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  1. I was under the impression that TUV statistics were compiled based on defect claims, is it the case that an owner must take his car to a TUV office to be inspected? Even assuming that is true, why wouldn't an owner do that? In a similar vein, Edmunds gives the 1999 911 the highest reliability ratings in all areas, including Transmission and Driveline. Edmunds' results are claimed to be based on "Indentifix." "Reliability Ratings by Identifix is based from repair shop-reported issues." http://www.edmunds.c....html?sub=coupe More on Identifix from MSN Autos: http://editorial.aut...a
  2. Could the 996 be one of the most reliable cars on the roads today? (Or at least the German roads?) The TÜV says yes. This has been puzzling me for some time. . . It seems that according to the German TÜV (Technical Inspection Associations) M96 engined cars are amongst the most reliable cars, period. Compared to all cars. And this trend continues several years out from purchase -- not just initial quality.<br id="yui_3_2_0_4_130634284081990" class="yui-cursor"> See: http://www.autobild.de/artikel/auto-bild-tuev-report-2007_59351.html This site seems to have several years
  3. I had mine done by Safelite. I was impressed with the quality and workmanship. Installed it was under $500. The windshield was installed in less than 24 hours from my initial call to Safelite.
  4. Most likely: Mike Tillson Motor Car Service 2097 N. 63rd St. Philadelphia, PA (215) 473-6400 I've never had my car there, though I did happen to drive by just a few days ago.
  5. I picked up Porsche 996 - The Essential Companion, by Adrian Streather, from the Renntech.org store at Amazon: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?a...amp;code=amazon It's not a workshop manual per se, like a Clymer or Haynes manual. But it has loads of useful information and DIY instructions for common projects. It's like the ultimate owner's manual with detailed diagnostic information, diagrams, pics and step-by-step procedures for basic maintenance and repair.
  6. I have a 1999 C2. When I purchased the car it had 18" wheels. I currently use the car as a daily driver. I mounted a set of 17" C4 rims with snows in the winter. When spring came I decided to mount summer tires on the 17s. The difference in price between 17" and 18" tires is significant. And with 17" tires you can find some good ones that even come with a mileage warranty (at least here in the US). To respond to your question: The ride quality is quite nice on the 17s. It was definitely softer with the 17" snow tires. I tend to think its a bit more comfortable with the 17" summer ti
  7. I hear you about synthetic being bad for certain transmissions. I had that happen to a Saab 900S. A mechanic crowed about how great it was that he put synthetic oil in the transmission. Bascially ruined the transmission. He later dumped the synthetic and put in dino but was never quite the same and eventually the transmission was replaced. Ironically the guy runs a Saab specialty shop and Saab says quite explicitly not to use synthetic gear oil. I don't know what gear oil is in my 996, but I'm guessing its what was put in at the factory as the car only has 44k on it.
  8. The car is at a respected local independent as of this morning, awaiting diagnosis. The independent said, as Loren did, that parts are now available from Porsche for transmission repair. Apparently some specialists have been repairing 996 transmission for years before Porsche made parts available by going to the suppliers used by Porsche. Shopping around it seems a good rebuilt transmission can be bought for about $3000 w/core exchange. A huge hit, to be sure. :( But about 1/2 of a new motor, fwiw. Let's hope it doesn't come to that. If it does come to that, from what I've seen the
  9. Hello all - I have a '99 C2 Coupe, 6-speed manual, US Model, 44k miles. Just today I noticed a new and disconcerting noise. When in third gear AND the gas pedal is pressed there is a quite noticeable rattling/whirring noise emanating from what I believe is the transmission. (Describing it as "grinding" would be going too far.) Again, it is only in third and only when the accelerator is pressed, not when coasting. There does not appear to be an issue when in any of the other gears. I'm the third owner of the car and I've put on nearly 1/3 of the 44k within the last year. In other wo
  10. Does anyone know what part 41 in the above diagram is? What the the 1/2 cylindrical indentations for?
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