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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (996 C4S)

2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (996 C4S)

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Details

Price: $33,800

Mileage: 58,000 Miles

Engine: M96 3.6-Liter 6-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Guards Red

Interior: Black Full Leather

Additional features:

Aluminum Chrome Trim

Black Convertible Top

Thicker Steering Wheel

Sport Shifter

Aluminum / Leather Shifter / Brake Handle

Supple Leather Front and Rear

Xenon Headlamp Package w/ Integrated Fog Lights

Heated Front Seats

Bose High End Sound Package

Ceramic Window Tint

Millworks Tow Hook License Plate Holder

18” BBS Wheels w/ Pirelli Snow Sport Tires

Porsche Enthusiast Owned

Clean Carfax

Mx @52K Miles:

Intermediate Shaft (IMS) Bearing Replacement

Rear Crank Seal

Cam Plug

Clutch / Flywheel Kit

Spark Plugs

Extras: Guards Red Hardtop $1200

Extras: 18” Sport Techno Wheels w/ Michelin Pilot Sport Tires $1500

Background

2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (996 C4S) exterior photo

There has been no more controversial Porsche 911 than the 996. It was the first water-cooled 911, the first complete redesign—not evolution—of a lineage that arcs back to 1963. It was also the 911 that saved Porsche from near collapse. Traditionalists (myself included) were appalled by its dramatic break in form; its runny egg headlights (inspired from the 911 GT1), its relatively cheap interior bits, and its reputation for intermediate shaft bearing (IMS) failure that can result in catastrophe. But, time has been kind to the 996, and hindsight has shown that, perhaps, we were wrong. By the late 996 years (996.2 in Porsche-speak) Stuttgart had rectified those offensive headlights with eggs that were fried rather than runny, upped the interior build quality, and bumped engine displacement to 3.6 liters, good for 320 horsepower. The C4S was also added to the lineup, featuring the wide-body, brakes, and suspension from the 911 Turbo. IMS bearing failures, while a terrifying prospect, are remote despite the Internet hysteria and even the “cheaply-built” 996 is still utterly fantastic because, after all, it is still a Porsche. The market has responded too, with 996 values steadily rising from the bottom of the depreciation curve. There are few better cars for the money than a 996.

Summary

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This 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (C4S) Cabriolet checks some serious boxes on the 996 menu. I am selling it on consignment for a fellow Porsche enthusiast. Guards Red over Black Full Leather is a classic yet stunning color combination that makes no mistake to the world that this is a wide-body 911 in C4S trim. The black soft top is in excellent condition thanks to being stored underneath most of the time. Factory options were the thick-rimmed sport steering wheel, short shifter, supple leather, aluminum trim, xenon lights package, Bose sound system, and eighteen inch Sport Techno wheels. Extras include a second set of 18-inch BBS Wheels with Pirelli snow tires, the OEM wind deflector, and a rolling hardtop stand. The current owner purchased in 2016 from Stevinson Imports. Shortly thereafter at 52K miles it received a major preventative IMS bearing service that included IMS bearing replacement, a fresh clutch and flywheel kit, crank and cam seals, spark plugs, air filter, and a fresh oil change. Poudre Sports Car performed all work. Poudre Sports Car also did the last oil change and inspection at 57K. Records for the above are included with the sale, along with a clean Carfax, all owners’ manuals, and VIN decode from Stuttcars. Hagerty Grade 2 Valuation for this car is $34,000, which I would agree with based on condition and maintenance history. I have priced it accordingly, accounting for the hardtop kit, hardtop stand, and extra set of BBS wheels and tires.

Exterior

2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (996 C4S) exterior photo

The Guards Red paint is in excellent condition. It has clearly been stored indoors and used in fair weather. The finish is brilliant with few defects and no UV fade. Clear Bra protects the leading edges, sparing it the typical Colorado paint chips. Notable defects are light scuffing on the lower lip, a scuff in the driver’s side mirror cover, a small dent in the convertible top cover, another in the driver’s fender, and a deformation in the rear bumper cover with some paint flexation. The convertible top is in excellent condition having no rips or tears. All paint and panels are original and the Carfax shows no accidents. The headlight, indicator and taillight lenses are clear and crack free. Clear Bra protects the headlights. The windshield glass is free of cracks and the side and rear glass is tinted. The Sport Techno wheels are in great shape with very minor curb rash on a few. The Michelin Pilot Sport tires have 60% tread remaining.

Interior

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The interior is also in excellent shape. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpet is free of stains or rips and is protected by Porsche floor mats. The seat leather is soft and there is no excessive bolster wear. The dashboard leather is soft and there are no cracks. The steering wheel leather is fantastic. The instrument cluster, HVAC, and stereo displays have no failed pixels. The Bose sound system sounds amazing. The convertible soft headliner is in excellent shape. There are no warning lights and the oil level shows full. All power functions, door locks, window switches, seat motors, seat heaters, and the power convertible top work correctly. The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. The convertible air deflector is in good working order and the spare tire, tool kit, and owners’ manuals are present.

Mechanical

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The engine fires on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. There are no fluid leaks or drips; the cam and crank seals were done with the IMS bearing replacement. The clutch and flywheel were also replaced; it has zero slip, the take-up is correct, and the shifter is crisp and precise. The driveline, transaxle, and wheel bearings are quiet with no vibrations. The Turbo suspension and brakes are significant improvements over the regular 996. The suspension is firm, yet compliant and the brakes have plenty of life left. This is a turn-key 911 C4S. The 996 is a reliable and robust platform that you can use and enjoy, I wouldn’t hesitate to drive it across country. We would like to find a buyer who will continue to care for it and appreciate it for years to come.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • Market: USA
  • VIN: WP0CA29994S653377
  • Type: 996 630 (996 C4S)
  • Engine: M96.03-664
  • Transmission Code: G96.31
  • Paint Color: L84A Guards Red
  • Interior: AH

Options

  • C02 US Market
  • XC2
  • XRX
  • XRN 17MM Rear Spacers
  • X54 Stainless Steel Tailpipes
  • X70 Stainless Steel Door Entry Guards with Logo
  • X71 Alu-look Instrument Faces
  • X97 Gear Lever Knob with Aluminum Inlay
  • X98 Handbrake Lever with Aluminum Inlay
  • 288 Headlamp Washer
  • 342 Seat Heating
  • 601 Litronic (xenon) Headlamps
  • 680 Bose Sound System (analog)
  • 750 Without Hardtop
  • 939 Draped Leather Rear Seats
  • 09971
  • 09981
  • 09991