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Old 04-11-2013, 07:41 AM
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I read a post that Jake posted a reply stating, "buy the earliest built '99 you can find".

Why is a very early build date on a '99 the best choice?
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:28 PM
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I'm sure a couple of reasons would be because of it having a double row I*S bearing and five chains instead of a single row and three chains.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by white99c2 View Post
I read a post that Jake posted a reply stating, "buy the earliest built '99 you can find".

Why is a very early build date on a '99 the best choice?
99 model for the cable controlled throttle body.

Early build for the best quality control. Especially for the engine case.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:44 PM
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^^ What he said. If the '99 has its original engine, it also has the dual-row I/\/\S bearing.
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The '99 Carrera 4 has e-gas, but otherwise, true dat.

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99 model for the cable controlled throttle body.
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What VIN number would be considered early?
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:43 PM
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Just look at your production date on the plate. Mine is 5/99. Not exactly early production, though
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My car has a build date of March 1998
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:07 PM
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That would be very early for a 99. Your last 4 numbers on your VIN must be something like 00xx or somthing like that.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:34 PM
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I'm going to guess it had to do when they started to outsource the block/head castings.

Early enough and you are likely to get the original source's stock.

Although I have seen other years with aluminum cracking issues, the 99's are said to be the worst (internet rumors)

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01/98 production here

VIN XX0164
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3693 09/98 for me.
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The last 4 of mine are 0694, where do I find the build date??? (I know it's an early 99 based on the tail lights and the CDR that came with it, but not sure when it was produced)
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Personal preference. Today I drove home an early '99 thats #1883.

I have driven 4 different 996s this week, each of them a minimum of 83 miles and time and time again I can tell the difference in the early 99s. I have tested 57 M96 powered cars this year and definitely have learned the dynamics that create a quality vehicle.

Lots of people will argue with this, and they can. It won't matter to me.
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