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996 has dramatically better performance. It has better HVAC.

964 - is the bridge car.. Modern niceties like ABS and Airbags (assuming not an '89 C4). But maintenance intensive issues like Valve adjustments and only a 5spd.

Style is in the eye of the beholder. I always thought the 996 was a reset button back to the narrow body "midyear" cars.. 74-77.. 964 is 80% new compared to the 3.2 911 before it. It languished on the markets and now may be slightly over valued, but then again, they are the basis for some dramatic offerings (Think Singer 911s)

996 (M96 motor cars) have their own issues, and due to the modern build practices, they tend to be more disposable than the older cars. Plastics and computers can fail.. and fixing isn't easy. Then there is the mailigned IMS issue which can turn your bargain basement performance car into a fancy paperweight.

imho, while always tempted by the 996 and early 997 cars, i am afraid of them.. but that low price pulls me in... 993 is the last good aircooler. Excepting the GT2/GT3/Twin Turbos, the best "early" watercooled cars seem to be the 997.2 of 2009+

Aircooled have a unique sound and drive.

Test drive em both.. nothing to lose there.
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