Porsche 996

Porsche 996

The Porsche 996 is the current '911' series. Porsche introduced the 996 for the 1998 model series starting August 1997.

The 996 was a totally new car, with a new shape, a new interior and a new water cooled engine. All previous 911 had been air cooled, a system that has advantages in simplicity and weight, but critically was no longer viable to engineer to current legislation. Along with the air-cooling went part of the glorious flat six sound. And that's what upset some critics.

Open the drivers door and you will see beautiful cabin architecture.  Gone completely is the practical but idiosyncratic design that had evolved little from the '60's. Instead a more roomy cabin, still two plus two, very good seats and a more relaxed driving environment.

The Porsche 911 996 is generally strong, although it does have weaknesses that you should check for. Irrespective of whether you are buying privately or from an Official Porsche Centre it pays to know what you should look for and know the car is genuine. It’s a lot of money to invest. I provide a Porsche 911 996 Carrera buyers guide for all ages of 996. Starting from late 1997 through to the last made in 2005.

You don’t have to read my sales pitch; for an independent view read the testimonials.

Porsche 911 Buyers Guide for 996 of 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 2005. Covering both 2 and 4 wheel drive, coupe, Targa and convertible, plus C4S and Turbo models.


Mark W.


I was preparing to make a trip from Chicago to Atlanta to purchase
a car. After pressing some of the points found in your guide, I realized that my seller was being evasive. Using your guide helped me ask the right questions with confidence and prevented me from making what might have been a very expensive mistake. Thanks again!

Please note: all buyers guides are Windows only. Mobile & Mac versions will be available later in 2016