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Here's Why the Porsche 911 Turbo (996) Is a Crazy Bargain

Jun 06, 2021
This is a 2002 Porsche 911

turbo

and it is one of the best sports car deals out t

here

. It's fast, fun, reliable and cheap for what it offers. Today I'll review this car and explain what I mean before I get started. started be sure to check out the cars and bids which is my new online enthusiast car auction website for modern enthusiast cars, live right now on cars and containers we have some cool stuff like this and this and this and This one, they are all being auctioned live. Now, if you're looking to buy or sell a cool modern era car from the '80s, '90s, and '00s onwards, check out cars and deals at carsandbids.com.
here s why the porsche 911 turbo 996 is a crazy bargain
I borrowed this car from a friend

here

in San Diego and I'm going to start with a little review now you probably know the Porsche 911, one of the most iconic long-lasting sports cars of all time, the 911

turbo

has always been among the most iconic versions. The 911 turbo models, even the older ones, are well beyond the affordable range for most buyers, but not this one. This is the 996 version of the Porsche 911 that was sold here in North America from 1999 to 2005 with the turbo model joining in 2001. The 996 has always been the unloved 911 primarily for its styling. People don't like headlights.
here s why the porsche 911 turbo 996 is a crazy bargain

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here s why the porsche 911 turbo 996 is a crazy bargain...

They don't think it has the beautiful traditional look of the 911. These people are idiots. Well, actually they're right because the headlights on this car are a bit. a little ugly, especially compared to the beautiful 993-generation Porsche 911 that came before it, but while a 993 911 turbo easily costs a hundred grand, probably more, you can buy one of these for half what on reality is less than half because most of these are I sell between 45 and 50,000 just because it has ugly headlights half the price for a modern

porsche

911 turbo with all-wheel drive and manual transmission and up to 444 horsepower and today I'm going to show you why you should consider choosing one of First, I'm going to take you on a complete tour of this car and show you all the quirks and features of a great Porsche deal, then I'm going to take it out on the road and drive it, and then I'm going to Let's start with the quirks and features of the 996 turbo with the main complaint most Porsche purists have about this car and that would be the headlights which as you can see have some sort of unusual badging.
here s why the porsche 911 turbo 996 is a crazy bargain
To them now, when the 996 first came out, the headlights looked like this with a little orange part at the bottom and everyone thought they were terrible. People called them fried egg headlights like an egg was cracked and the turn signal was the yolk and the rest was a little runny and they were really hated so Porsche went with these clear headlights just a couple of years ago. later, which I think improved the look dramatically, but still wasn't good enough for most purists who simply prefer a circular headlight on the front of a 911, as tradition dictates, rather than this attempt of adding another circle and changing the shape of everything, but this is the main reason why the 996 is so cheap compared to other 911 models. design, it's hard to believe that something so relatively simple can have such a major effect, but does it, this is worth tens of thousands of dollars, makes this car a real

