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About OscarAH1W

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    2004 GT3 Guards Red
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  1. Greetings all... Over in the Cayenne section there is a post about the PCM System error: UNKNOWN UNKNOWN UNKNOWN UNKNOWN UNKNOWN UNKNOWN UNKNOWN when starting the system up... no ultimate resolution but the consensus for the cause is a break in the line... I have a 2004 Turbo Cab and installed a MoBridge system and have had ZERO issues. My Parents have a 2004 Turbo Cab where the previous owner went cheap with either the Nav-Tv adapter, the installation, or BOTH (But when you get an otherwise pristine Turbo Cab with 28,000 miles for $42K, you don't nickel and dime). The installer unplugged the CD changer and pulled the plug off of the fiber optic wires (that plugged into the changer) using a line break splice to plug the two wires together instead of plugging in a loop per the NAV-TV instructions. I bought both male and female loops so that I could put the vehicle cables into a new plug and install the other plug with the loop. Since the issue isn't resolved (but the audio works so this has to be the "break") I have to assume it isn't getting a good connection. Upon closer examination, the fiber optic cable ends on the loops are gold metal and shorter than the plastic ends in the car loop. This end difference prevents the plastic ends from seating far enough into the plug to make a good connection. Any advice on how to either replace the ends, or a part number for the original Porsche plug that I could match with a different loop? I am thinking that Porsche probably have a plug that goes into the CD Changer MOST connector for vehicles that don't have the changer installed...Thanks!!
  2. Can someone validate whether or not the dealer ACTUALLY has to install the PCM 3.0 Nav Update? Unless there is some voodoo that they have to do with the PIWIS, why do they need 2 hrs of labor to insert a disc and press "enter" a few times?? Seems a waste if you can read directions... Thanks for any help.
  3. Odd one for the group here: I have a 2004 Turbo Cab (manual) with X50 that I have owned since early 2010 and put around 30K miles on in that time (Bought with ~20k miles). I recently found a 2004 Turbo Cab (Tiptronic) with ~29,000 miles that was such a good deal that my parents purchased it. I drove the thing recently while visiting and a couple times in constant-radius turns on back roads, the PSM intervened out of nowhere (The first time it happened I actually thought I hit a shift button with my thumb and downshifted mid corner). Anyway, I got it to intervene once more in a pretty benign turn. There certainly wasn't 7 degrees of slip angle and I have to push my own car much harder (read: screw up the corner entry) to get PSM to intervene. I guess my question(s) is/are this: Is there a difference in the PSM software between the Tiptronic cars and Manual?, a malfunction in the Tip? Very interested to hear the responses. Thanks
  4. Has anyone noticed the dwindling options for the 295-30-18 Rear Tire on our Turbos (and GT3s)? It is getting almost ridiculous that the choice is now PS2, Bridgestone, or P Zero. Hankook made the Ventus V12 Evo in that size then discontinued it with the Evo2. I found some Falken FK453s (which are great tires) but hear they are discontinuing that size. Pilot SuperSport: Nope. Sumitomo Makes the HTR ZIII in our size but is it any good How about the Kumho Ecsta SPT? Not many options, I am interested in others' experiences since it seems ridiculous to hang $2K worth of tires when you can get similar performance for half the price...
  5. OscarAH1W

    Cab or hardtop

    That's funny! Thankfully I don't have the bald spot but the forehead has turned into a 5-head, LOL. I certainly get not liking to have the top down in the city. I won't drive in traffic with mine down either. Enjoy the coupe'!!
  6. OscarAH1W

    Cab or hardtop

    Buy the Turbo Cab. Turbos are phenomenal GT Cars and the cabriolet doesn't come with much of a cargo penalty unlike corvettes, R8s, etc. You want a track car at the price point, get a 996 GT3. They're still somewhat reasonable. Being able to put the top down and hear the air sucking into the intercoolers on full boost is great fun and with the wind-barrier installed, will keep the wife's "do" intact for the most part. 996 Turbo Cabriolets were only made in 2004-05 so they are FAR more exclusive than Coupes. Value in scarcity. My .02...
  7. OscarAH1W

    car wont take gas

    I used to flip the nozzle upside down then on a lark, I tried the collar that Porsche sells for about 10 bucks. 997 201 944 00. Worked well enough on the Turbo Cab that I immediately went back to the dealer and bought a second one for my GT3. No more flipping and no more holding the handle. Cheers!
  8. OscarAH1W

