tractioninc replied to your post: Sad thing though is that you can get an early 996 for less than a 993 or even 964. And it’s a faster, more modern, more comfortable car. That has less soul. PS - 996 turbo’s are getting close to $30K these days.
The only problem with 996/997 Carreras is that they don’t have Mezger engines. The M9X based powerplants in more modern 911’s are garbage compared the Mezger engines in early 911’s and GT/Turbo variants of the 996 & 997. They also feel soulless. They are very good cars and I’ve debated buying a 996 Carrera as a DD/track car, but it just isn’t for me. If I had a 993 DD it would be a fairly built and comfortable GT2 Evo replica (my boyhood dream car) and I’d keep my car as a track car.
If you’ve driven a 996 and an aircooled 911/964/993 then I’m sure you understand why most people opt for the aircooled versions. They are great fun to drive and every second in the drivers seat is enjoyable compared to the bland feeling of a base 996/997 Carrera. That being said, I do still like base 996’s & 997’s. I just wouldn’t own one.
For those in the know, there are a few 996’s with Hans Mezger-designed engines and are worth serious consideration: the 911 Turbo, GT2 and GT3. While the GT cars are track monsters, the Turbo model is truly a supercar for daily driving. Friendly road manners, stout reliability and all-wheel drive are paired with a 420 (later 450) horsepower powerplant for accessible, awesome speed. Early examples are over a decade old now, and can be found for the same money as a new Nissan Maxima. Yeah.February 15, 2012, 8:45pm Permalink