Porsche 997

Sourc­ing new and used parts.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Contents -

It’s ev­ery petrol­head’s dream to own a 911, right? Well, if that ap­plies to you, then a good place to start is with a first-gen­er­a­tion 997. De­spite us­ing many el­e­ments of the out­go­ing 996, it rep­re­sented a bet­ter over­all pack­age, was less prob­lem­atic and looked a lit­tle more ‘clas­sic’ than its pre­de­ces­sor.

It’s re­fined and light­ning fast, of course, but more sur­pris­ing is the fact that it’s very easy to drive and live with. More­over, be­ing the best-sell­ing 911 to date, there’s lots of choice and, if you search hard enough, you might be able pick up an early Car­rera for as lit­tle as £18,000. That might put it be­yond most peo­ple’s bud­get, but it’s a bar­gain when you con­sider it would have cost more than £60,000 new.

The so-called Gen 1 cars were launched in 2004. There were two mod­els avail­able ini­tially: the 3.6-litre Car­rera and the 3.8-litre Car­rera S, the lat­ter hav­ing 19in al­loys and an ex­tra 60bhp on tap. A full Cabri­o­let came along in April 2005, fol­lowed by the four-wheel drive Car­rera 4 and 4S for the 2006 model year. The early range also in­cluded a 473bhp Turbo, the track- fo­cused 415bhp GT3 and a Car­rera Targa 4 and 4S (from 2007), as well as a Turbo Cabri­o­let from Novem­ber 2008. The in­tro­duc­tion of di­rect fuel in­jec­tion and Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual clutch trans­mis­sion (re­plac­ing the Tip­tronic) marked the start of the Gen 2 cars from June 2008.

Now, as is al­ways the case when buy­ing a per­for­mance car that was pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive when new, it would be a mis­take to think that you can run a 997 on a shoe­string. That said, if you check our price com­par­i­son, you should make a sav­ing when it comes to reg­u­lar ser­vice items.

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