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Everything posted by Johnnyceesred

  1. I have been doing the same, driving in manual mode, as I am used to driving a manual transmission. This is the first auto tranny I've owned in a car (trucks are a different story). Automatic is a nice option to have sitting in bumper to bumper traffic as the 996 is now my daily driver. :welcome: Very nice choice. Have to agree that Tiptronic is a good option when in city traffic and the manual setting once you get use to it is excellent in the "twisty bits". Enjoy Rgds John
  2. Hi Lee, To quote the old Canned Heat song "I'm on the Road Again" :drive: :jump: . Got the car back on Saturday but within 200 yards of leaving the specialist "CEL - Drive to Workshop" came on :cursing: . Went to my most local OPC today and they diagnosed a faulty Oxygen Sensor. So £233 more spent and everything now OK :clapping: I also rang Porsche GB today and was told that they have put a letter in the post. The guy I spoke to couldn't/wouldn't tell me what it says, just "read it and make your decisions based on what is says" :unsure: So watch this space and fingers crossed for when
  3. New hose fitted, engine warmed up, re-filled with anti-freeze, road tested and.........................................offside radiator leaking!!!!!!! :cursing: Two new rads on the way, hopefully fitting Thursday/Friday this week. Fingers crossed I'll be back on the road at the weekend. Good point is that I got the 2 new rads for £267 less than the Porsche GB RRP and the peace of mind that the cooling system's OK. The specialist says that many people put in new rads with a new engine anyway. Rgds John
  4. Engine's back in. Slight delay due to bottom hose in later 996 engine being a push-fit (as used on 997 engines as well) rather than traditional hose-clip fixing. New hose is on it's way. Should be finished early next week. Rgds John
  5. Porsche GB have acknowledged receipt of the report and have said they will respond within 30 days. Rgds John
  6. Check out this link to my post on Rennlist for additional opinions on engine break-in. http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/show...ad.php?t=324510 You can also check out this link for an interesting view on the subject http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm Lee Thanks Lee, Very interesting links. Rgds John
  7. porsche and my dealer said no need for running in, nor was there a need for an oil change before 20000km. i wonder which is right. i personally dont see the need for running in...on the contrary. i have read evidence that carefull running in can actually do the engine harm and reduce the engines performance. high load and low revs should be avoided, which i try not to do anyway ...but this was the only extra precaution i took with my new engine for the first few hundred km. i have had many brand new very high performance motorcycles and a few cars. i have NEVER run them in. the only engine p
  8. That is a cool looking engine! Was there an option of getting a 3.8l instead? Hi Peter, Don't know, didn't ask. I assumed that the fittings would be different between the 996 engines and the 997 and to be honest I wanted to keep matters as simple as possible anyway. Rgds John
  9. While your new motor is certainly nice to look at, what is that motor behind it!? It looks to be a turbocharged 6 cylinder with the horizontal fan. 935, 936, or 965/962? Stop the presses... Upon closer inspection is that a motor from a 917/10 or 917/30? It is hard to tell from the angle but it looks to be a flat 12. Dan, Good spot. Dave is currently doing a total restoration on a 917 (can't tell you whose). He has along association with 917s in racing, engine preparation, restorations etc. Take a look at the web site http://www.davegriffithsracing.co.uk/ and you'find some 917 par
  10. Nearly there!!! Went to see new engine today. Hoping to be back on the road end of this week/early part of next week. Getting clued up on running in disciplines. Porsche factory says no running in required. OPC says keep to 3,500-4,500 RPM tops for 1,000-2,000 miles. Oil change after 1,000 miles. I noticed a variance in the feedback from Lee's post re new engine. When you've paid for it out of your own pocket (so far), it gives you a different perpsective I guess. Just waiting for official RAC report and then will forward to Porsche GB. Rgds John
  11. John, I am no expert nor do I have any inkling on this. Everything I say here is purely speculative. I doubt very much if PorscheGB or PosrcheAG monitor the PCGB forums. However, on certain hot topics they may well do. I know they were watching mine because I was told that by customer services from one of the girls in there that I knew (sh'e gone to another dept now). Before Porsche bought into PCGB, the club was trying to help me. But as soon as they came on board everything changed and I got no help. One thing is for certain though, the PCGB forums are open in the sense that they are
  12. Scouser, Viper, b-man, Lee Thankyou all very much for the kind donation offers. Here's where things are at as of late today (Wednesday 24/01/2007): - 1. The RAC have offered to provide me with a report based on the photos I submitted to them with there conclusions based on what they can see from the various shots taken. They said they will state that there is definite grinding, fracturing and flaking and in their opinion this is not normal wear and tear. The conclusion will reflect the fact they have not physically seen the components involved and they have also spotted marks on the crank
