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  • From
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2011 911 CARRERA GTS
  • Future cars
    911 TURBO S
  • Former cars
    924, 944, 1999 C4, 2006 C2, 2008 Cayenne
  1. I do generally agree with you Loren...good thing is we have a very good relationship with the local SEARS shop and that's why we have them do it. Plus after doing my research we couldn't justify paying between $275 (Mackena's ) and $500 (BEverly Hills) dealer prices! Especially again because half the time they job (outsource) the alignment anyway. If your lucky enough to have a PORSCHE dealer with their own laser alignment rack then go for it to protect your baby and ensure the settings are correct...but you gonna pay for it dearly. I would like to state that we wouldn't just drive into any SEARS (no ill will intended) and hand them the keys... Our guy(s) do an excellent job + with me watching they are sure to replace ALL the undercover screws/bolts. BTY: This particular car discussed is located at our house in LA. In Hawaii we have other toys...
  2. Yeah you read right...crazy huh?? Anyone have knowledge or recommendations for the best SNOW CHAINS to us for 997.2 Carrera GTS 2 wheel drive with PDK and PSM??? Porsche manual states that ONLY the rear tires can be fitted with snow chains...with bad conditions anticipated is there any way to install snow chains for the front tires? Bty: For the fall/winter season we changed the rear tires from the summer Pirelli's (305/30/19) to Bridgestone All Season (295/30/19) tires. They don't make all season tires in 305... At least any we could find at the time. Going skiing and need to make sure we don't do the slippy slide off the mountain. Oh just in case your wondering?? This GTS is a daily driver Wo over 20k already on the ODO so why not take her to the mountains! We have other nice cars that are garage babies... plus we absolutely love driving the GTS!
  3. Believe it or not... If they let you into the shop to watch the work being performed, then SEARS AUTOMOTIVE 4 wheel alignment is the way to go!!! It's way less expensive than any dealer and for the $100 bucks you are able to have the car aligned as many times as needed for 1 whole year! SEARS has all the specs and the proper alignment laser machine to do the job! Hell half the time the dealer jobs out your alignment to them or other independents anyway!
  4. Dear Dntlvet, Having owned both a Porsche 911 with a Tiptronic (997.1) and a PDK (997.2) I must tell you as a friend... Forget about the Tiptronic and get a PDK!!! Simply put, there's no comparison! The PDK is leaps and bounds ahead of the Tiptronic... PDK has instant no delay super smooth shifts! Buy an 2009 or newer Carrera! Like they always say,"Buy the newest Porsche you can afford!"
  5. Hi Tekky, Congratulations!!! I got my 2011 C2 GTS in April and absolutely LOVE it!! I was also thinking to add the GT3RS front fender flares...looks way cool! Plus just ordered the Speedster front lip. Let me know how you like your car when you get it. Would love to see pictures... Aloha, 808c4
  6. http://www.dcauto.com/ is the largest warehouse for Porsche parts!!! They have one of the largest inventories for USED Porsche parts. BTY: They also have Maserati parts. I have purchased parts from them many times with excellent service!!!
  7. UPDATE: In case anyone cares, I gave up and sold the car last month. Loved the car but just wasn't worth putting about $3K to fix the tiptronic. A good fixture for a Porsche mechanic. good luck!!! ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* Hi all, Here's an UPDATE: Still can't figure out why the Tip trans doesn't work properly yet! Changed the trans wiring harness, changed the Tip trans switch pack...still doesn't work properly. My Durametric software said it was the switch pack but that wasn't it... Realize now it must have soemthing to do with another problem - reverse lights stay on in "D" drive mode. I believe the reverse lights circuit not working properly is somehow sending a signal to the Tip Trans Control Unit which in turn causes the trans to go into "Emergency" Mode. Now trying to correct the reverse light situation before spending anymore money on Trans parts. Not sure if the Tip trans ahas a REVERSE Switch on the trans...anyone know? If yes then it may be a simple fix, otherwise will need to keep checking other possible areas. FYI: Bought most of those 964 repair and info manuals with no success. If anyone or a mechanic has come across this situation before, I would appreciate any advise. I know in time I can figure it out...only have time on weekeneds to tinker with car... Many thanks! 808C4
