996 C4S Model 2002 Year March 2018 Acquired
Collecting the 996 C4S was a real treat. I had the guys I bought it from drive it to DW Performance in Wellingborough; this was through a recommendation from fellow LTL columnist, Joe Croser, who said he had entrusted his Turbo to them, so clearly they knew their stuff.
As you can imagine, as someone who has spent the last ten years slating these water-cooled cars – calling them hand grenades and a disaster in waiting – I thought I’d better sort out the impending doom. I had differing answers on the IMS/RMS issue from loads of people: “Low mileage – won’t be a problem” to “Low mileage – you’re on borrowed time” to all points between. I needed to get it done, and anyway, when I drove the car and tried to brake the thing tried to turn sideways and throw me into a hedge! The geo needed doing badly, among a few other low-mileage issues, so the IMS was also done.
It arrived with Kev at DW and he put it on the ramps, sent me a video and talked me through everything – he was so thorough. He was pleased with the overall state of the car. The disc rotors and pads were totally US so they had to go; the pads actually fell apart when taken off. The exhaust is corroded, but we decided it could stay. The IMS and RMS were done and a new clutch was added; the tyres, well, they were on their last legs and a lot like driving on ice, rock hard and cracking. Nice to have a 170mph sports car on ten-year-old tyres! A low mileage 911, even when religiously serviced as this car had been, means things are missed, and lack of use of these cars is much worse than overuse.
So Kev and the DW team got to work. He is a Porsche Centre-trained goldaccredited master technician and his standards of service are the highest I have ever encountered – nothing is too hard for him and nothing is overlooked. I have never been happier handing over the cost of all the work done, especially since I had negotiated the price down on the car when I bought it to allow for the work.
No nasty surprises, and a great friend of mine, Jeremy Perrott who was over from Australia, met me on the train and we went to pick the car up together. Jeremy loved it – he has a 997 Tiptronic but we don’t hold that against him – and he loved the journey home, as did I!
So, I was in my beautiful new car.
With 46,000 miles, a new clutch, IMS, RMS, discs and pads all round and a thorough going over, I was ready to enjoy it. And I have been loving it!