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    WOW! The Interiors Have Changed

    Whenever I sit in an early 911 (or even a 993) I get a lump in my throat. SUCH beautiful cars in those days, exactly what was necessary and everything that was needed. Easy on the eye and even an amazing seemingly panoramic view out the windshield!

    Who said the 997 references back to the original? Some marketing nut?

    Here's a comparision for your musing. What do you think?

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    regarding the tachometer, do you read your speed on the analogic at your left, or on the numeric just in front of you ?

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    yeah, notice the glass bezels?

    But what's really a shock is whats behind a 996/997 dashboard and how its attached. You don't want to know!

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    cartouche said:
    regarding the tachometer, do you read your speed on the analogic at your left, or on the numeric just in front of you ?



    Yeah, it's useless, the analog. WOW! that's a good point though, if it were on the right it might make a difference (not be so useless (for right-eyed people?)).

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    I see more similarities than differences. When I sat in my 997S for the first time I felt immediately comfortable in knowing where all the instruments and switches were. Reminded me of my '73 911S. Only exception being the PCM which I still haven't figured out

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    JimFlat6 said:
    yeah, notice the glass bezels?

    But what's really a shock is whats behind a 996/997 dashboard and how its attached. You don't want to know!




    I can imagine it - listening to all those squeaks and rattles

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    baboo said:
    Only exception being the PCM which I still haven't figured out



    Lol me too, sometimes I accidentally hit the NAV button and have some sultry voice telling me where to go and I can't figure out how to turn her off!

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    The first time I sat in a 997 I felt like I was sitting in my dads 86 911. I feel as if the 997 interior has more hints to the 993, 964, 930 interior than the original. The first 911 had nothing for the interior and was very spartan so I do agree that the 997 and the first 911 are not very similar with the interiors. But for instance, in the 993's, etc, the air conditioning vents are located in the same place, and of course the ignition and lights are on the left, tach still in the middle with the same orginization of the cluster (even if they might not have seperate spots for each gauge). In my opinion, everything is still there and how it was for the most part on earlier 911's. Porsche has had to change and adapt the interior through the year's but when I sit in a 997, my mind triggers to my dads old 911 instantly. The only thing I do wish 911's still had was that door thud, and the "sit on the windsheild" position.


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    MMD said:
    Whenever I sit in an early 911 (or even a 993) I get a lump in my throat. SUCH beautiful cars in those days, exactly what was necessary and everything that was needed. Easy on the eye and even an amazing seemingly panoramic view out the windshield!




    Yes, MMD, one of the "drawbacks" of modern safety standards for strengthening cars is stronger A-pillars, which also cuts down on visibility-which detracts slightly from safety.

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    TRUE mastery of a late 1980s 911 was not about taming the oversteer, but working the HVAC system . One had to push/pull various levers , buttons and switches in the dash and on that floor console ( and also a large twist knob behind the shifter not seen in this pic ) simultaneously to get it to even sorta work half right, as each location's settings seemed to cancel /contradict the other in an almost infinite number of permutations . And that was an improvement over what came before 1986 !



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    Al Pettee said:

    Yes, MMD, one of the "drawbacks" of modern safety standards for strengthening cars is stronger A-pillars, which also cuts down on visibility-which detracts slightly from safety.



    yeah, it sucks. They've ruined the view even more since they raised the new Boxster hood at windshield and ANOTHER inch or more has been lost. This time to increase pedestrian survivablility!

    Why not just reduce the interstate highway speed limit to 45. THINK of all the lives that would be saved! We'd have nicer views out the windshield too.

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    The new pedestrian survivabilty laws in Europe are to create enough air space between the car hood and the top of something HARD, like an engine part so that the inattentive jaywalker who steps in front of your car doesn't bash his skull and die but instead survive in a vegetative state . Some brands, like MBZ, will put airbags in the front grill that pop out , to meet this regulation .
    Porsche's mid and rear engined models are OK because there is basically nothing under the front hood.

     
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