  8. Hey guys I'm back...Just got a 2011 911 GTS!!! Love it!!!

  9. Hello all, I am happy to report...after a couple of years I finally figured out the problem! Turned out to be the bonnet light fixture grounding against the inside of the hood. After pulling the light fixture out to change the bulb...I discovered when replacing it into the hood holder that the fixture seemed to be very close and making direct contact with the metal. So I pulled it out again...put another 7.5 amp fuse in the fuse box, it didn't immediately blow this time...an haloyula the interior light came on, the dash gear indicator selector light came on and the glove box light worked!!! All's good now!!! Now to fix the reverse lights on in Park problem...will keep you posted. Aloha, 808C4
  10. SUPER COOL!!! How much for the Bluetooth with Ipod version? Will this work with my 2006 C2 with PCM? Thanks, 808C4
  11. Hi all, Here's an UPDATE: Still can't figure out why the Tip trans doesn't work properly yet! Changed the trans wiring harness, changed the Tip trans switch pack...still doesn't work properly. My Durametric software said it was the switch pack but that wasn't it... Realize now it must have soemthing to do with another problem - reverse lights stay on in "D" drive mode. I believe the reverse lights circuit not working properly is somehow sending a signal to the Tip Trans Control Unit which in turn causes the trans to go into "Emergency" Mode. Now trying to correct the reverse light situation before spending anymore money on Trans parts. Not sure if the Tip trans ahas a REVERSE Switch on the trans...anyone know? If yes then it may be a simple fix, otherwise will need to keep checking other possible areas. FYI: Bought most of those 964 repair and info manuals with no success. If anyone or a mechanic has come across this situation before, I would appreciate any advise. I know in time I can figure it out...only have time on weekeneds to tinker with car... Many thanks! 808C4
  12. :huh: Howzit, Any C2 is a great car overall! Well refined as much as possible compared with older 911's (still them too!). If the 90' you are considering is in awesome condition and the price is right then buy it! ...Because you are considering a Tiptronic car then I highly recommned you look for a 92-94 car...FYI: from 92 on the Tip trans has been updated + some other small things. I believe from 92 on it is the same Tip trans as used in later 993's. When driving in Manual mode you are now able to start in 1st gear. Basically the older cars (89 -91) when coming to a stop automatically down shift into 2nd gear, thus when you acellarate you are starting off in 2nd gear. The newer cars downshift automatically to 2nd gear but you can manually downshift to 1st gear for more spirited starts. I used to hate the Tip trans becuase of the slower take offs...not for racing though. But when I purchased a 92' cab with Tip trans for my wife I found the tip to be pretty fast and easier on the left leg and hip in slow traffic. Personally I prefer a manual gearbox but this is up to you. Good luck! Oh one more thing...DON'T buy a car wih Tiptronic Trans if it isn't working properly. It will be a nightmare to fix and cost big bucks. You can review some of my own exeperiences with it in these forums.
  13. Howzit, Keep in mind I bought a Solisto Extra for my Nav PSM1 headunit...they make also make one for a 220 and/or many other Porsche OEM radios. Here are a couple of pics so you see what I am talking about. I'll add more when I have more time. Basically you should checkout the website URL I posted earlier. BTY: I installed mine in the fornt boot in the same location as the CD changer with the cable pictured. You can also purchase a cable that connects directly to the head unit, then run the line and install the box in your armrest, then attach your iPod... Again, it's very easy!!! I paid 99 Euro for the Solisto Extra and 14.99 Euro for the cable. This is a special holiday price. Good luck! Let me know if you need anything else. Aloha, 808C4
  14. Howzit, Keep in mind I bought a Solisto Extra for my NAV PSM1 headunit...they may also make one for a 220 and/or many other Porsche OEM radios. Here are a couple of pics so you see what I am talking about. I'll add more when I have more time. Basically you should checkout the website URL I posted earlier. BTY: I installed mine in the front boot in the same location as the CD changer with the cable pictured. You can also purchase a cable that connects directly to the head unit, then run the line and install the box in your armrest, then attach your iPod... Again, it's very easy!!! I paid 99 Euro for the Solisto Extra and 14.99 Euro for the cable. This is a special holiday price. ...oh yeah, iPod not included. Good luck! Let me know if you need anything else. Aloha, 808C4
  15. First of all, many thanks to everyone for their help and insight to help me get an iPod in my car!!! After much painstaking research I have found the ultimate fix/solution to the challenge of adding an iPod to our precious Porsche's is....Solisto "Extra" from Germany is the only way to go...even if you have a PSM1 Nav headunit!!! Here is the link for all to know: http://www.solisto.de/index.php?page=home〈=en Note: Be sure to click on the English Flag icon (upper right corner)...unless you read German. The guys at Solisto are the "bomb!!!" Although it took some time to order the parts needed they took the time to really help me! Great thing is it wasn't much more to purchase than all the other ways out there and Solitso has everythng you will need. The result is now I have iPod quality tunes in my baby....and up to 594 songs to enjoy! The unit fits nicely either in the front boot or can be setup in your center console armrest. FYI: The unit enables the iPod to be controlled via your stock radio controls. Check it out...YOU won't be disappointed! BTY: The Solisto Extra works with iPod, iTouch and iPhone....yes I said iPhone! Now that's German technology for yah! BR, 808C4 :) PS: Let me know if you have any questions or want to see pictures. It's a five minute hook-up if you install the unit in the front boot. I am currently making a proper mounting bracket...will update everyone in the near future.
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