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Porsche 997: Buying guide and review (2004-2012)

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Released in 2004, the Porsche 997 Carrera was a subtle evolution of its predecessor. It saw a welcome return to the more traditional oval headlights, while refinement was much improved. As always with a new 911, the usual motoring journalist complaints of less feedback and feel than the previous generation were rife, but these things are relative. Compared to the competitors (as well as later 911s!) the 997 is as alive and interactive as most drivers could want from a modern sports car.
 
Selling in far greater numbers than the more specialised 911 variants such as the GT3 and Turbo, our focus will be on the ‘bread and butter’ Carrera range. These cars are a great entry point into 911 ownership, so read on to see what to look out for when considering one of these iconic sports cars. 
 

Which Porsche 997 to buy?

 
Available with either a 325bhp 3.6-litre which was a carry-over from the 996 and a newly developed 355bhp 3.8-litre power unit, the Carrera range could be had in either coupe, convertible or targa body styles. Four-wheel drive was introduced later in 2004. Initial transmission options were an all-new six-speed manual or the familiar Tiptronic auto. Other than the additional power, the S versions also came standard with Porsche’s new PASM stability management system. The interior was all-new, the design now more closely linked to earlier air-cooled Porsches. 
 
Other than some minor changes, the range received its next big update in 2009. This saw the introduction of new direct injection engines, adding power and removing the troublesome IMS shaft of earlier engines. The sporty PDK transmission replaced the ageing Tiptronic unit, and updates to the lights and interior finishes were carried out. In true Porsche tradition, options were plentiful and pricey, so few cars were highly-specced. Popular items were the upgraded Bose sound system, sports seats and rear wiper. Those intending to visit the track should look out for cars equipped with the sport chassis (which included an LSD), sports chrono pack and switchable sport exhaust system. The X51 power kit was very pricey and added around 25bhp to Carrera S models, and makes a small but noticeable difference.
 
The 399bhp 3.8-litre Carrera GTS was introduced in 2011, featuring the wider four-wheel drive bodyshell. It could be had in coupe and convertible versions. The limited edition 911 Speedster using the same engine arrived during the same year, while the retro-inspired Sport Classic was built in very limited numbers the year before and is very valuable today. 
 
If you’re looking for pure driving enjoyment, a manual or PDK Gen II Carrera or Carrera S in two-wheel drive spec is a great choice. Those wanting to enjoy their 911 at more sedate speeds can find happiness in a convertible model. Tiptronic gearboxes are more laid back and available for less money. Four-wheel drive versions offer a bit more grip in the wet without sacrificing driving feel. Targas give the cabin a more airy feel, especially in the back, but do not feature the cool retracting roof of the newer 991 models.
 

Performance and specs

 
Porsche 997 Carrera S Gen II
Engine 3824cc 24 valve flat-six 
Power 380bhp @ 6500rpm 
Torque 310lb ft @ 4400rpm
Top speed 188mph 
0-62mph 4.5 seconds 
Fuel consumption 26.6mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Porsche 997 Gen II Carrera S
Wheelbase 2350mm
Length 4435mm
Width 1808mm
Height 1300mm
Weight 1425kg
 

Common problems

 
• Intermediate Shaft bearings have failed on a number of earlier cars although it is nowhere near as bad as an internet search would have you believe. Post-2005 models have upgraded bearings and Gen 2 cars got rid of the IMS shaft completely.

• The Rear main seal (RMS) can also drip oil and can generally be attended to when the clutch needs doing as the gearbox needs removing to get to the seal.

• Bore scoring is something that affects a small percentage of Gen 1 cars (especially S models) and an oily deposit on the left side exhaust pipe and/or ticking during idling can indicate an issue. Bore scopes are the only sure way to know and should be factored into any Gen 1 purchase price. 

• Radiators mounted behind the front bumpers can accumulate leaves and road grime and can get blocked or develop small leaks leading to overheating issues.

• Front bushes on the suspension arms can wear out and if this is found in combination with excessive tyre wear on the outside edge and warped brake discs, the car will most likely have been extensively tracked. 

• Manual gearboxes are robust as are both the Tiptronic and PDK units. Some specialists recommend oil changes whenever the clutch needs changing which is every 50,000miles or so. 

• A number of recalls were issued affecting exhaust weld seams, steering systems and parking brake functionality. These should all have been attended to but are worth following up on just in case.
 

