaminate the clutch. Or all your oil leaks out if you're really not looking, and the engine gets lunched.

Timing Doodads can break. This lunches the engine. (search for Infrasilver's epic Targa rebuild).

Coffin arms wear out and creak. Despite the name, this is not terminal but irritating. Unless they break ? I've never read about that happening. Presumably because if it did, the person in the car at the time would be dead.

Something called a MAF can be past its best. this results in lumpy running, and a general feeling of malaise. If ignored, I expect it could lunch the engine.

Your AOS can become contaminated and result in huge plumes of smoke from your exhausts. This is embarrassing and could result in cars behind being unable to see your brake lights, running into you and lunching your engine.

The engines get too hot, and if you then perform an enthusiastic start, the pistons score the bores. This lunches the engine. Lunch in progress can apparently be diagnosed by a sooty exhaust on one side only (one cylinder goes first).

But unlike every other car on the planet, mayonnaise in the oil filler neck does not indicate lunch. It is Perfectly Normal.

That's about it but someone called GT4 will be along soon to ridicule the above. He's entitled, because he does know a lot.


:thumbs:
 
candida said:
win32 said:
car has 70K on the clock ...

btw what is IMS ?

IMS is an intermediate shaft bearing. Some self destruct and lunch the engine.

RMS is the rear main seal. They leak oil and can contaminate the clutch. Or all your oil leaks out if you're really not looking, and the engine gets lunched.

Timing Doodads can break. This lunches the engine. (search for Infrasilver's epic Targa rebuild).

Coffin arms wear out and creak. Despite the name, this is not terminal but irritating. Unless they break ? I've never read about that happening. Presumably because if it did, the person in the car at the time would be dead.

Something called a MAF can be past its best. this results in lumpy running, and a general feeling of malaise. If ignored, I expect it could lunch the engine.

Your AOS can become contaminated and result in huge plumes of smoke from your exhausts. This is embarrassing and could result in cars behind being unable to see your brake lights, running into you and lunching your engine.

The engines get too hot, and if you then perform an enthusiastic start, the pistons score the bores. This lunches the engine. Lunch in progress can apparently be diagnosed by a sooty exhaust on one side only (one cylinder goes first).

But unlike every other car on the planet, mayonnaise in the oil filler neck does not indicate lunch. It is Perfectly Normal.

That's about it but someone called GT4 will be along soon to ridicule the above. He's entitled, because he does know a lot.

Stop winding the poor chap up, all this talk of lunch is making me hungry :food:
 
unclebob said:
Make sure it's got an engine.

A lot of the ones I looked at had had the engine removed. When I looked under the bonnet there was just a spare wheel and some random junk. Took ages to find one with the correct engine.

Oh, and check it hasn't got an IMS. That can be bad.

hth
:floor: :floor:
 
candida said:
win32 said:
car has 70K on the clock ...

btw what is IMS ?

IMS is an intermediate shaft bearing. Some self destruct and lunch the engine.

RMS is the rear main seal. They leak oil and can contaminate the clutch. Or all your oil leaks out if you're really not looking, and the engine gets lunched.

Timing Doodads can break. This lunches the engine. (search for Infrasilver's epic Targa rebuild).

Coffin arms wear out and creak. Despite the name, this is not terminal but irritating. Unless they break ? I've never read about that happening. Presumably because if it did, the person in the car at the time would be dead.

Something called a MAF can be past its best. this results in lumpy running, and a general feeling of malaise. If ignored, I expect it could lunch the engine.

Your AOS can become contaminated and result in huge plumes of smoke from your exhausts. This is embarrassing and could result in cars behind being unable to see your brake lights, running into you and lunching your engine.

The engines get too hot, and if you then perform an enthusiastic start, the pistons score the bores. This lunches the engine. Lunch in progress can apparently be diagnosed by a sooty exhaust on one side only (one cylinder goes first).

But unlike every other car on the planet, mayonnaise in the oil filler neck does not indicate lunch. It is Perfectly Normal.

That's about it but someone called GT4 will be along soon to ridicule the above. He's entitled, because he does know a lot.

....so if you still want a 996, then all we can say is...GOOD LUCK
But if you choose to ignore all the ***** we say, you got one heck of a car :thumbs:

Regards
Stefan
Dk
 
Stefandk thanks alot mate :)

i just went to give it a look.... from the underneath look all ok ....

but i noticed a small amout of oil from the top engine cover..... dont know what it is
 
win32 said:
Stefandk thanks alot mate :)

i just went to give it a look.... from the underneath look all ok ....

but i noticed a small amout of oil from the top engine cover..... dont know what it is

Maybe you should see some more 996, before you make up your mind...please :wink:
 
oh looks like i dont know what i am saying ... but there was some very small amount of oil somwhere under the engine ...

it is hard to find where the oil is coming from....


so if there is some oil ... better not buying it ?


thanks
 
win32 said:
oh looks like i dont know what i am saying ... but there was some very small amount of oil somwhere under the engine ...

it is hard to find where the oil is coming from....


so if there is some oil ... better not buying it ?


thanks
Not necessarily, from your questions I would assume that an indi pendant inspection would be really useful to you.
History is paramount with these cars, check it out thoroughly.
I would spend a minimum an hour just looking at the car, making a list of things you notice, paint, brakes lines/discs/pads, exhausts, glass, seals, engine bay over/under, interior, suspension (if you can), tyres. Under arches, around door edges/shuts, are pivot points lubed, is the rear spoiler lubed/clean, free from splits, are the rads protected/cleaned out/rusty/damaged? Check air con, then check air con again! Are tyres good/cracked/ worn evenly, check manufacture date/sizes, are wheels good, do you like them?
Then drive it carefully/thoughtfully slowly/fast, stop, start, steer, listen......
Then spend another hour looking.
Bring us the list.
OR get an inspection done :thumb:
They are wonderful cars but old sports cars are full of hidden expense

Dave
 
Disk pads > checked ok
exhaust > was done new original 3 years ago
suspensions > all good tested at a local porsche centre
tyres > pirelli all good
interior > mint !
a/c > was done ALL new at porsche 6months ago
rust > i checked it at the porsche carjack ... all good except 3 screws that have some sort of rust
services history > all good
3 previous owners (last one is about 70 year old guy)


my only small problem is that ... there was a little oil in the end of the engine .. but i dont know from where is coming ...


i try the car it has 70k miles and it works perfectly
 
Sounds like it could be a decent car but you need to know where the leak is from, could be something or nothing lots of cars have minor weeps BUT take it to your nearest Indi and pay for an hours once over, give you some peace of mind, no one on a forum can advise on a possible leak from somewhere.
Good luck, sounds nice :thumb:

Dave
 

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