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Everything posted by jtraol

  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 - do
  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 wor
  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 t
  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
  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
  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 ab
  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 t
  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 c
  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
  15. hi, i've got a 2001 996 C4. when i roll down the driver's side window the outer door seal goes down too. it seems that; either the seal has lost it's will, or that the window is tited our further than it should. the seal on the passenger side seems more level, so i'm assuming that there's less pressure on it from the window. i've looked at some posts regarding window height, but how do you lean it (window) in or out. i'm not scared. thanks
  16. that's helpful thanks. are the grilles in your photo a factory part, or fabricated? i understand that he door will need a mod in any case.
  17. i'm trying to upgrade my stereo and i can't seem to find an answer/solution regarding front door speakers. i've got a 2001 996 c4 without door speakers. while i realize fitting speakers not an issue, finding a reasonable speaker grille solution is. some tell me new door panels with factory grilles is the best option but that's expensive! others have told me i can just get the grilles but they seem to be (obviously) quite different in size as compared to the pockets that are there now. i could probably make something, but i feel there is an obvious solution i'm missing. LA dis. wants to sel
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