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Everything posted by bobgollihur

  1. The surround setting on mine ('05) does seem to improve the overall sound, but it is far from being the best system in cars I've owned. I'm frankly astonished at the lack of precision tone control. The subwoofer sucks IMHO. The boom-boom character ruins anything below a certain frequency point, turning formerly musical notes into indistinguishable cannon mush. It's crap, and it disturbs me that the this trend in popular music is allowed to color everything else.
  2. It sounded like it was coming from the glovebox area, but 355bhp put me on to the sunroof as a potential source and he was right on target. (thanks again 355bhp!!) Wish I could help but I never saw the parts or the sunroof when it was disassembled so I can't say. I know when I was exploring routing my Sirius antenna into the back of my Cayenne a kind wizard on the board sent me some exploded view drawings of the back end from a Porsche manual, perhaps someone has a similar doc for a 997-1 sunroof to help you out.
  3. This interests me, but wanted a direct user opinion-- is the increase is sound annoying when just cruising. I don't want to have to turn up the radio of give up conversation at 2-3K revs. TIA.
  4. :o Oh, man, geez guys, what are you doing to me!! I saw all the warnings elsewhere about 996 engines, which scared me into the direction of a 997. I bought a 2005 coupe last year that went out of warranty last month. Now I need an extended warranty on it!?!? I bought a '04 Cayenne V6 new, and all I read is "stay away from 2004 Cayennes" — I've had nearly zero problems (knock wood) with mine. Does that mean I'm universally lucky or a sign that the odds will catch up to me with the 997?? :eek: ****!
  5. I picked it up last Thursday and thankfully, no sunroof rattle, even with the new 19" wheels/35 profile tires I put on coincident with the fix. The service record says "Sunroof panel missing rubber buffers. Road test vehicle with client to locate the source of noise. Remove the closing sunroof panel and inspect the trim panel. Remove and replace the inner trim panel along with the side trim panels. Install the sliding sunroof panel and adjust. Engage the trim panel and road text vehicle, ok." I should add, parts were 996-564-021-04-T44 AS SUNROOF CEILING and 996-564-0241-00 and 996-564-0242-00 SUNROOF GUIDEs.
  6. THANKS for the steer to the right direction! While I still can't isolate the origin of the sound, when I tilt or open the sunroof the sound stops. We visit the dealer tomorrow morning. Much appreciated! thanks, Bob Just remember: it IS a proper sports car and not a Lexus. As I posted once before; I put my foot down, and all little clunks, rattles and squeaks are forgiven. And if one keeps the revs in the stratosphere where they belong, one can't hear them anyway! Cheers. Suspension thunks are forgiven, as is road noise, the rough ride from low profile tires on a tight suspension, and everything else that comes with the package. Sharply pitched annoying rattles coincident with road joint jolts when I'm simply cruising are not. My last 911 was a '71 911T --- I know all about noises. ;) And I frankly sometimes miss its more rustic nature, as well as my own when in my 30's and 40's. There were some broken parts in the sunroof mechanism that Porsche is replacing next week.
  7. I think it looks very sharp; I've seen photos of that color in a Cayenne photo (I liked it). This is the first time I've seen it on a 997. Mine is Carmona Red; I just ordered a set of 19" black Moda rims to remove any doubt of its gender. I'm not going for Bad Boy, just a custom touch that I think will enhance its look. I think black rims could do the same for yours.
  8. THANKS for the steer to the right direction! While I still can't isolate the origin of the sound, when I tilt or open the sunroof the sound stops. We visit the dealer tomorrow morning. Much appreciated! thanks, Bob
  9. Weather permitted me to do this job yesterday. My objective was to de-uglyfy the calipers, not sex them up with red paint. My wheels look great, but that graying, weathered mass of brake mechanism behind them detracts from the look. I cheated and painted them without removing the wheels; mine are stock 2004 18". After rolling the vehicle in steps I could see that I could reach all points of the calipers, and I used the kit's cleaner with a rag to prep the surfaces. The kit has a small can of paint plus a little bottle of "activator" that completes the epoxy, it's ready in five minutes. I hand-brushed them using the supplied little acid brush, doing the exposed areas on each of the four wheels, following up with the final coat in rotation before rolling the car. After I finished I rolled the car as my wife observed each wheel to confirm my coverage was 100%. Evaluation: brush marks are obvious only if you get on your hands and knees and closely examine the job. That said, if I were to do it again I'd buy and use a better brush. The view from normal height is fine, though I might have preferred flat rather than gloss, but they are not notable in a negative way. That said, I guess red could have looked pretty sharp after all. :rolleyes: it's a small can only partially filled, but there's plenty of paint for the job. It, BTW, has a working life of 4-6 hours before the remainder hardens into uselessness. fumes -- they are brutal. It was actually quite breezy, and my wife could smell them from 250 feet away. My anatomy is different from normal, I had throat cancer and breathe through a hole in my neck (hey, I'm alive nearly 19 years later!), and the fumes caused some bleeding from the tissues for a few hours. While I doubt you have this issue, I can't imagine the tissues in your nose would have been all that happy, either. I say this to warn you to avoid doing this indoors unless you use significant active ventilation to change the air continuously. I chose this kit because of the specific high temperature two-part epoxy nature of the paint and have high expectations for longevity. I guess we'll see. At this juncture I can recommend the kit.
