"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."
"This is a Great car. I purchased it from the original owner in 2000 with 20,000 miles. I reluctantly sold the car in 2005 with 59,000 miles. I just re purchased the same car in 2009 from the same person i sold it too in 2005. The car has 75,000 miles.
It is the ONE!!!!"
"Definitely the most fun car I've ever owned. It's almost impossible to describe the feel of hitting the gas and going from 70 to 120 in a blink of the eye and still accelerate if you want to. Top that off by cruising with the top down and it can't be beat. Engine has been bulletproof, however, accessories such as A/C and convertible top transmissions have had to replaced at about $2K each. If you don't drive it for a couple weeks, the battery will drain running the clock, etc. Otherwise, I don't plan to trade it out anytime soon."
"One of the best cars I have ever owned. Incredible driving experience be it on the highway or in town.
It also never fails to turn heads whether stopped at a light or moving quickly down the road.
Quality build and afordable to maintain if you take care as needed."
"These cars are worth much more in the marketplace than newer 996's and high production numbers of 996's is only one factor. The 993 is the last air-cooled 911 and many 911 enthusiasts place a high premium on tradition. It also represented a high mark of 911 styling, a point proven when Porsche recaptured many of the 993's styling cues on its latest 911 iteration -- the 997 model."
"I've owned mine for 7 years and have enjoyed it very much. For a true exotic sports car, it is meant to be driven everyday and DRIVEN! I still get lots of attention, and the performance still beats the heck out of modern cars. 30 years from now, the 993 will still be a great car."
"Lacks nothing right down to the courtesy lights are perfect. No Mechanical, or paint problems, never been in an accident. Fair Weather vehicle not driven in snow and rarely (only if caught init) rain"
"I own this car and it's one of the best cars I have ever owned. The feel of this performer is unlike any other specially for its class and price! The performance and FEEL is all Porsche. Have owned it for 3 yrs and it has not seen a mechanic for any serious issues. other than normal maintenance (oil,B pads,engine belt once, wiper blades). I have only put 3,500 miles in 3 years but every mile has been on back roads of NC. With this 911 is something to experience at least once in a life time. The air cooled engine 911s are a perfect match for the mountain roads of western NC. Not as good on hot 90 degree summer days in the city. I basically drive this simple and refined machine on weekends, great feeling with the top down, nothing like it. Pure Porsche feel on these air cooled 911s that can take some degree of punishment...I'm a little careful not to ask too much from it..it can get away from you. I must have gotten a really good one... because i have had no problems in 3 years other than regular maintenance with my local everyday good mechanic. The 911 can be an everyday car, I prefer not to use it that way and it's just a personal choice. Most definitely for a Porsche enthusiast this 6 speed 285hp 911 model is made for you! Many complements and looks all day long. Loving it too. Tight steering, safe feel and good on gas keeping it under 5K rpms. It's as tough as a tank and I'm sure it can take plenty of punishment if you like to do that. Prices have rocketed on these 911 air cooled convertibles and hard to find them. Insurance super cheap in NC. Had one time the engine light come on.... freaked, but it was just a gas cap replacement after a few different opinions, and don't always trust everything you read on the internet about scary mechanical issues on this 911s, many bloggers are not mechanics. These cars, simply put, are wonderful and they give a lot of joy. Sometimes a repair or maintanace can be done by a good all around mechanic, not necessaryly a Porsche shop. If you like driving a performance car that is not too hard on the pocket and is all German with style this is it. It looks like serious business from all angles but the best is from the rear! Simple to drive. Respect for it on full throttle take offs and super tight turns. Look out if you over correct on dry pavement... a spin out most likely. DO NOT OVER CORRECT! If you don't know how to recover from a spin then don't gun it on tight turns. These 911s need to be respected. A safe recovery from a spin on a 911 is NOT an easy task. These cars will go where the steering is pointed to and that's no joke. Use it and love it respect it. Get one of these air cooled 911s for fun and if you take care of it you will never regret owning one. (tip for convertibles: do not open or close the top when car not level on all 4s, can loose your alignment quick and damage top). Every thing is simple about this car. Enjoy a 911!"
Pros: "Looks. Air cooled sound and road connectivity."
Cons: "You drive it and the miles add up."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"one twice. My first was a '77, then a '94 ( very quick !! ) an '02, '97 that I sold for a Gallardo. Sold the Lambo, bought my present '97, sold it for an '08 997. Added my present '97 again, sold my '08. The '97 is the best car I have ever driven. It connects with the pavement and doesn't let go. Glides from lane to lane smooth as can be, accelerates incredibly fast. I've driven Corvettes, Lambos' Vipers, Ferraris' and Mustangs. Quick ? Sure, but not quite the same. There a lot of other high line cars I haven't had the opportunity to drive. Probably never will, but that's OK. I love my 1997 993 Turbo. Period."
Cons: "Addicting, and the new 911s wont fill the void"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The best true 911. Air cooled 3.6 is just awesome. This is the final perfection of the true Porsche 911. All of the best qualities of the older 911s with all the modern conveniences. Though these cars are over 10-15 years old they still are modern and very useable/reliable. The modern 996/997 generations, while great cars, lost the true 911 character."
"I have driven this car off and on for the past 8 years, it is an amazing vehicle. If you are a drivers driver someone who enjoys the connection between you and the road this is the car for you. It lacks basics comforts such as bluetooth and cupholders, it also has the worst suspension of all time. My other cars have included SL's"