For some, cars are simply a machine which takes them from one place to another. But for some, cars are their passion. They buy and collect cars like priceless antiques. Cars are also a big part of history, as they tell us how these machines have evolved over time. This is the reason why people like to invest their time, money, and efforts in finding a car that they treasure for years to come. One such car, that takes the award, is the Porsche 911.
Which Porsche 911 should be avoided?
Now, among all the Porsche 911’s which remains top of the line for the Porsche buyers, there is one model that does not sit well with the fans. That particular model in the 996 models. This model was manufactured from the year 1997 to 2004 and is not very accepted among the Porsche fans.
Popularly, known as “fried egg” car, it is one model that is has been vilified in the market. This name was given for its runny fried egg looking Boxster sourced headlights. This particular car changed, a major feature of the Porsche 911, and that is the flat-six air-cooled engine, with a water-cooled engine.
One of the major problems that have been recorded about the car is the IMS (intermediate shaft) bearing. In this, the shaft is connected to the camshaft and crankshaft by a ball bearing. This bearing tends to get dried out over time, as there is no way one can lubricate it. This can lead to failure without any particular signs and can lead to a complete engine change.
Yes, it can be still be bought in the used car market at a good price, and good resale value as well. But for those who are actually looking forward to a car that is great and stands up to the image of Porsche 911, they should not think of buying this model.
About 911 Porsche
The 911 was introduced to the world in the year 1964 by German automobile manufacturer Porsche AG. It is a sports car that gives high performance with its rear end engine. The basic structure, design, flat-six rear engine, and independent suspension are certain features that have not changed over the years. Initially, the cars had air cooled engines, and after that, in further models, the engines became water-cooled.
It is one of the most popular rallying and racing cars, especially in many high-end competitions. It is also one of the most highly manufactured cars in history along with Volkswagon Beetle. Ever since it started manufacturing, there have has been many small and big changes in the car, though Porsche has kept the original idea the same. This has led to several generations of Porsche 911 cars.
The Porsche 911 series include:
- Original Porsche 911 (from 1963 to 1989)
- Porsche 930 turbo “the turbocharged version of 911” (from 1975 to 1989)
- Porsche 964 (from 1989 to 1994)
- Porsche 993 “last air-cooled Porsche 911” (from 1995 to 1998)
- Porsche 996 “first-time water-cooled engine used in the Porsche 911 along with the new body design” (from 1999 to 2004)
- Porsche 997 (from 2005 to 2012)
- Porsche 991 (from 2012 to 2019)
- Porsche 992 (current)
The very popular car models of Porsche 911 that are known for their design, performance, and technology are:
- Porsche 911 Targa line up
- Porsche 911 Carrera line up
- Porsche GT2
- Porsche GT3
- Porsche turbo line up
The core concept of Porsche
One of the major things about the generations of the Porsche 911 is that the core concept of the car remains the same throughout. Though a few factors and features have changed, one can easily recognize a Porsche 911 in a crowd regardless of the year and model.
It is a rear-engine, high performance, two-door sports car, and that is something that has not changed since all these years. The rear-mounted boxer engine with six cylinders along with independent suspension is one of the major parts of the car mechanics that has remained the same. Also, every car is manufactured in Germany only.
Another thing that has not changed about the Porsche 911 is the silhouette and design of the car. It has remained almost unaltered in all these years since 1963. Though there are a few tweaks here and there, the ultimate structuring remains the same and recognizable.
Evolution of Porsche 911
Now, indeed, this particular car over six decades did not change in the core design and structure. It is also true that several things did change, or more like evolved, in a better and more efficient way.
It has always been a trend with the Porsche 911, that every time a new generation car emerges of 911, some hardcore Porsche fans are unhappy. Why? Because there is always a major technological advancement included in the car. This makes some unhappy, but over time the fans come around and have appreciated those features. This is due to the fact that the company is always thinking ahead in the game and is making bolder changes to meet future requirements and expectations.
The major change was seen in the G series, as it introduced turbocharging, with 260 horsepower in the rear wheels. In the next generation, technology improved again. This time an all-wheel drive was introduced with better suspension and chassis.
In the 993 series, there was an addition of all-aluminum subframe, multilink rear suspension, a better all-wheel-drive technology, twin-turbo engine, and standard six-speed manual. Then, came the 996 generation, and brought a major modification which changed how Porsche 911 was perceived by the fans. The biggest change brought by the 996 series is water cooling instead of air cooling like the predecessors.
Also in the latest Porsche 911 series, there will be several major changes that one can expect. It is said to have a hybrid powertrain, with an electrical system of 48 volts.