Jade Roller: 1999 Porsche 911

I love crazy interiors. Give me a crazy interior, even an ugly interior, over a sea of beige and tan any day. I’d rather look at some color than a vast display of nothingness and take the heat online as well as in real life. Today’s a car, a 1999 Porsche 911 up for bid in San Diego, has one of the craziest, and probably ugliest, interiors I’ve seen in some time. This first-year 996 has the standard Arctic Silver exterior but inside, Jade Green and faux Burl Wood as far as the eye can see. It’s garish, it’s gaudy, it doesn’t match anything and even worse, there is a strange-looking slot with a knob sticking straight up where the normally 6-speed manual transmission should be. Yes, that means this car is also an automatic. So this is a first-year automatic 996, with a 166,000 miles and an interior that even the Porsche factory was probably shaking their heads at. Is this possibly the least-desirable 911 … ever?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Porsche 911 on eBay

Year: 1999
Model: 911
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 166,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

Artic silver 10 year owner, daily driver, reliable, dependable, never in accident, automatic- tiptronic so no ims worries. FULL leather jade green, with burl WOOD trim, heated seats, no warning lights, actually every button, gague, and light WORKS! Very anal owner would like to see her go to another Porsche enthusiast . I have owned 3 Porsche’s in 45 years, this is a Rare and SPECIAL offer.

The photos seem to tell the whole story about this interior. I honestly don’t mind the Jade Green as much as I mind the wood. It just looks so cheap and I can imagine how it must feel when you touch it. Add in the fact that the center tunnel is painted silver and then another gray color around the automatic shifter and you are looking at a real mess. I would must prefer to have the entire interior be Jade Green like this or have the trim be black like this. As much as I love the crazy interiors, I think this one is just a little too far for me. Even more so when you consider the price.

How much? Well, this car has been listed many times with a Buy It Now of $19,500. Around $20,000 seems to be the sweet spot for pre-facelift 996s with over 100,000 miles but, and I do mean but, those cars aren’t automatic and certainly don’t have interiors like this. The string of no sales at $19,500 seem to be telling a lot and I just don’t see anyone signing up for this odd ball at that price and these circumstances. Then, of course, there’s the question of the IMS bearing. In prior auctions the seller claimed it’s no issue on Tiptronics. While there does seem to be some anecdotal evidence that backs up Tiptronics are less susceptible to the failure (and the earlier dual-row IMS, which this car should have being a ’99, also had much lower failure rate), I’m not sure there are hard numbers that make anyone super comfortable when considering a now twenty year old failure-prone design with the best part of 200,000 mile accrued. Even worse, if you DO need to fix the IMS on the Tiptronic, it’s much more expensive due to additional labor. The question then is, how much should someone pay? $17,500? $15,000? You certainly won’t see me ponying up the cash for this one.

– Andrew

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9 Comments

  1. EEK! I’m sucker for wild interiors too (think Audi TT 2002 ALMS in red), but this takes the Rutabaga Cake of bad taste. Maybe the IMS is fine and Tip/dual-row are less prone to failure. But like you say that doesn’t stop every other part around its failure-prone design, also with 166K miles, from being near end of life. It isn’t just the IMS. Bore scoring, valve guides, rings, MAF, air/oil separator all go south but the IMS is just fine. Either way it still needs a rebuild. I vote $10K-13K max, and that’s for the optimist that thinks there’s another 10K mile left in it. This one stays on e-bay at no-bid.

  2. As a huge fan of wild color interiors, especially green ones, I love this color. Looking at all the boring beige and the steril grey, this is refreshingly different.
    Automatic is fine with me too. The price is a joke though. If this first year 996 would show up at a Manheim dealer auction, it would bring six to eight thousand dollars,if a guy like myself loves the interior.

  3. I’m a home builder, currently building a 7million-5200 SQ foot, 2 bedroom house. It is certainly more elegant than this car but has the same desirability when finished. The house will be worth perhaps 2.8 million in our market and this Porsche has to take a similar hit. Just as the house suits a defined client, this car must have made someone very happy. Hell they ordered it that way just like the house.

    But only THAT PERSON. Even 10K seems too much.

  4. This is easily the ugliest interior I have ever seen. Period.

  5. Brian…man you beat me to it! direct and to the point. I’d like to meet the person who initially bought this. Scratch that.

  6. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Nothing is uglier to me than a white on tan or red on tan car, although a lot of people like it.I happen to like this Porsche,so two people already enjoying its beauty. Lol

  7. Those Coco mats really set it off!

  8. One other thing, yes 99 996’s are low. But you can barely buy a parts car for 6 or 8 grand. Am I saying it hasn’t happened? No, but you can also see nice low mile ones with right histories in the upper teens. Still a wide, wide chasm between a desirable one and a turd…

  9. I don’t like the jade green in this application but here it looks good:
    https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/d/arlington-1997-porsche-boxster-roadster/6811484162.html
    The auto and wood trim kill it for me.
    From my research if the IMS hasn’t gone yet then it should be fine.

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