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  1. The same thing is happening to my 03 C4S. Take a look at the 996 TSBs. The very last one on the last page is the one you want (part id 18/03, number 9110). Basically the time is set automatically in the PCM2 and instrument cluster if the GPS almanac is loaded. The GPS almanac is not available after disconnecting of the battery and must be reloaded. To load the GPS almanac, park the car outside (or where it can get good satellite reception) for about 30 minutes with the ignition key removed and the PCM2 switched on. The GPS almanac should load within this time period. The instrument cluster should also automatically adopt the time from the PCM2. My car had the wrong date and time. The date eventually re-set itself and now it reads the right date. The time still defaults to 4pm. The problem I have is that I do not have the Navigation discs and I think they may need to be loaded. Anyway, please let me know if this process works for you. Oscar
  2. At steady 2k or 3k the exhaust sounds like a stock unit. It comes alive when you are giving it gas. Stage 2 connects the inlet and outlet with a 2.25" (approximately) stainless steel pipe. It does have a low gurgle right as you start from a stand still but disappears as soon as you are moving. You can also hear it when you back up. I think the deep gurgle sounds great though!
  3. +1 on the Fister mod. I have his stage 2 exhaust mod on my 03 C4S and it has no drone at all at cruising speeds. It's also not too loud but sounds great under acceleration. Definitely worth it. Oscar
  4. I removed the dead pedal and the top screw hole on the aluminum dead pedal matched exactly the mounting hole. I even re-used the dead pedal stock top screw since it was black. For the gas pedal, I just screwed into the stock plastic pedal. Oscar
  5. $85 shipped. The seller is also a member here. I can find his name if you are interested. Oscar
  6. Thanks Tom. The last two were wet sanding (2000 and 3000 grit). I agree that going to a finer grit would give better results, but they ended looking great for about $10 a piece ;) By the way, I also live in Carmichael! Oscar
  7. I got a set of aluminum pedals from ebay and installed them a couple days ago. Very easy installation and they look fairly good. I won't go over the installation since it has been covered extensively. The pedals came with two different types of screws: 6 socket (allen head) machine screws with washers and nuts for the brake and clutch pedals, and 6 phillips flat head countersunk sheet metal screws for the rest and gas pedals. Anyway, the socket screws looked okay but I really did not like the way the phillips flatheads looked. They were small and stainless so they did not even match the aluminum. They also made the pedals look as if they were missing 3 rubber plugs. So I got 6 black pan head screws to replace the ones for the rest and gas pedals. The new screw heads are almost the same size as the rubber plugs so it doesn't look that weird. The camera flash make them obvious, but they really blend in and looks just like another rubber plug. What do you guys think? Here is a picture that shows the gas pedal with the small flat head silver screws: And here is a photo of the rest and gas pedals with the new black pan head screws: Oscar
  8. I'm very interested in doing the auto dimming mirror upgrade too. Is it possible to have auto-dimming exterior mirrors without having the center rear-view mirror auto-dim? Has anyone done this? Thanks! Oscar
  9. I got home and looked at the option list on the trunk and neither M030 nor M032 are on the sticker. I was basing my believe that my car had the touring suspension on an option list that Loren got for me from the VIN that showed as having the M032 suspension. I'll try and get under the car tomorrow to see if I can get more info from the struts/springs. Oscar
  10. I've been reading that all 996 C4S's that came to the US have the sport suspension; however, the options list on my 2003 C4S shows M032 (touring suspension) and not the M030 (sport suspension). Is there a way to visually tell them apart? I found a PCA article that had different color dots on the strut casings (brown=standard, gray=sport US, green=sport ROW). Are these correct? Any part numbers I should look for? Thanks!
  11. Happy New Year everyone! It was cold and foggy here in Sacramento so I decided to do something about the yellowish headlights on my 03 996 C4S. I got the car about 3 weeks ago and it looks great but the headlights were somewhat yellowish. Looking at them closely, I noticed that there were very fine cracks and oxidation on the surface and decided to try to polish them. I found a "headlight lens restoration system" by 3M for $20 at Autozone. I removed the headlights and cleaned them well. Then I used a 500 grit disc (dry) on a drill to remove heavier scratches: The headlight looked completely ruined after sanding them with the 500 grit sand paper disc :o Then I used the 800 grit disc (dry) also on a drill to remove the scratches left by the previous disc: The headlight was not looking any better yet. The next step was to use a 3000 grit Trizact disc but I decided to wetsand using 2000 grit paper before: Then I used the 3000 grit disc (wet) on a drill. The disc is part of a thin foam pad so it stayed wet and worked nicely: The it was time to use the polishing compound on a foam pad. Just a little went a long way: This is the passenger's side headlight after polishing: And the driver's side headlight after polishing: I didn't take any photos before polishing them but I compared them after polishing only one and the difference was amazing. It removed all the yellowish tint from them. I'm going to buy some UV block for plastic tomorrow and see how long they stay clear and shinny. It took me about an hour and a half to do both headlights. So, if your headlights are not as clear as you would like, don't be afraid to sand them ;) Oscar
  12. Polishing acrylic headlights Happy New Year everyone! It was cold and foggy here in Sacramento so I decided to do something about the yellowish headlights on my 03 996 C4S. I got the car about 3 weeks ago and it looks great but the headlights were somewhat yellowish. Looking at them closely, I noticed that there were very fine cracks and oxidation on the surface and decided to try to polish them. I found a "headlight lens restoration system" by 3M for $20 at Autozone. I removed the headlights and cleaned them well. Then I used a 500 grit disc (dry) on a drill to remove heavier scratches: The headlight looked completely ruined after sanding them with the 500 grit sand paper disc :o Then I used the 800 grit disc (dry) also on a drill to remove the scratches left by the previous disc: The headlight was not looking any better yet. The next step was to use a 3000 grit Trizact disc but I decided to wetsand using 2000 grit paper before: Then I used the 3000 grit disc (wet) on a drill. The disc is part of a thin foam pad so it stayed wet and worked nicely: The it was time to use the polishing compound on a foam pad. Just a little went a long way: This is the passenger's side headlight after polishing: And the driver's side headlight after polishing: I didn't take any photos before polishing them but I compared them after polishing only one and the difference was amazing. It removed all the yellowish tint from them. I'm going to buy some UV block for plastic tomorrow and see how long they stay clear and shinny. It took me about an hour and a half to do both headlights. So, if your headlights are not as clear as you would like, don't be afraid to sand them ;) Oscar Author perucho Category Carrera (996) - Common Fixes and Repairs Submitted 01/01/2009 08:26 PM  
  13. The car doesn't have xenon headlights. I guess that explains why they don't have the washer :)
  14. Hi everyone, my name is Oscar and I'm looking to get an '03 C4S in the next couple days. I'm taking it to get a pre-purchase inspection today at Frank's Automotive here in Sacramento since it's fairly close to my place. This will be my very first Porsche and I can hardly wait. Hopefully the inspection goes well. Anyway, I've been reading many, many posts in here and the forum is great. Loren was also very kind and helped with some other newbie questions I had. I noticed that the car has xenon headlights but without a washer nozzle built in. I haven't seen this before. Did Porsche make xenon lights without washers in '03? Or do you think they could be aftremarket units?
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