In Reply to: (OT) interesting article about JD Powers & the 911 posted by Jay on June 10, 1999 at 10:41:58:
When Porsche came out with the Boxster and then with the new 911 (996), they made some interesting changes...and not only in the cars themselves.
Porsche was dire straits financially so when they designed the Boxster and the new 911, they designed them to share about 50% of their parts. They also designed them the be much quicker to assemble. The engine on a 1996 911 (993) takes 8 hours to assemble...the engine on a 1999 (996) can be assembled in 1.5 hours. For the first time in 30 years, the 911 was no longer air-cooled and it's the first Porsche in decades that can NOT be drived straight from the factory to the racetrack.
Porsche made the cars less expensive to build and targeted a different market. The reason that you see fewer engine complaints and more cupholder/engine complaints is that those items are more important to more of the NEW Porsche buyers. Porsches are being bought by less and less hardcore drivers and more and more status seeking customers (IMO).
Can you imagine buying a $90,000 performance car and then complaining that there is no cuphoilder?
This is why I bought a 1996 (993) 911 and not a brand new. Many people argue that the pinnacle of Porsche development was the 1995 - 1997 (993) 911.
Yes, the new 911 is slightly faster and has a more advanced suspension...but that doesn't mean it's better, at least in my opinion.