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Vehicle Information: Model: 944S2; Year: 1990; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 189000;

A good friend of mine at work is looking to purchase a 996 (C2 or C4, coupe+manual) as a daily driver. His budget is under $40k. I have done the usual and advised him of buying the newest that will fit his budget. I am fairly Porsche savvy, but not really with the 996 and newer models. I am aware of some problems with the early motors (faulty castings, main seal oil leaks), but not of other issues. What are some things to look for in the 996? Any options to look for or stay away from? Is there (and where) an option code sticker like on my car? Where can I go to see the decoder for the option codes? Is there a definitive source for buying a 996 (website or publication) that would describe model year differences, etc. Thanks for the advice.Steve

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