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What It’s Like When A 996 Turbo Goes Under the Knife for New Coolant Pipes

Yes, removing the Mezger is that daunting.

The one chink in the Mezger’s armor is its flimsy coolant pipes. For such a bulletproof motor, it seems strange that Porsche just glued the coolant pipes on. Though press-fitted, these coolant lines are known to pop off under high RPM load. Hoovie’s lousy luck meant his first trip to Heartland Motorsports Park was interrupted by his own lines popping off. Fortunately, this did not prompt a spin down the front straight, nor did it cook the motor. It was embarrassing though, and as it turned out, quite pricey to mend.

The Mezger motors that see the track will sustain higher temperatures and loads which are prone to make these lines disengage from the coolant console, and ensuring they stay in place during hard cornering and high revs requires a costly fix. While the cheaper band-aid fix would only set him back a few hundred dollars, the sensible approach costs ten times that. After dropping the engine, the hoses need to be pinned or welded in place, and the especially prudent drivers will replace the problematic OEM plastic elbows with stainless steel units.

The process of removing the engine is more labor intensive than dropping an M96. Turbos, intercoolers, head shields, and all the other forced induction ancillaries take a bit more time and effort. The starter and turbo inlets need to come out too, since they won’t clear the CV axles. With a few minor wiring hurdles cleared, the Mezger can be freed from its cramped confines. However, the process takes Hoovie and Wizard nearly two whole days to complete—which is why he was quoted nearly three large.

If there’s one piece of uplifting news here, it’s that BBi Autosport decided to help by offering to fix the busted water pipe situation. BBi, as well as a host of other Porsche-centric shops, can weld the coolant pipes in place for what should be a permanent fix. If you have any Mezger-powered Porsche, be it a Turbo or a GT3, you can preemptively have this work done, so it doesn’t come apart and leave you stranded without coolant. If you can remove your motor to get the « coolant console » out, as Mr. Hoover has, it’ll help save you a ton of labor.

Now you know. Let his misfortune save you a ton of time and money!

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The Lousy Luck Of A Porsche 996 Track Day Explosion

Though Hoovie hasn’t enjoyed the best luck with his purchases, he’s a brave soul who never fails to see the potential in his Porsches. His latest acquisition, a 996 Turbo, had to see the circuit, and Hoovie took some additional precautionary measures to help avoid some of the trackday headaches he’s suffered in the last few years.

After the 3.4-liter M96 in his first Porsche 911 blew, he swapped a Chevrolet LS engine in its place to try for a unusual build that, with the American V8’s renowned reliability, promised him smoother sailing. Unfortunately, that engine promptly exploded during its first trackday.

The 996 Turbo is the first of Hoovies cars which was truly stout enough to handle trackday abuse.

Perhaps Hoovie is a glutton for punishment, perhaps he’s curious beyond reason, or maybe he’s just desperate for attention-grabbing footage of automotive explosions, but he decided to take the 996 Turbo to Heartland Motorsports Park. This time, he prepared for the event with a new set of brakes, and with the race-bred Mezger motor sitting betwixt those orange haunches, he stood a greater chance to leave another trackday with his wallet closed and his head held high.

Though the 996 Turbo is a workhorse, it has one or two flaws. One of which are the coolant lines, which have a habit of coming loose with age and hard acceleration. Those who track their cars regularly know that pinning these lines is a must lest they want to douse the surface of the circuit in sweet-smelling coolant. Unfortunately, Hoovie didn’t get the memo.

After a successful session, Hoovie’s enthusiasm was quickly deflated after he started spewing coolant all over the track. While this is a repairable fix and shouldn’t have him wringing his hands for too long, you can’t help but feel for him.

When will Hoovie find a track toy that can last more than a few sessions?

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Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 129

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for a few years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re going to try something different by integrating other auto sales outlets into our Porsche search. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. Low Mile 1997 Porsche 993 C4S For Sale

To portray the importance of this car, simply look to the logo of the website in the upper left corner. This Forest Green metallic 993 C4S with Cashmere interior was the inspiration for the very beginning of this website. Before we were FlatSixes, we were Porsche Purist, and before that 993C4S.com. The speeding 993 C4S logo has been with us since the beginning, both as inspiration for the site, and one of the driving forces behind it. There is hardly a nicer example out there, and certainly none in such a rare shade with so many Porsche Exclusive options. Add this gorgeous machine to your collection, because it deserves to be cared for.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on Sloan Motor Cars.

2. Low Mile 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale

I recently purchased a 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo of my own, but it’s got far more miles than this one. This year car is a strange one-year combination of early and late 944 suspension bits, and thus some pieces are difficult to come by. That said, it’s a handling dream, and the later « oval dash » interior looks surprisingly modern. This one with a Guards Red exterior and Porsche Script seats is not likely to be inexpensive, but it’ll be worth every single penny.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on Bring A Trailer.

3. CHEAP 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 For Sale

There isn’t much to say about this 996 Carrera 2, except that the price is ludicrously inexpensive. It’s got nearly 200,000 miles on the odometer, the car is wrapped an interesting shade of copper, and the MY02 wheels have been painted black. Aside from that, it looks complete and the interior is clean. This is a Tiptronic model, so don’t expect it to be the most engaging thing ever, but at under 12 grand, you can’t really go wrong. It’s worth more than that in parts.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 8-Mile 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS For Sale

It isn’t very often you’re presented with the opportunity to unwrap a brand new Porsche, but this GT2 RS is still presented in as-delivered condition. It’s a Chalk GT2 RS Weissach with a red interior and carbon buckets. The sticker on this is $340,000, but the seller is asking a $90,000 premium for you to be the first official owner of this car. Is it worth that to you?

