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Porsche 993 Targa: How to Buy

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If you like the idea of having a convertible without the cloth top, the Targa offers the best of both worlds. Instead of a solid removable panel, the 993 Targa utilized a powered glass roof panel that stowed under the rear glass. Based on the 3.6 liter normally aspirated 911, they were a tad heavier and less rigid than others in the 993 series.

When looking at a 993 Targa, you should first verify the top is in proper working order. It can be expensive to repair, so make sure maintenance records are included. Three main operations of the roof make it unique. Under the roof panel is a powered vinyl sunshade. It tends to get baked by the sun so make sure it is not ripped. Before the roof opens a windshield spoiler should pop up, if not you will get rocked by wind noise. The third aspect of the top is weather strips. Get inside and have someone hose the car down. Wait a minute to see if you have any leaks and if so it will be a nice bargaining chip in your favor. If the notion of a movable roof doesn’t excite you, perhaps a Turbo S will tickle your fancy. We also have widebody Carrera 4 and Carrera S in addition to Turbo S and Cabriolet models.

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The Targa body was a convertible with added weight but no reinforcements to the chassis, so Porsche advised against anything larger than original 17″ wheels. With 18″ or larger wheels, the car can develop a resonance or “Cowl Shake” in certain situations.A recall shared amongst all 1995-96 cars was the engine wiring harness. Call your local dealer with the VIN to make sure it has been performed. If not, it may be a sign of other deferred maintenance. When the roof is retracted and you are cruising, the last thing you want to hear is rattling glass. This is why the motor mounts must be inspected on all 993 cars. To some degree, the engine is a tuned part of the rear suspension, which is why only Porsche motor mounts should be used.

  • Horsepower: 282
  • Torque (lb-ft): 250 
  • 0-60 mph (seconds): 5.9
  • 0-100 mph (seconds): 14
  • 1/4 Mile: 14.3 @ 101 mph
  • Weight (lbs): 3,249
  • Production: 4,583 

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