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    San Francisco
  • Porsche Club
  • Present cars
    2001 Porsche 996 Turbo
    2003 BMW 3.0i Z4
  • Future cars
    What's after a 996 Turbo?
  • Former cars
    1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo
    2001 Porsche Boxster
  1. I've just had the same problem - substantial amounts of oil in the passenger-side inter-cooler hose. There was so much oil that it started to appear in the intake tract and foul the mass airflow sensor, as well as start to saturate the air filter. Turned out to be a turbo bearing failure. Fortunately I had installed a magnetic drain plug in the turbo oil reservoirs so the flaking metal ended up attaching itself to this magnet rather than being distributed around the engine. Although I only needed to replace the passenger side turbo, I replaced both turbos with a pair that I found on eBay (re
  2. Buy some touch-up paint from Porsche and just put a tiny dab of it on the chip, followed by a tiny dab of clearcoat (you get both in the touchup paint pack). Even though the results may not be quite what you get from a full repaint, it hides the color difference and the chip is WAY, WAY less noticable. If you really want to take the time and make it virtually invisible, put on numerous dabs of color paint, 10 minutes apart, and build up the paint to just below the surrounding surface. Then put dabs of clear coat on until it is just above the surrounding surface (don't worry too much if the p
  3. You could fit a sunroof... (sorry, couldn't resist) :D
  4. The car in the pictures looks like it is a narrow body Carrera. I will be fitting them on a 996 Turbo so they probably won't stick out as far. Now that I have the make and model I've been able to do some research and they are only available in 19" in the US (in limited quantities) although 18" can be ordered from Germany. I agree that they are VERY expensive but with a bit of shopping around you can get a set for around $3700. Still not cheap, especially for cast wheels, but they do look very good...
  5. Appreciate the help, RG955TT. I've been trying to find out what they were for a while now :) I was seriously considering purchasing a set of hollow spoke GT3 wheels with the 18x12 rears that recently sold on eBay for $1800 but I think that these are going to be the ones I end up with. Porsche seemed to stay with 295/30ZR18s even on the Turbo S rather than fitting the 315/30ZR18s so there must be a reason for staying with the "narrower" tire (probably top speed).
  6. Came across a picture of these wheels and would appreciate any help identifying the manufacturer and what model wheel they are...
  7. Dito with me anyone have any new advice? I've just replaced my chrome cover and this is how you do it: 1) Switch on your headlights 2) Get someone inside the car to activate the headlight washer (the pop-up headlight washer won't work unless you have the headlights on) 3) The little spray head under the (missing) chrome cover will pop up out of the hole in the headlight and washer fluid will start to spray onto the headlight 4) Grab the spray head and hold it (it has quite powerful spring loading that wants to pull it back into the headlight) 5) There is a little square plastic
  8. Some feedback on this problem: The PCM unit had to be removed by a Porsche dealer and the master reset code (only available from Porsche Germany (and perhaps Porsche Atlanta...)) was used to reset the unit. This generated two new codes, which replaced all previous ones, and it now everything works again. Who knows why this happened in the first place... :huh:
  9. Apparently it does adjust the engine management to suit your driving style, and not only for one driver but for two (according to the local Porsche dealer...).
  10. Anyone have any ideas about how to solve this problem? 2 months ago I had a Porsche dealer look up the PCM and Navigation codes for my PCM unit (fitted in a 2001 996tt) based on the serial number on the back of the PCM unit. These codes were entered and the unit worked perfectly. I recently had the two diverter valves replaced and during this time the battery link in the engine bay was removed, with the result that the PCM unit is now prompting me to enter these two codes again. The problem is that the numbers that were originally entered to enable the unit 2 months ago are no longer worki
  11. It is actually quite a mission to change the sparkplugs on the 996tt and the quote I got for doing this from a dealer was about $1000. I am not sure whether this applies to your C4 but it may explain your dealership's reluctance...
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