Welcome, lots of great information on here !!!! If you are on facebook join the RC groups there also. I also was a 996, and 998 owner. I had bought a new 2002 RC, and sold in 2004 to help buy a house. I bought a 2000 996, then a 2002 998, they are nice bikes but they just don't have the character of the RC. I sold the Duc's and bought a 2004 RC in 2016,and wont go back. There are some nice lower mile examples for sale depending where you live, could always have a bike shipped if found one you liked, and wasn't local to you.