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Porsche 911 (Type 996) Service Manual 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005: Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4s Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Bentley Publishers (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837617103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837617107
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 4 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Davb on 7 Aug 2013
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A very expensive book which is packed with facts. I bought it to recharge my air conditioning (996C4S) only to find that section listed as beyond the scope of the book. If you are attempting any repair then it is possibly the best book I have seen to date with torque settings etc; however many simple repairs can be viewed on youtube with comments and experience for free.

It will help you with knowing where to jack and place stands to avoid expensive mistakes and makes a easy read for those that way inclined.
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This is an incredibly detailed set of instructions on how to do a wide range of jobs on a Porsche 996. I haven't used it in anger yet to work on my car, but it has been a useful reference guide to find out how the car works.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Best 996 Service Manual You Can Buy 31 Oct 2012
By ljcook - Published on Amazon.com
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I run a Porsche Technical Discussion website.
I bought the Porsche factory manuals (all 17 volumes in 3-ring binders) in 2000 for about $600. I then spend about $100/year each for the next 6 years to get updates. My factory manuals ended up about costing $1200. Porsche stopped printing manuals a few years ago and a set was well over $1200 at that time.

That does not really cover everything though - you also need the OBD II manuals for DME 5.2.2. DME 7.2, and DME 7.8 depending on your model year. When I bought my OBD II manuals (again in 2000) they were about $200 each. So to cover all models it cost me about $600. Porsche also stopped printing these manuals a few years ago and at the time each was over $800.

So all totaled I likely spent over $2000 for the factory service and OBD II manuals for the 996.

I pre-ordered the manual and purchased it here. Later Bentley sent me a review copy (based on my Porsche technical website) - so this review would have happened either way (good or bad).

For $138 (here on Amazon) you get the Bentley Porsche 911 Carrera Service Manual (996) hardbound manual with photos that the factory manuals never had - and from I can see so far 99% plus of the information that is in the factory manuals. BOTH the service manuals and OBD II manuals.

The manual layout is excellent logically each section from General Information and Maintenance to Wiring Diagrams and OBD II. Roughly 11 sections with great detail and photos the factory manuals never had. 1024 pages (and over 7.6 pounds) the manual is well composed and covers even some of the more tricky tasks. The photos are certainly worth a thousand words many times over.

Clear, concise, detailed and from what I can see complete - this IS the service manual to have if you own or work on the 996 series cars. I highly recommend it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I've owned & used better Bentleys, bu this is the best for the 996 18 Dec 2012
By Perry Esposito - Published on Amazon.com
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I've bought Bentley manuals for many other cars, mostly BMWs and they all have been far more detailed and useful than this one. The electrical drawings in the 996 are very good, and hard to come by otherwise. The common repair tutorials are very lacking. When the manual has text that says "Remove connector", instead of "Hold connecter HERE, and squeeze Here while pulling", well what good is it? Sometimes lacking wrench/socket size needed, and just lists torques at end of section, with description that doesn't always make it clear what fastener is referred to, stuff like that. A lot of it appears to be just reprinted material from the 996 factory manual. In the water pump removal, for instance, it actuall says and shows "Engine shown removed from car for clarity", yet the WHOLE point of the manual is HOW to remove the water pump while the engine is still in the car (duh!) and they totally skip any helpful advice. Far better instructions for stuff like that are on the 996 forums at Rennlist and Renntech. But nice to have a quick reference all in one place, that can be thumbed through, so I still recommend it for the home mechanic. For just over $110, it is a reasonable resource, with resale value.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Finally a service manual for us home mechanics. 10 Feb 2013
By Don Steiner - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have some metric tools, time and a little talent then you should take care of you 996 as much as possible without
taking it in. A lot of fixes and repairs in this huge manual are beyond me but one routine maintenance or repair will pay for this book.

Some reviewer complained that it has lots of white blank semi-pages. Well... that is because any mechanic knows that you write
down you personal notes to help with the next repair job. What a tool.

It has more than just servicing your Porsche. All the OBD II codes are explained. The 911's factory options are there.
A must have even if you don't intend on working on the car. So much information is explained with a huge amount of diagrams and photos. 25% of the manual is diagram of connections and electrical schematics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Porsche 996 Holy Grail 9 Nov 2012
By Alex Ferrugia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a steal if you consider what you're getting and how much it costs to buy this information (if you can even get your hands on it). This is a pretty comprehensive guide to the 996, often with color pictures to boot. It also contains the electrical wiring diagrams.

I think the description of this book on Amazon gets it right: Even if you don't plan on working on your car or are just a hobby mechanic, this manual is indespensible. The next time you talk to your mechanic you will be able to speak intelligently and understand your vehicle. You may even find that a lot of the maintainance and repairs on your 996 really aren't as hard as you thought.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very complete manual for the do-it-yourself person. 14 Dec 2012
By James J Wolfe - Published on Amazon.com
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The book covers almost anything a backyard Porsche mechanic can handle. The instructions are complete and the accompanying pictures are clear. You do have to study well before beginning because, as with most repair manuals, you are required to jump from one subassambly to another to complete your project.
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