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Air Cooled- Water Cooled?

I知 finding myself increasingly interested in purchasing a Porsche 964 model. As I preform my research I知 talking to people who have owned both variants. So far the general consensus is to steer clear of the 964 model. There value is overinflated and they are money pits. Maintenance is extremely labor intensive on them. I was advised to purchase a 996 on up model. They are far superior cars in both safety, handling and technology. They also require less maintenance then a 964 model. Again these are not my words but advise from others. Any and all opinions are welcome to assist me in making a final decision.
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Totally different in appearance as well. Test drive one and see what you think. Might feel slow, might feel awesome. There is no right answer on these types of purchases.
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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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[QUOTE=stutt66;10486807]I知 finding myself increasingly interested in purchasing a Porsche 964 model. As I preform my research I知 talking to people who have owned both variants. So far the general consensus is to steer clear of the 964 model. There value is overinflated and they are money pits. Maintenance is extremely labor intensive on them. I was advised to purchase a 996 on up model. They are far superior cars in both safety, handling and technology. They also require less maintenance then a 964 model. Again these are not my words but advise from others. Any and all opinions are welcome to assist me in making a final decision.[/QUOTE


All this is correct & good advise.
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Thank you for the advise!
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