Model history

 
2004: The second water cooled 911, the Porsche 997 is launched. 325bhp 3.6-litre Carrera and 355bhp 3.8-litre Carrera S models available with either six-speed manual or Tiptronic transmission options. Convertible body style added mid-year. Four-wheel drive model introduced in November
2009: Entire range face-lifted, LED taillights, new paint schemes, interior trim and alloys. Direct injection engines mean no more IMS and an additional 25bhp to both models. Dual clutch PDK replaces Tiptronic gearbox
2010: Sport Classic special edition built (250 in total) with 399bhp and styling cues from the 1973 Carrera RS
2011: Carrera GTS with 399bhp introduced. Speedster with GTS spec engine built in very limited numbers – 356 in total.
2012: New 991 model gradually phases out 997 range.
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.revolution-porsche.co.uk – Porsche servicing specialists
• www.porscheownersclub.org.uk – Porsche owners club
• www.porscheclubgb.com – Enthusiast site
 

Summary and prices

 
The majority of cars out there are the more powerful S models with either Tiptronic or PDK transmissions. Four-wheel drive was also very popular, and prices don’t vary much between specs except for the convertibles which are generally a few thousand more than the Targas and coupes. 
 
With Gen 1 997 models nearing the bottom of their price curve now is the time to get buying. Non-S 3.6-litre models have a better reliability record and at £18,000 for a 2004/5 Carrera 2, are very tempting. For an extra £6000, 2007 Carrera S models and low mileage Carrera Convertibles can be had. 
 
If you have £32,000 to spend then 2009 Gen 2 models are within reach. Budget on double that figure for a neat GTS. For peace of mind, full service histories are imperative and a pre-purchase inspection by a specialist is highly recommended.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 17th Nov 2016
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  • Porsche 997 Turbo S

    £92,900 £92,900

    We don’t get to see too many Meteor Grey Metallic Turbo S’s and it's easy to forget just how good they look against the swathes of White and Black that dominated the production line at that time. All in all a super example with only 6,300 Miles from new and one we were delighted to have secured for stock!

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 6300 mi
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  • Porsche 997 Carrera 2 GTS Convertible |

    £64,850 £64,850

    Specification MAKE Porsche MODEL 997 Carrera 2 GTS Convertible COLOUR Carrara White YEAR 2011/11 MILEAGE 15300 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale thie exceptional Porsche 997 Carrera GTS Cabriolet. Finished in Carrara White with Grey Alcantara Seats. Supplied with our 12 month warranty. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Electric Windows, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Electrically Operated Black Soft Top, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Daytime Running Lights, Climate Control, 19" RS Spyder Alloy Wheels with Centre Lock, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electrically Adjustable Exterior Mirrors, Bluetooth Connectivity, Alcantara Sport Design Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift, OPTIONAL EXTRAS PCM II Navigation System, Extended Navigation Module, Telephone Module with Bluetooth, BOSE Sound System, Sport Chrono Package Plus, Park Assist, Sports Seats, Cruise Control, Heated Front Seats, Top Tint Windscreen, Instrument Dials in Black, Akrapovic Titanium Exhaust. TRANSMISSION PDK - 7 Speed Gearbox ENGINE CAPACITY 3800 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 408 EMISSIONS (CO 2 ) 242 PRICE £64,850 Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN VEHICLE Porsche 997 Carrera 2 GTS Convertib

    • Mileage: 64850 mi
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  • 2009 Porsche 997 Carrera S PDK

    £43,995 £43,995

    Philip Raby Porsche Porsche Sales and Service This Gen2 2009 Porsche 997 Carrera with PDK transmission has covered just 15,200 miles from new and, as such, is in excellent condition, inside and out. It is finished in timeless Arctic Silver Metallic, which not only suits 911s perfectly, it’s an easy colour to live with and to keep looking good. The paintwork is offset by striking 19-inch Turbo wheels. The interior is finished in full black leather and boasts an impressive specification. The most important option is Sport Chrono Pack Plus. Not only does this give you a chronograph on top of the dash, which is linked to a sophisticated onscreen timing option, it also includes a Sport and Sport Plus button. Pressing Sport firms up the suspension, rejigs the throttle response and programmes the PDK transmission to hold lower gears longer, to give a sportier drive. Sport Plus does the same but to a greater extent. Other options include sat-nav, Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod connector, Bose sound package, rear Park Assist, heated seats, plus an additional 12-volt socket in the passenger footwell. The car has a full Porsche main dealer service history and was last serviced in March 20

