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  1. Hi All...I am new to this forum, just bought a 2002 C4S, taking delivery in a couple of weeks. I am debating on whether or not I should buy an extended warranty or just "roll the dice." My local dealer quoted me $3651 for a five year 60k mi (additional miles, car presently has 28k) with a $100 deductible. Is this MY fairly reliable? My Mercedes G Wagon has been one service visit after another and without a warranty I'd be getting killed. Should I get the warranty or take a pass? Thanks in advance, cannot wait to get behind the wheel of this car!

    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. Thanks demosan.

    Don'y know how old is the battery. The car has been kind of slugish to start, it is not like: broooom, but woob, woob broom (hope the description make sense). In several ocacions due to clutch release and gas pedal coordination the car stopped (user error), waited the reglamentary 10 second and it started. Just tried to start the car after being in the garage for about 2 to 3 hrs (and reading your comments); the needle was just below the 12, tried to start and no go, tried the second time and started with my description of slugish, the needle went up close to 14. The car is not a daily driver it is bassicaly a half weekend driver.

    You mentioned the switch but when the car was push started the switch was engaged, could still be a switch issue?

    The alternator needle when 1st started after several days in the garage goes to the 14 the goes down in between 14 and 12.

    In regards to the starter motor, when tried to start the car during today's tamtrumthere was never a tac tac tac noise like when the starter has problems, be advise this is my 1st Porsche, maybe other cars do the tac tac when there is a starter issue but Porsche may behave differently.

    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. Hi Guys:

    My MY99 Carrera C2 left me stranded today. I tried to start it ( not the 1st time today) and it did not, waited the reglamentary 10 seconds and nothing, nada.

    All the lights were lit, the windows worked but no start. Tried to jump start it but nothing. The jumper cables were quite thin and the donor car was a small 4 cilinder Cion.

    Could the quality of the jumper cables and the donor's battery be a reason why my car would not start?

    Was able to start the car by push starting it. Placed the car in 2nd gear, had some friends push it, after some speed disengaged the clutch and the car started right away.

    Could it be a bad battery?

    Please help

    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. Thanks guys, that confirms my thoughts. I was reluctant to experiment with new tires ($1000) to find out the problem was not the pirellis, but it really seems that way ! I'll wear them out and swap to Michelins or bridgestones, two brands I've had much success with in the past !

    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. so many times i have read discussions in the forum which end "i guess i just have to take it to the shop" ... and? - silence. why people dont bother posting at the end what problem the shop has discovered? anyway... I took my C4s to the shop, they opened clutch and... the pressure plate was cracked! this is a car never driven hard with 20k on the clock.... i ll post pictures later in case people want to see.
    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. The noise sounds (unfortunately) more like a rumbling bearing, and doesn't vary with the fan speed. I can't track down its exact location, but it does seem to be coming from deep in the center of the dashboard....

    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. The noise sounds (unfortunately) more like a rumbling bearing, and doesn't vary with the fan speed. I can't track down its exact location, but it does seem to be coming from deep in the center of the dashboard....

    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. car 2003C4s driven normally (no abuse, no tracks, no tricks). 20k miles. Was driving today and after one shift (i.e. no prior warnings, slippages etc) the clutch is gone. Can barelly start driving the car. Slips on all gears (i tried up to forth). Kind of odd for such low milage and no prior warinings. Any ideas from anyone maybe it is not clutch. Totally at a loss. Tks

    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. The word from PCNA is they will pay for a new engine (~$9k) and I need to pay for the labor (~$2k).

    So I guess that's better than it could have been...

    Tom

    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. Hi,

    I installed the new becker Cascade Pro in my 2003 Carrera 4S following the instructions I found in the forum and everything seems to work well: telephone, bluetooth, GPS, Clima copressor. Except one thing: the unit turns off every hour then I have to turn it on and again it turns off after one hour !!

    Anybody can help me?

    Regards

    Gianluca4S

    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

  11. I have a 2003 Targa that I just got and wanted to ask the local dealer if they could pull the VIN and tell me what has been done to date with this car. Understanding that the title hasn't cleared yet, I know that my name won't show as the owner. I wasn't asking about that kind of information....just the service and dates.

    But the dealer won't help out stating confidentiality stuff.

    Folks, all I want to know is that what/when work was done on this car. I don't care about the owner(s). Carfax showed nothing and the dealer is doing the same.

    Any way around this????

    My VIN WP0BA29943S635380

    thanks

    bob.

    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:

  12. 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

  13. Here is the 111 Point Inspection sheet used by UK Porsche Dealers prior to issuing an extended warranty.

    111_point_porsche_inspection.pdf

    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

  14. 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:

    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

  15. 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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