2001 996 C2 CSR

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ATM

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Monday 29th November 2021
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Lets start with some pics courtesy of EVO magazine. Article can be found here

https://www.evo.co.uk/porsche/911/15215/rpm-techni...









ATM

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Monday 29th November 2021
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So the article explains what this is better than I could. Its a modified 996 basically. RPM have been tweaking cars like this under the banner of CSR for a while now. My car was put together in 2014 and I bought it on Saturday. Then on Sunday we had snow so there hasn't been many photo opps. I did take a couple of videos to bore my mates but I'm not brave enough to share them with the world. I did take one snap at 7am.


LanceRS

2,010 posts

114 months

Monday 29th November 2021
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Very nice, an inspire purchase. Let’s just hope that it stops snowing and that you can get out and enjoy it.

Fishy Dave

869 posts

222 months

Monday 29th November 2021
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It was this model and series of articles that brought me close to buying an early 996. In the end I went for an air-cooled 3.2 Carrera instead, before I missed the boat, but still think your car look 'right'. The 996 gets better with age.

ATM

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Confession time. I already have a 996 and a 986 and a 981. So whats going on here?

In the long and distant past my first Porsche was a 986 Boxster gen 2 facelift. I used to believe the hype that a Boxster was not a real Porsche until I got to drive one at Thruxton on a driving experience type day where you drive a few different cars. The stand out car for me was the Boxster. It was that which made me decide to immediately buy one.

In the first 2 or 3 weeks of buying it I aquaplaned on the motorway and destroyed the car. It was rebuilt by my Insurance Co via an Approved Porsche Repairers and then I enjoyed the car for around 12 months. I loved that car. It was a Boxster S so the 3.2 version. It was a pretty basic car in terms of options and therefore had the standard suspension setup I believe. When I collected the car from the Repairers the owner basically took me aside to caution me. He explained that he had found the car was difficult to align even once he had replaced the damaged parts of the car. He therefore replaced some extra parts which he believed were already damaged prior to my accident. He also pointed to some of the tyres showing uneven wear and advised me to get 4 new tyres immediately which I did.

So I could have died that day and therefore I learned a valuable lesson. Always Always Always get every car I buy aligned immediately especially before committing to driving in heavy rain and always check I have good tyres especially on the inner edges and areas which are not easily visible. I didn't want to experience Aquaplaning ever again.

My next Porsche was a 997 C2S. When I got this I still had the Boxster but surprisingly I didn't drive the Boxster at all. I managed to do about 20,000 miles in the 997 in around 10 months. Compared to the Boxster it was just so much quicker, noisier, planted and even civilised all at the same time. It was my daily driver. It was still almost brand new and therefore had 3 years manufacturers warranty from Porsche. I thought IMS was some magazine which accountants read and bore score was how you talk about people you dislike.

During the Christmas break of 2005 I decided to nip over to Italy, like you do, while most of the continent was in the full throws of snow and blizzards. It was an epic journey which resulted in the now famous pics you see here - again - which I have been banding all over PH for years now. Yes Yes Yes there are being posted AGAIN. If you have seen these before you can skip to the end where I have added 4 bonus new pics.









Here I am in Italy at a car wash.



Here I am waiting to get on the Ferry on NY eve.


ATM

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My next Porsche was a 2012 981 Boxster S with PDK gearbox. I didn't really plan to buy this car. I just saw it advertised and thought I'd go for a look see. I had learned through these very pages that the original water cooled engine was known to be problematic but the 981 used a new engine and the PDK gearbox was tricky. I took the car for a little test drive and decided I had to have it. It had been almost 10 tears since I had driven a Porsche and I was immediately smitten. I enjoyed the car for around a year but I decided it lacked some drama or something was missing. It was a great all rounder which could do mundane stuff well and then excite a bit if you wanted to press on but I found the lack of feel a bit boring unless you were pushing it hard.

So I started to seek out something else with a bit more character and this is where the PH community persuaded me to try an early 996. I hunted round for a few months as not many cars came up for sale. Eventually I found one which was a bit rough around the edges but it had a big pile of bills for recent work. The main reason for all the work was the previous [previous] owner using the car for track days. This included some fancy KW Clubsport suspension, stiffer roll bars and bushes.



My plan was to live with the car for a bit and see if I liked it. The short answer is I did. My original 996 was rock hard and basically a bit too hard for daily driving. I still had the 981 and the 2 cars were polar opposites. I enjoyed driving the 996 better but if I just wanted to get from A to B then the 981 was a better choice. I started thinking about maybe selling both and trying another 997 with the newer engine or maybe a 987 when I had another Aquaplaning incident.



