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    996 tt changes from 2001 on . . .

    hi, new here, test drove a 996tt and was quite impressed.
    what are the major changes on 996tt from 2001 on to 2005?
    '01 and '02s are quite affordable, saw a '04 X50 with 3K miles for $115K today as well. what concerns on first years, if any.... what are the major changes for the series ?
    saw a 01 with very heavy clutch feel, car cold on the show room... today, '04 x50 was very light clutch feel. . .

    any particular mech issues with earlier models?

    any info/comments would be appreciated.

    jim R
    jjrho@adelphia.net
    so calif

    Re: 996 tt changes from 2001 on . . .

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    james R said:
    hi, new here, test drove a 996tt and was quite impressed.
    what are the major changes on 996tt from 2001 on to 2005?
    '01 and '02s are quite affordable, saw a '04 X50 with 3K miles for $115K today as well. what concerns on first years, if any.... what are the major changes for the series ?
    saw a 01 with very heavy clutch feel, car cold on the show room... today, '04 x50 was very light clutch feel. . .

    any particular mech issues with earlier models?

    any info/comments would be appreciated.

    jim R
    jjrho@adelphia.net
    so calif



    Well, for one, the 2001 and 2002 models don't have the MOST fiber-optic infrastructure, so if you are planning on any audio upgrades, they're the better choice. Also, the early cars are somewhat lighter (the ones without the glove box). Nothing really different, though.

    Re: 996 tt changes from 2001 on . . .

    Definetely get X50 if you can afford it but be careful, a lot of 996 Turbo have been modded by the owner and you may not be aware of it when buying the car (tuning reversed but the extra stress may have an impact on engine/drivetrain life). If you don't buy from an official Porsche dealer, ask the seller to come with you to the next official dealer of your confidence and let them check the engine ECU for suspicious things, like for example how many times the ECU has been written to. More than one time and you should be suspicious and ask questions.

    The first cars (MY 2001/2002) were slightly lighter but the later cars had more powerful engines from the start, so I would definetely go with a MY 2003 or later, maybe a 2002 if you can't find something cheap. But to be honest, none of the model years have specific issues/problems, the 996 Turbo runs...or not. It is a pretty reliable car in my opinion, the engine is bulletproof. One of our buddies has already 100000 km (not 10000 but really 100000) with his tuned 996 Turbo (600 HP) and still drives the same gearbox, same engine and even the same clutch(!).

    Re: 996 tt changes from 2001 on . . .

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    RC said:
    Definetely get X50 if you can afford it but be careful, a lot of 996 Turbo have been modded by the owner and you may not be aware of it when buying the car (tuning reversed but the extra stress may have an impact on engine/drivetrain life). If you don't buy from an official Porsche dealer, ask the seller to come with you to the next official dealer of your confidence and let them check the engine ECU for suspicious things, like for example how many times the ECU has been written to. More than one time and you should be suspicious and ask questions.

    The first cars (MY 2001/2002) were slightly lighter but the later cars had more powerful engines from the start , so I would definetely go with a MY 2003 or later, maybe a 2002 if you can't find something cheap. But to be honest, none of the model years have specific issues/problems, the 996 Turbo runs...or not. It is a pretty reliable car in my opinion, the engine is bulletproof. One of our buddies has already 100000 km (not 10000 but really 100000) with his tuned 996 Turbo (600 HP) and still drives the same gearbox, same engine and even the same clutch(!).



    Christian - What power difference do you refer to? I thought 996 TT's have stock 309 kW / 420 HP throughout all MY's

    Re: 996 tt changes from 2001 on . . .

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    Phil_996 said:
    Quote:
    RC said:
    Definetely get X50 if you can afford it but be careful, a lot of 996 Turbo have been modded by the owner and you may not be aware of it when buying the car (tuning reversed but the extra stress may have an impact on engine/drivetrain life). If you don't buy from an official Porsche dealer, ask the seller to come with you to the next official dealer of your confidence and let them check the engine ECU for suspicious things, like for example how many times the ECU has been written to. More than one time and you should be suspicious and ask questions.

    The first cars (MY 2001/2002) were slightly lighter but the later cars had more powerful engines from the start , so I would definetely go with a MY 2003 or later, maybe a 2002 if you can't find something cheap. But to be honest, none of the model years have specific issues/problems, the 996 Turbo runs...or not. It is a pretty reliable car in my opinion, the engine is bulletproof. One of our buddies has already 100000 km (not 10000 but really 100000) with his tuned 996 Turbo (600 HP) and still drives the same gearbox, same engine and even the same clutch(!).



    Christian - What power difference do you refer to? I thought 996 TT's have stock 309 kW / 420 HP throughout all MY's



    He meant to say that the newer cars posted better numbers than the earlier ones. For example, a 2001 996TT posted about 14.8 seconds from 0-200 km/h, while a later model posted 13.9 seconds. Porsche quitely upped the power, in order for the Turbo to be able to compete.

     
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