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  1. After a dead battery, my PCM displayed the screen to input the radio code. In the past, I have entered the radio code and restored the unit without issue, but now it does not accept the code. I have a 2000 986S with PCM (Porsche Communication Management). I have the original radio code card supplied in the owners manual materials. Entering the code results in the same "input code" screen displayed. What I notice about the information on the screen is that there are choices for PCM and Navigation. The PCM choice is grayed out, and "NAV system" is lit. The original radi
  2. I am going to ask about installing my original suspension, if the price is right. I am reading online about shops swapping suspensions for about $600. This would give me the original (comfortable) ride and make the car reliable transportation right now. An even less expensive option would be to install my original struts on the front, leaving the M030 springs and sway bars. I have not yet found anyone who can speak from experience how this would work out since it is a mismatch. The labor would cost of $260 and not having to buy parts makes this appealing. I read that Bilstein is the
  3. CURRENT SITUATION: 2000 Boxster S with euro spec RoW M030 suspension. Front passenger side strut leaking badly. Sacramento alignment shop Linville Bros had the car up on the rack this morning and recommends I replace both front struts since one is leaking. They quoted me $260 to replace the struts, $240 to replace the strut assemblies. This is for labor. They sent me out on my own to source the parts. REPLACE STRUT CARTRIDGE OPTION Bilstein sport apparently are an acceptable replacement part. Shox.com offers them $509 delivered with tax. They are on back order and "might arrive in ab
  4. Yikes, that certainly says a thousand words and perhaps launches almost as many questions. I think the final labor is coming in at 36 hours and cost will be $6100 including replacement harness and ecu.
  5. Apparently the problem with the car not running was the DME. When the dealer replaced the DME, the car ran 7 minutes before damaging the replacement. They believe there is a short in the wiring harness and are replacing it. Should be done Monday. Fingers crossed for finally a resolution. Thanks to all who offered help and advice.
  6. The car finally made it to a dealer in SoCal. They think that the wiring harness has been damaged and is causing a short which blew the DME. They have not found the exact location of the damage, but think that a small animal may have gotten in there and chewed on something. Hopefully will have more information soon.
  7. Update and more info attempting to diagnose..... 2000 S that starts but does not run. Pcodes posted separately. We spent some time last night looking for and not finding a disconnected or severed cable. Here are some notes on what we did and at the end is a list of 4 possible causes we have identified based on information so far. -Pedal cable intact and moving the arm of the potentiometer -Wires from potentiometer to connector seem ok and connections on both sides of connector for potentiometer wires seem ok. -Wires from mass air flow sensor seem well connected. -Wires to throt
  8. Codes! Thanks Loren for the recommendationt o Duramteric.com. It immediately showed me a list of codes from the motronic. Here is a link the pdf file I created to show the codes. Any help guessing why the car won't run. BTW O2 sensors are all new. I do have a new MAF in storage (old style which is what I have now) I can get here in a few weeks. http://www.catalogguy.com/ecu20060401.pdf ecu20060401.pdf
  9. Ok I ordered the software and cable from www.durametric.com
  10. Loren, the Durametric software looks great. My question is how quickly can I get one to San Felipe? The donkey express will add 2 weeks just to get it from point of delivery in CA to down here. Until you posted this product, I was considering an Equus code reader because I found a few posts where people are happy with the product and I can have someone pick one up for me in San Diego on Thursday and bring it down to San Felipe. I do not really have an understanding of the differences between the various products. If you tell me the Durametric software has more functions and that it may be
  11. Hi Loren, Thanks for your reply. To read the P-codes I must take the car to a dealer or someone with a PST2? Is there any value to the OBDII readers that can be purchased for a couple hundred dollars? The car is in San Felipe and if I can't resolve it, then I will tow it to San Diego which I expect will be about a 6 hour drive pulling it on a trailer. Can run fine for 5+ minutes after priming, so I don't think it is the fuel pump. Would really like to be able to check the p codes.
  12. I wouldn't say the car won't start, because actually it will or at least it did (This is a 2000 S). When I turn the key to the first click, the car makes all the typical buzzing and clicking noises. When I turn it over the car turns over just fine and starts right up, but then right away very gently dies. It runs less than a second. This is repeatable: it always catches and never runs any longer. I disconnected the battery and grounded the positive cable to remove any charge in any effort to reset the computer. After that didn't work I also briefly disconnected all 5 cables from the ECU.
  13. Hydraulic clutch went out in Mexicali. Think it needs rebuild or replace master/slave cylinders. I will get the car back into the US this week and will likely find a way to get it to San Diego. Anyone have that reference for a 944 mechanic but now in San Diego? LOL, but that would be the most convenient. By the way, I live in San Felipe, Baja, so that is why this is such a challenge. AFA the smog, here are the numbers. The car passed visual, failed emissions....
  14. I am told that it likely needs a new o2 sensor. Looking for a recommendation for a shop in Los Angeles or Pasadena that knows what they are doing. Thank you for any referrals.
  15. Seems that the screws have vibrated loose. One of the 2 bolts under the arm rest is missing. Do you have the specs on the bolt for a replacement? Perhaps a dab of Lock Tite is in order. Thank you!
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