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    '01 C2 Cab, ...baby.
  1. Wellll..... What happened was the engine was rebuilt in trying to fix the original symptom. After the rebuild and during the break-in period, I found the symptoms remained. Back to the shop it went in order to be taken apart (all on the rebuilder's dime) and he found the crack in the head, so he replaced it. Now it's all good. So I still ended up getting a rebuilt engine... and fixing the problem. *RE* Either way...it's a past chapter now.
  2. Out of curiosity, What would you recomend to be a "high quality gauge"?
  3. Not to bring back a dead thread or old issue, I just figured I should bring about the conclusion to what happened. Long story short, it was a cracked head. The crack was so small it was REALLY hard to find. Car's now running and doing lovely, thank you very much. But boy, there's something to be said about these M96s, eh?
  4. Or won't admit to it....................... B) *cough*... Somebody please remind me what the uhm, "statute of limitations" duration is, please?
  5. I'm sure some of you know my story - another "unfortunate victim" of the problems that seem to affect the 996 (M96) engines. So I have to get a new engine. I don't want a rehash of PR statements like: "They fixed the majority of problems in 2000" (Then why did my 2001 fail? Why are there reports about 997 owners having problems?), "The remanned engines don't have these issues" (Then why am I hearing about Boxster owners getting 2-3 new engines?), "If you just maintained the car better..." ( <_< I think we all know this is an inherent design flaw... nuff said) Considering what I've heard (and experienced) about Porsche's response to this issue, I'm a little shaky in my faith and taking their word on the "fix". I'm looking at my options: another potential ticking time bomb from Porsche? Or something aftermarket from a company who addresses the design flaws head-on and says "yeah, we got all that sorted...but it'll cost you". (Local mechanics say they haven't seen remanned engines come back...) Rather than take random statements at face value, I'd like to get a sampling of hard numbers. As the title suggests, I'm just trying to get a quick poll on those who did manage to get remanned engines from Porsche (not aftermarket) with their "worry free" (!?!??) two-year warranty. Kindly Please share: Your model year How many miles(kms) on your new remanned engine Have you had any issues with your remanned engine? (whether in warranty or out?) I appreciate all your responses. With thanks. Darq
  6. Any ideas where a guy can BUY a GT3 engine? (Not to hijack the thread... it's just...you know...while we're here...) ;) BTW: Pete - clear your inbox, man... it's full. I can't reply to you.
  7. Don't know how much I can add here - But I can only share. I purchased my 01 Cabrio just a few months ago...within 2 months of buying it I had an intermix problem. Cracks in the cylinders. I didn't necessarily drive it hard or soft. (At least not any harder or softer than this old Pontiac I used to drive around in...well, maybe a little harder from time-to-time; it is a Porsche, right?) From what I've read here and from what experiences have been shared; there appears to be no correlation between use and the faults, nor is there any warning to the problems. Roll the dice. <_<
  8. Update: Thanks, all, for your kind replies. (Boxtaboy, KGoertz, Dharn) but I'm afraid a rebuild is out of the question. My mechanic called me this morning and shared the bad news: Hairline cracks in the cylinder walls of 5 & 6 (And 3 is also suspect). He found this out after doing a compression test and then bringing in one of those invasive medical scopes to peek around. So a new engine is my only choice. :( (Dharn - apparently the cracks are in the side walls, not the heads) I'm going to get more details from him about the cause of such a major fault and asked him to document/photograph pretty much everything. I'm also going to make sure that the RMS, IMS and sleeve issues have been answered before proceeding with the transplant. :angry: ...and people wonder why I have trust issues...
  9. Hi everybody. I did my due diligence and searched through the forums for answers to these questions and didn't find anything. If I erred and these questions were previously answered elsewhere, please accept my apologies and feel free to direct me to the right post/forum. Well, like many others who joined this board: I did my research. I read the horror stories, investigated the issues and then ended up listening to the folks who said the M96 faults were the minority and pulled the trigger on getting a lovely looking '01 Cabrio. Now, two months later, I'm a little miffed at those folks I listened to. :censored: Even if the M96 issues are in the statistical minority, I find it uncomforting to know that I am now in the said minority. My darling car, with only 72,000 Kms on the odo (1K of them mine), sits in a garage with my mechanic telling me "it's bad". All this from that little light on the dashboard telling me to top off the coolant, and me finding the cappuccino-like froth in the reservoir. So, to the Canadian contingent, I have two questions, actually. 1) A lot of our brothers to the south are mentioning how they have 3rd-party warranties that cover engine replacements. The 3rd-party warranty sold to me by the (non-PCNA) dealer appears to max out its claims at $6000. - a savings; sure, but not entirely comforting for a (what) $20grand(?) engine replacement. My mechanic (who also trades in P cars) tells me there is *no* warranty company that will cover that sort of expense. Is this true? 2) Seeing as I'm going to have to get myself another :censored: engine, I'd like to know what my options are. Do the rebuilds from Stuttgart come with corrections for all previous faults (RMS/IMS/Sleeve faults/D-chunk failures) or am I just resetting the countdown timer? (It doesn't make sense that I should fork out this kind of cash, only to repeat this wallet-raping procedure all over again in a few years) Folks here have mentioned some pretty nice engineers who can offer rebuilt motors that DO answer all these faults. Are there any in Canada (namely the GTA) that you guys can recommend? 3) (Okay, I lied. 3 questions...) How many folks have managed to drag the PCNA suits to the legal table? Of those that did, what was accomplished? As you can imagine, I am pretty :censored: angry, really :censored: scared, and devastatingly :censored: disillusioned. Thanks for all your help and insight. :help:
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