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    San Jose, CA
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    '99 911 C4 Cabriolet, '01 Mercedes Benz C320, '05 Dodge Durango Hemi, '05 MasterCraft 205V
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    Mercedes GL320 Diesel 4Matic
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    1985 Volkswagon Jetta, 1992 Toyota Camry, 1993 Nissan 300ZX, 2003 BMW 525i
  1. I had mine painted by bumperplugs over five years ago and they look like new and pefectly match the paint on the rest of the car.
  2. You can add me to the list. Just bought a 2003 Boxster S. Drove it 500 miles engine is gone. Just received a reply from porsche saying so sorry.

  3. Hi Loren, I called Sunset Imports and found that the entire kit is $7456 and there are only two kits left in the world, one in Germany, one here in the US. The replacement engine cost of $8000 or $9000 is looking like a bargain in comparison! This shows me how Porsche is giving owners that run into problems with their engine a very good deal. While no one wants to suffer an engine failure, at least Porsche is being reasonable on the replacement cost. Avoid accidents Loren! Those front bumpers are seriously pricey, and soon unavailable (no, I will not be buying one of the last two remaining) John
  4. Thanks, Loren! Can I order all of these parts at Sunset Imports? Can they be ordered with factory paint (using paint codes under the hood) or do I have to have a body shop match the paint? Any suggestions for a good body shop in the bay area that could install and paint if that is the only option? Thanks again. John
  5. Hi, I saw this car at Santana Row and was wondering if the front bumper, side skirts, and bumperettes are Porsche parts, and if so what model number (MKII) ?. I believe this car is a MY2000, so I assume I could add these parts to a MY99. Please see pictures.
  6. After I read your post I checked my hood emblem and found it was quite loose. It may have stayed on for some time, but I am glad to know it is tighter now. To tighten mine required 8mm, and one side would not stop spinning (stripped or no longer fully connected to emblem). But I definitely got it tighter than it was before. Thanks so much!
  7. I wanted to make sure my Tiptronic fluid level was ok so I asked the dealer to check it. I watched the procedure. The tech basically filled the transmission case until fluid started spilling out. They charged me $120.
  8. I have a 1999 Carrera 4 TIP. The transmission will automatically shift just before the redline when in manual mode (and in automatic mode of course). This is superior to the system in my Mercedes Benz that simply cuts the engine if redline is reached - does not upshift (admittedly it's not a high-end MB).
  9. When I bought my Porsche it came with a radar detector that the prior owner had installed. My personal feeling is that all of the false alarms ruin the fun of high speed driving. Just as I'm getting into a nice high speed drive .. BEEEEEP! Not good.
  10. So did this require the installation of a remanufactured engine? If not, what was the fix? Thanks, John
  11. Hi, I wonder if the "every four years" is something that is important to follow. It has been four years and 10,000 miles since the last spark plug change. Should I go ahead and change them? Also, in 2005, the first and prior owner had the spark plugs changed by the dealer. It was either the first or second spark plug change for this 1999 Carrera 4. Would the tubes have been changed out given there was a Service Bulletin on the tubes for 1999 cars? (I'm wondering if I should change the tubes in the coil packs if I'm doing the spark plugs). Thanks, John
  12. I have the same tranny. When you drive aggressively a more aggressive shift map (not sure this is the actual term) is engaged. If the system senses that you are racing then it will tend to keep you at the highest revs possible for obvious reasons. This caused me some alarme when it first happened to me, but I've had the car for four years, and it only happens when I really get super aggressive in chasing someone down and blowing by them.
  13. Interesting Logic Here- Pay $10,000 to $15,000 more for a 2002 as compared to a 1999 to reduce the risk of an engine replacement that costs about $10,000. Heck, take the chance on the 1999, save the $10,000 to $15,000 extra you would have paid for a 2002. Chances are 90% or more the 1999 will not have a serious engine failure. I am the second owner of a 1999 Carrera 4 Cabriolet with Tip tranny that I bought 3 years ago. No problems. Not a single problem ever - great car. What you have here is an opportunity to buy a car at a discount due to the real issues that a relatively small number of these cars have. If my engine blows, I am prepared to take the hit and pay for a new one. So, if you can afford to make repairs that can come up (budget $10,000 or so), then you shouldn't avoid the 1999. Just my 2 cents.
  14. When I want to start in first (which is only about 20% of the time) I shift my TIP to the left into manual mode, use the steering wheel buttons to shift down to first, and now I am ready for a nice start in first gear, then start to accelerate. When I want to shift to 2nd, I simply move the shift lever to the right to put the TIP back in automatic mode. The TIP will then do its thing based on how hard or light I am accelerating, etc. Of course, if I don't want to be in automatic mode I will shift to 2nd, 3rd, etc using the steering wheel buttons.
  15. Hi cleaned the throttle body (it wasn't that dirty anyway). No change I'm afraid. Any other ideas? the dealer checked the MAF sensor and said it was working fine. Thanks Darrin Smith Idle valve. Refer to my last post Hi The car idles perfectly. However I will give it a go anyway. Where is the valve located? Do you just use throttle body cleaner? Thanks DS http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=6828 What kind of gas do you buy? This may be why you have this problem in the first place (bargain basement fuel is a bad idea).
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