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The real dreaded problem with the 996 non-turbo cars is the rear main seal of the engine letting go and leaking all your oil out onto the road.

This happens in almost all the normally aspirated 996's. I believe that Porsche has a fix-it kit available with a better main seal that you can have installed at any dealership.

Personally, I would not buy the car at all unless the dealership agrees to put the upgraded seal in as soon as you buy the car. Period.

Otherwise your new 996 has a better than not chance that it will drop all the engine oil one day, perhaps next week, maybe next year, when you are starting or even driving the car.

All dealers are fully aware of this problem, and if they act like they aren't than they are being dishonest.

The boxster and cayman suffer the same problem, but not the turbo 996, and none of the 993's.

Start a thread about the rear main seal problem on the 996 web forum and see what responses you get. Or do a search.
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