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blitzkrieg replied to valley996's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Well, what do you like? Personally, I do not like the Cayman so for me it's a hands down decision - 911 all the way. Wholesale on the '99 is a startling 15K. Mine was 77K new so yes, it's a pain point. That being said and not trying to be facetious - I look at the Cayman sort of like I do the Boxster. It's not a 911.
blitzkrieg replied to BM996's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I bought my '99 3.5 years ago with 71K on the clock. Over that period I put on 8K miles. Mechanically during that time I replaced one pre and one post cat O2 sensor, a power window assembly and the infamous vario-cam sensor o-ring. All in all the car was very dependable and I loved it. It recently suffered a failed rear hub assembly (not from abuse or curbs, etc..) and ruined the hub, axle shaft/cv, speed sensor, rotor and some other tertiary items. They also found the front cv boots cracking so those needed to be replaced. I've owned a LOT of vehicles in my life and I wish most of them would have been as bulletproof as the Carrera proved to be. I regretfully parted ways with the Carrera today (building a new house and some toys needed to go) but the Carrera is on the books as my favorite car of all. Second favorite was my M3. That is some pretty good company IMO.
kbrandsma - may I ask why you are selling it? Just curious.
Okay. Got the pad today, ordered it lat Saturday. In my book that is some seriously quick delivery. The part is excellent in quality and to be honest well worth the cost for what it does. I am extremely happy with these guys. techinfo@DSNWparts.com
I just ordered one of these (they look great) but there was no buy it now option. I asked the seller about that - once I hear back I'll post up on this thread.
blitzkrieg replied to iamtheari's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Here is my advice: 1) Porsche's are not inexpensive cars to buy or maintain. Go into it knowing you are not buying a Corolla. You want cheap, look elsewhere. 2) A Carrera is about as far removed from a Trans Am as a filet is from a bean burrito. 3) I have a '99 C4 and at 80K miles it has been flawless. I cannot speak to the Tiptronic because I'd never own a sports car with anything but a manual transmission. 4) I've owned a lot of cars. Corvette, M3 and everything in between. Once you go German, you won't go back. Once you go Porsche, you won't go back. 5) Don't worry about the radio, if you are like me you'll never use it. The music from 3 feet behind you is better than anything playing on the radio. 6) If you do buy one, read the DIY and other forums here thoroughly. Everything you need to know is within these hallowed walls. :-)
+3 on the DIY oil change. The 996 is a piece of cake to do. It takes me just as long to get the oil filter off my 4Runner as the complete oil change on the 996. (Joking - somewhat...).
I don't subject my C4 to winter here in Colorado except for the occasional blast around the E-470 loop when the roads are dry and gravel free, but I can tell you that I've driven the car in snow with my Yokohama summer tires a few times to see how it does and the car really surprised me how well it performs in the slick. There is no ground clearance so you would be screwed if the snow got too deep, but hey, these cars aren't built to plow roads. I think if you use your truck for the bad weather days you'll be pleasantly surprised at how well the C4 handles in the wet and slick.
blitzkrieg replied to shubchs's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)No. Regardless of vehicle make the check engine light will stay on until it's reset. When the check engine light is on that indicates the computer has a fault code(s) stored. Most auto parts stores can hook up an ODB reader for you and tell you the fault code and you can research it from there. If you think it was a fluke and want to reset it, disconnect your negative battery cable for 5 minutes. Beware you will lose all your radio presets and such. Before you do that, I would find out the code first to be sure. For the record, a survey was done a few years back and the #1 cause of shop visits for a check engine light was a loose or defective gas cap. That will generally show up as an evaporative emissions system fault.
blitzkrieg replied to ogun228's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I had an M3 before purchasing my Carrera and while I loved the M3 the Carrera is my hands down favorite of any car I've ever owned. I never use the radio because the music coming from the motor is the sweetest sound my ears have ever heard. They are a true sports car and ride like one but tires can and do make a difference. I went with Yokohama S-Drive's a year ago which are a little softer compound than my prior tires and they made a world of difference in the ride. They are wearing pretty decent too. Have fun!
Thanks Loren, I'll call them tomorrow, see what they say. I don't take to gouging kindly. :-)
blitzkrieg replied to pfam2000's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)My C4 will drain the battery down in about about10 days if it sits. JFP has the right idea. I have a really good battery charger with auto shutoff and I just throw it on with a 2 amp trickle charge when it's going to sit.
Well, after screwing around with this for almost a year (I only drive the car about 2500 miles a year) I finally broke down and took it in to the dealer yesterday. Here is are the details per the mechanics notes: - Confirmed complaint. Found that the cables to the regulators are loose and failing. Replaced the window regulator, tested and test drove for wind noise. OK. Completed. Parts: $ 320.32 Labor: $ 300.00 Overnight Shipping for Regulator: $ 24.02 Owning a Porsche Carrera - Priceless Replacing a Porsche Carrera Window Regulator - $ 620.32 :-)
Thanks Maurice. I am a pretty competent mechanic so I'll probably do this myself and buy my wife a nice present based on your advisement. :-)
Boy racers in Subaru WRX's are probably the most annoying around here. It's almost guaranteed if one of these guys pulls up to me he's spooling the turbo and doing his best Ricer Racer imitation. I find it quite annoying actually. As if I'm going to risk an exhibition of speed ticket to thump my chest at some guy I'll never see again. LOL Just go. Go away...