Tuesday, July 2, 2019

996 In Blue: 1999 Porsche 911 Convertible

The Porsche 911 is an iconic classic imbued with a finely tuned suspension, classically understated good looks and raucous sounding rear mounted flat-6 engines - a combination that is seldom imitated.  The 996 was a 911 that was faster, more comfortable, and better than the previous generation, but of course the purists and naysayers complained about the changes to watercooling...etc etc. Ironically, for the first time in Porsche history, they were correct...perhaps.  Find this 1999 Porsche 911 996 offered for $14500 in Redwood City, CA via craigslist. Tip from Fuel Truck.

 From the seller:

1999 Porsche 911 
VIN: WP0CA2997XS653687 
condition: excellent 
cylinders: 6 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 103000 
paint color: blue 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: convertible 
Clean title. Records from 33k miles. Dark blue metallic color underneath a fresh vinyl wrap of gloss blue. You can remove the wrap if you prefer the darker color. Just peel a corner and pull it off! Super easy to remove. Excellent condition paint underneath it. No oil leaks, no water leaks from the top. No grinds or pop outs. Great condition! The previous owner was a 70yr old guy who could no longer drive manual. I just put a several thousand in maintenance into it.

I have two sets of wheels for it. The 18" silver turbo wheels will be no extra ($0). 19" Powder coated black lobster claws will be $1000 since I just put new tires on them.

I was going to keep it, but selling because I am purchasing a home. My loss is your gain. Text me anytime.

I will consider trades.

These are the receipts that I have:
2/19 New flywheel, clutch, LN Engineering IMS, RMS Rear main seal, Oil change, Transmission fluid ($3400.82)
7/17 Replace can solenoid cover, convertible top motor repair ($1444.28)
3/17 replace seat belt buckle ($317.54)
6/15 Oil change ($205.57)
2/15 2 new brake discs and new pads ($749.62)
5/14 Oil change and ACC cabin filter ($240.69)
2/14 Starter and hatch strut ($762.85)
8/13 horn frame ($218) 
5/13 oil change ($178.34)
8/12 water pump and coolant ($913.37)
9/11 Idle control valve and back-up switch ($645.58)
6/11 New air mass meter and oil change ($1125.52)
8/10 New clutch, flywheel, main seal ($3985.74)
6/10 air filter, cabin filter, brake pads and discs, oil change and new tires ($3493.05)
7/09 spark plugs, air filter, cabin filter, flush brake fluid, new headlight bulbs, new drive belt ($1215.81)
10/08 coolant reservoir and cap and sensor ($677.04)
6/08 oil change ($369.86)
6/06 coolant ($265.09)
10/05 oil change ($156.50)
11/04 oil change and seat belt lock ($549)
1/04 air mass meter, hinge kit, air vent ($569.03)
10/03 remove intake manifold and replace all gaskets and seals ($932.74)
9/03 thermostat and gasket ($231.40)

997 993 Boxter hard top spyder 944 964 lobster claw carrera 4 targa turbo

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  1. As OBJuan said - "This is not the C2 you are looking for"

  2. Not a bad price for a 99 with the IMS done. Cable throttle is an under appreciated and lamented loss from later year 996. That looks like ocean blue or similar under the wrap, which looks classy with sand beige interior.

  3. Didn't we already see it a few months ago? I remember the poorly-wrapped front bumper.

  4. Take that wrap off and it gets 1000% classier. I can't really convey in a comment how great the '99 996's are to drive. They are the lightest, simplest and purest of the generation (the cable throttle does feel different). I had the choice to buy a 996 or an MR2 Turbo for the same price, and went for the 996. As an investment, it looks like the Turbo may win out in the end, but it isn't half the car of a 996 to drive.

  5. Shame it's a convertible, or it could be a fun weekend/hpde toy.

  6. I have a couple of air cooled 911s - an early 70s and a mid 80s 3.2 and honestly I don’t know why people still talk about the purity naysayer thing. The air cooled cars up to the 964 (which I can’t comment on) to the water cooled cars are just completely different animals.

    There is an addiction to the early air cooled cars, in that however you drive them, you always feel that you could have made that gear change better, got better balance out of that last corner (or should have braked more going into that corner you only just made it out alive from). There always seems to be something more that it has in store for you to master.

    The 996 ushered in a 911 for everyone in my opinion. It’s docile and easy enough to drive every day, but if you want to ‘get on it’ it has it in spades. They are a fantastic ride, that you can daily drive without the crap that comes with other high end sports cars. Fairly easy to get in and out of, fairly reliable - very in sports car circles, can go shopping (kind of) in one, drive it to a party, a track day or just to the work parking lot.

    As much as I love my air cooled cars, I couldn’t drive them every day. Maybe I’m just old, but doing 2hrs driving most week days would just be too much of a workout. You could in this car.

    This will be a great car for someone. I wouldn’t mind it myself. It isn’t an air cooled car, and frankly in a lot of ways, it’s so much better for it! Okay, on the downside, it’s not going to have the same rubber neck effect as say an Aston Martin Vantage, but then it’s half the price of a used one of those, and arguably a better car.

    If you want a half way house, buy an early Boxster and take it on a track day or AutoX. Mine didn’t make sense till I did.
    Very underrated drivers car, like the Miata was for years, except a bit more on the upkeep.
    Never going to win a drag race, but the race to put a grin on your face and have some car control fun it’s super rewarding AND you can then drive home in comfort!


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