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Everything posted by demosan

  1. I agree with others it is a tough call at that price. One piece of info that may make the decision easier is to review the service history of the car. You have probably read countless articles on the infamous RMS issue and if that has been already replaced then reoccurance is a possibility. I also have a 2002 C4S and have the extended warranty through Fidelity Warranty in FLorida. It was a warranty that was tranferrerable when I bought the car from original owner and they have been great so far. Owner stated the cost was about the price Loren and Izzyquoted as around $2500. Fedelity's number is 800-327-5172 for customer service. I believe they are number one ( if not #2) as a independent underwriter of extended warranty's not sold by manuafcturers. Good luck with your new car and enjoy it!! Demosan :cheers:
  2. Based on what you describe it sounds to me as if it is the ignition switch. WHen you attempt t ostart car, you go to position 2 of the switchand then allow switch to spring back to position 1 when car is running. Position 2 of switch sounds intermittent . However, before you attempt any repairs do the simple battery test at any automotive service center to insure battery is OK. If you do a search for ignition switch replacement/repairs you ca nread about the switch repair, but get that battery checked ASAP demosan
  3. Could be any number of things, i.e. starter switch, starter going bad, battery, etc. Battery can be checked with a load tester at any Sears, PepBoys. Have you noticed it being more di fficult to start over the past several days ( assuming its a daily driver) or was it just today the problem occurred?? how old is battery?? Everyone seems to only get 3-4 years use before replacement. The fact that you could get it started by rolling it in 2nd gear suggests the alternator is fine and lastly, what does your voltmeter on your dash read before you try and engage starter?? It should read 12 volts at least on your gauge if the battery is able to hold a charge. Battery check is usually a "freebie" test at automotive centers so equiped with a battery load tester. this should be an easy one to remedy. :thumbup: Good luck!! demosan
  4. DItto to your previous responses. I am also planning to get rid of the Pzero's on my 2002 C4S as they ar ethe noisiest tires I have ever owned and wear charactreristics are also poor. GO for the Michelins or Bridgestones ( I will buy Michelins). Demosan
  5. Al123, I have a 2002 with only 24K miles so I have more than a passing interest as I too do not track my car and drive it 'conservatively" but at times "spirited".. It will be interesting to hear what the wear is on your cluth and pressure plate when they perform the repair and if there is any oil contamination thay may have lead to the failure. Good luck with the repair!! demosan
  6. graham, You could remove the cabin filter which is accessed through a cover under the glove box on the passenger side. Once you remobve the cabin filter you can access the fan and it can be removed by removing three mounting screws. there must be a DIY set of instructions for this procedure move detailed than my instructions. Using this technique may avoid a complete dash removal, which I undwerstand is a rather major project. Good luck!! Demosan graham, My original note I sent yesterday is incorrect in providing info as to how t oaccess the cabin filter. The info I sent you pertains to a MB SUV. I was in a MB owners forum and got my signals crossed. Sorry for the confusion!! Demosan
  7. graham, You could remove the cabin filter which is accessed through a cover under the glove box on the passenger side. Once you remobve the cabin filter you can access the fan and it can be removed by removing three mounting screws. there must be a DIY set of instructions for this procedure move detailed than my instructions. Using this technique may avoid a complete dash removal, which I undwerstand is a rather major project. Good luck!! Demosan
  8. Have you noticed any oil drops on your garage floor?? Possible oil contamination of the clutch/pressure plate could be a result of an oil leak at either the infamous RMS or IS plate. Have you checked to see if oil level is lower than you would expect based on cars history?? As previous post suggested, there should have been some warning ( smell of something burning) before complete fairure of clutch?? Keep us posted as to what you uncover as you investigate. Good luck!! demosan
  9. TMC, Part of my reply to you got omitted from my reply to your note. I was curious as to what the failure mechanism was as a result of the engine tear-down?? Did you lose all the oil ( almost all) through a catastrophic RMS failure?? Good luck with the new motor and it sounds like PCNA treated you "fairly" in the process!! Demosan
  10. TMC, Ope the new motor gets installed quickly and without incident!! demosan
  11. Sounds to me you may have miswired the power inputs to the radio as the radio is acting like the key is out of the ignition and you have manually tured the radio on which usually allows one of playing time before shutting off to save battery. Usually the power to radio is switched from ignition switch, so look at pin outs of radio schematic and how you wired power from ignition. My 2 cts. 'demosan
  12. Bob, I just went through a purchase myself and was also interested in finding out the service history of the car beyond the info on the carfax report. I went to an independent shop specialized in Pcars and they did the PPI for me and also contacted a local dealer and got the service history for me. Because I was close to 100Miles from my residence in buying my car from a private party this worked out great. The indie shop did say that I would not have been able to get the same info from the dealer until I had a proof of ownership document. I am sure other members of this forum will work their magic in getting you some info. You made the right decision in joining this forum and congrats on the new pcar!! Demosan :cheers:
  13. The 69.5" overall body width includes the outside mirrors. If you chose a C2 with the 18" optional wheels it may be a bit wider. Mirrors do fold back, not sure what you gain in reducing the overall width. good luck finding the car you are looking for!! Demosan
  14. I just went through the same drill in purchasing a 2002 C4S myself and had the same concerns as you in reading the posts having to do with the RMS issu for one and the associated costs. I took the advice of many in this forum and looked for a car with an extended warranty and found a car with the warranty ( till March 2008) which allowed me "piece of mind". The warranty company is "Fidelity" and they have been more than accomodating in getting the coverage switched over to me with as little hassle as possible. I have the Gold Coverage whichcovers ALL mechanical issues B2B. Good luck with your search and hope you find what you want in color and options. The advise of the forum was to be patient and they are spot on and make sure you get an independent PPI before purchase. I did and it made my purchase much easier and was well worth the $$'s. THe C4S was well worth the effort and I love the looks and feel of the C4S as I drive it in various road conditions. :drive: demosan
  15. RIchard, thanks for the UK list as Loren also gave me a link for the NA version. Appreciate the quick response and as I replied to Loren, it is interesting to me that Porsche does not perform a comtrssion test on the motor as part of assessing the engine "internals". As an old racing guy, it would be the first thing I would do to assess the engine general health. Demosan
  16. Loren, Thanks for the link to the Porsche list of used car inspection guidelines. I will use it when I visit the independent when he does the inspection of my prospective sale. Interesting in reviewing the Porsche list it does not include a compression check of the motor?? I have requested that and indie says he does that as routine check ( recognizing the motor must be cool to remove plugs for test). demosan
  17. All/Loren, About to purchase a 02C4S and am scheduling a PPI this week as a condition of sale. As a newbie to this forum I am open to specific suggestions as to what the independent should check as part of the inspection. With all the issues of RMS I am surely getting that checked ( as best as possible) as well as compression check of all cylinders, leaking seals etc. Car appears to have been maticoullsly maintained but my theme is better safe than sorry. Car has 22k miles. thanks in advance and this forum has been invaluable in aiding me in my search for my C4S!! demosan :renntech:
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