bargain

, but anyway, since I'm here, let's go over some quirks and features of the 996 in this area starting with the front trunk now to get into the trunk up front there's a button on the key fob that you can press or there's a little switch on the driver's door frame you just pull the switch and that opens the trunk in this position so you can go up here and unlatch it and you can open it now in my videos .
here s why the porsche 911 turbo 996 is a crazy bargain
I've shown you many different Porsche front trunks and this one is quite similar to all the others, quite large in size for some little ones. bags, nothing particularly unusual or interesting up here, you can see the CD changer in the front trunk where you kept your CDs, which was probably a big thing in 2002 when this car was new. It's probably the most noticeable item on the trunk of this 911. On the inside of the trunk lid, where you can see this decal. Now all Porsche models from this era have this label below here, just like modern ones, and it basically lists all the options that were originally included on this car from the factory.
The small three-letter and number codes represent various options that were put on the car on the production line. The important thing to note here is that this particular car has an option code x5 0 x 50. That's a big one and it's big because of the engine which of course is now here in a Porsche 911, while all those other option codes probably meant stitching or climate control or stereo, whatever x50 option code gave the car more power, a regular 996 911 turbo had about 415 horsepower, but if you have x50, you have a revised engine computer, larger intercoolers and larger turbochargers and a total of 444 horsepower, about 30 more than a normal 911 turbo and for that reason the x50 is probably considered the most desirable option in the 996 turbo models, but it adds much more. power was expensive from the factory so very few 996 turbos have x50 but this one does now when we come back here you can actually take a look at the engine and see how far packed it is in the back of this car it's completely stuck.
There's not much room in there back here for an engine, but they have one here anyway, although this also shows why you really don't want to get rear-ended if you're driving a Porsche 911, the engine is just so close to the rear bumper. , now an important item worth noting when talking about the engine in a 996 911 is something called ims, which means intermediate shaft, it was this bearing in the engine that would fail and destroy the entire engine, it was a common thing. problem on 996 models and it's another reason why people tend to stay away from them, although you can replace the ims bearing, it's a little expensive but once you do it you're usually good for life after that , but the good thing about the 996 turbo is that it doesn't have that problem, that problem only exists in most naturally aspirated 996 models, but the turbocharged one had a different engine design and doesn't suffer from the ims failure, so if you have Considered purchasing a 996 911 and have decided You Shouldn't because you are worried about ims and engine failure which is a reasonable concern.
Consider a turbo model. On the other hand, it is not a concern with this engine design and from there, moving on to other exterior peculiarities, one of the most interesting for me is In fact, the brake light design that no one talks about in this car, the whole The world talks about headlights, but it's always seemed a little strange to me that the turn signal is so big that the vast majority of this entire set of taillights are turn signals and, in fact, you can see that when I put on the brakes, Brake lights are much smaller than turn signals.
In fact, I think the brake light has about a third of the surface area that the turn signal has. It's not very common to see a turn signal that's three times the size of a brake light, but that's the situation here and finally, before we get inside to go over the quirks and features of this car's interior, I want to talk About the style, okay, I get it, you don't like the headlights it has. became what Porsche owners say who have a more expensive model than the 996 and just love the 996 with its headlights, is one of the main reasons why I find many Porsche enthusiasts to be completely unbearable, but of course anyway aside From the headlights, look at this car, are you really going to tell me that it's not a beautiful car from basically every angle, but the front is beautiful looking, beautiful shaped and in my opinion much more attractive than the most bloated and strangely exaggerated type? pendant model 997 that came later, many Porsche enthusiasts consider the 997 to be a return to classic Porsche form, but I always felt that the 996 had a bolder, more aggressive and fresher look and if it hadn't been for those headlights, it really I think this would be acclaimed.
As one of the most beautiful 911 models out there, I really think so and next we move inside the 996, but before we do I want to talk about the door panel because there are a couple of interesting quirks here, one of which doesn't seem to have. any door panel storage except you lift this lid and do it is just covered door panel storage which is a nice little privacy addition in this car and then moving on to the door handle the door, you can see on the front of the door post there is this little hole, little circle, what is it exactly?
There's a small bulb there that points towards the driver's cabin area and provides some ambient lighting inside. I'm always interested in areas where car manufacturers hide ambient lighting throughout the cabin, but it's generally not that interesting, they tend to put it in the same places, but this one is unusual, it's hidden in the door panel and points towards forward, providing ambient lighting at night. Very strange location but that's what it is and next we move inside the 996 turbo where I should mention another complaint from Porsche purists about this car. They don't like the headlights and they don't like the interior.
Many Porsche enthusiasts think this was a cheap, shitty interior that they just didn't admire. on par with the 911 and that's another reason why people reject this car compared to other 911 models. Frankly, I agree with that criticism. It's not so nice here. There is a lot of plastic. Nothing really looks great, especially compared to the current look of the 911s, but this one. It was an improvement over this car's predecessor. If you get into a 993 911 you can see that the interior isn't all that nice in that car either and at least the 996 has a more cohesive overall design rather than just panels glued in place.
Like the 993, it's also worth noting that the 996 is a 20 year old car and this is more or less what the interiors looked like back then, take a look at the Ferrari 360, which competed with the 996 turbo in the same time period as the ferrari. The interior is much worse than that of Porsches. I'd rather be inside the Porsche. This is what car interiors looked like back then and yes, this is not up to modern standards, but nothing from 1999 to 2001 is really like that. You just have to live with it. but anyway, moving on to the quirks and features of this interior, a rather interesting quirk is the heated seat control setting.
