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    2003 Porsche 911

    I've still got the Subaru as a daily driver but I bought this a couple of months ago from a friend in Austin, Texas and drove it back (3,560km!) in about two and a half days. Here's the car on a chilly morning after a few hundred miles:



    It's an '03 911, so it's a facelifted 996 (i.e. 996.2). Pretty basic options package save for sunroof, full leather interior, Bose audio and Litronic lights. The previous owner used it on the track a lot, so it's got a bunch of stuff done:

    • Porsche center radiator
    • Mantis extended oil pan
    • Tarett strut-top mounts
    • Tarett drop-links
    • GMG anti-roll bars
    • Porsche GT3 coilovers
    • Function-First engine mounts
    • Function-First transmission mount inserts
    • Porsche 997 short-shift kit

    Engine is stock and exhaust is stock.

    It's pretty damn stiff on the street but the handling is amazing and the steering feel is just sublime. I recently threw a set of wheels & snow tires on it for the bad weather here, though I don't plan on driving it in actual snow storms if I can avoid it.

    A quick detour through the Cherohala Skyway between Tennessee and North Carolina produced this:



    And here it was at its new home in Boston, ~2300 miles after I started:



    I've got a Dension 500 adapter that should let me plug in an iPod/iPhone which I need to fit. The front strut-top mounts need a rebuild, but apart from that it goes great.
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    Nice!

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    I like it, well done!
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    Nice. What are they worth over there?

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    Thanks lads.

    Quote Originally Posted by womblesti View Post
    Nice. What are they worth over there?
    You're gonna hate me but I think I paid $23,500. About 88k miles when I bought it.

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    looks great, wish they were that sort of price here
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    Get Mcfucked. Is that AUD or US?

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    996 is the performance bargain of the century at the moment, well purchased.
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    Fantastic.

    ~40k will buy one similar in AU, maybe more kms.

    IMS engine fix?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stix Zadinia View Post
    looks great, wish they were that sort of price here
    By the post below I'm surprised they're $40k in Oz, I thought they were closer to 50-60.

    Quote Originally Posted by landbarge View Post
    Get Mcfucked. Is that AUD or US?

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    USD. I actually paid a bit over market value, but because I know the previous owner I was willing to go up a bit because he's meticulous. You can get them in the high teens all day long, now.

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    Yeah, well, I had to get divorced first.

    don't forget the Subaru. Or the El Camino..

    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    996 is the performance bargain of the century at the moment, well purchased.
    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    Fantastic.

    ~40k will buy one similar in AU, maybe more kms.

    IMS engine fix?
    Thanks guys. Yeah, it has the LN Engineering IMS fix. I have the receipt and the little barcode in the engine bay.

    It's pretty sad, you go on the Rennlist or Pelican Parts forums and every other post is "zomg if you don't get IMS done it'll explode yesterday". IMHO the problem is overblown, pun not intended but totally intended

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    40k AUD would be first gen 996

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    yeah $40k would be a first gen automatic in a weird colour, or a cabrio
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    Awesome car, I would love one of those but... yeah 3 times the price in Aus.

    Also I hate that you stole my username. I had to compromise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    Fantastic.

    ~40k will buy one similar in AU, maybe more kms.

    IMS engine fix?
    Cheapest 2003 is $50k, auto convertible and 100k+. Seems to be $70 to $80k for similar here.

    Nice pickup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [SPESHAL] View Post
    Cheapest 2003 is $50k, auto convertible and 100k+. Seems to be $70 to $80k for similar here.

    Nice pickup!
    woo, didnt realise the .2 was such a step up.
    What are the main differences?

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    Damn. No excuse not to drive an awesome car in the US then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeavis View Post
    Awesome car, I would love one of those but... yeah 3 times the price in Aus.

    Also I hate that you stole my username. I had to compromise.
    I didn't steal it I used to be Chris W in the AutoSpeed days, and then just Chris when we moved to PF. Years ago a mod (Simon?) changed it as an homage to days gone by...

    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    woo, didnt realise the .2 was such a step up.
    What are the main differences?
    This article has a few of the differences. The 996.2 had a facelift with better headlights (no more "fried egg"), upgraded motor from 3.4L to 3.6L, slightly better interior and some other improvements. I'm not sure you could get Litronic (aka Xenon) headlights on the 996.1 models either, I think you were stuck with halogen.

    Quote Originally Posted by womblesti View Post
    Damn. No excuse not to drive an awesome car in the US then.
    Yeah, stuff here is crazy cheap.

    I haven't done much to the car in the past year. Big thing was a failing regulator on the alternator. When cold, the charging voltage would be ~13V but would drop over time until you were at ~11V about 15 minutes into your drive. Then you'd get warning lights galore and eventually stall due to the ECU running out of power. I pulled the alternator, replaced the regulator module with a new one from Bosch, about $40. Has idled at 14V ever since!

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    How's the El Camino going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marv View Post
    How's the El Camino going?
    I think it's gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marv View Post
    How's the El Camino going?
    Quote Originally Posted by Gammaboy View Post
    I think it's gone.
    Yeah it is. Sold it at a big loss and have felt fucking great (no italics) ever since. Best thing to do was to get rid of it!

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    Nice car, that's a long drive for under three days! Anything 996 is such a bargain in comparison to other models.

    I wonder if it will be possible to import Uk cars to Australia when the new import laws come in (admittedly i know very little about it), they are also very cheap in the UK - around 15k, Turbo's 30k.

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