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      02-19-2009, 11:34 PM   #23
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You would rather have an M3 than this?

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      02-19-2009, 11:34 PM   #24
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Because the 997 turbo is so radically different in design than the 996? The 993 (love 'em) to the 996 was a much bigger change. By far.
Actually they do look radically different. Bottom line is, if you have loved this body style for years, buy it and don't think twice. On the other hand if you are considering it just because you believe it to be monetarily "to good to pass up", than I would leave it for someone else. People get to wrapped up in the whole "it cost more therefore it's better" bit. It may be better on paper, but does it bring you more pleasure, this should be the deciding factor.
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      02-19-2009, 11:40 PM   #25
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YES!
without a doubt! sorry!
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You would rather have an M3 than this?

Not fair, that is a 993 turbo S, not what is mentioned in the thread.
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Not fair, that is a 993 turbo S, not what is mentioned in the thread.
But it's an old 911!

I am not a big fan of the 996 look, either. I doubt I would take a 996 TT over an M3. A GT3? Probably.

However a 993 TT or TT-S? Bye bye BMW, that is one of the best looking cars Porsche has ever made.
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But it's an old 911!

I am not a big fan of the 996 look, either. I doubt I would take a 996 TT over an M3. A GT3? Probably.

However a 993 TT or TT-S? Bye bye BMW, that is one of the best looking cars Porsche has ever made.
An old 911 is still an old 911.

The 993S is still awesome though.
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An old 911 is an old 911.
totally wrong IMO.
Porsche is a Porsche.TT is a TT.one of the best car in the world.whatever new or old.
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totally wrong IMO.
Porsche is a Porsche.TT is a TT.one of the best car in the world.whatever new or old.
Yep, one of the best cars in the world, an old 911 is still an old 911, nothing but a time machine can change that, so you are wrong IMO.
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Great to hear from someone with both. By "precise" do you mean that the Porsche gets a little tail happy? That could be a selling point. I haven't decided yet. Or, do you mean that the AWD causes understeer?
No not tail happy, b/c its AWD and I have to drive with traction off everywhere to really have fun in it. By saying the M3 is more "precise" I'm saying that its 'turn in' is much better. When you enter a fast, but tight turn (plenty of these in Austin) the M3's front end is planted on the road, where I've found the 996TT's to slightly understeer (which infuriates me of course). Sorry for not making that clear enough, I wrote that in a hurry last night before going to dinner.

A good side of the 996TT is that in the rain (and we have had a lot of that in Houston lately) the thing is always planted. It was pooring the other night and most drivers were on the freeway going 40mph, but I had the Turbo pegged on 85 and didn't feel any instance of slip. The 996TT is great for 4wheel drift in the wet as well, very controllable in this regard.

If you have any more questions, feel free to PM me. I actually drove the 996TT today as I'm trying to realize it's good qualities other than phenominal straight line pace.
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You would rather have an M3 than this?

My favorite "looking" 911 ever, behind the 993 GT2.
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An old 911 is an old 911.
All I'm saying is that it may be older, but for me it is about the driving experience, not having a flashy new looking car. I would definitely consider a 996 GT3 over an M3, and I did. However, I wanted a car as a DD that had a warranty. In terms of driving fun there are some older 911s that deliver more bang than a modern M3. Just my opinion--JC
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      02-20-2009, 03:34 PM   #36
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All I'm saying is that it may be older, but for me it is about the driving experience, not having a flashy new looking car. I would definitely consider a 996 GT3 over an M3, and I did. However, I wanted a car as a DD that had a warranty. In terms of driving fun there are some older 911s that deliver more bang than a modern M3. Just my opinion--JC
Agreed on all points. Thanks for bringing some unbiased logic into this thread.
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      02-20-2009, 05:09 PM   #37
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Not fair, that is a 993 turbo S, not what is mentioned in the thread.
I just lol'd...haha
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All I'm saying is that it may be older, but for me it is about the driving experience, not having a flashy new looking car. I would definitely consider a 996 GT3 over an M3, and I did. However, I wanted a car as a DD that had a warranty. In terms of driving fun there are some older 911s that deliver more bang than a modern M3. Just my opinion--JC
Completely subjective, all I know is you are not going to find an old 911 with an 8400 rpm V8, DCT, or EDC. The M3 is much more fun and balanced to me than older, tail happy 911's. The 996 GT3 isn't more fun, at least not to me, it is just the outdated GT3 just like the E46 M3 is the outdated M3.
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Earlier than 996 Porsches were a bit of a handful, not that the latest ones are that great either but the 993 especially the powerful Turbo needs some respect.

Apart from that they are a great car.
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You would rather have an M3 than this?

The vast majority of cars styled in the 90's are ugly to me, this one included. They all look cheap - no body lines. Everything looks it's made from dough.

So yes, I'd rather have an M3.
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997TT>E92 M3>996TT imo
i would have to agree with this statement stock for stock, especially if the OP intends to use it as a daily driver and lightly modify it (or not modify it at all).


...of course if moderate or heavy modifications are part of the OP's plan, the 996TT is the lightest platform out of the 3 to begin with, and can be made a great deal lighter. handling can be improved and understeer dramatically reduced by converting to RWD (and by converting to RWD, i mean removing all the FWD drive components for weight reduction, not just disconnecting a drive shaft like so many 996TT owners do). and finally, its a F/I powerplant that responds to modifications ridiculously well, and its been around the longest of the 3, which means R&D and aftermarket parts availability/reliability is far ahead of that of the e92 M3 or the 997TT.

its a tough choice that heavily depends on what you ultimately intend to use the car for. i myself would lean toward the 996TT b/c i can't own a car and not modify it heavily, and b/c its got the most tried & true parts/kits/tunes/etc available out of the above 3 cars. plus i'm in love with that 911 profile and those 911 lines and curves. i have to disagree that it looks dated, b/c it still looks sleeker and more modern than alot of brand new sports cars. but what do i know about that - i drive a '94
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After doing a bit of research, I think I'm going to go with the Porsche and modify it what in your eyes is VERY lightly. (You bring up a great point about converting to RWD that I've never even thought about. While I'm nowhere near that point, I wonder what impact that would have on the car's other systems like ABS and traction control.) For less than $2G for an ECU reflash the engine will put out 525HP and 557 ft.lb. of torque, since the car has the X50 power package from the factory. As 94JZA80 pointed out, there has been a ton of R&D done on this software, so I'm not as worried about the engine going boom, like all of those S4s that were getting chipped in the late '90s, after they first came out. I'm still going to keep my BMW as a daily driver, and might pick up a used E92 M3 in a year or two to replace it. I'll just use the Porsche when I'm looking to get a little silly, and drive out of the city. Thanks for your help guys. The guys on the Porsche message boards are EXTREMELY knowledgable, but those sites get far less traffic, and aren't as pollished as this one. I'm sure I'll be stopping in here from time to time to see what's going on.
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