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    C2 996, Alfa 105, Clio 182 LE

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  1. 996 owners gotta make a living. Can’t just stick em in the garage waiting for them to double in value while we fiddle about with our share trades and testosterone boosters.
  2. I had my eyes glued to the speedo your honour. And I only ever look at the interior when I’m hosing it out. That’s the beauty of the boggo 996 interior, it’s tough as old boots. And I’ve never found it an unpleasant place to be. Granted it shared some plastic finishes with the Mitsubishi Magna of the same era, but that’s never bothered me. Perhaps now a little nostalgia’s creeping in for that era of interior design. I think it’s past the term ‘dated’... maybe it’s about to hand that baton to the 997!
  3. I find the gearing on the 3.4 996 just about perfect in the twisties. I love the revvy nature of the 3.4, winding up and down between 2nd and 3rd on a favourite twisty. There was a time coming back from Hanger Banger along the Great Ocean Road, the 996 gods were shining on me and I got an almost clear run. I’ve driven along that road in a lot of different cars over the last 30 years and that drive in the 996 is the most memorable. It’s one of the most sublime driving experiences I’ve ever had. There’s not one thing I would’ve changed on the car in that few hours. I also managed to get in a cheeky mtb ride at Forrest and fish and chips in Apollo Bay. What a day that was. Seems a world away now in lockdown Melbug.
  4. Understand where you’re coming from but I’ve made the mistake before of trying to make sense where no sense is to be made. Does a 997.1 gt3 do everything five times better than a 996 C2 coupe? No. But I still want one, and if I had five times the money I’d probably get one. Objectivity and rational thought leads us to the Camry showroom.
  5. Nicely put Hugh. Mid-late 70’s - 90’s AC’s and early 996’s aren’t characteristically different enough for me to justify having both (can’t afford both anyway so it’s a moot point). Perhaps it’s this lack of difference why I can’t make sense of why a dog eared AC at 70k doesn’t bat an eyelid but a top shelf 6 at the same dollars is dreaming. The nostalgia card is a hard one to argue. I totally get it. I’m building an Alfa Giulia Sprint GTA rep to scratch that itch. But have a saucy Alfa 147 GTA to scratch another itch. I’m very itchy. My justification is these Alfa itches feel like they’re from different STD’s, in different erogenous zones... errrr... if you know what I mean.... wrong forum? I reckon if you can’t afford a 6 GT3, next best is an X51, or a boggo C2 with big dollars spent like the one here copping a shellacking for daring to be the same dollars as an average SC. Or just get a few Alfa’s, no point arguing about anything, none of it makes sense. Why’s me text gone all big vicar?
  6. Here’s a dare for anyone looking to buy an AC 911 in the 60-70k region at the moment. Drive said AC up Lake Mountain (insert favourite interstate twisties) followed by a 60-70k X51 996. I dare you to still buy the AC. No affiliation whatsoever to current members with X51’s for sale.
  7. Well sir, nothing makes much sense in the world today, so you’re welcome to keep your 2c for your G and I’ll keep my 2c for an X51 6.
  8. I think it’s priced about right. No affiliation whatsoever, but some serious work’s gone into this car. 52k spent by the current owner, including a 27k respray and some good mods, some not to my taste but each to there own, and apparently has the original parts. I know I know, money spent doesn’t necessarily correlate to resale value, but it just doesn’t make sense to me, if this was an SC with similar dollars spent on it, there would be no question if it was for sale at twice as much. I know I know AC/water cooled blah blah. I love AC cars but I still can’t get my head around some of the prices being asked for seemingly average AC cars compared to a well sorted 996. For me the smart money’s in the two X51 996’s for sale ATM. Comparative bargains against pretty much everything else 911 for sale at the moment.
  9. Looks like the red Carrera 4 manual coupe has sold. Spoilt for choice for early Carrera 2 manual coupes in the 40-60K range, some really nice looking cars on Carsales at the moment: https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/1999-porsche-911-carrera-996-manual/SSE-AD-6368486/?Cr=2 https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/1999-porsche-911-carrera-996-manual/SSE-AD-6527789/?Cr=3 (looks like James P's old car, with an engine rebuild, gold wheels and decals. I like.) https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2001-porsche-911-carrera-996-manual/SSE-AD-6358850/?Cr=4 https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/1998-porsche-911-carrera-996-manual/SSE-AD-6472923/?Cr=6 https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/1999-porsche-911-carrera-996-manual/SSE-AD-6456222/?Cr=10 https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/1999-porsche-911-carrera-996-manual/OAG-AD-18447012/?Cr=11 If you need any convincing here's a few new vids on early 996's:
  10. That's crap Dave, I had a glancing blow with skip a few months back, took the opportunity for a good refresh, car looks a million bucks now. Re the headlights, I gave them a good polish and put in some Philips 12V H7 55W 130 X-Treme bulbs and they're fine.
  11. Yeah agreed, I’ve always found the seats comfortable for long trips and supportive enough for spirited road driving. Perhaps he’s got an undiagnosed back issue that these seats exacerbate.
  12. Very cheap and nice looking 996.2 auto coupe: https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2003-Porsche-911-Carrera-996-Auto-MY04/SSE-AD-5664451?pageSource=details&id=SSE-AD-5664451
  13. I ended up buying a couple of PS2's for the rear off Tyroola and had them delivered and fitted by Tyresplus in Richmond. Was initially very apprehensive going that route but the whole process went very smoothly, very happy with both of them. Tyresplus in Richmond were professional, no fuss and picked up something in the alignment I'd been a bit suss on after the previous alignment.
  14. This looks good and well priced. Almost identical to my car: https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/porsche/911/coupe-bodystyle/manual-transmission/?sort=~Price

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