what is an 'early' 3.4 996?

what is an 'early' 3.4 996?

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stuckmojo

2,495 posts

165 months

Friday 6th May
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OnTheBreadline said:
Your number plate has gone weird from lack of daylight.
Funny enough the front one had to be taped back together as it got stuck to the car cover. Now I need new plates.

ATM

14,697 posts

196 months

Friday 6th May
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stuckmojo said:



- Ignition switch is starting to be a bit sticky - it's a £15 piece and easy enough DIY
I've got 2 cars with this problem. I thought it needed a full replacement unit from OPC. What's this £15 part?

Fresh Prince

515 posts

149 months

Friday 6th May
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I had forgotten just how good an early 996 is to drive. They really do come alive when you push them a bit. I bought a ‘98 C2 recently to try alongside my Box 987S. Being 5 and 3, my children are now of an age where they both want to go in the “sporty” car, which I obviously can’t do in a 987.

The plan was to try the 996 for a bit, and if it fitted into my lifestyle then swap both for a 997. But the 996 is so good I’m wondering if perhaps the answer is just to sell the Boxster (if I can bring myself to do it after so many years) and drive the 996. It’s been interesting comparing the two on back to back drives over the last few weeks. Pros and cons on each side. But somehow the 996 manages to feel more “special” even though it’s in a much lower spec than my 987. And it’s hands down better to drive, although I wonder how true this would be if I was comparing a Cayman (or a cabrio 996 which my kids would probably prefer).

Early 996s are a 911 I enjoy driving immensely.




stuckmojo

2,495 posts

165 months

Friday 6th May
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ATM said:
I've got 2 cars with this problem. I thought it needed a full replacement unit from OPC. What's this £15 part?
https://frazerpart.com/products/986-boxster-996-ig...

OnTheBreadline

12,885 posts

157 months

Friday 6th May
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stuckmojo said:
ATM said:
I've got 2 cars with this problem. I thought it needed a full replacement unit from OPC. What's this £15 part?
https://frazerpart.com/products/986-boxster-996-ig...
Fan control, eh? I have an intermittent problem with mine where the A/C display will show a "normal" display, but the actual fan unit doesn't kick in until I start to move - even if the display shows the fan speed on full. I just thought it was a loose connection or a failing fan unit, but at 155k miles an ignition switch may well be starting to die I guess.

Thanks for that smile

jonny996

2,440 posts

194 months

Friday 6th May
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I am sure that the BBC props department recorded my A/C fan for the sounds affect of the TARDAS in Dr Who

ATM

14,697 posts

196 months

Friday 6th May
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Fresh Prince said:
I had forgotten just how good an early 996 is to drive. They really do come alive when you push them a bit. I bought a ‘98 C2 recently to try alongside my Box 987S. Being 5 and 3, my children are now of an age where they both want to go in the “sporty” car, which I obviously can’t do in a 987.

The plan was to try the 996 for a bit, and if it fitted into my lifestyle then swap both for a 997. But the 996 is so good I’m wondering if perhaps the answer is just to sell the Boxster (if I can bring myself to do it after so many years) and drive the 996. It’s been interesting comparing the two on back to back drives over the last few weeks. Pros and cons on each side. But somehow the 996 manages to feel more “special” even though it’s in a much lower spec than my 987. And it’s hands down better to drive, although I wonder how true this would be if I was comparing a Cayman (or a cabrio 996 which my kids would probably prefer).

Early 996s are a 911 I enjoy driving immensely.



I went through a phase of wanting a 997 but am now out the other side and embracing the 9x6 addiction. Newer isn't necessarily better.

Don't downgrade from a 996 to a 997. Instead upgrade from a 987 to a 986.


Earl of Hazzard

3,279 posts

135 months

Friday 6th May
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I've been fortunate to have been a passenger in a couple of pre facelift 996s - and tbh they were what I've been looking. However, a mate of mine recently purchased a 3.6 996 C2 manual.
Having driven this and looked at the changes that Porsche made between the pre and post facelifts, why do these not seem to be as desirable? I mean it handles so well, and it really shifts!
I'm now looking at these instead however the prices blur with the 997 gen 1 3.6.
I know that condition is really the most important factor, but it does make it difficult to choose between the three variants.

ATM

14,697 posts

196 months

Friday 6th May
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Earlier cars are a little bit lighter, less civilised, less sanitised, more raw, less modern etc. Very early cars have different piston coating which can reduce bore scoring risk too. Front track is narrower on the gen 1 which can make them feel more lively too.

alan-87

379 posts

182 months

Friday 6th May
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ATM said:
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Don't downgrade from a 996 to a 997. Instead upgrade from a 987 to a 986.
I've got a lovely low owner, low mileage very well maintained 986 taking up driveway space now that I've got my C2....whistle


Fresh Prince

515 posts

149 months

Saturday 7th May
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alan-87 said:
ATM said:
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Don't downgrade from a 996 to a 997. Instead upgrade from a 987 to a 986.
I've got a lovely low owner, low mileage very well maintained 986 taking up driveway space now that I've got my C2....whistle

Please don’t! One of the reasons I went for a 987 rather than a 986 when I bought mine, was that I thought it would be easier for me to sell. I used to play Porsche Challenge on the Sony PlayStation, and that’s what made me decide that I’d get a Boxster one day. I’ve driven a few 986s and I know that if I were to buy one, I’d probably never sell. Lots of emotional attachment.

