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T8996C4 without the C4. My M96 paranoia has gone +Extra Pics


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29 Jun 2010
After 3.5 years and nearly 11,000 miles my beloved C4 has gone. :sad:

For a long time I really couldn't see me wanting a different car but for several reasons - not just the very real concern about potential IMS bearing failure or scored bores (no matter how unlikely) - the time was just right for a change.

To keep within a sensible budget I started looking at Turbos of a similar age and condition cars to mine but found that most were 70k miles+ and were just starting to have patchy recent histories. As is usually the case this quickly led to the budget being increased to allow the search to include newer and/or lower mileage cars.

Frustratingly my search was regularly impeded by me falling in love with the old C4 over-and-over again and for a long time I was 75% of a mind to just carry on driving with my fingers crossed and keep enjoying the fantastic car I already had.

A month ago I resigned myself to waiting another year and then, by chance, whilst casually scrolling through AutoTrader ads for 'anything under £30k' I stumbled across a car that hadn't featured in the '911 Turbo' search I'd done previously. It seemed like fate that the seller was a Porsche Specialist local to me that I'd known of for a long time so I thought it'd at least be worth a look.

An 04 car with 48k miles and fpsh was always going to more than I intended to spend but given that this one had recently had new discs, pads and a full rad set I figured that it made sense to 'bite the bullet' and go for it.

Polar Silver with Metropole interior wasn't quite the Arctic Silver and black I imagined but as soon as I saw in the flesh I was hooked as it works really well.

A sensible part-ex offer and an in-house 6 month/6k mile warranty clinched the deal and I picked her up today.

The 50 mile drive home - including a few detours for pictures - was only enough to form basic 996C4 v 996T thoughts so I'll leave the comparisons for now. Suffice to say I'm :cloud9: and :yahoo: .

:bye: for now.

ps. Thanks to the few people who knew of what I was up to, offered support and words of advice along the way, but kept my little secret a secret.

T8996 or just T8 :dont know:
Looks absolutely bute! I bet that drive was absolutely fantastic. Hope to see you around in it soon . . . .
Congrats T8 - looks amazing in Polar. Looking forward to your future contributions of present vs past.

~ Maxie :)
That looks a lovely car Terry,well done. :thumb: ..I just hope I can find find a 25k black turbo soon. :roll: :bye:
BIG congrats Terry. Car looks awesome. Enjoy :thumb:
Nice one Terry, you can sleep soundly now.

Turbos never go wrong.

Nice car

That looks great, you are going to have a whole lot of fun :)

Looks gorgeous! Polar Silver and Metropole Blue is a lovely combination.
Can I tell them now...can I, can I?

Well done Matey, are you still sure about sharing the drive to Stuttgart or do you want to add to the convoy?

It needs to be seen at the next Fairmile meet, or if not we can kick its tyres at the Palace. :thumb:
Very nice indeed - congrats! :thumb:

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