Automotive journalists have touted the Porsche 996 Turbo as one of the most drivable super cars on the road. The performance numbers on these cars are incredible. Yet, their ease of use made them great daily driver options. These Turbos were the first U.S. market water cooled cars to get the famed “Mezger Motor.” Hans Mezger designed the GT1 LeMans winning motors, which continued to develop and find their way into Porsche’s flagship 911 offerings for well over a decade. Talking with countless Porsche mechanics, they all agree that these Turbos are among the most reliable that Porsche ever built.
This Turbo was built in June of 2002 and was delivered new on August 14th, 2002 by Porsche Hawaii of Honolulu. It was ordered with the following factory options:
- Wheel caps with colored crests
- Lumbar support -right and left seat
- Parking Assist System
- Remote CD changer
- Supple leather front and rear seats
- Black Full Leather
- Carbon Package (small)
- Black floor mats – Porsche lettering
- Engine Performance Package (X50) – $18k option
- Larger turbo chargers (K24 vs K16)
- Larger intercoolers
- Reinforced/heavier duty transmission
- Special ECU tuning
- Quad exhaust tips
- Horsepower increase from 414 to 450
- Stainless Steel Exhaust Pipes
- Caron Door Sill with Model Insignia
- Aluminum Instrument Dials
- Porsche crest in headrests
- Brake/Shifter in Carbon/Aluminum
- Seal Grey Metallic Paint
The total MSRP was $141,925.00
Further dealer items added early in this Turbo’s life include:
- GT2 front bumper
- Painted back leather sport seats
- GT2 rear wing attachment
- GT2 side intakes
- WORK Wheels 3-piece forged 19”
- Panasonic Bluetooth phone stereo
- AWE Tuning exhaust system
The first owner lived in Honolulu and kept the car for 3-years/9k miles. It was supposedly stolen (according to Carfax®) on April 10th, 2004. It went missing for a day and was recovered. Carfax® reports it was vandalized. It wasn’t damaged as the paint is still all original. We speculate that the radio, wheels, and possibly stock seats might’ve been stolen. This owner eventually sold this Turbo and it went to an enthusiast in San Clemente, California on December 23rd, 2005 with 9k miles. That owner kept the car for 2-years and added 7k miles. During his care, he primarily serviced it at McKenna Porsche in Norwalk, California.
The car was sold to the current owner’s uncle on December 17th, 2008 with16k miles. He lived in Ventura, California, and mostly serviced it at Rusnak Porsche in Thousand Oaks, California. He kept the Turbo for a few years and used it as his daily driver. He sold it to his nephew and current owner on February 16th, 2013 with 34k miles. The current owner lives in South Orange County. For the past 8-years, he’s only added 10k more miles. During his care, he has serviced the car at either Hoehn Porsche of Carlsbad or a local independent specialist.
Highlights of services performed by the current owner and his uncle include:
- Coil packs and ignition switch (07/12 @ 33,704 miles)
- Replaced spark plugs (03/13 @ 35,401 miles)
- Oil service (01/14 @ 38,142 miles)
- Brake pads, rotors, and clutch slave cylinder replaced (04/14 @ 38,577 miles)
- Replace rear bumper (9/14 @ 39,629 miles)
- 4-wheel alignment and mount/balance Michelin tires (12/14 @ 39,839 miles)
- Suspension and radiator replacement (01/15 @ 39,907 miles)
- Bilstein PSS-10 suspension system
- 24mm front sway bar with front and rear drop links
- Replace both left and right radiators
- Windshield washer reservoir tank
- Oil service (05/17 @ 39,914 miles)
- Major cooling system work and other services (6/17 @ 39,919 miles)
- Water pump
- Oil service
- Fuel filter
- Spark plugs
- Drive belt
- All coolant hoses and seals
- Updated coolant lines (welded steel lines)
- Camshaft housing cover
- Trans cover seal, clutch salve cyl, axle seals, power steering line (12/17 @ 43,430 miles)
- Battery (06/18)
- Replace intake seals and oil service (5/21 @ 43,955 miles)
- Bosch mass air flow sensor (9/21 @ 44,089 miles)
- Clutch accumulator, pedal return spring, and 4-wheel alignment (10/21 @ 44,199 miles)
This 996 Turbo is in very good shape and has been well cared for, especially from a mechanical standpoint. The paint is in very good condition with minimal signs of use. All the metal panels are original and verified with a paint meter. The GT2-style front bumper is protected with clear bra. A painted GT2-style carbon fiber rear spoiler top has been added and is in good shape. A carbon fiber “Turbo” badge has been added to the rear deck lid. The rear power spoiler is not functioning and is in the fixed down position.
In August of 2014, while parked at a store, another vehicle backed into the rear bumper. It is noted on Carfax® as minor damage. The owner had a new factory bumper installed. The glass is all original and wearing the proper factory stampings. The Works wheels are high end, Japan hand-made 3-piece forged wheels. They are in good shape with some light discoloration on the polished lip and a few minor nicks. They are wearing Michelin Pilot Sport tires with 4k miles on them. Although they are 8-years old, there are no signs of age as the car was always garaged. The tread is at 75% on the front and over 50% on the rear. The brakes have over 75% life remaining.
The interior is tidy and in decent shape for the age/miles. The leather sport seats have no tears or rips and some typical light wear on the driver side exit bolster. The rear seats look new. The carpet and door panels show no signs of wear. The dash has no cracks, warping or the typical leather shrinkage. All the gauges work properly. The electric windows, mirrors, seat controls, and sunroof all work properly. A Pioneer screen radio was installed over a decade ago. It sounds good but is dated and the Bluetooth only works for talking on phone and not playing music. The A/C blows cold.
This Turbo has current California registration that is paid through April of 2022. It will not pass CA smog anymore due to the aftermarket exhaust system. It would need a stock factory exhaust to pass.
This Porsche comes with 2 main keys, owner’s manual, a decade of service receipts, wheel lock key, space saver spare, tool kit, jack, and air compressor.
**Note: VIN and other numbers withheld to protect against fraud. All numbers including VIN, Engine, and color will be provided to serious buyers.
This Porsche thief wins the Darwin award.
If you’re going to steal a car, don’t do it on an island. That’s just common sense.
Also, it might be a good idea to not swipe a Porsche Turbo.
This X50 Turbo was sold new by the Porsche dealer in Honolulu, Hawaii. When it was 2-years old, it was stolen for less than 48 hours.
It was quickly recovered and fortunately, there wasn’t any damage to the outside of the car. Even the paint on all the metal panels is still original. We believe they did steal the radio and seats. The original owner tastefully upgraded the stock seats to highly desirable painted hard back sport seats.
I can just imagine the thief driving in circles around the island like a rodent on a hamster wheel.
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