  13. Interesting thought Viper and b-man, thanks for the offers.. Are you suggesting getting a number of people contributing to the RAC Report or the metallurgy test (or both). The ultimate level of information to ensure maximum results would be expensive to acquire if I don't get a result from Porsche with just the RAC report i.e.: - 1. RAC report £140 2. Dismantling engine again to get crank cradle out for metallurgy test £500? (if Porsche won't do it FOC) 3. Metallurgy test £500-£600 plus would there be any copyright isuues or restriction of re-print etc? It's a pity I didn't think o
  14. Could it be one of the belt tensioner pulleys? Rgds John
  15. Interesting thought Viper and b-man, thanks for the offers.. Are you suggesting getting a number of people contributing to the RAC Report or the metallurgy test (or both). The ultimate level of information to ensure maximum results would be expensive to acquire if I don't get a result from Porsche with just the RAC report i.e.: - 1. RAC report £140 2. Dismantling engine again to get crank cradle out for metallurgy test £500? (if Porsche won't do it FOC) 3. Metallurgy test £500-£600 plus would there be any copyright isuues or restriction of re-print etc? It's a pity I didn't think o
  16. The RAC have agreed that the cracking and fracturing are abnormal and not down to normal wear & tear. They will provide me with a report (cost around £140) to send to Porsche GB with their conclusions. They suggest the next step would be a metallurgical examination (industrial x-rays etc.) to determine the nature of the cracks and fractures. The new engine arrived at the specialist today and the old one's now at the OPC where I bought the car from. I now have to consider the next step in determining whether Porsche GB will accept The RAC report and admit that the crank cradle was sub-sta
  17. Keep us posted! Certainly will do. Would National Motor Club www.nmca.com be your equivalent to The RAC in the US? Rgds John
  18. Hi Lee, I ask the question because I believe the 2-year warranty is only parts, not labor as well. I'm considering extended warranty on mine before it hits the 125,000 mile limit: - 1. Because if anything else major goes that EW would cover and I don't take it out, my finances would be blitzed. 2. Going through the 111-point check I believe would help to endorse the work that the specialist is providing with engine install etc., and then Porsche couldn't come back and say "the work wasn't carried out by an OPC"etc.,etc., if there were to be any future claims on the engine. 3. Peace of
  19. New engine has arrived at the OPC ready for collection by the specialist early next week. The RAC have offered to assist and have said they'd do some initial work with the photos I've sent to them to make sure they have the right level of expertise. Apparently one of their specialists is an ex-Porsche mechanic so I hope that will be an advantage. Porsche have also confirmed verbally that they will recognise and accept The RAC as a trusted report-provider. Whether they will take positive action on any resulting report will remain to be seen but at least it's a couple of steps further forward.
  20. So what was the ultimate resolution regarding Porsche covering or not covering your engine? How much did the whole engine replacement cost? Thanks for all the details. :clapping: It ended up costing $11,626, that’s after a 10% discount for being a PCA member. I didn’t receive any “goodwill assistance” from Porsche as of yet. It hasn’t been 15 days since my letter was received and I haven’t received any responses to my e-mails. It’s unlike that I will get any reimbursement from Porsche, they got their money, but I may luck out. :cheers: Lee, Good to see you've got your car b
  21. Hi Lee, Just sent my donation. I also spoke to The RAC http://www.rac.co.uk/ a motoring organisation in the UK, today. They say they can act in an arbitration capacity (as long as Porsche are willing) and would inspect the faulty part and provide a report for a very reasonable fee. The old engine's almost re-assembled now ready for exchange, so if I go that route I'd have to rely on Porsche or the dealership allowing the inspector access to the engine subject to some disassembly again. I can see Porsche wanting to charge for doing that. Otherwise I can ask if they would do a report based
  22. John, How long did it take for them to response to your letter? Did they call you, e-mail you or send you a reply in writing? I’m just trying to figure out when I should expect them to respond to mine. Thanks for your assistance. Lee Hi Lee, I sent the letter and photos by e-mail and 'phoned them within 20 minutes of doing that to ensure they had received it. We discussed the letter contents and their answer was given in that call i.e we're not changing our original decision. Thanks also for the TSB link. I need to be a contributing member to view this so its a good motivator
  23. I sent a lengthy letter and 13 other supporting photos showing the grind marks in close-up and more detail and a further imperfection in the bearing support metal to Customer Assistance (now there's an oxymoron if ever I heard one!!!) in Reading today. I quoted the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and stated that the marks on the crank cradle could only have been done at the point of manufacture or assembly and certainly before the car's normal lifetime began. I also pointed out that only areas that had cracks in showed signs of grinding. Hence the part in question was and still is, not "fit for purpose
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