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I have driven in winter with Pirelli P Zero tyres and have not had any problem in 12 Scottish winters with snow up to around 8" deep. Cars driven have been 996 C4 and 997.1 C4S. I now have a 997.2 Turbo but will fit winter tyres this time around to ensure I have traction due to the extra power. Tyres have had at least around 5mm of tread left, anything less would cause problems. Winter tyres will always be better than all year round and summer tyres. You need to drive smoothly, with no sudden changes in speed or direction, using the gears to slow you down.
This is an alternative IMS bearing solution that I have just come across:- http://www.design911.co.uk/fu/pt856_1748_-cma81-cmo110/Porsche/996--911--1997-05/Intermediate-shaft/ The website also provides links to the installation procedure.
I am looking for some advice/way forward - I have an issue trying to purchase Porsche Warranty, in that Porsche UK state they will not perform the 111 point check and issue a warranty unless 3rd party electrical items are permanently removed from the car - these items are a dash cam and a Tracker unit, both of which are hard wired through the fuse box. The Story:- A few months ago I purchased a used 997.2 Turbo (MY2010, 29000 miles) from an independent dealer. (Actually deals with new Bentleys, Lambo's and Aston Martins. My car was a part-ex against a new Bentley.) I stated the car must have Porsche Warranty in order for me to buy it. The dealer arranged this with it's local Porsche garage, they paid the fees and obtained the certificate and warranty. I then purchased the car only to be told a week later that the warranty was void. (I have received a refund for the amount of the check/warranty as this was discounted off the price of the car, so I effectively negogiated £2500 off the price of the car.) The car was "in between owners" so the warranty should not have been issued and the salesperson at the Porsche garage was apparently suspended. I had a tracker unit installed for insurance purposes and the dash cam for obvious reasons. The issue:- Porsche UK state that no 3rd party equipment shall be on the car at the time of the check, and it will fail this check if there is and a warranty will not be issued. They also state that any equipment added after the warranty is issued will be checked at the time of a claim to see if it had any influence over the failure and the warranty could be invalidated as a result. I'm OK with this, depending upon what "equipment" is installed. I confirmed that the only non-standard Porsche items are these two electrical units and all they do is draw a little power though the fuse box rather than have wires draped around the cabin to a plug in the power sockets. (Apparently, running 3rd party electrical items this way is perfectly fine.) Porsche UK will not add a clause to the check stating my two items have been added to the car. My only option is to remove the items and the hard wires into the fuse box. The tracker is required for my insurance, so removing this will need to be discussed with my Insurance Company and will no doubt involve a fee. The unit must only be touched by Tracker UK otherwise they will invalidate the unit and I won't be covered, so again a fee will probably be required to firstly remove the unit and then re-install a day later. Porsche recommend doing this:- 1) Cancel my current car insurance and take out their own, as they don't need a Tracker device, I just need to buy the Porsche Tracking device instead as they require this for their insurance. (This is truly what they said.) 2) Pay someone to remove the Tracker and the dash cam along with all wiring. 3) Pay for the 111 check and warranty. 4) Pay someone to re-install the electrical items if I really want them and if a claim is made, expect Porsche to investigate if the electrical item caused the failure. If a link is found then the warranty will be void. Advice required:- Has anyway come across this issue with the Porsche Warranty before?? Porsche UK state they will not check the car and issue a warranty with these items installed but are OK with me putting them back in afterwards. My local dealer has already said they will follow the advise of Porsche UK so they are no help. Is there a way around this?? At the moment I see two options:- 1) Do not take out Porsche Warranty. Expect that a 5 year old 997.2 Turbo with 29000 miles should be trouble free for the next two years. 2) Pay folk and waste their/my time removing and installing this equipment, and pay for a warranty on a 5 year old 997.2 Turbo with 29000 miles that should be trouble free for the next two years If you're still reading this then I apologise for the rant, but I did warn you. And thanks for any advice/comments.
GTF posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I have searched the forums and have read through the various views and recommendations but I still have a further question that I hope someone will be able to help me with. For the UK, I have been told that tyres must have an "N" rating, which indicates that the side walls of the tyres are of sufficient strength to prevent them from popping off the rims due to the high forces involved in corning. I am looking to fit winter tyres but non of the suppliers are able to provide this N rating, but have stated their tyres will fit the car (MY '99 996 C4). Tyres that "fit" are one thing but tyres that stay put during cornering are another. I have have found 3 suppliers - Michelin (way to expensive), Bridgestone Blizzaks and Vredestein Winter Xtreme, and was wondering if anyone has any comments / recommendations / experience of fitting wnter tyres in the UK and this N rating issue. Thanks.
As mentioned above, the C4 is not a true "4x4". I guess the Audi was?? This will be my 4th winter with the C4 and apart from the minor inconvenience of shovelling snow from the wheels on my drive, it's been fine. I haven't noticed the front slipping/spinning but have seen the old "rooster tails" from the back but the PSM kicks in and transfers the power to calm things down. The car has remained on the straight and narrow, does not squirm about and feels in control. As long as you can drive in the snow, I don't think there is much to worry about.
Am wondering if you have winter tyres fitted?? I also have a 996 ('99) C4 that I have run in the winter with P-Zero's, and generally it's been OK except for getting on the driveway. I have a fairly sharp turn, minor incline, and have found in snow more than 6" deep that the front wheels don't move but the rear spins. Gentle rocking back and forth and much shovelling of snow is requried to get the car on the driveway. I'm thinking about fitting snow tyres this winter as I am planning several trips to the hills for snowboarding (I'm located in Scotland). I have kind of convinced myself it's a good idea but what does the panel think?? (Apologies for high jacking this thread.) GTF