  10. I've had a rattling noise in my '05 coupe that has been bugging me since I bought it used (off-lease) late last year. It occurs only when I hit a pretty rough patch of road, and from the driver's perspective it sounds like a loose glove box mount or front right door. Porsche service said "removed items from glove box" in response to my complaint, but that's not it. However, it does sort of sound as if it were a loose glove box or item inside bumping up and down along with the suspension thunks. I had my son drive while I sat in the passenger seat yesterday so I could narrow it down. However, from the passenger seat it sounds almost exactly as it does from the driver's position-- but only if there were a glove box on the left side of the vehicle to rattle! It's an almost exactly opposite experience from either seat. Well, that rules out glove boxes and doors. The logical conclusion is that it must be in the center console, but no matter how I place my ears in the passenger I cannot ferret it out. It doesn't sound like suspension/transmission movement. Anyone have a parallel experience they may have resolved? I'm just a tick away from being out of warranty. thanks, Bob
  11. FYI, I found a source for caliper paint that looks pretty good, see http://motors.search.ebay.com/G2-BRAKE-CALIPER-PAINT-EPOXY for one source for the G2 BRAKE CALIPER PAINT. I bought a set in black and it has arrived, though the weather will not permit me to use it for a while. What drew me to the kit was that it is a two part high temp epoxy paint, and the kit includes a spray can of cleaner, too.
  12. I haven't done it but am considering doing it for my '04 Cayenne, as repeated detailing (I assume powerwashing wheels) has made my calipers look crappy. Wandering at Suncoast I ran across http://e-partssales.com/Merchant2/merchant...y_Code=997logos (PORSCHE logo for caliper) and http://e-partssales.com/Merchant2/merchant...ode=v6955brakes (caliper paint) though I'm not sure I want red. :o
  13. I put tires on my '04 Cayenne (it will be five years since I bought it in Feb), did all scheduled maintenance including recent 40,000 mile list, and mine is just 50 miles shy of 40,000 on the odometer. I had pretty much insignificant warranty issues during my ownership. Just this week I spent $500 on my first out of warranty non-maintenance item, bad sensor(s) in the radiator, which threw up the check engine light, and reset a bad key. Hoping this post won't jinx my Cayenne... I didn't feel the need to make it look or perform beyond what it is - stock was ok with me. If you are going to take a lower production, higher end vehicle from the category of enjoyable transportation to expensive hobby, you pay the price, no matter the nameplate.
  14. Do you or others have a recommendation for a "brand" of this service? I just bought a used 997 and had my first windshield chip in thirty years a week after I got it. It's very small and in the passenger side, so a repair is the way I want to go. Thanks! Bob Most windshield replacement shops should offer this service, some even do the repair for free (mine did) as they want you to remember the service and come to then when the windshield needs replacment. The shop I called that chraged for this service wanted $85 to repair one chip. I ended up buying a Permatex windshield repair kit yesterday and tackled it myself. I didn't expect it to eliminate the chip, and it didn't -- I think those claims are unrealistic. My goal was to fill the very small void to keep it from spreading. It's filled and smooth to the touch now, and the vacuum syringe procedure seemed to do the job. Only time will tell if the resin remains in place and prevents future problems.
