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I am in the process of buying a late 993 Cabriolet to replace my current 2004 996 Cabriolet. I love my 996 but have decided to go a bit old school :) I have found a 1998 with 46K miles that is currently being driven from SF to LA this week. I have attached the CarFax and the factory option packs as attachments below (Thanks to Loren for sending to me!!) Prior to purchasing, I would like to have an independent Porsche mechanic take a detailed look at it to see if there are any issues/drama with the car. Does anyone have any recommendations for such a person/garage in the LA area? Thanks - Steve Porshce - WP0CA2993WS340604 .pdf 911 CARFAX Vehicle History Report for this 1998 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA2_4_ WP0CA2993WS340604.pdf
slaskowski replied to slaskowski's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks for the reply!! I am heavily leaning to getting it done (assuming I can find someone local who I trust to do it).
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slaskowski posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)My brother (who is the mechanic in the family) sent me the following video of a person in the UK who converted his 996 stock exhaust with a bypass from the inlet to the outlet pipes. It claims that it is what Porsche has done with the sports exhaust option that was available on the 996 (though with the Porsche option you can turn it off/on) https://www.yahoo.com/news/simple-exhaust-modification-gives-996-212015583.html I have a 2004 911 Cabriolet and was thinking of doing the mod to my car, though I am a bit concerned that it may be a bit too loud. As I live in Florida, I try to drive with the top down as much as possible. Two quick questions to the forum: Does anyone have any personal experience with the sports exhaust option on their cabriolet? Specifically do you keep it turned on/off most of the time and does it depend on whether you have drive with the top up/down? Anyone done the hack in the video and are there any gotchas I need to be aware of? I appreciate any feedback.
slaskowski replied to rbrindley1's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I just got my book from Amazon on Wednesday of this week. Since I am Amazon Prime I get shipments in two days, so if you are not prime expect yours to arrive any day now. Just looked at it briefly and am very impressed with what I have read so far!!
slaskowski replied to slaskowski's topic in 9PA, 9PA1 (Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S)Thanks for all the advice, I dropped the car off at my local mechanic (along with a printout of all your suggestions). pugs2bb you were correct, upon further testing on the ABS unit he found another broken booster line. Not sure why they are going bad, maybe the hot weather here in Miami or perhaps my coolant pipes blew about a year ago so not sure if that may have done any damage to the hoses or not. Any suggestions besides old age - I just turned 53 last week so I guess the joke is on me :) Will work on the other codes later but at least it got my ex of my back for the next 72 hours :)
Was away for the holidays and when I got back to MIami, the Ex told me that her 2004 CTT with 84K miles on it had a number of warning lights on the dash. So I got out my trusty Durametric kit, attached it to the PC and pulled the codes. For some background, we are looking to keep it for probably another year or two unless it starts getting crazy expensive with the repairs (we have had it for six years). So really just concerned about issues that will cause short/medium term problems and or safety related issues. It is her daily driver which is mostly just city driving with 1-2 road trips a year. I just installed a new battery (many thanks for whoever posted the information on how to change it) so am pretty sure not a battery issue causing the rash of codes. Any help with what the codes below would be greatly appreciated. P0441 Evaporative Emission System Incorrect Purge Flow P0234 Turbo/Super Charger Overboost Condition P1914 Brake booster pressure sensor P2189 System at Idle Bank 2 P2187 System at Idle Bank 1 1276 PSM - Hydraulic pump
slaskowski replied to rddurrett's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks for posting the details of the upgrade!
slaskowski replied to slaskowski's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)roadsession - Thanks so much for the advice. Just got back from my road trip on the 25th to NYC and back. A couple of observations on my trip: I took Florida Turnpike/75/85 and just a bit of 95 from outside of Richmond to NYC. Stayed off of 95 as much as possible which was easy since I broke up the trip by staying in Atlanta with friends. The time of day/night you travel makes all the difference. TIming so you stay away from rush hour while going through major cities is key. Florida as the best public rest areas. When I was in college, you had to make sure when driving at night that gas stations were open. That is not the case anymore, you can always find gas and places to eat no matter the time of day.. Cops were only bad on the last segment of my trip from Atlanta to Orlando to Miami. The rest of the way was smooth sailing. Typically drove around 85-100mph. Gas mileage was about 23 mpg Wow was it cold this trip. Especially in NYC the week after New Years. Parking a 911 cabriolet on the streets of NYC overnight is no problem. I parked my car there for almost three weeks (alternate side of the street was suspended half the time due to snow/cold) and no issue. Maryland is the worse state for people not getting out of the left lane. Florida is a close second. Lots of people get pissed when you pass them going 100 mph after giving them a quick flick of the high beams while approaching. I figured it was like a European vacation for them as it was like they were driving the Autobahn/Autostrata :) Gas is super cheap in South Carolina. Waffle House in the deep south is a cultural experience that one has to partake on a semi-annual basis. Plus they all have internet juke boxes so you can make friends with the locals by playing a Tom Petty song and the TLC song "Creep". You see very few high end cars on the highway. I can count on one hand the number of Porsche's I saw while driving the entire trip. My Valentine unit was throwing a ton of false positives. I guess that it is due to the traffic sensors that are getting installed on most major interstates. I really need to upgrade my unit Spotify is fantastic for long trips. I bought the new Bose i20 in the ear noise reducing headphones and used them on my ipad while also running Waze in the background along with Google maps. Saved my *** a number of times with traffic and cops shooting radar. I used my summer Continental tires for the trip which was probably not a smart idea, however I missed all the snow/ice while driving. I ended up having to put about 5-6 psi in all the tires after the first half of the trip. I guess I attribute it to the cold. There are some serious pot holes in the northeast, fortunately I missed the vast majority of them :) My dogs were amazing the entire trip. They slept in the passenger footwell the entire time when driving and were a big hit no matter where I took them. In summary, I would do the trip again. Was a blast driving at night listening to music all in the comfort/performance of the best engineered car in the world.
