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Benjamin Choi

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  1. enjoy all you want, but for people who buy into the dyno graphs and get all excited about it only to find out that they can't pull on that stock 911... don't come back all confused. you don't get an n/a car for mod potential. go turbo if you're in it for the measurin contest. you buy an exhaust for sound/looks here. period. placebo effect in the power dept. the wallet speaketh. again, coming from a GIAC flash/EVOMS intake w/ PSE owner. i don't go around believing my car's picked up more power than the 98% of stock 911s out there on the streets up and down the West Coast. PSE is absolutely worth the $2K+ however much it is. the sound is incredible. EVOMS intake straight up howls at 5K+ RPM WOT. glorious. well worth it.
  2. -pse is the best sounding exhaust for the n/a 996s/997s; sounds better than the turbo period w/ pse; aftemarket options may be lighter, be louder, but they all pretty much lack that guttural growl (listen to believe) -whether you gain hp or lose torque, the +/- is so nominal no one can begin to tell the diff and if they tell you so it's more wallet talking than objective reasoning speaking the truth -best is to find someone with pse and hear it in person for sure; shouldn't be too hard since it's a factory option good luck
  3. i actually have the GIAC flash coupled with the EVOMS and PSE. i had the ECU back to stock for a week. could i tell a diff? none at all.
  4. I had an M3 as well. The interior is no doubt nicer than any 996. If the 996 is optioned up, it is much more special than the E46 M3 and even the new E9X M3 which I think isn't as nice as the E46. To stay on topic, I had my tranny dropped for the AOS install yesterday. IMS/RMS was dry now at 62K miles. Car feels fantastic. Still not bored with it after almost 3 yrs!
  5. i define best as the one i want in my driveway, the one i want to DRIVE. CGT no question about it . you can have the old ones.
  6. lol post up a pic of your interior and i'll do the same for my e46 m3. we can compare visually.
  7. i had this issue come up several years ago when i first picked up the car ... it may well be that pulley guiding the serpentine belt. what happens is for cars that get washed and then end up sitting for days at a time... rust forms. squeaks. the water is trapped. it gets bad enough where the pulley will seize and the belt will be thrown. when this happens, you lose the alternator and your car will come to a stop with the batter warning light. happened to me on hwy 1 a shop skip and a jump outside of san fran. lovely. i'd get the pulley checked out first.
  8. on a somewhat related note and i hope no one takes this the wrong way, but most likely due to my insecurities, i could not ever respond to people by telling them i drive a porsche (why lie?) and they get in the 911 then or later only to witness the typical dog Sh1t interior of your regularly optioned 996... esp bad in the 1999s. are you kidding with those plastics? it looks like something they used in the gym floor at my local 24hour fitness except it's hard plastic and not rubber. this is where my long time argument continues to live on... i'd much rather have a $20K E46 M3 than a similarly priced 996.
  9. no one knows man. you're taking a risk. i'd personally never buy a $20K porsche. there are better options out there at that price point. lots of little things will add up. coil packs good? clutch switch ok? battery ok? RMS/IMS leaks? history? starter ok? alternator? suspension parts ok? oil sending unit ok? maf ok? sure, a PPI can help to see if these components are working, but even then you'll only know for sure if those things have been replaced on a decade old car. unless this particular 1999 vehicle has been well loved and cared for, i would never ever touch it. heck, i'd begin with a 3.6 MK2 996 before i ever looked at an Mk1 996. so it's not just the IMS piece, it's the overall state of the car that i recommend you take a look at very closely. get a $30K 996 with everything in tip top shape than trying to work from the bottom up is my best advice. don't stretch for this car. it does cost quite a bit to maintain.... correctly w/ care. just so you know i'm not spewing things out of the side of my head... i'm actually going thru some needed and preventive maintenance right now on my very clean '02 C4S. in fact, it's currently at the shop for the following: -air mass sensor $274 -air oil separator $35 -fuel gauge sender $229 + labor + coolant flush + as part of this work, just found out the driveshaft guibo or something is torn and porsche doesn't sell the guibo separately so you have to get an whole new driveshaft $550 + 1/2 labor now mind you not all the repair work was necessary, but anyone who really wants to have a clean ride will get it done. my bill on wednesday that i thought was gonna be around $1500 will be nearly double. and this is a CLEAN C4S.
  10. i notice that when i have the AC on the car runs cooler cuz the fans are on
  11. i had one of the pulleys replaced because it seized. this was 2 yrs ago. thx, man. update: the fuel sending unit part was shipped broken and they ordered the wrong AOS :( need to go back on monday.
  12. the reward of picking up a car in tip top shape and enjoying the drive home is sweet memories for me
  13. i've seen threads sharing that X part went wrong, but very few that provides a collective list of 996 carrea weak spots so that was the purpose here. if things happen to... clutch switch, oil sending unit, fuel failure indicator pops up, starter is slowerish to crank (battery/starter), you get a crap load of smoke coming out of the car (AOS)... you know not to be alarmed. esp now that the 996s are getting closer to being a decade old + many are not regularly driven. as for the continued talk about people actually paying others to do work... GASP! time is money buddy and you obviously aren't gonna step up to pay for it. lol
  14. "runs like new" "my oil analysis shows excellent..." "doesn't burn any oil..." really, what does this all mean? who is writing this? nobody knows or should care. however you should care that porsche has an approved oils list ready for your consumption. there is no substitute. follow the list. done. now go worry about something else like when you're going to get to drive the 911next.
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