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Well, last month due to financial pressures, I sold my C4 Cab. I got a terrible price for it here in sunny (and cold) Spain but needs must! Silver Lining? I am now the proud owner of a nearly new black Golf R32 (250bhp, 3.2 V6 - €22,000). This car is far more chuckable than 911, has a better dash (cool blue illumination) and even sounds better from the rear centrally-mounted twin pipes. It looks nothing like the slower 2.0T GTI either, so happy days. To anyone in same financial predicament I would recommend this motor. Oh, it's also all wheel driive and with five doors and easy clutch even the wife likes it!! B)
Hombre replied to Hobofob's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I'd get a new "friend"!
Just had 40K Km major service. Including alignment/tracking adjustments, total bill incl Tax came to €900 or £720 or $1,440. (at today's exchange rates). Does this sound reasonable? Car was washed and ready by 4pm having been dropped off at 9.30am. If service had been done 3 months ago, €900 would have equated to £616 and $1,232. That's the credit crunch/world economy for you!!
Hombre replied to tzh's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Yup!! :o
Hombre replied to a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)An update for you: had a wee one to one with a rosso red F430 spyder this afternoon on the mountain road up to my village. Tanked his *** B) easy peasy. He simply could not keep up on the bends. My car also had 6mm of dirt all over it so made overtaking him all the pleasurable........... Hasta la vista baby!
Hombre replied to a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I've had my cab two years now. In the last 6 months or so I have eased my max speed upwards on the toll road which is not used by locals and quite frankly lane discipline is much higher!! I now cruise, where apropriate, at around 240/250 kph. That said I am not happy with the stability of the car at this speed and only "touch" this speed for a second or two prefering to sit at around 180/190kph. What is more annoying is the number of fast Audis that scream past at circa 280kph seemingly undetered at their high velocity. I understand the reasons for this and have gone away and purcahsed a nearly new RS4. I keep my 996 for the excellent Andalucian country roads now. B)
There will be a lot of Scottish drivers with standard 18"(996)/19"(997) N4 Pirellis scratching their heads at this topic. We all know thay take time to warm up in the cold so we drive conservatively until then. For my sins, I live in Spain in the mountains but having lived the majority of my driving life in Scotland. The Pirellis are fine once warmed up. Driving in snow is of course another matter!!
Has anyone out there ever done this? I think it may be a good idea as I live in a mountainous area and sometimes feel even after the engine has reached normal operating WATER temp (82C?), that the engine is still cold. I refer particularly to what BMW do with the M5's rev counter/oil temp indicator bars etc..... In short, I would rather know if the engine needs a bit more casual driving before I boot it esp at this time of year/first thing in the morning.
Hombre replied to der meister's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Congrats on your purchase. I've got same wheels and they look brill' Re your first question: I only say "may" but it may be your clutch on its last legs. Get it checked out if you find you have to deal in a lot of revs on hill starts etc... Happy driving B)
Hombre posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)All of a sudden my sim card tray will not stay locked into facia. Phone now inoperative. Dealership want to take out whole fascia to fix problem which will be expensive. Any thoughts? I believe the fault was caused when a small spring/pin within the mechanism has dislodged and flown into the dark recesses of the car.
Re ashtray, get a nice shiny blue Motorola KXR. It fits snuggly into open tray. 997 tray is half width for some reason and so my phone won't fit.. much to the disappointment of my local dealer when I went for test drive the other day B)
Hombre replied to 1999C4CO's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Listen to me: You need a new clutch. I had the same problem and got mine replaced last week and I had only 28,000Km on the clock (it was previously a demonstrator!!). What a difference and very nice bill of only 900€ (which is £600 or due to the week US dollar an amazing €300 including tax!!) As the clutch is hydraulic you will not notice that the pedal gets stiffer and stiffer over time it's just too subtle but I bet if you go on holiday and come back you'll notice the effort required to depress the clutch the first few times until your leg gets used to it again. With my new clutch the pedal travel is back to normal/effortless and stop/start motoring is no longer a hassle esp in this heat!! It's like having a new car. It also feels faster as the clutch is just so much easier to use. If you leave it too long you may damage the flywheel which is very costly.
Hombre posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)At its recent annual service the technician stated that my clutch had less than 2,000Km life on it. The car has covered 28,000Km (17,500 miles) so far albeit I bought it last Jan with 15,500Km showing. The car also has a relatively high oil consumption e.g. 1 Litre Mobil per 1,000KM (625 miles). I am told this is just within Porsche tolerances and am quite relaxed about this as all 911 engines would seem to be "individuals"!! Are the above oil/clutch factors linked?? Appreciate any considered comments. PS I love my car especially with its new Italian rubber!! :D :rolleyes: