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Posts posted by gchu

  1. I have one question though regarding the height of your stands. Do you know what the maximum stand height is?

    I am trying to decide if my current set of stands are too high, even when fully retracted to the lowest setting; they are also Sears brand, but rated at 6 tons (for a Ford F350).

    I would think that the maximum height for a jack stand is more a function of how high your jack can lift the car. The higher your jack can lift the car, the taller the jack stand you can use.

    Orient, I have a question. My 996 C2 Cab/Tip has an aluminum plate under the engine sump - looks like a skid plate. It limits access to the rear of engine jacking point. Has anyone seen one of these? I'm new to these cars so comments help would be appreciated.

    Yes, that is a skid plate, and should be removed before you lift on the engine.

    I also found my C4 also has the engine protect plate installed. It is blocking the engine sump jack point. The plate came standard for my 02 C4 Cab.

  2. I did some searching and found everyone talks about the Hawk Dustless Pads. The only Hawk Pads I found for the Cayenne from Hawk are the:

    Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads

    Stopping Power: 3 Stars, Low Noise: 4 Stars, Low Dust: 4 Stars

    Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads

    Stopping Power: 4 Stars, Low Noise: 3 Stars, Low Dust: 3 Stars

    Hasw LTS Truck/SUV Pads

    Stopping Power: 4 Stars, Low Noise: 3 Stars, Low Dust: 3 Stars

    Has Hawk Dustless got replaced by one of the above? Anyone has experience or recommand of these pads for a heavy 5000+ pounds Cayenne? Thanks.

  3. Lightfall,

    Bought a 2000 C2 coupe tiptronic last June. Car had 76k miles on it and it now has 91k and is my daily driver (100 miles every day in highway traffic). No issues at all with rear main seal. Car had a PPI and everything was in order. Still in that time frame I have spent ~$4000 on repairs, that includes me doing some of the work. Little stuff, but still costly. Right now car is at the dealer getting the drivers side radiator fan replaced. I love the car as it always gets looks (aero kit, Gaurds Red) as compared to my neighbors M3 convertible. Personally, I have owned a couple of BMWs and they were very nice cars. Perfect for running around town and doing some road course stuff. Still the Porsche has a unique flavor that I really like. Unfortunately if the little bills keep stacking up it may sour my opinion. As others have mentioned every manufacturer has some issues with certain cars. I have had 3 Acuras and all had transmissions replaced. Nothing is perfect.

    I was also worry about the reliability of the Porsche so I had a new Acura TL (6 years ago) as my extra vehicle. End up my Porsche has less issue and more reliable. Honda & Acura should be a brand name Japanese build, but I found out most 6 cylinders carry the same components as the 4. The extra weight and power cause problems with front rotors and the transmission. It is a known issue over all the Honda forum and Honda has not corrected it when I sold my TL last year.

    Bottom line is the known problem issues of the 996 like the cooling tank or the RMS, compare to a $3000.00 Honda transmission, is nothing. Also only a small percentage of 996 owners have these problems. All the TL owners I meet have front rotor issues before 30K miles and half of them have transmission problem.

  4. I checked with Porsche dealer and they offer 3rd party warranty. The 3rd party affects right away that overlap with current warranty (doesn't make sense but two dealers quoted the same thing). Which only give me 2 1/2 years more because my car was delivery 1/2 year before the model year. The cost is very expensive compare other 3rd party if I shop around. For instead, I can get a 3rd party warranty from outside, $1000.00 less from the Porsche dealer but with 5 years of extension. The only benifit getting from the dealer is they said they honor the warranty even the company gone out of business.

    My frined bought a used Carrera over a year ago from a MB dealer in San Jose, CA. The MB dealer sold him an extended warranty thought a company call EFG Company based in Taxes. 5 years for $2600.00, price sounds fair enough for a 5 years old used vehicle that the warranty already expired. Few months ago the took his Carrera to an indenpendant auto repair shop for some repair and the claim went thought very smooth. The cliam was over $1500.00 and the shop was suprise that the warranty company was so easy to deal with. I will see if I could contact that company or who sell EFG warranty in the Bay Area.

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