    • Year: 2009
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  • PORSCHE 997 C4S CABRIOLET GEN 2 PDK 2010

    £46,995 £46,995

    guards red, black electric hood, black leather sports interior with heated seats, red seat belts, red instrument dials, chrono pack, sports plus, sat. nav. Porsche stability management, switchable sports exhaust, on board digital computer, cruise control, xenon lights, head light wash, 19inch turbo alloys, full service history

    • Year: 2010
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  • PORSCHE 997 C2S 2005

    £22,995 £22,995

    arctic silver metallic, black leather interior, 19inch Carrera s alloys, electric sunroof, bose sound upgrade, xenon lights with headlamp wash, cd multichanger, full service history

    • Year: 2005
    For sale
  • PORSCHE 997 GT3 GEN 2 MANUAL

    £107,995 £107,995

    guards red, carbon folding seats, half leather seats with alcantara inserts, alcantara steering wheel, full leather pack with door cards, upper dashboard and rear quarter panels, gearshift lever and handbrake lever, red seat belts, carbon fibre pack including door sill protectors, centre console and dashboard trims, champagne centre lock alloys, sat. nav. air conditioning, bluetooth telephone prep, upgraded sound system, xenon lights with head light wash, tyre pressure monitoring, vts (vehicle tracking system), full front body clear protection including mirrors etc, new clutch fitted at 28k miles, recent new set tyres, new front and rear brake discs and brake pads, 32k miles, full mot and recent service, full service history

    • Year: 1993
    For sale
  • 2010 Porsche 997 Carrera S

    £149,995 £149,995

    Simply better. Not just more compact and more efficient but more tractable, faster and better looking. The Series 2 997 Carrera was launched in Australia in October 2008, packed with exciting kit, the 'S' was even better... Beautifully maintained, this 997 911 Carrera S Series 2 was sold new by Porsche Centre Willoughby in September of 2010. Optioned with the finest and fastest features Porsche offer, this example was ordered in Meteor Grey over Black leather interior and features: • Porsches Active Suspension Management • Multifunction Steering Wheel with Smooth Leather • Lightweight Sport Design Alloys • Coloured Porsche Crested Centre Caps Also offering Bluetooth, USB connectivity, Sat Nav, Bose surround sound, parking sensors, cruise control, sunroof and most importantly the more engaging 6 speed manual transmission. Offered in as new condition, the paintwork is excellent, the unblemished alloys feature brand new Pirelli tyres and the interior trim from the steering wheel, seats and dash fittings all feels fresh to the touch. Included with the car are all the leather-bound factory log books, offering a complete and up-to-date Porsche service history, the last in August of this

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  • Porsche 997

    £38,500 £38,500

    Porsche 911 - 997 Carrera 4S Manual. Basalt Black metallic, Tan Leather. Extended Navigation module. Electrically adjustable heated seats. Electric sun roof. Bose sound system. Telephone module for PCM. CD auto changer. Park assist. 19" Sport design alloys. Rear wiper. Roof transport system. Stainless steel tailpipes chrome plated. Floor mats. Wheel centers with Porsche crest. Air conditioning, Headlight wash system. Full Porsche service history. This is without question on of the finest examples we have seen. Has to be seen to be appreciated.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 21511 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Porsche 997 3.6 C2 Manual In Harrogate North Yorkshire

    £24,995 £24,995

    2004 54 reg Porsche 997 3.6 manual gearbox - covered only 44030 miles. A stunning one owner car finished in Porsche Arctic silver metalic with extended black leather interior. Originally supplied by Porsche centre Liverpool in November 2004. Options include 2 way electrical sports seats, extended leather interior, Bose sound upgrade, cd auto changer, 18 inch Carrera 3 alloy wheels with Porsche wheel crests. This car has an unbelievable service history record displaying no less than 10 service stamps in the book we also have all the Mot’s dating back to 2008. As part of our preparation we will carry out a major service including a spark plug change, a brake fluid change and have issued a fresh Mot certificate. Rpm specialist cars is one of Yorkshires leading independent Porsche specialists and as you would expect every Porsche that we offer for sale undergoes an extensive in house inspection prior to sale, this carried out by our team of experienced Porsche technicians, we then continue our preparation to include any due vehicle service and an mot test. For added piece of mind all our cars are supplied with an extensive warranty and are hpi checked, part exchange and finance options

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 44030 mi
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  • Porsche 997 TURBO pdk

    POA POA

    Features : Transmission pdk, 500hp, book a day Porsche Comment : audio interface, Bluetooth, sunroof, parking sensors, sport steering wheel paddle, sport chrono pack, full leather ...

