"Bought it new in October 1996 and have used it as a weekend car for special rides. We packed it to the gills for a great trip form L.A. to Santa Fe and back. Really fabulous roadcar.
The only problem was the carbon buildup due to the USA catalytic converter but I went ahead with a full top end re-build as I plan to keep the car till they carry me out of it.
I am pleased to notice that the new 2010 version of the 911 looks very much like my 993 - with similar headlights and even the reflectors going part way accross the tail.
There is really nothing like the sound of the air-cooled, flat six at 4,000+ RPM when it gets up on the cams with that "chain saw ripping through metal" sound!
I like the LACK of things like cup holders and computer driving aids since I really have to pay attention to my driving or I will end up in the weeds. This is a very responsive car that slips though traffic like a salmon going upstream. Extreemly reliable and can be a daily driver."
"I've owned a 98 993 Cab since 2001 and have put 30k miles on it including several thousand race track miles in high performance driving events. It's an absolute classic and the last 911 that was true to the original "form follows function" engineering philosophy, especially the interior which is downright spartan by contemporary standards (no tilt steering, no cup holder, poor quality stereo).
I also own a 997 which is a very modern car by all standards. While newer 911's are highly capable and comfortable, the 993's will earn their place as the last of the true 911's dating back to the late 60's. The car feels like it was carved from a solid block of steel. The doors close with a solid and gratifying "THUNK" and the steering has a telepathic connection to the road surface. Simply incredible.
It always feels like a special car when I drive it even if it is a bit raw and unrefined compared to it's younger sibling. To own a 993 is to own a piece of history. Porsche isn't making cars like this anymore."
"I've always wanted one but never saw the point to owning one on this continent of turtle-like speed limits. I'm glad I finally took the plunge though. Its a toy; an evening and weekend driver and its fun just driving it at any speed on the quiet country back roads.
A PCA driving instructor took me out in his 993 that was stock other than the Moton shocks. This is one very capable car and almost a waste to own for street use."
"I have owned 3 of these cars, they do not depreciate if you know how to buy and take care of regular maintenance. I made a mistake buying a Mercedes sl500 as it was nowhere near as reliable, nowhere near as fun. The 993 turns heads just as much as the latest and greatest on the road with a character that is magical when driving. I will always own one of these."
"3rd Porsche I have owned and best. Bought 4 years ago with 35,000 miles. Driven daily in summer to and from work (42 miles each way). 86,000 miles on it now. Great mpg at 25. Classic air-cooled Porsche. Only issue is tires. Given camber of rear wheel, tires experience excessive wear on interior face. Now switching rear tires at 10,000 miles to get 20,000 miles per pair."
"Car handles great. The power from this car is fun to have and mine is only the C2. Wish I had the turbo. Car's value has stayed the same or gone back up over the last few years, I would recommend buying one used if you have the chance."