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  1. Victor, here's a reprint of a post I did last year on the same topic... ------------------------------------------------------------------- Below is a reply to a query I sent to Rod Birch at Car Audio Innovations in So-Cal. I asked about reasonable upgrades that can be done in stages. I hope Rod doesn't mind the use of his response publically... Hi John, thanks for the email. That's cool that you got a car with the hifi package already, the guys without the door speaker location are at a serious disadvantage, and it's costly to convert the door panels and add that location. The dra
  2. It is probably that plastic "flag" that broke off. It cancels the turn signal when you center the wheel. BTW, try not to hold down the turn signal when it's trying to cancel. It clicks "hard" and just feels like it might lead to premature breakage if done too much.
  3. '99 C2, Tiptronic, daily driver 71,000 miles, 3rd owner (bought at 42Kmi) Normal wear and tear and all recalls done The following are actual failures that needed to be done: -Front Cowl leak (clogged drain) at 48K -Airbag light on-twice (seatbelt connectors replaced), mileage unknown -Replaced front control arms (Idler Arms? Drop Links?) at 52K (rattling) -Replaced door speakers at 52K (blown) -Valve cover gasket leak repaired at 52K -Turn signal replaced at 60k -Sun roof makes noise but I'm living with it for now (rattling) -RMS and intermediate shaft seal (upgrade part)
  4. The Bridgestone S02's don't have the best noise rating. Not the worst either. I've heard some tires change noise characteristics as they age. With the low tread wear rating these have, it won't be long before you'll have the opportunity to try a quieter tire. For an OE, the Michelin Pilot Sport Ribs are pretty quiet. I only got 12K out of the rears but the fronts are fine.
  5. I agree there's some comfort with the certified used cars. Since my wife just HAD to have this 996 she found online from a private owner, I absolutely insisted on getting a third party warranty. $2400 from Western General...5 years, 75K miles (above the 40K it had when bought), bumper to bumper with no deductable...best insurance I ever bought. It has paid for itself in claims too...Like others say, it's more reliable than other super cars/exotics and even cheaper to repair. For the cost though, you would be surprised at what can go wrong and how much repairs are. Definitely not a Nissan,
  6. 20-21 mpg combined, daily commute 23.5 on long trip, all freeway, above 95-110 mph range 25.6 mpg, same trip, 75-85 mph. Long trip readings were for an entire tank full at speed noted. MY99 C2 coupe, tiptronic with 60Kmi
  7. Sean, my 99 c2 manual calls for 30Kmi between plug changes. Definitely improves idle at that frequency. I don't notice a performance impact. I too am leery about 15Kmi on the oil. Being synthetic, I go 10K. So far, I haven't had to add oil between changes and I'm at 60Kmi on the odo.
  8. Below isa reply to a query I sent to Rod Birch at Car Audio Innovations in So-Cal. I asked about reasonable upgrades that can be done in stages. I hope Rod doesn't mind the use of his response publically... Hi John, thanks for the email. That's cool that you got a car with the hifi package already, the guys without the door speaker location are at a serious disadvantage, and it's costly to convert the door panels and add that location. The drawback to having the 996 is trying to make economical upgrades. There are no strengths in the factory setup, 'simply replacing speakers isn't s
  9. Similar situation here too Paul (99 C2 996 cpe, tiptronic). . I just did my 60K service and went on a 1300 mile trip. Car runs flawless, always maintained. I notice I run around 1.5 bar at idle (in drive) until the car gets really warm (185+ degrees), then it drops into the 1.0-1.2 range. Never burn any oil between changes at 10Kmiles. Off idle, it matches the pressures listed in another recent post for a 2004 C4. Never asked the dealer since the car runs great. Before the warranty runs out I will probably ask tho. I do commute a couple days per week in this car. Stoplight traffic a
  10. My remote quit working. It's because the plastic dimple that presses against the electronic switch is worn down. I just need a new cover, not the $200 key itself. Anyone got one or know where I can get a used one? It's a one button remote. jp
  11. Would you happen to know what normal pressure is, when sitting at idle, engine warm and in drive (tip), A/C on or off?
  12. With a mismatch of Kumho's and Bridgestones on my car when purchased used, I was dying for a reason to replace them. I wanted low noise first and foremost. Wet traction and decent tread life second. I didn't mind sacrificing some performance since the car is faster than I can drive it anyway. I wanted the PS2's but the PS Sport Ribs had the N rating and similar specs/cost. So, I went with the N rating. Still wonder about that one. I did consider the F1's but more than one shop told me they get noisier with age. Anyway, I love the Sport Ribs. Great traction wet or dry. 8K miles later
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