Super-cheap 996s

Something I enjoy doing is browsing classified adverts – the Internet makes this so easy. Go to Autotrader.co.uk and enter ‘Porsche’ and ‘911’ and start dreaming of your dream garage.

You can set parameters, too, which is an interesting exercise. I’ve just searched on 996s for under £15,000 and a handful of cars came up, the cheapest being just over £13,000. Now, to me that’s just mad – I can remember the 996 being a brand-new and, for me, unattainable car. Now, 11 years on, it’s almost too attainable!

Trouble is, it’s all too easy to get excited about these apparent bargains and then be totally deflated when you go and see one. My experience with rock-bottom priced 996s has always been disappointing. The cars have been scruffy and felt, well, tired to drive. They failed to excite me in a way a 911 should and I felt no desire to buy one.

Also, most of the cheapest 996s are Tiptronics, which are less sought after. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a Tip if that’s what  you’re after but, for me, it makes the cars even less exciting.

They also tend to be high mileage –I’ve seen one with 140,000 on the clock. Nothing wrong with that if the car has been well maintained but, sadly, 996s don’t seem to wear well and the high mileage just contributes to the tiredness.

So what’s the answer? Well, I’ve not driven every super-cheap 996 out there and there could well be some delights out there. Just make sure you buy carefully and get the car checked out in advance.

Alternatively, wait until you can afford to spend, say, £16,000 which will open up your options to some decent early 996s. Or, why not look for a 964, SC or 3.2 Carrera? All of which you can find for comfortable less than £15,000.

Now, if you’ve bought a good 996 for under £15,000 and can prove me wrong, I’d love to hear from you!

Comments (2)

  • Andrew N

    Not under £15k but not too far off: 1999/T Carrera 4 manual on 73k for £15,200. Spent £700 so far on front stone chips, poor rear quarter repair and split rim polish. Now virtually mint, only niggles like broken pass seat recliner, alloy hub scabs and PSM button loose. However your 996 engine failure article has me doubly worried over little things like overheating type smell and rough idle running!

  • Dave

    Agree on this. When looking for my 996 C4 Cabriolet i looked at 996’s that were around £15k and all were high mileage ones which werent that well looked after. The one i bought was advertised for £18, 750 and i got it for less, with 58k on the clock and its immaculate. Spent nothing on it in th 2 months i’ve had it. Engine behaving as it should.