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1996 993 C4S Winter driving - to do or not to do?


Vehicle Information: Model: 993 C4S; Year: 1996; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 96000 Km;

Joel, I purchased the car I've been wanting over the last 10 years this May. I've always been a proponent of Porsche's European philosophy that their vehicles are just fine in the winter and I was very much looking forward to driving it this winter. It would seem, however, that the car had in the past been driven in the winter and there are signs (such as the issue I had with my brake calipers) that the car had not been kept in good condition. The latest job for me to do is replace the bumper supports in the rear (parts: 993-505-641-01, left and right, and 993-505-643-01, left and right). In the case of the front supports they are entirely rusted away - only small pieces are still attached to the car and I'm going to have to use a screw extractor to remove them. The rear supports are rusted sufficiently that I will be replacing those as well. The question I have is a rather subjective one but any insight you can provide would be helpful. Given the issues I'm encountering with rust and general wear and tear, should I be concerned to drive the car in the winter (we have lots of salted roads here)? I do baby the car as much as possible and I do want to keep it for a long time and am willing to spend the time to keep the car clean and well maintained - but is it a foregone conclusion that driving it into the winter reduces the overall life of the car? I do have another car that can be driven in the winter - but it's certainly not in the same league as a 911 :) Thanks for any comments/advice.

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