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Porsche 996 C4s



Jason_E

ClioSport Club Member
  Golf GTI, Jap Tank.
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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Fast forward a couple of months and the old girls still putting a smile on my face but there’s been a couple of issues along the way. First up was a result of the oil change. A few days after the last post I was using the car. After leaving it for an hour or so I started it and when I looked in the mirror it looked like the red arrows had just flown behind me. I’m not going to lie I s&@t myself as any engine work on this is going to be expensive. After a few seconds the smoke went and the engine ran perfectly (oil pressure/temp etc). I drove it home and tried it a couple more times over the following days and it was the same on start up. Luckily for me when I sold the Clio on one of the last people to pick a part up was @colesy who is a Porsche guru. After a few messages between us he was confident it was was an over fill with the oil so at the next opportunity I drop the oil filter off and then re fitted it without the oil it contained. Que an instant fix and zero smoke again! I can’t say thanks enough to @colesy . I owe you big time. He also helped out with a set of dealer plates to help make the car look a little smarter.

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With the car working perfectly I was using it as much as possible but then came disaster. I took my boy to play cricket one Sunday morning. During the match it started to rain so I went back to the car to pick up my jacket and found the front drivers side bumper had taken a hit. WTF! Being a bit protective with the car I remembered a silver 4x4 was parked next to it at drop off but was not next to it now. Low and behold at the end of the game the same car came back so I confronted them (in a nice way) when she denied all knowledge despite her alloy showing marks on it as well.

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Long story short - I stayed calm, dealt with facts and the out come was they paid for the the damage at my chosen paint shop. Only problem is I’ve been flat out at work and haven’t had the chance to get the car over until last week but it’s all done now………. Que next (self inflicted ???) disaster

When I got the car back it was dirty so I wanted to get it back up to scratch as in Feb it had a full 3 day clean and ceramic coating. Step in Meguiars hybrid ceramic wax to help boost the coating. I used the product as intended following the instructions and videos. If absolutely ruined the car. The car ended up with water marks all over the car that wouldn’t even polish out.
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I’ve been in contact with Meguiars who have been rubbish so far. The only way I could remove it was to use a light compound and run over the whole car over 2 nights of solid work. It back looking spot on so I’m happy now but it should have got to this.

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Whilst there’s been a few hiccups along the way ultimately I’m still over the moon with how it drives and also how it looks. This is my dream car in my perfect spec and I’m loving every minute of owning it (apart from the ones above 😂😉)

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colesy

ClioSport Club Member
  F56 Cooper S and 172
Fast forward a couple of months and the old girls still putting a smile on my face but there’s been a couple of issues along the way. First up was a result of the oil change. A few days after the last post I was using the car. After leaving it for an hour or so I started it and when I looked in the mirror it looked like the red arrows had just flown behind me. I’m not going to lie I s&@t myself as any engine work on this is going to be expensive. After a few seconds the smoke went and the engine ran perfectly (oil pressure/temp etc). I drove it home and tried it a couple more times over the following days and it was the same on start up. Luckily for me when I sold the Clio on one of the last people to pick a part up was @colesy who is a Porsche guru. After a few messages between us he was confident it was was an over fill with the oil so at the next opportunity I drop the oil filter off and then re fitted it without the oil it contained. Que an instant fix and zero smoke again! I can’t say thanks enough to @colesy . I owe you big time. He also helped out with a set of dealer plates to help make the car look a little smarter.

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With the car working perfectly I was using it as much as possible but then came disaster. I took my boy to play cricket one Sunday morning. During the match it started to rain so I went back to the car to pick up my jacket and found the front drivers side bumper had taken a hit. WTF! Being a bit protective with the car I remembered a silver 4x4 was parked next to it at drop off but was not next to it now. Low and behold at the end of the game the same car came back so I confronted them (in a nice way) when she denied all knowledge despite her alloy showing marks on it as well.

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Long story short - I stayed calm, dealt with facts and the out come was they paid for the the damage at my chosen paint shop. Only problem is I’ve been flat out at work and haven’t had the chance to get the car over until last week but it’s all done now………. Que next (self inflicted ???) disaster

When I got the car back it was dirty so I wanted to get it back up to scratch as in Feb it had a full 3 day clean and ceramic coating. Step in Meguiars hybrid ceramic wax to help boost the coating. I used the product as intended following the instructions and videos. If absolutely ruined the car. The car ended up with water marks all over the car that wouldn’t even polish out.
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I’ve been in contact with Meguiars who have been rubbish so far. The only way I could remove it was to use a light compound and run over the whole car over 2 nights of solid work. It back looking spot on so I’m happy now but it should have got to this.

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Whilst there’s been a few hiccups along the way ultimately I’m still over the moon with how it drives and also how it looks. This is my dream car in my perfect spec and I’m loving every minute of owning it (apart from the ones above 😂😉)

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No problem at all, glad I could help! Really unlucky with the issues since though but glad they’re sorted too, it really is a lovely example 👌🏻
 

Scrooge

ClioSport Moderator
  E55 AMG
Still not totally sure if I shouldn’t have got a 996 C4S/turbo.

The older they’re getting the better they’re looking IMO, especially when they’re this clean!
 
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I'm enjoying the summer drives in this. I'm very happy I have the sunroof

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I've gone full geek. Since buying it I've been looking for a model of one. Obviously it's no longer in production. On Saturday one popped up on eBay. Fast forward a few days and it was delivered. I made a set of number plates up for it with the Dymo machine and took a couple of photos. Hopefully the vid links work as well.....

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The old girl’s still going well and at last we finally used it for a weekend away. Last weekend the Mrs and I went on a road trip away for her birthday down to the new forest in Brokenhurst. First stop was dropping the kids off at Winchester with their auntie. Turns out the rear shelf is ideal for their car seats as they don’t need them in this car.

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Then down for some driving around and then the night away.

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The second day was the big driving day. The main aim was not to use motorways. Using MapNav we planned a route from Brokenhurst, Salisbury, Devises, Chippenham, Moreton-in-marsh and then across to Banbury to pick up the dog and have dinner out with my Mum & Dad. Once done back home to the Reading area.

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Needless to say the car performed faultlessly and eat the 300+ miles easily. It’s definitely makes me want to take it away across Europe once the COVID has gone next year.


Post trip clean up and a massive relief as it cleans up as it should do with the ceramic coating after the issues listed above. Dried up to look like this with no polishing etc. Happy days
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One small maintenance issue I had to get fixed mainly to keep my sanity! The drivers side exhaust hasn’t sounded as crisp as the near side since I bought it and sounded a bit ticky. Turns out there was a split from the silencer to the exhaust. I’ve just had this repaired and it sounds awesome again. Looking forward to more adventures.
 

Big Toe

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio Campus
What was the issue with the Meguiars? I’ve got some but haven’t opened it yet. Assuming you’re talking about the blue trigger bottle?
 
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What was the issue with the Meguiars? I’ve got some but haven’t opened it yet. Assuming you’re talking about the blue trigger bottle?
Yeah it’s the blue hybrid ceramic wax spray. I think it reacted with the carbon collective ceramic coating. They said it was to hot and it was left on to long but that’s BS as I did exactly what they said. TBF they sent out some stuff but that didn’t replace my time. I might try it again at some point on the daily car or the Mrs car and see what happens.
 

Chris V6 255

ClioSport Club Member
  V6 255, 182 Trophy
Absolutely love these!
Been looking at one for a few years now.

Need to get into it sooner rather than later before they appreciate out of reach!


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