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    996 vs. 997

    So far in the early stages of the 997's, there seems to be a number of things that have gone wrong for some people. Yes, many have no issues whatsoever which is great, but we seem to address the ones with the problems on this board.
    Just wondering.....back when the 996 was introduced, were there as many, or similar kinds of issues/problems as the ones we've heard about with the 997? Or was it better? or possibly worse? Are first year P-cars usually like this? Does Porsche tend to push something out on the market in order to get something new out, and then over the next year or so weed out the problems that might develop in the car?
    I wasn't into board discussions yet when the 996 came out, so I don't know what it was like then...but there seems to be a number of problems already for the 997....not just the usual RMS issue.

    Re: 996 vs. 997

    The only way to really know for sure would be to some how get a hold of P's repair stats. I would doubt that P would try to rush things and would suspect that the 997 is experiencing the same teething problems as other models. With added technology there are probably more things that can go wrong these days.

    Re: 996 vs. 997

    JP66 said:
    I don't know what it was like then...but there seems to be a number of problems already for the 997....not just the usual RMS issue.

    I think the best you can say is the most obvious.

    Porsche knows how to successfully introduce completely new models

    New models are problematic and Porsche must be totally alert to how crucial it is that they solve all those problems fast.

    In a year (or some innocuous length of time) this scary initial surge of problems will be forgotten.

    Would be nice if I could, obsess on something else and come back in a year and order one.

    my $.02

    Re: 996 vs. 997

    I find these days that regardless of what manufacturer you choose when you make your purchase, you risk faults and problems. The more electronic stuff you have in your car, the greater the chance it will be in 'the shop'.

    I have moved from Mercedes Benz to Porsche after experiencing countless problems on the Mercs. In three years, I purchased three of them and every one of them was at the dealer countless times. some of the problems were - an exploding steering pump (left me stranded and my heart pounding) on an AMG SLK32. A fault where the engine would just cut out and massive jerking in an A Class (this car went through an 18 month legal battle to deem it as dangerous. We eventually settled out of court). And then my CL55 was at the dealer more times than it was in my garage due to a mass of electronic glitches. Suffice to say that I will never touch another MB again. But this was due more to the complete lack of care and attention by the dealer network!

    MB claim that they are now removing a lot of the features in their cars that are not used that often by the public as this is the cause of the problems. Unfortunately, as the 997 is new, there will be a few teething problems (some worse than others such as in Skip's case). Let's just hope that there is the back up support to deal with them whilst they are being ironed out. Fortunately, I haven no problems with my C2S (touch wood) and if there were, I could probably cope JUST SO LONG AS THE DEALERS do their utmost to resolve the problems. I find that the stress is not so much down to the vehicle itself, but more to the lack of interest from the manufacturer.

    Re: 996 vs. 997

    Basalt, you are so right. We enjoy incredible cars and, unfortunately our fair share of problems that comes along with driving low production semi-exotic cars. My new '96 C4s got a new engine at 3k miles, My '97 C2s- a new engine at 2k miles, my 2001 turbo, a new engine at 800 miles. So why do I have a new '05 C2s that just got back from the dealer for a new clutch, pressure plate and flywheel..? Good dealer support. My local dealer has done everything possible to keep me happy and driving my favorite car (s). I would rather drive a Porsche with a few teething pains than a Camry that never has a problem.



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