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    2001 996 C4 Coupe, 09 Chevy Tahoe, BMW R75/5
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  1. from your question, it seems that what you are looking for is a sub "and amp" not a whole system upgrade, so.... if you do have a factory amp, and you are pleased with the sound overall you could just use a subwoofer amp with "speaker level" inputs (most have them). then, everything stays as it is but you can improve your low end... It's not the perfect solution from an audiofile's perspective but's it's worh considering. if you do have the factory amp, and you bypass it, then you'll need an amp to power the mid/high frequency drivers as well witch gets more complicated and expensive - does that make sense? if you do add the sub in this way, tap into the front speaker leads as the fronts/sub would become your "main" and the rears can be adjusted with the fader as a fill. if you want to take it one step further, put in some in-line crossovers to the fronts (sometimes called "bass blockers") - as you will now have a subwoofer, this will keep the power hungry low frequencies from reaching the fronts and they will paly louder, and with less audible distortion. also, if you have speakers in your doors as well as the dash you likely have an amp... good luck, jonathan
  2. Jonathan, I went on line to BMW and Nissan GTR forums and seems many have tried the Michelin Pilot A/S Plus in very big widths and have had good experience with them in the snow. Thank you - - this was helpful. Actually, I am going to try the PS2 A/S... I want to drive my car year round, and I want to have a good chance of getting home if there's a little snow on the ground. I figure with the AWD and A/S tires I should be able to do both; if the handling is disappointing, then I'll buy a second set on 18" wheels - an inch larger then the factory wheels. I'll let you know how they work out. Interestingly, Michelin gives the tires a 45k tread warrantee. I wonder if this applies to rear tires on 911s. I looked at the warrantee docs and there didn't seem to be any exclusions. Handing concerns aside, if I could get even 18k out of a set of tires I'd be a least part really happy! Go Pats! Jonathan P.S. funny point someone made about having only 90 degree turns in FL! I never really though about that... And I thought I had it bad needing two sets of wheels and tires.
  3. thank you all for your thoughful and helpful responses. without question, two sets of wheels and tires would be the best choice, and i agree that an a/s tire is going to be a compromise but that it might be worth a try. i do drive the car year round, and it would be nice to know i could get home if there is some snow on the ground. with that said, some tire specialists have suggested that a ultra HP a/s tire will offer only a slight inprovement in the snow due to the width of the tire and the compound. i hadn't though about the width factor. fortunately, I have a Tahoe (which i love) so the C4 doesn't have to fit all my needs... i'll let you know what i try and how it works out. best regards, jonathan
  4. I'm considering putting all seasons on my C4. My logic is thus: I drive the car daily and through the winter when it's not snowing. The car has the original 17" wheels which I like considering all year and city driving. The car handles fine on the 17s, and I have no track plans (in which case i'd by a second set of wheels). I don't want two sets of wheels at this time, but Ultra HP tires wear so quickly and I will get stuck if it snows. So will I be disappointed on the off ramps and back roads with all seasons? Or am I destined for for another set of wheels? Tirerack says yes, but I'm not so sure... Thanks in advance for any opinions. Jonathan
  5. just rolled over 62k. burns no oil which surprises me. drive it daily.
  6. Where can you get the buckle for the deactivation bar? Also, I've used the Roundabout (rear) and it has worked well - but it does take up alot of space. I've ordered a Maxi Cosi Rodi and I'm hoping that fits my almost four year old "out back". I'll let you know how it goes. The Vivo looks good however, so I'll try that if the Maxi Cosi doesn't work.
  7. i couldn't seem to find one - - i'll look again, and i'll post one when I perform the repair. and just to complain again, the Porsche CPO program is really lousy.
  8. Well, I can't take the window seal rolling down with the window, and my left arm has a graphite line from the dry lube, so... Any advice on replacing that seal? It seems that it is one piece, and that it runs all the way around the door, amd behind the mirror, It appears also that I would not need to remove the door pannel but could do that easily if necassary. Last, it seems that the inner seal (at top of door panel) helps hold the window in place so I'm wodering if anyone has thoughts on repalcing that at the same time as there is some "play" in the driver's window as compred to the passanger side. Thanks, jonathan 01 C4 Coupe
  9. Hi All, I just wanted to say "thanks". I have found this site to be friendly, interesting, helpful and informative. Peace, Jonathan :D
  10. Well, I'm certainly on a "It's the Company too" kick. The Story of My Life: Do things yourself... What's funny to me about the Porsche gig is the non customer-centered approach is so in your face. Porsche customer service didn't even pretend to care about the fact that I was unhappy. Not covered, not covered, not covered. As for the dealer, well I broke down a couple of weeks ago had the car towed to the dealer. They read the fault as a misfire in cylinder 1, but because the problem went away the didn't do anything except switch a plug and coil so when I break down again they'll be able to identify the issue. Ok, ok, that's a really "crappy dealer" story, but there must be some incentive from Porsche to pinch the pennies, no? In any event, why not just replace the coil and the plug it's the most likely and common cause of the issue and less than 100.00 in parts. I could hear it arcing and I believe even the Porsche workshop manual suggests the coil as a common cause of this symptom. Seriously, what's up out there? Do companies think we need to be slapped around as part of the ownership experience. And don't get me started on my Tundra, unless you really want to get me riled up. Subaru and BMW do have it right in terms of prioritizing customers, and I'm surprised my current car experiences have been so different with my current Toyota and Porsche. I love my car, dont get me wrong - - I'm beginning to wonder if people don"t know any different?
  11. Thanks for the replies! Ii do think that there is a dealership problem, but it seems that the industry is out of whack somehow. in my experience, BMW and Subaru have been companies that really prioritize customers, and it's kept me coming back over and over. While I think the Porsche dealership misled me regarding the scope of the warranty, Porsche customer service was no help either. Recently, I purchased a new Toyota Tundra and have had tons of problems with it. I was blown away by how aggressively Toyota fought me regarding these problems and how willing the dealership and Toyota were to point fingers at each other and at me. Anyway, I was very surprised that Porsche did not make any moves to try resolve my issues, and I feel if I fight the dealer I'd "get my way" but that stinks... Cars are a great love of mine and I'm interested in good design and beauty, but also a healthy relationship. :) I guess companies have the right to make money, but what comes around goes around> For the record, I do love the car. I hope this is the end of my woes, and I'll fix the uncovered problems myself. I just hope it stops here. Peace, Jonathan
  12. thanks gus, yeah, seems that way - - especially on the coil issue. but porsche customer service are the ones who said "no" to the door seals. anyway, it's not a happy tale and whlie i love the car, i do miss the warm comforting arms of cusomer driven BMW. i let you know how it goes. peace, jonathan
  13. i probably should have read the fine print, but the Porsche CPO program seems like a joke and a rip-off. i bout my car last may and have replaced the battery, did the console cover repair kit, need to repair my antenna lead and have "excessive rust" on my brakes (even though i drive the car daily, 12k in 11 months). Now the dealer wants 1300.00 to replace my door seals as they roll down with the windows. Porsche doesn't want to pay either. Last week, my car started misfiring and the check engine light was flashing so I had the car towed back to the dealer. They think the problem is a coil, bit they wouldn't replce it as the car stopped misfiring one they got it - - they just switched it to another cylinder and told me to tow the car back when it happens again. Great plan. any insight would be helpful, thanks.
  14. thanks for the advice, and i'll let you know if i come up with a good solution. the dealership (my car's a CPO) won't pay for new seals even though they realize the seal is the problem. peace
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