It seems like only yesterday that TFL bought its 1999 Porsche 911 for the Project Porsche series. Now, however, the series is coming to a close, and with that the Porsche needs to go.
But before that, TFL’s Roman Mica counts down the top five reasons why you need to go out and buy one of these, right now.
This Porsche is actually called a 996 inside the company (911 is the model name) and was Porsche’s first water-cooled 911. This caused quite a stir amongst the Porsche faithful, as anything other than an air-cooled flat six behind the rear seats was considered blasphemy.
That’s one of the reasons why the 996 is the most affordable Porsche 911 you can buy, the other being that the somewhat droopy headlights are shared with the lower-end Boxster, a cost-cutting move.
In fact, the 996’s affordability is one of the top five reasons to buy one right now. While air-cooled 911s in decent shape are at least $30,000 and newer water-cooled 911s go for $40,000 to $50,000, a good 996 can be bought for $20,000 to $30,000. TFL paid $16,000 for the Project Porsche 996.
One issue with the 996 series is the fact that the intermediate shaft bearing, also known as the IMS bearing, is known to fail, which results in a catastrophic engine failure that’s beyond repair. This bearing was changed in TFL’s 996 during episode three of the series.
Watch the complete video above to find out why you should buy a 996-series Porsche 911 now. It doesn’t have to be ours; it can be any in good shape.