Time passes and I’m selling my home, a detached house with lots of space, and moving to a flat. No garage space for any more hobbyist work means all my tools etc. have to go. Limited or indeed on street parking means my current two cars just won’t fit.
Combine the logistical parking challenges of two cars at a flat, mental worry about something happening to the 996 and that’s enough to make the decision to sell. It’s an overused and likely often not actually true phrase but I am gutted to see this car go. Actually feel like more of a custodian of the car and in some ways a traitor for letting her go! Make no mistake. The decision to sell is more of a forced one than choice.
Having a very well equipped garage, methodical nature and bags of enthusiasm I took the car off road to carry out what turned out to be some very extensive, expensive work. Mostly focused on the braking system, the core of this work was:
Front suspension dampers were also replaced. Genuine Bilstein items. All the brake components are Porsche or Pagid. As I went round the car anything that needed replaced was. Even most of the brackets etc. I took of the car were soda blasted and given a coat of paint just to tidy them up. I’m not saying the entire braking system is brand new but there’s been a massive amount of renewal work done here.
On top of this misc. parts which needed attention were renewed. Coffin arm, tie rod, lower control arm etc. Car has had a full four wheel alignment done post work and a fresh service.
I did keep a video log of much of the rebuild work. As you can imagine it’s fairly extensive so edited it down to a sensible set of highlights. They can be viewed here TODO.
Engine & gearbox
Nothing much to say here. Never tuned, chipped or messed around with. Regular servicing will have been a definite contributing factor to 8 years of no breakdowns, poor running etc. It’s a completely standard setup, 420 bhp I feel is enough to get you down the road.
Tiptronic box performs perfectly. They rarely cause trouble and this is no exception
Wheels & tyres
Excellent condition, genuine Turbo alloys. Replaced, brand new from Porsche approx. 4 years ago. Matched tyres - Michelin Pilot Sport up front, brand new. Continental Sport Contact on rear. After using Continental tyres exclusively for many years I made a decision to move to Pilot Sport's. Hence the different tyre choice up front. Key takeaway is the tyres are a first class premium brand and matched per axel.
In 2010 the car was stolen from my home. Damage was largely cosmetic and absolutely no chassis/engine/gearbox harm. A full repair was carried out by Porsche. I was very specific in my choice of garage carrying out the repair and the repair carries Porsche's lifetime warranty.
Mitchell Inglis were excellent. I made it clear I would want to see the car during repair process. As an aside, these guys are official repair centres for Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley & Porsche.
Have fun & make money
Porsche 996 turbo's are continuing to rise in price. I was considering selling this around one 18 months ago. Market price for this was around £26k. Now? Examples like this fetch more than £32k! This car has low miles, a great history and very well priced. What other modern car will allow you to have such fun and sell it at a profit in the future!?