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- Publisher out of print -

Everything the Porsche 996 owner needs to know, plus a huge amount of useful information, is contained within the covers of this book, in which every known model and version is described in detail.

With over 1500 photos and extensive appendices, this fact-packed book is an absolute must for any Porsche 996 owner or would-be owner.

Models covered include:

  • Porsche 996 Carrera
  • Porsche 996 Carrera 4
  • Porsche 996 GT-3
  • Porsche 996 Turbo
  • Porsche 996 GT-2
  • Porsche 996 Targa
Features include:
  • Complete historical review of the entire 996 series
  • How to identify and authenticate a 996
  • What to look for when purchasing
  • How to service the 996
  • Engine, engine management and cooling systems descriptions
  • Transmission, running gear, traction enhancement, wheel and tire coverage
  • Complete explanation of all installed electronic systems
  • How to troubleshoot and repair the 996
  • How to improve engine performance, aerodynamics and handling of the 996
  • A complete review of the most successful 911 on the race track
All the special versions of the 996 series including the Anniversary models, the Carrera S, 4S wide body models and the Turbo cabriolets. All racing versions of the 996 including the 996 GT-3-Cup, 996 GT-3R, RS, and RSR.

Book Excerpt: Porsche 996, The Essential Companion


This section provides an overview of the many distinct 996 models as they were introduced.

Porsche AG offered a much greater choice to customers with the 996 series. The model range gradually expanded, and at its zenith in model year 2004, there were fifteen different base models to choose from.

Note: PAG offered a maximum of seven base models in the 964 series and twelve in the 993 series.

There are many people who will read this book who are looking at theor forst, very first, 911 or Porsche.

The following information is based on the author's personal experience and knowledge of the 996, supplemented by other owner's experiences from around the world, plus information from the factory. All honest and truthful advice for prospective 996 purchasers.

For the first purchase it is important to read all the advice contained in this book. Ther is also nothing wrong in seeking second and third opinions.

The most vulnerable person, liable to end up with problems or disapointments after a 996 purchase, is the one who is not familiar with Porsche cars, specifically the 911.

Coupe and Cabriolet narrow body styles are available with both 3.4L (model years 1997to 2001) and 3.6L (from model year 2002) normally aspirated engines.

The 996 Targa is only available in narrow body form with a 3.6L engine.

Procedure only applicable to 996 models fitted with replaceable fuel filters (RFF).

WARNING - Before attempting this procedure ensure that the engine is cold and the work area is well ventilated.

CAUTION - This procedure is not applicable to the normally aspirated 3.6L engines from model year 2002 except for the GT-3.

For all models except the Carrera 3.4L-powered narrow body models, the fuel filter is located behind the coolant expansion tank. In the Carrera range it's located in the center tunnel above the coolant pipes.

With the Carrera range the underside cover has to be removed for access.

Remove the ground cable from the fuel filter body (all).

Remove the quick disconnect plug from the fuel filter and collect the residual fuel (Carrera only).

Undo the fuel pressure line using the counter wrench technique to support the fuel filter's connection (Carrera 4, 996 Turbo, GT-2 and GT-3).

Open the fuel filter restraining clamp/strap, and once the filter is released, remove it in the direction of the coolant expansion tank (Carrera 4, 996 Turbo, GT-2 and GT-3), and rearwards for Carrera.

Install a new fuel filter in the restraining clamp/strap and tighten until form (all).


Subject: A must-have book for Porsche 996 owners and enthusiasts. Covers engine, transmission, maintenance and more. ISBN-10: 1845840968 | ISBN-13: 9781845840969


Warnings and Cautions | Foreword | Dedication | Acknowledgments

  • El Supremo
  • Purchase and Ownership
  • 996 Engines
  • Engine Systems
  • Transmission
  • Running Gear, Wheels, Tires
  • The Body
  • Systems
  • Fault Finding
  • DIY
  • Enhancing Performance
  • Restoring Honor
  • Identification Data
  • Codes
  • Diagnostic Codes
  • Springs
  • But What Does it All Mean?

  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing
  • Pages: 656 - Thousands of b&w photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 x 1.75 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-84584-096-9
  • Years: 1980 - 2010
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