Buyers Guide to:
Porsche 911 (993) Targa
1995 to 1997
Porsche Club GB
The wonderful Porsche 911 had already been on sale for fifty years by the time the ‘993’ version arrived in late 1993. More smoothly styled than the outgoing ‘964’ generation, the new look was the work of British designer, Tony Hatter. But while the outline may have been familiar, the body of this latest 911 was claimed to be eighty percent new, not to mention twenty percent stiffer in coupe form. The Targa variant – with its sliding glass roof – appeared in 1995 and was fitted with the same 272bhp M64 at-six engine (that gained the Varioram inlet system from 1996) as the coupe, and featured the same galvanised body shell and electrically-operated rear spoiler. But the most important thing about the 993 was that it was the last outing for Porsche’s famous air-cooled engine, something that’s still hotly debated by enthusiasts of the marque to this day.
- Bumper mounting points
- Around the front and rear screens
- The nose for excessive stone chipping, although the galvanised shell should have prevented rust from forming. Don’t be surprised if this area has been re-painted previously
- For creaking from the windscreen. It’s a common problem, but can be sorted, but clumsy replacement of the bonded screen can allow rust to take hold
- That the door check straps aren’t broken. Another common issue, proper repairs are upwards of £500 per side and it may have been bodged
- The electric rear spoiler for correct operation. It should pop up at 50mph and disappear at 5mph, although it can be operated by a switch in the cabin
- For fading of the rear light units. It’s a known issue and replacements are pricey
- The history very carefully for any signs of previous accident damage. It’s worth examining the metalwork in the front luggage compartment for evidence of previous repairs
- That the engine has been properly maintained by a Porsche dealer or specialist. Oil leaks aren’t uncommon, and the unit may be due a top end re-build at around 100,000 miles so budget accordingly. Excessive exhaust smoke is very bad news, so be wary
- The 6-speed manual transmission for whines or an obstructive shift. Clutch replacement
- is pricey as replacement can require engine removal, so check for judder or slippage. The 4-speed Tiptronic automatic is reliable, but hugely expensive to replace if it does fail, and make sure the shift buttons on the steering wheel are working
- The suspension for signs of worn bushes – especially those in the front lower arms - or joints. A complete overhaul can exceed £3000 at a specialist
- That the brake discs aren’t corroded, and that the car pulls up without issue. A rusting steel insert means the alloy calipers can suffer from sticking brake pads, and refurbishment costs will soon mount.
- There are no uid leaks from the power steering rack or pipework
- For signs of uneven tyre wear. The 993 is very sensitive to correct wheel alignment, and adjustment requires specialist tools. Watch for corroded alloy wheels, too
- That the Targa roof operates correctly and that the seals are in good condition. The latter prevents rattles and water leaks, and while the system is generally reliable it can suffer from a worn motor or stretched cables
- The cabin for wear and tear as re-trimming a scruffy interior will be costly. And ensure there are no water leaks from around the windscreen – it points to failed bonding or a badly- tted replacement
- That all of the electrical gadgets work as getting them going again is costly. Ensure the air-bag warning light illuminates and extinguishes on start up, and make sure the air-conditioning blows cold as a failed pump or corroded condensers are common issues
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