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 31386 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8

    POA POA

    Features : Phase 2, 3.8l, 450hp, comprehensive book to date, Porsche Avignon, major maintenance carried out in November 2015, for more information contact us. Comment : 4-point harness, Arches.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 28900 mi
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  • Porsche 997

    £81,990 £81,990

    Electric Windows Porsche 997 GT3 6 Speed Manual registered June 2007 finished in White with Full Black Leather and Alcantara interior, Extended Leather with Grey Contrast Stitching, 19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Sport Suspension, Sport Mode, Roll Cage, Red Seatbelt Harnesses, New Rear Cup Tyres, Radio, CD Player, Electric Windows, Heated Rear Screen, Fire Extinguisher, Full Porsche Service at 7,362 on 18/06/09; 16,186 on 12/07/11 with Plugs; 22,158 on 16/10/13; 28,981 on 15/10/15 with Drive Belt. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 29250 mi
    • Engine size: 3600
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  • Porsche 997 Carrera 2

    £28,995 £28,995

    In stock now is this Porsche 997 Carrera 2. First registered in December 2004 by Porsche Centre Wilmslow the car was delivered in Arctic Silver with black leather. Having covered 79674 miles from new the car has been treated to £16,000 of upgrades in the last four years! Specified from new with the following options: 288 - Headlamp washer 375 - 2-way electrical sports seat, left 376 - 2-way electrical sports seat, right 403 - 19" Carrera S wheels 435 - Steering wheel with round center design 446 - Wheel caps with colored Porsche crest 475 - PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management (electronic damper control) 567 - Top-tinted windscreen 601 - Xenon headlamps 640 - Sport Chrono Plus 692 - CD changer 936 - Leather rear seats 981 - Leather dashboard and door panels A nice service history is present: 23/10/06 at 18133 miles, Porsche Centre Guildford 18/05/07 at 23440 miles, Paragon 05/11/08 at 30303 miles, Paragon 10/02/11 at 41684 miles, 911 Classic 28/10/11 at 47966 miles, The Garage On The Green 25/01/13 at 58770 miles, Maidstone Sports Cars 04/07/14 at 67229 miles, Project Nine Engineering 23/11/15 at 75377 miles, Project Nine Engineering In July 2014 the car went into Project Nine

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 79674 mi
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  • Porsche 997 GT2

    £124,995 £124,995

    In stock now is this stunning Porsche 997 GT2. First registered in May 2008 by Porsche Centre Munich the car is a left hand drive German specification (C00) car finished in Carrara White with black interior and has covered 69035 kilometres, the equivalent of 42895 miles. The car was specified with the following options: XMP - Leather sun visors XMZ - Leather centre console XNG - Leather covered instrument frame XNS - Leather covered steering column XTV - Leather door panel parts XVM - Leather center air vent XVP - Leather dashboard trim strip and cupholder cover XXZ - Aluminium footrest XN3 - Leather dashboard side air vent XV1 - Leather defroster trim 025 - Black-faced stopwatch 446 - Wheel caps with colored Porsche crest 454 - Automatic speed control Service history is all with Official Porsche Centres in Germany: 02/06/09 at 20004 kms, Porsche Zentrum Munchen 06/02/12 at 37088 kms, Porsche Zentrum Karlsruhe 21/03/13 at 57499 kms, Porsche Zentrum Karlsruhe 11/03/15 at 63730 kms, Porsche Zentrum Karlsruhe The car is now fitted with new steel disks and pads, approximately 2700 kms old, the PCCB ceramic disks and pads are included with the car and have approximately 50% wear. The no

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 42895 mi
    For sale
  • PORSCHE 997 C2S CABRIOLET TIPTRONIC *HUGE SPEC* 2005

    £28,995 £28,995

    arctic silver metallic, full electric blue cabriolet roof, metropol blue leather interior, multifunctional leather steering wheel, colour coded centre console, full electric memory heated seats, bose sound upgrade, on board digital computer, rear park assist, electronic damper control, cruise control, sat.nav. sports chrono pack, xenon headlights, headlight wash, auto dim interior mirror, cd autochanger, full service history