slaskowski posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I decided to make a road trip from MIami to NYC with stops along the way this holiday season in my 2004 Cabriolet (BLack/BLack with 43K miles). Going to pack my cold weather clothes, put the two English Staffys in the passenger footwell (see enclosed picture), fire up the Valentine along with Google maps and head north on Boxing Day then back down again in mid January. Are there any cold weather pre-trip maintenance that I should be thinking of? I am going to be visiting my brother in Baltimore where we are going to put on new brake pads and change the oil (having an brother with practical mechanical instincts is a blessing when one owns older German cars), so we can do some of the stuff there, otherwise I can have my mechanic do it for me prior to my trip. Any advice/insight would be appreciated. I will send some pictures along the way. The two Staffys have service dog tags so I am sure that there will be some memorable moments along the way. Hope you all have a great holiday!!
slaskowski replied to TopGun2000's topic in 9PA, 9PA1 (Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S)Tim- I went to my mechanic today to put the new hose in, he started taking apart the hose and then told me to wait a minute. He came back wtih some hose from the back, he cut it to length and installed it. Brake Booster problem went away. I asked him what I owed him, he shook my hand and said that it was on the house. I am thinking it was either good karma and/or the holiday, either way I am taking it :)
slaskowski replied to TopGun2000's topic in 9PA, 9PA1 (Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S)Thanks for the post. I had the same brake booster alert with my 2004 CTT with 85K miles. Low and behold the same hose was cracked at the lower base, I just ordered one from Sunset Motors for $85 (love those guys). I am looking forward to not seeing that warning alert anymore as well as my ex-wife no longer threatening to take the car to the local Porsche dealership to fix it :)
slaskowski replied to slaskowski's topic in 9PA, 9PA1 (Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S)No, thank you very much!!!
slaskowski posted a topic in 9PA, 9PA1 (Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S)I just got a brake booster failure waring on my 2004CTT. Has anyone every gotten that warning before? seeing as it's a tradiational vacuum booster the only falure I can think of is vacuum leaking or a diaphram failure. braking BTW seems fine no issue with power brakes. any ideas and thoughts are welcome, thanks
slaskowski posted a topic in 9PA, 9PA1 (Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S)My wife used our 2004 CTT as a daily driver here in Miami which now has 80K miles on it. We bought it as a CPO back in 2008 and until recently has been very reliable. In the past year we have had the coolant pipes repaired after they blew and then had to replace the water manifold gaskets about four months later. We are looking to hold on to it for another year and will then trade it in for another Cayenne (love the new models) There has been an issue with the warning lights coming on with the suspension for the past two years, however upon investigation it appears that it is not impacting the car and would be pretty expensive to repair/debug the actual cause. Recently there has been a few other warning lights coming on with the car. I have reset them with my Durametric SW however they keep coming back up. Can someone help me what the following: What the codes are Do they need to be addressed now Are they difficult to repair? My brother who is very mechanically inclined - he use to own a 1975 Audi 100LS so he fix anything :) P0441 Evaporative Emission System Incorrect Purge Flow 1592 Air quality sensor Short to Ground or Positive 907 Load management operat. on vehicle electrical sys./DME control module Present 3 Control module faulty Short to Ground or Positive No signal / Communication
slaskowski posted a topic in 9PA, 9PA1 (Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S)I had the rear hatch struts replaced in my 2004 CTT by a Porsche dealership up in Baltimore in July 2009 as the hatch would not stay up. Even though the car was under CPO, they would not replace them under warrantee as they were not covered under the terms of the CPO warranty (I guess that I should have written Porsche NA back then, but that is water under the bridge). The total cost at the time wsa $385. About six months ago, the hatch slowly started coming down and has gotten steadily worse. I need to address this again as it is my wife's car and she uses it to cart my 5 year old daughter and her friends around town. As you know the hatch it very heavy and could really hurt my daughter and/or friends if they were caught under the hatch. I felt dirty having to replace them once while under CPO, however I am really pissed that the struts have failed again and need replacement. I feel that Porsche NA should step up and pay the bill this time as it is ridiculous that hatch struts would have to be replaced again in a $100K+ car. We currently live in Miami so taking it back to the Porsche dealership that did the original replacement of the struts is not an option. What would you recommend my best course of action to be with engaging with Porsche NA? Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks - Steve