    Cabin Air Filter

    Great DIY; thought I would add my recent experience doing the 4 year on a 7,300 mile 2011 Cayenne S. The Mahle Filter comes with an accurate instruction sheet if you forget to print this out (like I did, LOL). Also, as wwilliams88 pointed out, pulling the latch is problematic. I found that you'll have exactly what you need to pull the latch on the filter cover if you happen to be changing the oil along with the Cabin Air Filter Change. The old rubber seal from the oil filter cap works PERFECTLY to unlatch the filter cover. You can twist it giving the loop a bend that makes it easier to hook the latch. Took me about 30 seconds to get the latch and the rubber is plenty strong to pull the cover down and off. Hope this helps!
  9. All, Since the Feds have determined (in their infinite wisdom) that blue brake fluid makes it too hard to ensure one doesn't put Washer Fluid in the Brake Reservoir or vice-versa, what is a good way to ensure brake fluid is fully replaced when it is the same color? Can you go by volume of fluid pushed out of the caliper? Is there a way to dye the gold fluid without messing up the boiling point? Thanks for the help; I have blue in the car now and one can of blue left so I have 2 changes worth, but my friends who I help regularly are stuck...
  10. OscarAH1W

    Gear knob remove

    I replaced my stock shift knob with the GT3 RS alcantara version... Slipped back on fine but has a tendency to ride up and I'm always banging it back down. any suggestions to hold it in position better? Thanks...
  11. I wouldn't give him the time of day. 3 words for your friend: LIVE REAR AXLE. No sports cars with that archaic setup. You drive a car that, at 10 years + old is still worth more than his Mustang. Best part of owning a Porsche is ignoring people that always want to prove themselves up to the task. You are the benchmark so don't even let them think you notice them. Drives 'em NUTS. If he still wants to look at numbers, give him this: 16 24 Hours of LeMans victories, 28,000+ motorsports victories... 'nuff said...
  12. OscarAH1W

    Turbo engine rubber noise insulator

    I put one on my 04 Turbo Cab... that sticky strip is nigh on useless. I cleaned the heck out of the surface, degreased, alcohol, you name it and it still came undone. I re-did it with 3M seal adhesive and other than 3 inches worth on the right, it has held for a few years. I honestly can't tell a difference with or without the thing. Hope that helps...
  13. OscarAH1W

    Center Console Lid

    For future reference, if you don't have the parts CD, AutoAtlanta have an online interactive parts catalog where you can look through the diagrams and get the part numbers then plug it in to the usual suspects (Pelican, ECS, Jim Ellis, You name it) and you can find the best deals. I have had great luck with ECS being about 25-30% less than retail ($619.66 on your lid) but can take a couple weeks and shipping is expensive on heavy parts (rotors).. Pelican works well for me because a part might cost a little more but the free FedEx Ground amounts to free overnight shipping since I live 2 hours away. Bottom line is that easy access to the part numbers leads to efficient research which ensures you are satisfied no matter who you end up buying from. I don't buy anything without consulting every source. Cheers!
  14. Weird thing happened the other day. Taking my '04 Turbo Cab to get smog checked and the light came on while I was on the highway... It appeared to be in the up position (hard to tell from the cockpit) and I actuated it via the switch with no issue. When I slowed down the spoiler went down so Ok there... Pulled up to the repair shop and turned the ignition off then on again and the light cleared. Any ideas? Just a Hiccup? Thanks
  15. Just took my 996 Turbo Cab in for a shudder that felt like balance. Rears were shot. I get under the car regularly and hadn't noticed but... So around 15K on the Hankooks/2 1/2 years on the tires. Michelin seems adamant (talked to a rep at Laguna Seca) about not making the supersport in 295-30-18 even though there are around 40K 996 Turbos, GT3s and C4Ss out there and that is only Porsche. Less than half the price of PS2s and about the same life? No brainer. Fronts are wearing great. 2 new V12 Evos, please. 215 bucks each at Discount Tire.

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