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Hi all, Happy Thanksgiving! 2 days ago my friend here in Pittsburgh slid on ice and her car spun. Fortunately she walked away absolutely fine but torn because her baby got banged up..(it hit the guard rail). It is a 1997 Boxster 5 speed, sports package and 22,000 miles. A preliminary estimate includes: Front Bumper, Front lamps, Repair Ft inr strucure, Frame/Unibody set up/Guage, Repair Unibody/Factory specs, Front Cover, Side Cover, Hood, Lt and Rt fenders, 1 wheel, Both airbags and diagnostic unit, Lt rocker panel,Lt Door, mirror, Lt quarter panel, rear lamps, rear bumper,and an alignment. This is the major components and the cost is $10,685. From the estimate I am not sure if there is any damage or mention of damage to the frame. I have 2 questions: 1) How is damage to the frame evaluated or determined? 2)She is VERY attached to the car, as most of us are:) If this is the extent of the damage, would it be worth to repair? The amount of parts to be replaced makes me wonder if the car will perform and be as reliable as it was prior to the accident. Fortunately, I have never been in this position and have little experience with such extensive repairs/damage. I appreciate your feedback
georgios replied to georgios's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks Loren. Thanks again for all the input everyone.
georgios replied to georgios's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks for all the input so far. I most likely will take the car to PA. Would I contact a Porsche dealer locally,the DMV, or is there another source I should be looking at?
Hi, I live in Athens, Greece and have a 2003 C4S 6 speed, purchased in Germany. I plan to move back to the US. What modifications do I need to make, if any, and what approximate cost would I be looking at? I want to see if its worth making the mods here in Athens. I noticed that the rear bumper is different......that's about it. Thanks
georgios replied to TJH's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Hi, I was away for 6 weeks and just started driving my 996 4S and the same thing happened. Twice actually and both times when I hit the brakes rather hard. I am glad it may only be the brake light switch. Just had my clutch, RMS and IMS replaced and had nightmares of additional huge costs. By the way....still have a minor oil leak and I am contemplating if its worth going back in there to change the RMS?!
Thanks for all the input..........Tom, how do I get in touch with Jake Raby? Also Geoff, my mechanic has access to Porsche tools. Will it be necessary to purchase the tool from LNE to extract the bearing, etc? Once again all the input is greatly appreciated. George
Considering that the car has only 40K miles would it be standard procedure to go ahead with the upgrade at this point? I guess my other option is to have the transmission pulled and if the IMS bearing is questionable to then have it replaced.
Thanks, Off hand, what would the cost be for the parts. I forgot to mention that the car is a 2003 996 4S. It is a 6 speed with roughly 65000 klm on it. All the work will be performed by a friend of mine who is a car mechanic and quite trustworthy ( I think he will be charging me roughly 400 euros or close to 600$ for all the work).
Hi, I am writing from Athens Greece where unfortunately Porsche is quite reluctant to offer any advice and their parts are about 3 to 4 times more expensive than those in the US! Recently I was told by my mechanic (US trained) that I need a new clutch...the current one is slipping. I have gone ahead and ordered from Sunset Porsche the following: Clutch Kit RMS The 8 bolts that hold the flywheel The bolts to the pressure plate Guide Sleeve/Tube Clutch Release lever and bushings (2 pieces) Small plastic lever in the ball housing of the intermediate shaft (3 pieces) Sunset as usual was very helpful. Somewhere I read about an IMS upgrade (LNE) and when I went to their site it was mentioned that if there is no problem with the IMS to at least perform an IMS retrofit. Can someone please explain what they mean by that as I am reluctant to spend what appears to be 800$ for an IMS upgrade I may not need. Thanks in advance for all the help because I am quite lost here. George
Wow, thanks for all the input! I guess I'm staying with OEM rotors as is. I dont track the car, actually its quite difficult to find a descent track out her. George
I'm driving a 2003 C4s. I was recently checking out my rotors and pads and my freind who is also a car mechanic mentioned the fact that some after market rotors have beveled holes in order to reduce the microfractures. Is this true? If so, is this something I could have done to my current or new OEM rotors? Thanks for any input George
georgios replied to georgios's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks for all the input. I do plan to keep this car for a very long time.. About 18 mos ago I changed the coolant reservoir. My understanding was that the high temperatures in the engine bay cause the reservoir to crack. Is this something that I will be changing frequently? Also, how do I go about determining whether I have a faulty light switch or ignition switch? Also, I was told that the fuel filter is located in the fuel pump. Should I just pick up a fuel pump then? George
georgios replied to georgios's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I'll be going over for business purposes....the length of which is unknown currently. By the way, is there a relay switch that I can change that would fix the problem that I have with the lights? Also what is the MAF cleaner that Izzy recommended? I appreciate the help. George
I am in the process of moving to Europe and I own a 2003 996 4S. Since spare parts are rather expensive in Europe I will be bying whatever I can here in the US and take with me for later us. My car has approximately 35000 miles on it. I have already purchased 1 set of brake pads (front and rear), and plan to purchase front and rear rotors , and maybe a fuel pump as well. Does this sound right? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Parts in Greece are about double the price right now. Also, lately I noticed that sometimes when I turn the light switch on, the xenon lights dont go on but when I turn the switch off and on again they light up. Is that indicative of a bad switch?
georgios replied to georgios's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks, Do you use Porsche's spark plugs......they charge 14 euros a piece? George