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johnj.moran

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  1. Stevens Creek Porsche, San Jose, CA (everything costs more in the Bay Area) quotes: Tiptronic Fluid Change, parts and labor, $450 Front Differential, parts and labor, $200 (Ron the advisor said this was a guess because they have never really done this!) Ron said that if Porsche thought it should be done sooner than 90,000 miles they would certainly recommend it at 60,000 miles. After all, it's $450 of relatively easy work. He said the front diff doesn't require change per Porsche recommendations.
  2. I assume that for now you just want people that have experienced an engine failure to respond, not those that are concerned about a possible future engine failure, am I right?
  3. When reading about a 996 engine failure on this site recently, one member suggested that an incorrect coolant change, done by an independent shop that lacked the pressurized system used by Porsche, could have contributed to the engine failure. I can't find the thread and copy it here, but if you search in engine failures, the post was in the last month or so. Just passing the info on, I'm no mechanic, just an avid reader.
  4. What time is the Santana Row Saturday meet, and where (which parking lot)?
  5. Did you try the link at the top of the forum home page that reads "Porsche Parts at Dealer Cost"? I've purchased parts from this company which is Sunset Imports, Beaverton OR, phone 800-346-0182. They are a Porsche dealership in Oregon. You might also try AutohauzAZ.com or buyeuroparts.com. They may have the mats at a much lower price. Call or browse on-line.
  6. I own a 1999 C4 with tiptronic and love the car. After having several manual transmission sports cars over the years, I swore that I'd never buy a manual again. There's a lot of traffic in the Bay Area and using a clutch in stop and go traffic is unpleasant after 20 minutes. The tiptronic is really impressive to operate. In fact, the professional drivers interviewed by many Porcshe focused magazines, state that a non-expert driver that has a C2 Tiptronic will easily beat a driver with similar experience or skills that has a manual transmission C2 (a C4 Tip will result in similar success). The professional driver goes on to explain that if a manual transmission C2 driver with modest driving skills were to compete against a C2 Tiptronic driver with similar driving experience on a drag strip, the C2 with Tiptronic would win in most cases. This is because to shift a manual C2 in a drag race to 60mph (or 100 mph for that matter) requires quite a bit of skill, especially if you're trying to hit 0-60 times close to 5 seconds. With a Tiptronic, you just plant your foot full force on the throttle and you're going to have success every time. The Tiptronic is also supposed to be very durable, and can stand up to serious hard driving.
  7. I believe the dry sooty substance is on the Vario Cam F1 equipment, passenger side, am I right? I showed it to a mechanic at Stevens Creek Porsche and he said it's normal, especially since my engine hasn't been cleaned since new, 7.5 years. Perhaps the driver's side Vario Cam isn't covered because the anti-freeze tank above is usually replaced due to cracks, etc, and everything on that side gets wiped down on repair.
  8. When PSM engages, does an orange/red PSM light flash on the dash? I think I felt some braking the other day as I went down a winding road in a tight turn. I think it kicked in but did not see the flashing light on the dash. Just curious.
  9. 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: Thanks for the info. The 911 is such a beautiful car to drive, looks amazing for decades, an instant classic in my opinion. Enjoy the new engine, it probably will feel more powerful since it's fully up to new specs.
  10. 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:
  11. Thanks for the great reference link. Great pictures. I'm learning quite a bit now. Perhaps one of the o-rings simply started to leak after the spark plug change, although perhaps the dealer should have checked the o-rings? Thanks.
  12. Thanks, Loren. Should I return to the Walnut Creek dealer that changed the plugs or is it ok to go to the San Jose dealership, in your opinion? Is it a big job to replace an oil seal for one of the tubes for a spark plug socket? Really, it's such a minor issue I probably shouldn't even worry about it, just that it may get worse and if dealer should have caught it, why not see if they'll cover it, right?
  13. I have a US MY99 C4 Cab Tip, built in June of 1999. The dealer changed the sparkplugs as part of the 30k mile service when the vehicle had 32k miles. Now, one year later, at 38.4 k miles there is a tiny amount of oil evident just under the location of the spark plug that's to the very rear of the vehicle on the driver's side. The workup from the dealer one year ago noted that "no oil leaks found". The oil leak is so small that it never hits the garage floor (it dries on the engine before it can drip). The leak is probably the equivalent of one drip per month. I have three questions from someone that is knowlegeable about spark plug changes: 1) could changing a spark plug incorrectly cause a small leak like this (seals on the plastic inserts around spark plugs)? 2) Given that the oil evident is under the sparkplug to the very rear of the car on the driver's side is it unlikely that this is an RMS issue? 3) If I bring the car to any Porsche dealer can I expect that they will inspect the sparkplug in question at no charge given there's a 2 yr warranty on repairs, if you can call changing spark plugs a repair? (I am no longer as close to the Walnut Creek, CA Porsche dealer). It's time to flush the brake fluid and get an oil change and they could examine it then. Thank you.
  14. I have the same exact residue that you described in the same location. I have a MY99 C4 Cab. I showed it to the local Porsche mechanic and he said that a flat six will often times weep a small amount of oil and since there's nothing hitting the ground it's fine. Did you ever get a resolution on this? Please let me know if so. Thanks.
  15. Thanks, Loren! You are very helpful and provided a fast response. I'll be buying the RE050A.
  16. I just purchased a MY99 C4 Tiptronic with 38,000 miles. It currently has the OEM Pirellis. I am trying to decide between the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Positions and the Bridgestone S-02 that some members of RennTech have made good comments about. The S-02s are $75 per tire more, and they have the Porsche approved "N" designation. The RE050A tires don't have the N designation. The car is out of warranty so I'm not concerned about warranty issues if non "N" tires are used. I don't track the car and simply enjoy driving winding mountain roads as I visit some of the great wineries in the Northern CA area. Are the RE050A tires good enough, given I drive in dry conditions and don't really care to push the car to its ultimate limits?
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