  15. Do you or others have a recommendation for a "brand" of this service? I just bought a used 997 and had my first windshield chip in thirty years a week after I got it. It's very small and in the passenger side, so a repair is the way I want to go. Thanks! Bob
  16. I just spoke with a heavily trained Porsche guy who asked that I not identify him when relating his comments. Bottom line, the gauge is not much more than an idiot light with numbers on it, actually, even less so. The Porsche's computer is closely monitoring the engine and will throw up a red flag in the form of the Check Engine Light if the oil pressure exhibits any sort of dangerous condition. It's simply an attractive analog addition to the dash. ;)
  17. I purchased a 2005 997 coupe (not S) just over two weeks ago, and took it to my local Porsche dealer for an oil change and other minor maintenance last Friday. They know me well as I also have a '04 Cayenne. Checking gauges on the way home I noted that the oil pressure gauge was pretty much pinned at 5 as I cruised the parkway at 65mph, fully warmed up. While I can't swear to it, I'm pretty sure it was closer to the midrange of the scale prior to that. It registers lower at idle, but as soon as there's any driving range RPMs going on we're back up at 5. I took it out again yesterday, warmed it up, and the same pressure readings exist. The manual says 3.5 @5000 rpm, so I called my service rep, she spoke with the guy who worked on my car -- "that's ok, having higher pressure readings is good," he told her. I asked that she get a more authoritative, second opinion, as most gauge upper limits, IME, are designed to display and notify you of extremes. Too much pressure is not good according to my logical mind, unless you want to blow seals. I did a search for oil pressure but couldn't find an equivalent post. Your experience is appreciated! thanks! Bob
  18. Ok, you guys have me nervous. I've been lurking here, in addition to my usual Cayenne forum haunt, and some posts have shaken my confidence. I've been pondering buying another 911 (US 2002 C2 w/Tip), as I sold my seventies 911T a few years ago and would like to enjoy another. It tended to be a money trap after I purchased it used in the 90's, and while I'm better equipped to handle it now I'd still rather avoid any significant post-purchase bills. While a new 911 isn't out of the question, I'm coming closer to retirement and don't feel like eating that much depreciation. I've asked a few questions of the seller but would appreciate any suggestions beyond "any oil leaks, seals replaced, engine repair?" Your thoughts are appreciated. thanks, Bob :renntech:
  19. Any known dealer/owner fix? My 2004 V6's wipers continue to bug me by doing this, I've tried OEM and another brand of blades, but it still is annoying as hell. I'm out of warranty now but reported it 2-3 times as well as posted queries here in the past.
  20. Can anyone point me to alternative windshield wiper replacements for my '04 Cayenne? I get nasty scraping noises more quickly than you'd expect. I've stepped up the frequency of RainX applications and even bought a pack of wiper rejuvenator wipes to compensate. It's not overuse/abuse, my '04 has just over 30K miles on it; I've reported it to my dealer twice. I found one non-Porsche OEM set on a site a few weeks ago, ordered them, but the order was later cancelled without explanation. Alternatives/suggestions appreciated, it's just an annoyance. I'd pay the same price as OEM Porsche if only the **** things would last longer.
  21. Did anyone ever get an answer or resolve related radio issues? Mine continues to drop out as I described above, head acts normally but doesn't make a sound, and all audio settings revert to zero. Turning the radio and/or car off, removing key, etc., doesn't help, and it will be ok after it has been off and parked for a while. It happens very infrequently but is annoying as hell. My V-6 is at the dealer, they are still messing with it, unsuccessfully, and my warranty ends in just a few days, so I was hoping to get it addressed.
  22. It seems that nothing makes a difference, it's been an annoyance since I bought mine three years ago. I complained again last time and got charged for a new set, didn't notice 'til I left the dealership. They are quiet after the detail I usually have done, but eventually that Rain-X wears off and the scuffing noise returns. I'll be bitching when I return later this month.
  23. I guess not do i have to ? the only diff is the speed rating and with 6 ply construction they can handled the weight of the veh and less chances of getting flats. I am very happy with them trust me is a huge diff from continentals. I guess if porsche was going to pay for the tires they will get to pick but since is my money is my choice. The point I am trying to illustrate is that you are using tires that are NOT Porsche approved. In the unlikely (and unfortunate, for you or others that could be involved) event that you get into an accident, your insurance company could void your insurance and deny the claim, since you have altered your vehicle, based on the manufactures recommendations. Ok, I'm no insurance guru, but I've owned a lot of vehicles and don't recall consulting any Infiniti-approved list when replacing the tires on my sedan, etc.... I can understand liability concerns if one were to use tires that were inadequate for the load or negligently unsuitable, but specs on the mfr web site shows their load capacity to be well above the weight of the Cayenne as well as approved for on road use. Vehicle alteration by tire, at least in this case, seems a stretch. I'd be delighted to be enlightened by specific factual sources that indicate negligence if tires not specifically approved by a given vehicle maker are employed.
  24. My V-6 does the same thing. It's quite infrequent but annoying as hell, and on my list for the next service. No automated cc, either. All in all, I've had very, very few issues with my Cayenne.
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