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My friend just bought this 2000 996 C2 with 62K miles. Car is in perfect shape and PPI was perfect. I drove it and it was very nice.

Blue book is around $24K. Seller had the car at a local car lot on consignment for $26K - no sale after 60 days. Then he listed the car on AutoTrader for $22.8K. Actual selling price: $18K.

Its a buyers market, hardly anyone is paying blue book or the asking price unless it is priced to sell.


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I purchased a 993 recently, it is a joy to drive. It's more expensive to maintain than the older models and probably the 996 as well but the driving experience is wonderful and it's still air-cooled.

The one thing that bothers me is the rising values of the air-cooled cars, that raises the potential for theft. Perhaps I overthink it but because of the low values and, dare I say, undesirability of the 996, the chance of you coming out to find your car gone is much less with the 996. Just a little bit less stress.

I would actually love to find a ratty looking 996 and leave it unwashed and looking like hell.
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I am looking for a 2002-2004 cab but for some reason the coupes are growing on me...that being said if I were to get a coupe Id put a TACO wing on my 2002-2004 model. I like that wing a lot vs the areo kit for the 2002-2004 models
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I am looking for a 2002-2004 cab but for some reason the coupes are growing on me...that being said if I were to get a coupe Id put a TACO wing on my 2002-2004 model. I like that wing a lot vs the areo kit for the 2002-2004 models
Don't overlook a nice coupe. Sometimes nice to be able to push a button and close the sunroof in 5 seconds when the weather or temperature changes and the top down motoring experience is getting a bit uncomfortable.

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Hmmmm 996 vs 993 debate....

996 is lighter, more power, faster
993 is last of its breed, very appealing to the eye

996 could maybe someday crap an IMS bearing (despite what you read on internet)
993 will have, or has had, SAI issues

996 is a "better" car, but price/value comes down to what people are willing to pay. Lots of purist want a 993, that keeps the value high. Porsche produced a lot of 996 cars and that makes the supply pretty good. Couple that with the internet fear mongering and prices come down....

Have owned 20 plus porsches of every variety over the years. Love my aircooled cars, but also really like my 99 996 Racecar..... They are all good, and all have some issues.

Some aircooled purists still think the car should be aircooled. Maybe, but then Porsche would be out business as most of those folks only can afford a used Porsche and are not part of the brand's target marget for new vehicle production.....

Go drive a base 996, 996 GT3, base 997, 997 GT3 (RS) and tell me it is not a great car....

I am yet to hear a water cooled hater tell me exactly what Porsche should have done instead of create the latest generation of cars (and remain in business).
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That 2001 with aero kit is absolutely sparkingly gorgeous! Enjoy!
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Thirty five thousand is nuts for any (regular) 996.
Really? I'm looking at an '06 cab w/ 58K miles. $35K is too much? I haven't found any yet that are cheaper.
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Okay, so I was confused. I thought 996 was up to 2004, with 2005 and newer being 997. But if I'm reading things correctly, 2006 is a 997?

996 year range: 1999-2004
997 year range: 2005-2012

Sorry if my post just above this one threw you for a loop. So, my question probably no longer applies. At least not to this thread. However, I'm still interested if this seems like a good deal, for an average '06 cab. Doesn't appear to have many options. The listing only says 6-speed, heated seats, stability/traction control. Possibly nav from the pictures I've seen. Appears to be a button marked "map" to the right of the screen. Also, has an icon of a shock next to the spoiler button. Not sure what that is yet, still looking through the 996/997 threads to learn more about this car. I've been a Boxster owner for the past two years, so the 911 is pretty new to me.
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First post. Great site.

I'm oggling a 2001 996 at a well-known dealer in central IL. But it's $33k (33k miles, too). I was going to jump on it but it looks like it's maybe 5k overpriced?

This will be my first Porsche (after deciding at age 10 or so that I WOULD own one someday) so I'm really skittish.

Great info here and love the discussions!

Thanks for any input.

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Okay, so I was confused. I thought 996 was up to 2004, with 2005 and newer being 997. But if I'm reading things correctly, 2006 is a 997?

996 year range: 1999-2004
997 year range: 2005-2012

Sorry if my post just above this one threw you for a loop. So, my question probably no longer applies. At least not to this thread. However, I'm still interested if this seems like a good deal, for an average '06 cab. Doesn't appear to have many options. The listing only says 6-speed, heated seats, stability/traction control. Possibly nav from the pictures I've seen. Appears to be a button marked "map" to the right of the screen. Also, has an icon of a shock next to the spoiler button. Not sure what that is yet, still looking through the 996/997 threads to learn more about this car. I've been a Boxster owner for the past two years, so the 911 is pretty new to me.
FYI: Both the 996 and the 997 were sold in 2005.
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FYI: Both the 996 and the 997 were sold in 2005.
Ah, didn't know that as well. Thanks.

I was able to get the dealer down to $34K for that '06 cab w/ Nav & PASM. But as I was working out the final numbers with the dealer, over email, someone walked into the dealer and bought the car. Sucks trying to buy a car over the internet...

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First post. Great site.

I'm oggling a 2001 996 at a well-known dealer in central IL. But it's $33k (33k miles, too). I was going to jump on it but it looks like it's maybe 5k overpriced?

This will be my first Porsche (after deciding at age 10 or so that I WOULD own one someday) so I'm really skittish.

Great info here and love the discussions!

Thanks for any input.

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Way overpriced. There's almost no reason why a first gen 996 should be more than $30k. You'll find a ton of similar cars for less money with a quick online search.
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Ah, didn't know that as well. Thanks.

I was able to get the dealer down to $34K for that '06 cab w/ Nav & PASM. But as I was working out the final numbers with the dealer, over email, someone walked into the dealer and bought the car. Sucks trying to buy a car over the internet...
I would never, EVER, pay more than $18k for a 996 (3.6 or 3.4). It is the redheaded stepchild of 911's and will continue to crater in value.

It was built as an incubator for the Boxster (which is evident), with abysmal exterior and interior design. I won't tell you what I got my 2003 996 for at auction (with a questionable motor), but it was less than 1/5 of what you are considering paying. Had the motor rebuilt to racing specs for $6k.

It is the new ideal base for a race car, similar to what the middies were about 10 years ago.

You can buy a very, very nice 997 with under 50k miles for $33k.
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Wrong quote grabbed up above ^^^^, was meant for the 996 listed at $33k
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Thanks, Mehoff and puppy! I went to Craigslist and ebay and have seen the light.

Thanks!

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I would never, EVER, pay more than $18k for a 996 (3.6 or 3.4). It is the redheaded stepchild of 911's and will continue to crater in value.

It was built as an incubator for the Boxster (which is evident), with abysmal exterior and interior design. I won't tell you what I got my 2003 996 for at auction (with a questionable motor), but it was less than 1/5 of what you are considering paying. Had the motor rebuilt to racing specs for $6k.

It is the new ideal base for a race car, similar to what the middies were about 10 years ago.

You can buy a very, very nice 997 with under 50k miles for $33k.
That might be a bit much. $18k is about where a good solid no stories car starts. I'm not sure about the rest of your comments, you are aware that the Boxster came first, right? I've owned four of them and find them to be a better car than any of their predecessors.
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I'm finding decent coupes in the low $20's WITH the MBS having been done.

I just let a nice one in FL slip away... But, another one will be by in 15 min.

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