Well you have buttons for the heated seat on the center console, they look pretty standard, you press it and it turns on the heated seat, but you press it again and the little light changes from red to orange, you keep pressing it and it just switches between red and orange So what exactly is going on here? Well, the answer is that red is the highest level of heated seat and orange is the low level. heated seat level and you can just press the button and toggle between those two levels, most cars have two different lights for the heated seats, when both lights are on you are on high mode, when only one is on, you're on low mode, but in this car they used two different colors for some reason, but anyway you're thinking okay, you keep pressing it and the lights keep changing.
How do you turn these things off? The answer is to press the other side of the heated seat button. and that turns them off, it's a pretty unusual control that complicates a pretty simple process typical of the Germans, but even more unusual than that are definitely the climate controls, well you can have the climate control on automatic mode and then it will just make it the interior lights up. the temperature you want, a lot of cars have that, but if you start adjusting it yourself you can see that you put it in manual mode, except it's actually in manual mode with one e and two l, that's not how you spell manual in English .
It must be the German spelling, but I think it's one of the strangest things I've ever seen. You know, they had conversations on Porsha saying we should really translate this, but then other people were like, You know it's close enough to figure it out. We're just going to leave it and I wonder how many letters would have had to be different for them to have decided, okay, we'll translate it. It's such a strange thing to leave the spelling wrong just because it's close enough to not typically Porsche attention to detail and then another interesting control in this area on the left side of the center control console.
You have a small switch for the rear spoiler. You can see if you press it to the left, it will rise if you press it. to the right, the aileron will lower and alsoit will go up at a certain speed to provide more downforce for example for driving on a race track or if you just want it to go up all the time you can do it by pressing that button and then another interesting element in this The interior is in the group of indicators. This car has one of the first gauge cluster screens, just two colors, but you can use this little stock that comes off the steering wheel to scroll through several different items and it will show you information about the car and the current situation and gives you multiple screens different, this is the first predecessor to the full gauge cluster displays that we are now starting to see on most luxury and expensive vehicles and then we move on to one of my favorite labels on any car that would be on the foot from the driver, well you have a picture of a battery and then a question mark and then a picture of a front trunk.
I love that little mental tour of the battery where the front trunk is a great way to do it and use images instead. of words, they don't have to translate it into many different languages ​​when they sell this car in different markets and that's why they have done it that way, it's fun to look at and then quite a curious element.Here, the center console has a small storage area. You press this little lock, it opens and you can put things in there, but you might be wondering why the center console locks, after all, we have a glove box that also locks.
How many? Do you need lockable compartments here? Well, the answer is that there was no glove box in the previous models. The glove box was added for the 2002 model year, so if you wanted to store things inside before this, you would use the lockable center console storage. when they added the glove box they also made it lockable of course because glove boxes are lockable but they figured why bother getting rid of the lockable central storage area so they didn't and in case you were still worried about interior storage, good news. There is an entire section in the owner's manual dedicated to helping you find interior storage compartments and goes over all the possible places he can put things in case he runs out of interior storage space.
He had never seen such a complete list of interior spaces. storage options, but I guess they felt it was necessary considering they wanted this car to be as practical as possible for a sports car and by the way, speaking of the owner's manual, it also comes with a dealer directory. This was the list of Porsche dealers as of that time. when this car was sold new in 2002. There is nothing unusual about that being included with most new cars. The strange part is at the end of the dealer directory. There is a metric conversion table. I don't know why they put it there, it almost seems like it. like they forgot to put it in the owner's manual and said, well let's just put it in the dealer directory and that's what they did, but it's not very often that you see a brochure that is both a dealer directory and a table Metric conversion, a nice and versatile. small inclusion in the 996 turbo and finally we move on to the last interesting area of ​​the 996 turbo and that would be the rear seats.
Now getting into the back seats is a bit of a cumbersome process, first you have to lift this little latch on the front of the front seats and pull it forward, then lift this little latch on the back of the front seat and pull it forward. Go ahead and then you can get on. Now I've moved the front seat all the way forward, I'm going to lift the backrest latch and then I'm trying to get into this back seat oh it's awfully small back here and with me sitting here you can't even come close to locking the front seat in place so someone can drive this thing in the back seats.
They're really small, but I use the term rear seat loosely because if you look, you just have kind of a leather seat bottom and then half a leather backrest with some carpet in the middle, they're not really full rear seats, I guess this is all. They could fit, as you can imagine, there is nothing interesting about all these back seats because they are not really designed for frequent use, just small children or adults in a hurry for a short period of time. The coolest thing about these rear seats is that they fold down, you can pull this little latch, fold the rear seats down and then you have a flat storage area back here in case you want to carry larger cargo items that wouldn't really fit in the normal contours of the rear seat. so it may be useful to have it anyway now it's time to get out of the backseat oh I'm never going back there again and those are the quirks and features of the 996

