Why the most hated Porsche 911 may be the best
Porsche 996. Has all been forgotten?
Porsche use internal designations to categorise their 911 models. The 996 was the Porsche 911 from model year 1998 until 2004. It was replaced in 2005 by the 997.
Following the very popular air-cooled type 993, the Porsche 996 was probably the most hated of all 911s. It divided Porsche purists as it was the first 911 to feature a water-cooled engine. This was reflected in its resale values.
The 996 lacked the character of the 993 and the styling was criticised. In Particular the headlight shape in the early models. The "fried egg" headlights underwent a restyling in 2002 for the generation 2 996.
The 996 also had significant engine issues. This could lead to major engine failure. Some of these problems actually carried over to the earlier model 997s.
So is it still the most hated 911 model? Market prices of the 996 are starting to rise so maybe all has been forgotten?