Agree with ATM that the earlier ones feel more alive to drive. However my problem is that the 987 makes a better daily than the 996, and I’m now using the 996 so much that perhaps a 997 would be better for my usage profile. 991 would probably be even better as a daily but I can’t afford one, so moot.

Scho

2,475 posts

180 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Spotted this in town earlier (mcr). Chap said he had fusch over from Germany shooting the car. Looked absolutely superbo.

HughG

3,337 posts

218 months

Thursday 12th May
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Minor service, brake fluid and MoT done on mine last week, advisories on effectiveness of the handbrake and slight play in one of the Meyle rear toe arms that I replaced 21 months ago were the only things. I’ll go back to Design 911 and see if they can do anything on that one.

I took it to a gig on Friday night with our neighbour and enjoyed driving it slightly slower than I usually do.

Alas between this and other projects I’ve been haemorrhaging money for a few months so it’s going to be tucked up and SORN’d from the end of the month.

ATM said:
HughG said:
I’m glad he’s enjoying it now. You’ve not helped my thoughts of moving my 17” 10spokes on instead of getting tyres for them though.
I'll buy them if you're selling. If you need some more inspiration to keep then look here
I dropped you an email via your profile last week.

ATM

14,697 posts

196 months

Thursday 12th May
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HughG said:
Minor service, brake fluid and MoT done on mine last week, advisories on effectiveness of the handbrake and slight play in one of the Meyle rear toe arms that I replaced 21 months ago were the only things. I’ll go back to Design 911 and see if they can do anything on that one.

I took it to a gig on Friday night with our neighbour and enjoyed driving it slightly slower than I usually do.

Alas between this and other projects I’ve been haemorrhaging money for a few months so it’s going to be tucked up and SORN’d from the end of the month.

ATM said:
HughG said:
I’m glad he’s enjoying it now. You’ve not helped my thoughts of moving my 17” 10spokes on instead of getting tyres for them though.
I'll buy them if you're selling. If you need some more inspiration to keep then look here
I dropped you an email via your profile last week.
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GaryG182

268 posts

200 months

Friday 13th May
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I’m after an aero kitted car if anyone knows of one coming up for sale?

Hoping to look at the silver one on autotrader at £19k but not sure on the space grey interior and it’s quite high mileage for the money 🤔

Sublime

114 posts

196 months

Friday 13th May
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GaryG182 said:
I’m after an aero kitted car if anyone knows of one coming up for sale?

Hoping to look at the silver one on autotrader at £19k but not sure on the space grey interior and it’s quite high mileage for the money ??
Mine's got a space grey interior which is not too light but does lift the interior slightly. Much better than the grey on the .2 cars. It's one of those that you'd have to see in person and will either like or not.

conanius

534 posts

175 months

Saturday 14th May
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I've just joined the club !

early 996 3.4 C2 Manual - absolutely elated with it.

shalmaneser

5,300 posts

172 months

Saturday 14th May
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conanius said:
I've just joined the club !

early 996 3.4 C2 Manual - absolutely elated with it.
Pics required. Good time to buy I reckon, prices definitely softened recently.

Baked_bean

1,849 posts

169 months

Sunday 15th May
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crxdave said:
Hi all, I'm a couple of months into 996 ownership and really enjoying it (can't believe I waited so long to get one!). Few little bits to do on the car to get it up to standard mechanically, but otherwise just hoping to enjoy driving the thing!

Hope you are getting along with it, I miss it now to be honest!

deckster

7,410 posts

232 months

Monday 16th May
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OnTheBreadline said:
stuckmojo said:
ATM said:
I've got 2 cars with this problem. I thought it needed a full replacement unit from OPC. What's this £15 part?
https://frazerpart.com/products/986-boxster-996-ig...
Fan control, eh? I have an intermittent problem with mine where the A/C display will show a "normal" display, but the actual fan unit doesn't kick in until I start to move - even if the display shows the fan speed on full. I just thought it was a loose connection or a failing fan unit, but at 155k miles an ignition switch may well be starting to die I guess.

Thanks for that smile
This was timely as my sticky ignition key developed into fans not running and other weirdness last week. Ordered from the above link and fitted it this morning, all is well once more thumbup

It's a fiddly job but not hard, and the only thing I will mention is that the video guides out there are all made from LHD cars, in which the switch is mounted upside down when compared to UK models. This means that in our cars it's practically speaking impossible to get to the grub screws without removing the side ventilation panel. In my case this was a bonus as it meant that I could also reattach the ventilation flap which hasn't worked for years biggrin