Yes I destroyed another Boxster by Aquaplaning but this time I knew the car was properly aligned and I had good matching tyres. The insurance company decided it was not economical to repair so they said the car was a write off. Being a sucker for a deal I asked about the option to buy back the wreckage and was surprised at how cheap this was and seemed to good to pass on so I bought back the wreck. The plan was to fix it up which has taken a little longer than I first thought but we are nearly there, maybe.




The upshot to all of this is I started daily driving the 996 full time in all weathers and all year round. This was back in the days when people drove to work - imagine that. I stopped thinking about trying different newer models and decided the 996 is the car for me and importantly the original 3.4 version. Thats the short version, I promise. I thought why not just stick with the car I have instead of constantly looking for the next car. I started thinking about tidying it up, maybe a repaint, maybe some mods to soften up the ride and maybe some small improvements here and there. Around 4 or 5 months ago I saw the CSR car for sale. At the time I thought that's nice and perhaps some of those mods I could copy. But I didn't think about buying it because I had decided I had found my 996 and I needed to stick instead of constantly chasing the next car. Then I saw it advertised for sale again and thought you know what why the hell not. It basically has all the mods I'd like to do to mine - sort of - and therefore I can just buy a different car which is similar to mine but all the work has been done already.

Ok I think that's enough waffling from me for now.

I will just say that the car feels good. There is plenty of feedback, the interior is very squeak and rattle free - its not perfect - the bodywork is in very good shape and importantly the suspension has some compliance compared to my other 996. In summary it feels like the 996 I have been thinking about creating with mine. Hopefully this is the car for Me.

HughG

3,337 posts

218 months

Monday 29th November 2021
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I didn’t know about your past 997, must have been some bang when whatever it was hit the screen!

Looking forward to following this, very similar mods that I want to do to mine.

Baked_bean

1,846 posts

169 months

Monday 29th November 2021
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Watching this with interest, your posts about the 996 in the early 996 thread helped seal me buying my example. Would love to try a CSR.

LazyMechanic

493 posts

8 months

Monday 29th November 2021
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I have a 3.4 996, there is something about that engine I just love.

The 996 is so, so, so geo dependant, it is amazing how much you can change the feel by changing the geo, the steering, the levels of understeer/oversteer and ultimate grip.

They are just such good cars.

That look super mate. Enjoy it!

CJM36

115 posts

29 months

Tuesday 30th November 2021
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This is awesome!

Already loved your other 996, this is even better. Some collection of Porsche’s you’ve got now too.

Well done and congrats, look forward to following

Zaim

139 posts

182 months

Tuesday 30th November 2021
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Would love a CSR. Keep checking RPM's website and only see prices rising for 2nd hand, and now they've hidden the configurator so I can't do man maths in bed (that does sound right, very right!).

jonny996

2,439 posts

194 months

Tuesday 30th November 2021
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ATM, you have taken the love of the 996 to another level, respect.............

ATM

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196 months

Tuesday 30th November 2021
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jonny996 said:
ATM, you have taken the love of the 996 to another level, respect.............
When you know you know.

marky911

4,198 posts

196 months

Tuesday 30th November 2021
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Wow nice purchase.

I think you were busy bombing up the motorway for my old car once, then my mate said he’d have it. Sorry again about that. Bit of a bizarre weekend.

Anyway I’m sure that CSR will serve you well.
Well known car in all the Porsche press and a lovely looking thing. bandit

ATM

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Tuesday 30th November 2021
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Yes mate, that was me.

ditchvisitor

1,189 posts

198 months

Tuesday 30th November 2021
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Very nice car that, good spec and lots of recent work. I test drove it and almost swapped my V8 Vantage for it with the guy you bought it from. Unfortunately though coming from a 996 GT3 I couldn’t cope with the lack of ‘zinginess’ at the top end of the Rev range.

delays

755 posts

192 months

Tuesday 30th November 2021
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Saw this for sale, was also tempted to make an offer. Glad it went to a good home.

Also good to make the connection between the 997 road trip pics and the other Porsche fleet.

I’m always banging on about this, but the CSR has Pole Position seats, right?

Filibuster

2,087 posts

192 months

Wednesday 1st December 2021
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I couldn't really find a press photograph of your interior.
Is this it?


ATM

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Wednesday 1st December 2021
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Filibuster said:
I couldn't really find a press photograph of your interior.
Is this it?

Yes that's my car but the gear knob has now changed to a wooden version, there are no Porsche badges on the seats and the white lettering has been subtly greyed out.

ATM

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