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    So. Cal, USA
  • Porsche Club
  • Present cars
    Porsche MY2003 Carrera 996 C4S, 6-sp, coupe, USA spec
    Toyota RAV4
    Toyota Corolla
  • Former cars
    '67 Plymouth Fury III. My first and last tank.
    '65 Dodge Dart.

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  1. captainpain - did you ever resolve the slow clock problem. I have same issue - digital clock looses about 1 minute a week. I don't have PCM, just the stock CDR220. Recent new battery hasn't made any difference..
  2. I was plagued by a low-pitch buzzing from the dash area. Only happened at v. low speeds when engine was at low revs (e.g. approaching a stop), but not present at idle. Seemed to be less noticable with lower tire pressure. Followed all the good pointers from folks on the board, here - CD tray, doors, etc. I could swear the noise was coming from within the cabin, somewhere near middle of the dash area . But these rattles are like a darned water leak in your roof. Turned out to be the carrying handle from the battery vibrating against the underside of the battery cover. Removed the handle. Happy Thanksgiving.
  3. I realize the towing point is on the front bumper, but is it possible to flat-bed a p-car with the hood pointing to the rear of the truck?
  4. Nice looking car. I always had a soft spot for convertibles. I could be wrong, but i bet you haven't had much of a chance to put the top down this year ? :king:
  5. Also, try ebay - i found quite a few when i was looking for some missing owner manuals/books for my 2003...
  6. True story: dropped the wife at the drug store and parked the p-car in the shade, pulling forward over the 'stopping block'. Spouse returned, got in the passenger seat, i reversed out and ripped the front air duct off the car. I guess this could be one more reason why spouses shouldn't ride in the p-car? Actually, this leads to a question. Since there was no scraping or impact when pulling in to park, my wife's weight in the passenger side (no comments please :rolleyes: ) obviously lowered the car enough for the air duct 's rear-facing lip to catch the parking block. It could have been as little as one millimeter. It would be interesting to know how much this car lowers/suspension travel at various loadings in the cab.
  7. Here are the DME set points for your car. Howard c337cc - this is very good info to have on hand.. do you know where i can get the DME set points for my model-year 2003 996 C4S 6-sp ? rrspike
  8. Thanks for the reply. I've spent a lot of time in the past 2 weeks researching online the best I can and am not stopping that process anytime soon. I like the book recommendation, though. Do you have any particular books you'd recommend I pick up? I have inquired after a couple of cars and question #1 is always whether they have the full service/maintenance/repair records for the car, in large part because that not only shows that they cared for the car but also gives an indication of whether any of the known issues have been addressed (RMS and IMS bearing on the 996, for instance). I guess I will have to start googling around for the checklist of what gets inspected in a Porsche certified pre-owned vehicle. Thanks for the pointer on that, too. these books were very helpful for me (however, i'd already settled on a 996) : The Used 911 Story, Peter Zimmerman, RPM Auto Books , Compiled by RM Clarke, Brooklands Books Porsche 996 The Essential Companion, Adrian Streather, Veloce Publishing lots of others to choose from. I ended up with a very low mileage, 2003 C4S coupe 6-speed. I've never regretted the decision:lol: good luck with your search.
  9. Tough to know where to start...i strongly recommend you spend some serious time on all the usual p-car bulletin boards that have literally hundreds of posts containing good advice, anecdotes, tips, etc on the pluses and minuses of all the things you are asking about for all the models you are interested in. Then, I would obtain a handful of the best-regarded books on the subject of buying and owning a previously-owned p-car - there are many such books out there. Most would advise that you try to buy a car that has a full service record and maintenance records that suggests a car that has been well-maintained by owner(s) who cared. ..and before buying, have it thoroughly inspected to cover, at minimum, all the points included on the official Porsche certified pre-owned vehicle inspection report.
  10. i have one on my 2003 C4S. This is the manual for mine... K40 1000/2000 link Works great if you adjust appropriately. Although, i haven't been able to stop it from pinging (in 'city' mode) when i blow by the local 7-Eleven store - the unit is sensitive to a number of commercial motion detectors used for doorways. But it's definitely saved me more than a few times, especially when approaching those signs that display your speed in construction or safety zones, and - wouldn't you know it? - there's a highway patrol or local cop out of sight around the corner;) (Loren - hope posting the link isn't an infraction of the posting rules?)
  11. 91 in CA. mpg in line with everyone else with fairly 'light' foot. :lol:
  12. Bought a Matchbox @ 10. First real one @ 53. Still have the Matchbox somewhere.
  13. Oooooh yeah!! Great looking car! Had mine coming on 2 years now, and the honeymoon isn't over. Congrats!
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