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Posted: 4/20/2016 12:34:52 PM EDT
What are the main problem areas with an early 2000's liquid cooled 911 to look out for when shopping / test driving?

I have a good shop to do a pre- buy inpection and I'll ask them as well.

Any liquid cooled 911 lovers out there?
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:49:25 PM EDT
First thing that comes to mind are IMS bearing failures.

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Link Posted: 4/21/2016 1:33:45 AM EDT
Based on that article I should be looking for a 2009 or later.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 8:58:34 AM EDT
The father of my girlfriend is a Porsche engineer and helped develop the car. His opinion on this engine generation is, that you have to read out the electronics for any revs which hit the limiter. If there are more than a couple, leave it where it is. Otherwise it is a fine engine if treated properly!
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:13:28 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By EMSflyer:
Based on that article I should be looking for a 2009 or later.
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The turbo 996 models are pretty much all good to go.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 11:19:51 AM EDT
Thanks for the info guys!

The Turbo will be out of my price range for sure.

Buying a 911 is an idea I have for next year maybe.

It would be a part time daily driver and part time hobby
car that we would use in local Porche Club events.

One of my good friends is doing this with a used 911 he got last year and he is having too much fun.

Now I want to play too!

I'm hoping to be able to spend about 25k on a decent one.
Link Posted: 4/22/2016 8:26:58 PM EDT
Good luck, a 911 is my dream car... one day I'll have one.
Link Posted: 4/23/2016 4:03:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/23/2016 4:04:10 PM EDT by handym3000]
here is the low down

the 996 series the non turbo version look for the ims bearing to be replaced

you really want the turbo version, seriously. they are the better engine and the one you want. they do not have the ims problem at all and are really good engines

pony up the money and 35k will get you a really nice turbo.
Link Posted: 4/23/2016 7:56:00 PM EDT
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pony up the money and 35k will get you a really nice turbo.
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'02-'05 996TT coupe, manual, under 60K miles you start in high 40's. 35K might get you an '01 with high miles and a tiptronic. Depends on what you consider really nice.

I test drove an '01 996 that the dealer listed at $18.5K. 55K miles, manual, non-S, full leather interior. If somebody was inclined to take a gamble on the M96 the 996s are getting pretty cheap.
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