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About sterrico

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  • Present cars
    2006 Z4M - Traded for a 04TT? :)
  • Future cars
    04 911 turbo w/ X50!
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    S60R, 02 330CI, 96 GTI

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  1. Which version of ABS does the 99tt come with? Looking at the 996 companion it says that ABS 5.7 became standard in 2004 but I can't find model differentiation. Was the ABS software updated through the model life of the 99tt? If it is the 5.7 does that mean the PSM is V5?
  2. I've been doing some research to purchase an 04 996tt. I've noticed something that I have a question on. The regular 996tt exhaust tips appear to be oval in shape. On the 996tt with X50 the exhaust tips appear to have for the lack of better words a "two in one" type of exhaust tip. My question is does the X50 have different exhaust tips which have this "two in one" type of look? I know the exhaust is different but didn't know about the tips. If this isn't an X-50 issue then was this an option on the 996tt?
  3. So this past Saturday I went and test drove a June 2000 build date 996TT. I wanted to share my intial impressions compared to my current vehicle (2006 z4m roadster). First things first: • Yes I know one is a convertible and the other is a coupe Very big difference • Yes I know one is 6 years new than the other. • Yes I know the roadster weights less than the 996TT. • Yes I know the 996TT has much more HP and Torque than the BMW. My initial comparison will be about the mechanical aspects of the two vehicles. First of all I was surprised (shocked really) at how much of a difference exists between the two clutches. The BMW takes MUCH more force to engage the clutch. The engagement point is almost to the floor in the BMW. The Porsche’s clutch was nowhere near as hard to engage and seemed much more suited for a daily driver (something numerous people on this board have said). While I was only able to get .4 bar on the readout while driving in Rockville on a Saturday morning I was still happy with the very linear torque curve across much of the RPM range. My BMW needs to be at about 4200 RPM in order for the VANOS (BMW's version of VarioCam Plus) to kick in. The difference between the two vehicles was striking for these two aspects. The particular vehicles that I drove didn’t sound as “throaty” as I remember my parents Porsche being (a 944). My BMW exhaust is more engine sounding and a little throatier. I also was able to get PSM to engage albeit VERY briefly (I did have the salesman with me after all). My BMW seems to have the DTC (BMW version of PSM) engage much sooner. I remember the same thing on my 02 E46 coupe. I would be interested in comments on why that might be. Now a few comments on the interior. I have no idea why a glove box would not be included (even though it was added in MY02) but I was happy with the amount of interior storage space. The other thing I noticed right away was the steering wheel location. Even with the seat as low as it could go and as far back as I was comfortable with (including reclined) I still has the top of the RPM gauge cut off in the Porsche. Maybe something I just have to live with when I get mine I guess. Well these are just my humble opinions. Thoughts anyone?
  4. Loren, Thanks for the post. I guess I could of put one and one together! Anyway the book is a wonderful tool for those of us doing research at this stage. I'm going to look/drive an 01 996TT on Saturday!
  5. Thanks for the responses. It was very helpful. I did find out that from MY03 to 04 that updated ABS software was installed (among other very minor changes). I found this information out with my recent purchase of Porsche 996 The Essential Companion: Supreme Porsche (Amazon search for this and it will come up). TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT GOTTEN THIS BOOK GET IT NOW. It is 600 pages of pure goodness. It covers everything from model year changes to DIY to buying guide to upgrades (and much more). It is well worth the 65 bucks I paid for it. Just an FYI. Thanks again for the responses.
  6. Hello all, Well I have searched the 30 something pages and have come aross years past info but nothing new. I'm looking for exactly the differences between MY 03 and 04 996tt. I know for sure that PCM2 became standard on MY04. And yes I know to buy the most current I can. I'm just trying to pull all the information that I can. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.
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