Reminder: 996’s Are Dirt Cheap Porsche Fun

By - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Porsche 911 996

Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap: Porsche 996 values still at rock bottom.

The 996 is likely the least loved car in the entire history of the Porsche brand. It may also be the ugliest. Though early Panameras are pretty close battle in the ugly fight. It’s not air-cooled, so no purist points, either. However, it’s the cheapest way to get into a 911, so it has that going for it.

This Craigslist find highlights exactly everything that is wrong, and subsequently right with the 996. The Intermediate Shaft Bearing failures that plagued the 996 generation cars has been addressed with the requisite parts to make it a non-issue. This particular car also has relatively low miles, just over 100,000, and a clean title. Yet, the asking price is $13,500 and it’s been listed for sale for over a month. Sure, it’s the slightly less desirable C4, and it is a convertible, but it’s a clean, manual car.

With 300 horsepower from it’s 3.4L engine, the base Carrera can still hustle, thanks to it’s 2,900lb curb weight. This German sports car should still be good for a 5 second blast from 0-60. Of course, you have to drop the top and listen to the flat six howl as you do it.

In case the add disappears, likely from old age (it’s been listed for a month now), I took a screenshot: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Porsche 911 996

Despite the reliability repairs addressed, this 996 was undoubtedly trade hands for bottom dollar. If you can handle the ugly factor, it’s hard to deny the value proposition a 996 offers.

Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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