    • Year: 2005
    For sale
  • Porsche 997 Turbo Grey

    £52,950 £52,950

    HOME STOCK EMAIL PORSCHE 997 GEN. 1 3.6 TURBO TIPTRONIC S Registered 18/07/2007 4 Owners 64,450 Miles Full Service History Tiptronic "S" Model Finished in Seal Grey Black Hide Interior with Contrast Yellow Stitching Carbon Ceramic Brakes Sport Chrono Package Centre Console in Carbon Adaptive Sports Seats Side Skirts Painted CD Changer Park Assist Cruise Control Yellow Seat belts Heated Seats Leather Sun Visors Leather Steering Column HomeLink Porsche Crest Embossed on Headrests Fire Extinguisher Multifunction Steering Wheel 12 Months Warranty £52,950 FURTHER INFORMATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL OUR SALES TEAM SALES@SUPERVETTURA.COM T. +44(0)1344 620072 M. +44(0)7541 888310 FACEBOOK /SuperVettura TWITTER @SuperVettura INSTAGRAM /SuperVettura

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 64450 mi
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  • Porsche 997

    £95,000 £95,000

    Electric Windows Porsche 997 GT3 6 Speed Manual registered June 2007 finished in White with Full Black Leather and Alcantara interior, Extended Leather with Grey Contrast Stitching, 19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Sport Suspension, Sport Mode, Roll Cage, Red Seatbelt Harnesses, New Rear Cup Tyres, Radio, CD Player, Electric Windows, Heated Rear Screen, Fire Extinguisher, Full Porsche Service at 7,362 on 18/06/09; 16,186 on 12/07/11 with Plugs; 22,158 on 16/10/13; 28,981 on 15/10/15 with Drive Belt. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 29250 mi
    • Engine size: 3600
    For sale
  • Porsche 997 GT3 Gen 2 Clubsport

    POA POA

    An immaculate one owner black 997 GT3 Generation 2 with a extensive list of extras. The car is in excellent condition inside and out and has a full main dealer service history. Tax and MOT until end of December 2013. The car benefits from the following extras Porsche Communication Management including navigation module Telephone Module Seat Belts in Guards Red Sport Chrono Package Plus Porsche Vehicle Tracking System Windscreen with Grey top Tint Floor Mats Dynamic Engine Mount Lifting System Front Axle Sound Package Plus Sports Bucket Seats Homelink Roll Cage Painted Guards Red 6 Point Harness Driver and Passenger Armourfend Porsche Centre Lock wheels are unmarked and the tyres were replaced less than 1000 miles ago. 421 Gasoline Alley Westcott Venture Park Westcott Buckinghamshire HP18 0XB United Kingdom

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  • PORSCHE 997 GT3 MANUAL WANTED

    POA POA

    carrera white, black alcantara/leather interior, porsche embossed crested carbon fibre bucket seats, ceramic brakes, sat nav. telephone prep, bose sound upgrade, sports chrono pack, xenon lights, electric tilt/slide sunroof, yellow seat belts, full leather dashboard, with carbon fibre trim, leather rear side panels, leather door side panels, embossed GT3 handbrake lever, carbon fibre gear lever, leather steering wheel, recent new michelin pilot sport tyres, 2 previous keepers, supplied and maintained by strasse, full service history

    • Year: 2007
    For sale
  • Porsche 997 GT3 RS

    POA POA

    White with red decals and wheels, this is an iconic modern classic in a ‘poster image’ colour scheme. This particular example is a one-owner car, just serviced (May 2015), and has covered only 5,000 miles from new – none of which were on track. The car is located in the South East of England and ready to go to a new home. Call us today to register your interest or arrange a viewing!

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 997 Gen 1 Turbo Tiptronic Silver

    £56,950 £56,950

    HOME STOCK EMAIL PORSCHE 997 GEN. 1 3.6 TURBO TIPTRONIC S Registered 24/06/2006 2 owners from new 41,300 miles Full Porsche Service History Finished in GT Silver Metallic Tiptronic "S" Gearbox Black Leather Interior Sports Chrono Plus PCM with Navigation BOSE Premium Audio Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes Yellow Brake Callipers Heated Seats Park Assist Memory Seats Cruise Control Sunroof 4 New Tyres 12 Months Warranty £56,950 FURTHER INFORMATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL OUR SALES TEAM SALES@SUPERVETTURA.COM T. +44(0)1344 620072 M. +44(0)7541 888310 FACEBOOK /SuperVettura TWITTER @SuperVettura INSTAGRAM /SuperVettura

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 41300 mi
    For sale
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