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Porsche 996 C4s



Jason_E

ClioSport Club Member
  '98 911 Carrera 2
Who would even do that? Just but a carrera 2 they are half the price.

I think the C4s is the sweet spot, for a lot of manufacturers the model just below the top is usually the better day to day car.
Some people want the C4S looks but the RWD handling characteristics. I'm with you though, bought a C2 for half the price!

oh ok, atm £1500 but I spent a lot on the uprated steering wheel etc mentioned above. Also I’ll have a return for the old interior so might even break even, who knows??

Note I still want to upgrade to wingback seats but there’s no decent ones for the correct £££ atm
Thats really good going! Anything above the base tombstones are a nigthmare too find. I want the sports plus seats, but finding them in Boxster red is a nigthmare and as you say VERY expensive. Design 911 do GT3 style rep seats that seem alright! And since you're going black, they do that colour in Leather.

Good work so far anyway! One thing I forgot to say is check the date stamp on your tyres... nearly every Porsche I see has ancient tyres on. So dodgy.
 

Christopher

ClioSport Club Member
Awesome, that's peak 996 IMO. Always loved them since a mate got a Speed Yellow one.

Personally, I'd keep that interior but I do get wanting it to be more toned down! :LOL: Lovely car though!
 
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Some people want the C4S looks but the RWD handling characteristics. I'm with you though, bought a C2 for half the price!


Thats really good going! Anything above the base tombstones are a nigthmare too find. I want the sports plus seats, but finding them in Boxster red is a nigthmare and as you say VERY expensive. Design 911 do GT3 style rep seats that seem alright! And since you're going black, they do that colour in Leather.

Good work so far anyway! One thing I forgot to say is check the date stamp on your tyres... nearly every Porsche I see has ancient tyres on. So dodgy.
Cheers for the comments. The tyres are all recently. Weirdly for a car like this one it has done more miles in the last few years than it did in its early life. The owner before me was a pilot working at Gatwick and this was his daily driver 😳 Good man!

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As for your seats I went up to Leeds last week for work and whilst their popped into Prestige Salvage to pick up the alcantara roof lining. It was one of the most amaizing places I’ve ever seen. Three story building full off mainly Porsche parts. So we’ll organised. Might be worth giving Neil a call on the number in the red box in the business card. I see some red dash’s & interior parts in the photo. They had hundreds of seats as well.

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Interiors out. Mrs is over the moon as it’s now in the house 😂

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The new interior is all in bar the A&B pillar trims as there’s two types and I have the wrong ones. I’m collecting the new ones tomorrow. Im over the moon with the transformation. A little tease of the new bits....

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Today I finished the interior. I’m happy with it and it looks even better in real life. I still can’t believe it’s in the garage when I pop out there to get something.
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Apart from the black trims and seats I've also purchased a factory alcantara roof lining and retrimmed alcantara steering wheel, handbrake and gear gater.

With the Clio I always wanted to change items on it but with this I just want to use it and luckily its ready to be used! I'm looking forward to some adventures once the world opens up again.
 
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Matt W

ClioSport Club Member
  Suzuki Jimny
Was trying to figure out why the steering wheel looks so unusual, then remembered it’s because all cars these days have millions of buttons all over them! Looks perfect
 
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Was trying to figure out why the steering wheel looks so unusual, then remembered it’s because all cars these days have millions of buttons all over them! Looks perfect
Very true! Even better is behind it on the dials it has a volt meter and oil pressure gauge. It’s all very analogue. I love this era of cars.
 
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Life is still very good in Porsche land. I’m trying my best to use it as a ‘normal’ car which is something I’ve been missing over the last 5 years of trackcar ownership. Turns out it’s very good at been used just to pop to the shops etc

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Today I went for a drive with a few friends. Covered 80 miles and it was a blast. I’m getting to know the car a little better and it’s great at gently getting down the road with no drama and then if you want to you can drop a gear or two and before you know it we’re at autobahn speeds 😳. High speed stability and traction/pull out of corners are phenomenal

So my good friend who help me build the Clio has an Elise which he recently swapped to Honda k20 power. Two very different cars that’ll have many adventures together over the coming years. Bit of a geeky thing to notice but the two cars were registered one day apart from each other 19 years ago!

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Going forward I’ll probably get the front top mounts and bump stops changed as the drivers side one creeks a little over speed humps and then have the alignment done. The car drives perfectly in a straight line but the steering wheel is slightly left hand down since the steering wheel change (I have tried several times to get it right but the splines are to big). Apart from that it’s everything I’ve wanted and a hell of a lot more 🙂
 
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Car looks amazing. Interior change looks very well done.

The seats you’ve managed to find are in superb condition! They look great! Hard to source?
Cheers! Everything was sourced from eBay. Most came from one car. I contacted people breaking cars (the ones listings wheel but for £1etc) and seamed to get better prices than buying piece by piece.

I’d probably get the bits from Prestige Salvage if I was to do it again as all the bits are in the same place. The biggest learning curve was to search 996 (911) and 968 (boxster) when looking for bits as everything in front of the B pillar is the same.

The rear seats were immaculate but the front took many hours of cleaning and some black dye to get them looking good again. Well worth it as this cost nothing but time
 
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Another happy month with the 996. It’s been used as a ‘normal’ car now we can go out officially. Best bit is all 4 of us can go out in it so it’s integrating into family life well. A couple of up dates -

Firstly most of the brown interior has now sold. Best bit is I’ve made back what I paid for the black items already so the swap has cost me nothing but time! I still have some items left so I should make money on the swap once they’ve all gone.

Secondly I sent the car away for some work. It’s been driving absolutely fine but it was due an oil change and when warm the front suspension was creaking over speed humps. As suspected this was the off side top mount so I had both swapped with all the associated parts and whilst the front was apart the seals on the front diff were replaced as there was a little weep from the diff. With all the suspension apart we obviously had the 4 wheel alignment carried out once it was all put back together.

This all happened last week and now it’s back it’s driving exactly as it should. When I changed the steering wheel over it always drove perfectly straight but I couldn’t get the steering wheel straight (was either lhd or rhd when moved on the splines) which is one of my biggest pet hates!

All in all I’m still smiling ear to ear and sadistically enjoying keeping a black car clean! One finally thought is the first bill came in within £50 of what I paid to actually purchase the Clio............. 😳😂

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Cub.

ClioSport Moderator
Lovely and the interior swap was a good move.

I loved mine hugely, but as you note, they were £80K+ cars new, and the bills can soon “accumulate” 🤣🤣
 


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