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So to get back on topic...the initial car I was looking at fell through as another car I was looking at came in to the picture. I ended up getting a 2003 996tt seal grey/blk with PSS10s and GIAC tuner. Stock everything else. I love this thing. With regards to all the reasons people have been posting buy or to not buy this car........to each their own. I posted this thread to get advice on what to look for when buying this car. I ended up having it inspected by Jae Lee at Mirage Intl in San Diego. He says it checks out nicely. Compression/leak down test were perfect. Had him put in new ignition coils and plugs while he was at it. I drove the car home yesterday from San Diego. I actually took the Surfliner train down the coast from Grover Beach which ended up being an adventure in itself. Should have been a straight 8hr ride but the train ended up hitting a pedestrian in Oxnard so we had a 2hr delay. Then another 2hr delay as they made us stop in Camarillo to change trains because this one was now involved in a pedestrian death. Turns out a 32yr jogger was listening to music and ran head on in to a train that was moving at speed. Ended up being a 13hr train ride. Took an Uber to the sellers house. Car looked great sounded nice. Attached my new Escort 360max radar detector....filled her up with gas and made it back home with almost no traffic the entire way through San Diego, LA, Santa Barbara...one stop for refueling in Carpenteria. Made it home in under 4.5 hrs by 2am. Best ride ever! I love my "new" 996turbo. Looks great next to my modified 75 911.


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Excellent - and Jae is a straight shooter - that looks like a beauty (although way too fast, the AC is too cold, the gears shift properly, and it's too expensive)
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I drove the car home yesterday from San Diego. I actually took the Surfliner train down the coast from Grover Beach which ended up being an adventure in itself. Should have been a straight 8hr ride but the train ended up hitting a pedestrian in Oxnard so we had a 2hr delay. Then another 2hr delay as they made us stop in Camarillo to change trains because this one was now involved in a pedestrian death. Turns out a 32yr jogger was listening to music and ran head on in to a train that was moving at speed. Ended up being a 13hr train ride.
Had the same thing happen to me when I was younger. Used to take the train to Oceanside to visit my dad and we hit a young girl.
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very cool. I said previously if I could afford two concurrently I would have not sold my 6t.
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Beautiful car, great colors, congratulations.

Just had the GIAC tune and AWE exhaust installed on my 2004 996tt last week, what a difference it made. Feels like a totally different car. the GF scared the ***** out of me test driving it Sunday.

I would recommend a quality exhaust if you can find a good one used - the sound is awesome and it adds a few HP while reducing weight.
I did a quick drive after the exhaust install before the GIAC and it was noticeable.
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The butt dyno is easily manipulated through the ear canal.
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^^^ I like that one.
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Nice car, my 2002 Targa is Seal Grey, I like that color.

Don't let Monson scare you, he is a hardware guy (a good one, though). The tunes really work on these cars for not much money.
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Nice car, my 2002 Targa is Seal Grey, I like that color.

Don't let Monson scare you, he is a hardware guy (a good one, though). The tunes really work on these cars for not much money.
Scare him?

Most exhaust mods aren't worth a damn without a tune. That was the point. I've know Trey Cobb for more than 15 years and have been using his products just as long. The Cobb Accessport for the Porsches is one of the single best things to happen to mods in recent years. No more archaic welding in a new chip and being stuck with the same tune forever. Flash that shyte and go. An exhaust that gets you 5 or 10hp without a tune is suddenly good for 25whp or more when the air and fuel and boost trims are adjusted to suit.

On Jeff Zwart's PPIHC turbo 997 Cup they were actually map switching in real time as he climbed the mountain to compensate for the changing oxygen levels. Find me anyone else who offers that kind of functionality. None of us will ever use something like that, but having a street and track map that's instantly swappable with a fill up of the gas tank is an awesome thing.
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What’s the best after market exhaust to get the gains out of the GiAC tuner yet not have any smog or check engine light issues? The seller was offering to include a speed tech exhaust but it was causing check engine issues so I requested it to be replaced with stock exhaust.
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Whoa, super car numbers.

http://www.awe-tuning.com/media/pdf/02_05_modified.pdf
Article Title: Tech/Test: Porsche 996 Twin Turbo Upgrade
2005-04-01

"The GIAC chip bumps the target boost from a stock 12psi to 18.5psi, which in conjunction with the other built in tuning tweaks has netted the AWE Tuning 503 all-wheel horsepower (585hp at the crank) on 92 octane gas on the dyno. On race gas 515 awhp was realized (603 hp at the crank). The torque figures are just as impressive at 486 lb-ft on pump gas (570 lb-ft at the crank) and 517 lb-ft on race gas (606 lb-ft at the crank). That's an amazing peak 148 awhp and 120 lb-ft torque gain over the factory numbers! (A stock 996 TT registered 355 awhp and 366 lb-ft torque on AWE Tuning's dyno.)"
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I really dig the 996 turbo. Love the car and the lines. However, my mind cannot wrap its head around the stock turbo wheels. I hate those wheels. What options are there in the wheel department other than those awful stock dated wheels. Dated to which time I am not sure. Awesome car, and I have considered one many times.
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fortunately mine came with another set of what were referred to as "dated" by more than some Fiske wheels. dated as the fiskes may have been I agree, the twists were fugly.

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These are coming on mine - although I like the twists
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fortunately mine came with another set of what were referred to as "dated" by more than some Fiske wheels. dated as the fiskes may have been I agree, the twists were fugly.

I dig those wheels. Much better.
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they came with the car in addition to the twists and I liked them. more than one person on RL & IRL stated they seemed dated. this was just after washing after getting home from towing it back from reno on an open trailer post purchase. I polished them a few weeks later and they really looked good.
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Jeremy D....if you want to sell those wheels to me I am interested. I like the twists also but I have always liked the BBS e88 style wheels for a 996turbo. OZ makes some nice cheap wheels as well available on Tirerack
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