Pros: "Fun, Fast, Attractive, Refined when driven lightly"
Cons: "Slim seats (I'm 175), Less than impressive speaker"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this because I'm getting too old to ride a crotch rocket motorcycle. My reflexes aren't what they used to be and that can equal death on a motorcycle. This IS a crotch rocket on 4 wheels. The engine has a similar higher rpm powerband and propels the car like a slingshot. Additionally, the rear engine and racing tone give me sort of a "street" indy car feeling. I'm afraid to break it but can't help but "use" the performance every now and then. It doesn't disappoint. @ $22k for an engine...I PRAY to never blow it up. The car feels more comfortable @ 90 than 45...etc. I find myself taking the freeway for things like getting ice cream, gas, etc. A pure addiction, I LOOK for reasons to take it out. FUN CAR."
Pros: "fun to drive, ok m.p.g., great handling, looks"
Cons: "unreliable, high maintenance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"I bought this car to replace my 1994 Nissan 300zx. I bought it with about 60,000 miles on it and have driven it about 15K miles in the last 3 years. The car is lots of fun to drive, has some quickness, feels light, steering has great road feel. The ride is much more comfortable than I expected, even on bad roads and gas mileage is a fairly pleasant 19 mp.g. in mixed driving.
On the other hand the interior looks very chintzy and plasticky for a luxury sports car but the real issue is reliability. Soon after buying it I had the rear main seal leak (very common). Due to the all electronics the battery will also die if not driven often and the electronic hood release doesn't seem like a well thought out feature. The main issue is a stalling issue that the dealer can't fix. Spent thousands (replace purge valve 3x, carbon canister 2x, and a host of other things). Getting rid of it since car can't seem to be fixed and isn't really driveable currently.
Would I buy another - yes. It is so sharp and fun to drive I might try once more but I wouldn't own another 996 model if it was given for free."
"Bought from a dealer with 30K on the clock, everything worked and all required maint. had been performed by previous owner. 6 Speed w 18" factory alloys and Ltd slip. Car is much more civilized than earlier models, suitable for highway cruising in comfort. Good A/C and sound systems. Acceleration, braking and handling are superior to anything in it's price range, and maybe anything available. It has never broken, been towed, or even needed anything other than routine maintenance.
Replaced the tires with Sumitomo HTR ZIII vs Pirelli's P Zero Rosso and its an entirely different car. Rides better, road noise is less, and the handling / braking is the same or better.
I have owned Boxsters, Early 911's, 928's, and 944's, and this is unquestionably the best Porsche available. Highly recommend a 996 or 997 to anyone seeking a great performance 2 seater."
"I have owned quite a few high end sports cars over the years, but none have come close to this one in terms of balancing incredible performance with practicality. I had a Ferrari for several years, which was a fun and beautiful car, that it spent half its life in the shop. This car makes it's semi-annual visits to the Porsche dealer for sevicing and nothing more."