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About marlinspike

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  • Present cars
    1985 MB 380SE
    1994 Olds Bravada (the workhorse we love to hate)
    1998 BMW 540i
    2002 911 C2
  1. Took it to the dealer on Saturday. Leaking camshaft housing seal. Supposed to be ready by end of day today, but still unsure if the extended warranty will cover totally (they need to remove some seized exhaust header bolts and apparently warranties tend not to cover that)
  2. 02 45k. That right there IS the origin of the leak...i think
  3. Anybody know what part this is that's leaking oil? It doesn't look like part of the engine, but some sort of separate pump or something. That black cable you see in the picture was a big ground wire that goes from it to the body.
  4. Ok, well if it's my choice I'm going with the charcoal. Thanks, Richard
  5. Stupid question: how do I know if my C2 uses a regular pollen filter or the activated carbon filter? Is it just my choice?
  6. Son of a...because we also had them look at the seat bottom that wouldn't raise/lower at the back, the car actually won't be ready until tomorrow because they have to wait on a cable to be fedex'd to them from Atlanta...so I guess this isn't like MB where 90% of the parts I could ever need for my 20 year old MB are in stock, and the ones that aren't can be had same day because they have two trucks come in from NJ each day. So the quality isn't there and the dealer support network isn't there; an auspicious beginning for the ownership of our first Porsche (4 BMW's 4 MB's and a few American cars
  7. Well I know with MB (back when I was 10 or something like that, it's how I got started in doing my own work in full, rather than just doing my own oil changes and the like) we had a car that needed a new door handle, and they said oh you gotta take off the door blah blah big job etc, so I looked it up, and there was an access point in the door, you undo one, yes 1, screw, pop out the handle, replace it, put the screw back and job done...so they have a history of doing this as far as I'm concerned.
  8. Well, here's the thing, I do all my own work on my car and my parents cars, so I know my way around cars, and I said to the service guy let me just buy the part and I'll do it, and the mechanic who was hanging around there perked up and said oh no you have to lower the engine blah blah blah, I didn't even bother look I just took his word for it. The other thing is that since this was warranty work I didn't even think to question it, who'd think they'd lie to a customer just to get another warranty job? I do know this much: when we go in to pick it up, once I have the car in my possession (or a
  9. Well, OE, I'm guessing you wouldn't say it on two forums unless you had already done it, so I'm officially pissed at HBL. So I come home for break Friday night, saturday morning the expansion tank busts, and if they were honest and just sold me the part I'd be back on the road Saturday afternoon. Instead we don't have the car for the beautiful Saturday and Sunday weather, and we will have it monday night when the weater goes to crap, and I leave Tuesday morning. I wish my dad would listen to me sometimes, I was telling him before we even went to buy the air filter that we shouldn't buy parts f
  10. So you're saying that on both the 99-2000 and the 01-04 cars it can be done without lowering the engine a bit to make more room? I've seen in the forums how to do it on a 99, and it's easy, but the 01-04 cars have a substantially bigger tank so I'm wondering if that makes the difference of having to lower the engine.
  11. Hello, I was wondering, is it true that while the 99/00 expansion tanks can be replaced easily the 01-04 ones which are larger (I saw on pelicanparts.com the pictures show the 01-04 ones as being substantially larger) require the engine to be dropped a few inches to be able to get it in and out? I was buying an air filter, walked back to the car and saw a puddle dripping. It was the expansion tank, but since it was a Saturday the car had to stay there until Monday to be repaired. I'm wondering if they weren't right because another forum told me it can be replaced without lowering the engi
  12. My BMW did the same thing a few months after getting it. Took it to the dealer, they basically said oh, ok, redid the electronics however they did they (they had to manually reenter the mileage into the odometer, so whatever they did was a hard reset) and it never did it again...and yes I do know that the alarm still works.
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