porsche

911 turbo now it's time to get it out on the road and see how it performs drives well driving the 996 turbo now, I actually had a 2001 model of this car about eight years ago, no glove box and I loved it and I thought it was really cool and it was a

bargain

back then I paid thirty four thousand dollars I had to put a clutch and I sold it for about when I paid for it uh the prices on these have definitely been going up no doubt about it.
I've now made three videos on the 996. I made a 4s um where I also called it a bargain. I did a gt2 which is still one of my favorite Porsche models of all time and now I've done this one and it's really hard to decide which one is the best. cars, but between the 4 and the turbo it is a difficult decision. The 4's are much cheaper, like 30 grand, and are very well balanced, but the turbo obviously has much more power and is more reliable because it doesn't have the ims problem. it's just kind of a choice of what you can afford if you can get a 4s get one just make sure it's ready if you can get a turbo get one um any 996 is a total bargain and to me I would The best thing about the 996 is and always will be the way it drives because it drives like a Porsche it drives well it handles well it steers well and the turbo is fast this is pulling so far that's the speed I can't mention on camera a little above the speed line, pull so hard whether you go to zero and hit the bottom and pull hard or go 90 and you four, pull hard, the turbo is just goodbye everyone, so fast and like all Porsche models. the clutch and gear lever feel great, the clutch really is nice to use, it's very linear, easy to know where it is for easy rev matching, the gear lever is wonderfully smooth, it's so perfect, um, and that That's what I like about this car, yes.
I understand that the headlights are not the most attractive. I've never found them that ugly, but they're okay, the interior, yeah, it's not that nice, but given the money, this is a great car for the price it really is, and they've turned up like me. i said i sold mine for 34000. the market at the time was 34 to 39, you could find a pretty decent one now you have to spend 45 to 50, still a total deal 415 440 horsepower, you can find a x50, what is it? They're amazing and they're really fast and they're really fun and they're really fast and I don't know, I'm a big fan of the 993 911, but I've never had one because I just can't bring it.
I myself have to pay more money for what I truly believe is a lower quality car in some respects, ultimately this is one of those rare vehicles where it's a bargain and it's good, you often get bargains and there's a reason why they're cheap, you know. You're never as good as the original car you really wanted but in this case it's so good it just doesn't look as good so that's the 996 porsche 911 turbo not sure which one is a better deal one of these for 45 to 50 grand or a model 996 4s for about 30 grand, either way they are awesome deals and awesome cars as long as you can get over the headlight look and can save tens of thousands of dollars off of everything Anyway, now is the time to give.
The 996 turbo. Doug's score starting with the weekend and style categories. I always thought the 996 looks good, but I understand the criticism and will give it a 6 out of 10. Acceleration is 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and it gets going. an 8 out of 10. the handling is precise and easily gets a 7 out of 10. the fun factor is high with good handling, excellent steering feel and excellent acceleration and it gets a 7 out of 10. the cool factor is fine, these are still being relatively common and seen as the correct Porsche 911, it gets a 6 out of 10 for a total score of 34 out of 50. Below are the daily categories and features, this one has normal equipment for the time period, but not much by meets current standards so it gets a 4 out of 10.
Comfort is as expected and gets a 5 out of 10. The quality is good, the interior is not great, but at least the reliability has improved compared with the standard 996 and gets a 6 out of 10. practicality is average for a car like this and gets a 3 out of 10. finally value and this car does very well here, they have gotten more expensive in recent years so which may not earn a perfect score, but is still an amazing combination of reliability, performance, handling and relatively reasonable price, earning an 8 out of 10 for an overall daily score of 26 out of 50. Added up, Doug's score is 60 out of 100, which puts the 996 turbo here against other performance cars of this era, ties it with some big dogs like the e39 m5 and e55 amg, obviously those sedans do better in the daily score, but the fact that The 996 Turbo being up there with them just underlines how good it is as an all-round car and as a sports car and it really is one of the best sports car deals you can find.

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