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Thanks to both of you for a cold dose of reality. I knew I should not get excited about the car, but it ticked so many boxes for me. Here is a real, unaltered text conversation I had last week with a different car owner. All too common and disappointing. Me: Hello. I am looking at your 996 on Autotrader. Is it still available? Seller: I don’t have a 996. Me: 911? Seller: Yes. Me: Ok, thanks. 996 is the model designation for 911’s made between 1999-2004. Me: Has the IMS been changed. Seller: No Me: How long have you owned the car and do you have service records? Seller: I have owned the car for 6 years. It required tune up at 60,000 miles. That is all it has needed since I owned it. I don’t have those records but I can get them. Me: Oil and filter done at least once per year? Seller: Probably did it 3 times. Didn’t put a lot of miles on it. Only drove it a few months per year. Me: Thanks for your time and candor. Nice looking car. You should find a new home for it quickly. -End of conversation-
I hope this is the right forum. If not, would the moderators please delete. I am looking at rejoining the water cooled world again. For a number of reasons I have settled on a Boxster S. As a long time Porsche owner (40+ years) during my search I have been very surprised by the not only the lack of maintenance many of these cars are receiving but the nonchalance about it by the owners. There is one car I have come across (2005) that checks almost all the boxes for me except one. The current owner has no maintenance records, period. He has owned the car for 6 years and 19,000 miles. He has only done 3 oil and filter changes during that time. Am I being overly sensitive about the frequency of change or is this really a problem waiting to happen? Thanks!
HalM replied to Hella-buggin''s topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)AD08R's are great tires but not in the zip code of slicks. Have you you dropped the oil pan to make sure everything nice and tight with 'no other obstructions?
HalM replied to Hella-buggin''s topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)Early oil issues on the 996 occurred on the track in long left hand sweepers when the car was on true race slicks. That does not include R-888's NT-01's, or street tires as they could not generate enough G-forces to cause starvation. Since you are having a problem with right handers and on street tires, I would say you have an internal oil system issue. Have you posted over on one of the Racing and DE forums? These are the guys that may know a lot more on the topic. Good luck with your problem and keep us posted.
A quick summary for those that may be interested. Taking apart the console will be tough the first time. Should be pretty easy if you go back in for any reason. I think total reassembly time took 20'ish minutes today. My car now shifts better than at any time I have owned it. Is it "snick-snick" smooth and quick? No. But it is close to my BMW 335i 6-speed and on par with a 996 I owned a few years ago. Well worth the time and effort. JFP, THANKS AGAIN!
JFP, For anyone that comes across this thread on adjusting the shift cable, the most important piece of advice I can offer is to make sure the car is in NEUTRAL before you unhook the cables to start the adjustment. Which brings me to my question. With the console apart, can I test drive the car, or will it throw a lot of faults? Thanks!
Thanks agin. The tool is on order from Suncoast and I will report back either way.
That is the exact info I was looking for. Thanks!
Thanks Jeff. That was something quick and easy I could do. I changed it to the PTX. Other thoughts?
HalM posted a topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)My 2005 997, the 1-2 shift has been notchy over my 2 years of ownership. It is not terrible, but not as smooth as a previous 993, 996, and clearly not in the zip code with an older Audi S4. I could live with it, but I would like it to shift better. I have researched this on several of the enthusiast’s forums and found a lot of chatter but little in the way of guidance for seriously improving the situation. The most common “fixes” include some combination of Mobilube PTX, stiffer engine mounts, and/or stiffer transmission mounts. There seems to be a huge debate as to actual ability to adjust the linkage. Some say that is the way to go and others have said there is no linkage adjustment. So, I am hoping that a technical forum can give some solid direction on how to approach this issue. Any and all thoughts are welcome.
HalM posted a topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)For several months, my mechanic and I have been chasing a random 0302 CEL code. The code always occurs within 2-3 minutes of startup after not driving for 6-7 days. It is only a 0302 with nothing else involved. Among other things we have tried is new plugs and coil packs (they were way over due and on my list to do) and a shop based intake clean. Yesterday another 0302 popped. My mechanic feels that it now must be a injector. Intuitively that makes sense to me. However his service rep says this is a massive job, taking 7-8 hours. Wayne Dempsey's book says it is a 3 hour job. So my questions are: 1.) Does it seem reasonable for the 0302 to be an injector? 2.) How long does it take to do all 6 injectors? Or are injectors pretty bullet proof and I should just change out cylinder 2? THANKS!
HalM replied to HalM's topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)Thanks AP! That is what I thought / hoping for.
HalM posted a topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)After selling my 996 semi-track car about 15 months ago, I am back to RennTech with a really nice 2005 997. A family member had to have a new M4 and sold his 997 to me at a really good price. So I sold my 1980 911SC and am a full time water pumper now. This was a very quick purchase and I had little time to really get acquainted with the car. Here is my question: Was TPMS an option on the '05 997? From what I can tell, it was an option in '06 and then standard in '07. Is this correct? Thanks.
HalM posted a topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)Guys a friend of mine is looking a 2005 997. We are struggling to determine if the VIN is/was part of the lawsuit. What we really want to know which IMS it has. The VIN is WP0AA29995S716387. Any and all help is appreciated.