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. Low Mile Porsche 996 Turbo For Sale

The 996 Turbo remains one of my favorite Porsches, in large part because of the performance that it offers for such little money. These have seen prices wax and wane, but don’t expect this one to go for stupid cheap. A low mile black car with a 6-speed manual is a rarity, especially with a complete Aerokit intact. This might be the one to have. There’s no telling how high this Porsche will go on Bring A Trailer, but I would be surprised to see it crest $80,000. All things considered, it might be worth that.

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Is Buying a 996 Turbo a Wise Decision?

The fact that Tyler Hoover picked up another 996 after a painful foray into the range speaks to the value of the car. He first grabbed a first-generation 996 with a 3.4-liter M96, which promptly grenaded. He then swapped in a Chevrolet V8—an LS2, to be specific—for $17,000. What was once the cheapest 996 with a manual transmission was turning into a costly and time-consuming project.

To make matters worse, the American motor let go shortly thereafter—at the very same track the previous engine gave up the ghost. Rather than fuss around with another swap, he decided to buy a 996 Turbo. Logical, right?

The car was mint and had only been driven 76,000 miles. Also, with Bilstein lowering springs, a GT2-style clutch, and BBS SR wheels, $36,000 was a steal—especially after considering the prices of 993 and 997 Turbos.

Of course, the Turbo’s Mezger motor is also robust, and the typical 996 IMS-related concerns don’t apply. Combine that added reliability with 4WD and 415 horsepower, and there’s plenty to like about the Turbo. What other supercars can be bought for that sort of money, and driven without fuss, unwanted attention, or kid gloves?

« It’s the best mistake I ever made, » Hoover concludes. Though the looks are divisive, there is plenty to like about the unloved 911—though going for the slightly spiffier Turbo model makes much more sense. It was a logical purchase, after all.

With 420 horsepower and 415 lb-ft, the Mezger makes Hoover grin on every onramp.

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay: Volume 110

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for nearly three years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing cars pop up now and again. This week we’re throwing any pretense of theme out the window for a five-car mashup of greatness. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our curated look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 1974 Porsche 911 Rinspeed Slantnose For Sale

This car has been kitted out with the full 1980s look, likely done completely in-period. It looks a bit kitschy, a little wrong, and totally anachronistic, which is part of why we love it. Aside from the ‘Turbo’ badge on the back of the car, this car has the full package. So as not to be labeled a poser, we would have to either remove the badge or add a turbocharged engine, and it’s pretty easy to tell which way we’d prefer to go. These mid-year 2.7-liter cars had a lot of issues, but if they’re all taken care of the cars can be quite a lot of fun to drive. With that aggressive 80s look, we’d have to dig a Style Auto jacket out of the back of our closet and go cruise the boulevards. This car is in Atlanta, but it belongs in Miami.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

2. 2009 Porsche Cayman S Interseries Race Car For Sale

If you’re looking for an incredible deal on a race car, this is a good place to start. The Interseries cars were built to the hilt with JRZ remote reservoir coilovers, a full cage, and lots of endurance race touches that will help keep you calm, cool, and collected during a race. These cars were built specifically for gentleman drivers to learn their craft, so they’re essentially just race prepped stock Caymans. You can jump in this thing and be running at 9/10ths within a few laps. Get this car and book a few sessions of driver education at the track to really work your way into it. It’s a great, if expensive, hobby to keep you busy.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe For Sale

This 964 looks about as perfect as any 964 can. With a larger late model set of wheels that have been painted a dark bronze, the black bodywork of the car looks incredible juxtaposed. It sits a little lower than stock, and is equipped with big meaty sticky Continental rubber. The seller claims to have spent too much on this car in the short time he’s owned it. He added a Steve Wong chip, an aftermarket exhaust, Wheels, Tires, H&R lowering springs, aero-style mirrors, and a few thousand dollars on maintenance. Carrera 4s are rarely this expensive, but for the quality of this one it might be worth it.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo For Sale

This 996 Turbo’s tiptronic transmission would normally be a no-go for me, but this time it has me thinking. This car appears to be in quite nice condition for the $38,000 dollar asking price, making it the perfect candidate for a high-power project car. The Tiptronic, for those who don’t know, is an incredibly stout automatic transmission, and the go-to for Porsche drag racers. With a huge horsepower engine, it would be interesting to take this thing to a top-speed competition like Texas Mile or even Bonneville (where AWD would be a boon). At some point, someone grafted what appears to be a 993 Turbo rear decklid to this 996, and it does not look good. That’s a perfect opportunity to swap it out for a Gemballa-style decklid, or maybe a GT2 fixed wing for a little more subtlety. In either case, I just love the color of this thing.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS For Sale

Is there any reason to be surprised about a 997 GT2 RS making our list this week? These cars are possibly the wildest things Porsche has ever produced for the public, and this one is proper collector grade. With over 600 horsepower and a manual transmission, this car demands a lot of respect. It’s a lot more involved to drive than any of the company’s current products. The fact that this car’s successor, the PDK-equipped 700-horsepower 2018 model can be described as docile is almost a slap in the face of the 997 GT2 RS. Be afraid of this car, be white knuckled, be cognizant of the fact that you have to be on-edge driving this car, then bid accordingly.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

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