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Porsche Crest 996 Years to Avoid?

I'd like the opinion of the group concerning if there are any "bad" years of the 996. My policy is usually to avoid the first year or two of any new model. I've heard a lot of anticdotal evidence against the '99 model year. I know the adeage "buy the newest you can afford" probably applies. That may put me in a '01 or '00.

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'02 got the bigger engine and turbo headlights.
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There are plenty of fine running 99's around. They can be had for great prices, but are off warranty. There are no bad years to avoid. That said, you can't go wrong skipping the first year of any make and model. Have fun in your search.
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I had zero problems with my 01. If you can swing it go for an 02, but the 00 and 01 were pretty solid.
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Yes you're right most new 996 owners spring for what they can afford and that puts them in a 99 which is the year most owners want to avoid. The perks for the 00- are enough to spring for the small price difference which can be only a couple of K's away. The big price difference will be found when you leave the older boxster style headlights of 99-01 and jump into the 02 & later Turbo style lights with a bigger motor + some more added perks.

Like you said: Buy what you can afford but I would try to stay clear of the 99 if at all possible. I think 01-05 years are pretty solid all the way through....

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Yup - avoid the 99 ers, go 2001 onwards.
If you cant afford it, you shouldnt be driving it ;o)

Having said that ive seen too many who can afford it, not driving it and owning a huge puddle of oil. Staring a 10k bill in the face to rescue your investment is not a position I would risk.

Wait for the 2001 if you have to
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Here's my 2 cents. I would rather have a '99 996 than a '98 993 for $3-5K more. I will take the deluge of insults and furious responses offline. Thank you.
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Glen, I have just spit in your general direction.
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Leland,
Your virtual spit did not hit me as I was offline!
I will be more careful today as I am online.
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Heck, no offence meant -
All things in context, the 996 is a cracking car and even if you buy a nail that blows up on you, strangely enough you will still love it.

Ive never seen a yellow one with a blown engine, maybe thats the color to go for?
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I was told to stay away from the 98-due to the bugs with a new model year. I believe it's totally up to maintenance of the vehicle. I used to own a RX-7 Convertible, I had no issues. Some of the "not so bright " bought RX 7's and never added oil to the Rotary engine and blew them. Nothing that the car did wrong-it was the owners. No reason to slam the car. That brings me to post slamming the model year 1999. The 1999 aren't issues, just as reliable as the newer 996's, just lower Horsepower, and different lights and bumpers. There is no reason to Dump on the 1999 model, yes, if you have an additional 10k buy the 2001, but, the 1999 is fun, fast, great looking, and just as reliable.
Paying 40k on a used 1999 996 Carrera Cabrio a year ago, mine has had no issues. I have racked miles on it. Oil change at dealer is 200 bucks, and they caused a minor oil leak at the plug. Also, on Consumer reports the car averaged an 8.5 out of 10 for 1999.
Also, look on ebay, and you'll see 1999 models with 100k+miles...
63k miles and going strong! Stop trying to eat your own, Porsche cars are family. I took offense.
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I did the Litronic upgrade, added clear sidelights and tail lights, and BBS RS wheels for my '99. People think it's an '01.
This is very important to people like me who suffer from an inferiority complex and thin wallets!

Of course I do realize the irony that if I would have just added the $4K I put into the thing to my original purchase price I could have had an '01!!
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Glen,

That wouldn't happen to be because YOU own a '99 996 would it?
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So fscaife, what model and year do you have?
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Ratings by Edmunds.com for USED:
1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.4

Consumer Ratings:

Overall for 1999- 9.2 / 10
Overall for 2001- 9.3 / 10
Overall for 2002- DROPS to 8.7 / 10
Interesting....other forums are ragging on the 2002 not 1999...
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Who would have thunk it?
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As they say, stay away from the "new Model Years"... 98, 02, etc... gotta get the BUGS OUT!
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I used to own a RX-7 Convertible, I had no issues. Some of the "not so bright " bought RX 7's and never added oil to the Rotary engine and blew them. Nothing that the car did wrong-it was the owners.
Rotary vehicles have oil metering lines which feed oil to lubercate the rotors, housings and seals. Most people who bought these don't understand that this type of design burns oil and many of those owners were pretty pissed after finding out that they should have been on top of this.

I find that Mazda should have trained their sales staff to ensure that they relay this information over to the buyers. Or they could have come up with a system such as a low oil meter once you are at 1/2 qrt low, large stickers under the hood or on the dash...... Just my .02 after owning an RX2, RX3, 5 First Gen RX7, 2 2nd Gen Turbos and one 3rd Gen Turbo FD3s....

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This is a timely question because I am in the market for a 996.

For everyone who said to stay away from the '99, is their a specific reason or just because "legend has it that the first model year is not so good"?

I've heard the '99 w/LSD is a fun, light car (compared to later models).

I haven't heard anything about specific '99 issues...are there any?

Thanks,

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