This 996 911 on Cars and Bids is Affordable Sports Car Perfection

It’s no secret that the Porsche 911 is widely regarded as sports car perfection by car enthusiasts around the world. Unfortunately, they aren’t exactly easily achievable. The starting price of a brand new Porsche 911 is over $100,000. So it makes sense to explore the second-hand market to get an affordable taste of this icon. Currently, the most affordable generation of the 911 is undoubtedly the 996. Spanning from 1997 to 2004, the 996 offers rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, turbocharged, and track-focused variants. Even a base model, however, allows you to enjoy the Porsche experience without breaking the bank.

This 996 is a great contender for the perfect budget entry into Porsche.

Porsche 911 2001 | Cars and Auctions

This 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is currently for sale on Cars and Auctions. It’s a base model, which means its rear-wheel-drive and naturally aspirated. However, it has additional equipment that could make it the best entry-level Porsche currently on the market.

Given that it’s a base model, this 996 911 is Porsche’s most affordable trim level for this generation. Under the rear trunk lid is a 300-hp 3.4-liter flat-six engine that also produces 258 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, Porsche mated this engine to a six-speed manual transaxle. Although it lacks the roaring speed and power of a turbo model, it can still sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds.

Of course, a Porsche 911 isn’t just about straight-line speed. Accompanying that power and performance are signature Porsche handling characteristics, thanks to its weight balance and suspension system. Although Porsche fans often look down on the 996, it’s still unmistakably a 911. It loves to eat corners like nobody cares!

Interior of 2001 Porsche 911 996 Carrera 2 base coupe with technical and sport package

Interior Porsche 911 2001 | Cars and Auctions

This particular 996 911 also has excellent equipment. It has 18-inch sport design wheels that look absolutely stunning. Additionally, it features heated sports seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum and leather shift knob and handbrake grip cladding, and flared side sills. Finally, it has the Technic pack, which adds Litronic headlights, a hi-fi sound system and the on-board computer system.

It also has some tasteful modifications. It features a Tubi exhaust system, Flat Six Motorsports intake tube and high-flow air cleaner, along with a short shift kit.

Is a Porsche 996 reliable?

The biggest problem you will see people report about the 996 era Porsche 911 is that it suffers from IMS bearing failure. This is a bearing at the rear of the countershaft inside the engine. It is a postman sealed bearing and uses no oil. As a result, they can sometimes fail. The worst case scenario with a failing IMS bearing is often total engine failure.

However, that’s what makes this 996 the perfect one to buy. You see, there is a workaround for the IMS bearing problem. It replaces the IMS bearing with an oiled ring and adds a lubrication system that feeds off the oil filter. This particular 996 has already had this upgrade.

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Besides the IMS bearing situation, the Porsche 911 996 is widely regarded as an extremely reliable car. Many 996 models that are raced are well over 100,000 miles. So the fact that this Cars and Bids deal of a 996 only has 61,000 miles means it has years and years of play to come.

Plus, it comes with a service history, clean Carfax report, three keys, the original window sticker, owner’s manual and even a Porsche car cover. Past owners of this car have undoubtedly loved and maintained it.

As of this writing, this 996 only has one $20,000 offer. If luck is on the side of the winning bidder, there’s a chance this gorgeous car will find a new owner for less than $30,000. For less than a third of the price of its latest equivalent, you’d be crazy to think it’s not a bargain!

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