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  • Present cars
    '99 Porsche 996 Coupe Tip
  • Former cars
    1963 Porsche Carrera 2
    1969 Porsche 912
    1983 Pontiac Trans-Am 5-speed
    2004 BMW X5 4.0i
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  1. In May-2011, I had the passenger-side window regulator replaced in my 1999 996 coupe at an independent mechanic for a total of $700. Then came the whistle. It took several trips back to my mechanic. We tried adjusting the door latch to snug-up the door's ft and then after using a high pressure air nozzle, he pin-pointed where the whistle emanated from. With the regulator's attachments points loosened and with the smallest nudge forward, the window finally sealed properly and the whistle stopped. The whistle happened only in the evenings and at speeds over 60...yes, only in the evening, no
  2. Your car's a '99 so the shocks could be an issue. Even if low mileage, the seals dry out with age. Next, front lower control arms could also be worn. Mine's a '99 US 996 coupe tip. When I changed shocks and then later the lower control arms, the difference was remarkable. Congrat's on the car! They're a blast to drive.
  3. From Wikipedia - and we all know that if it's on Wikipedia...it must be true - Right?: VarioCam is an automobile variable valve timing technology developed by Porsche. VarioCam varies the timing of the intake valves by adjusting the tension on the timing chain connecting the intake and exhaust camshafts. VarioCam was first used on the 1992 3.0 L engine in the Porsche 968. Porsche's more recent VarioCam Plus combines variable valve timing with two-stage lift on the intake side. The two-stage valve-lift function is performed by electro-hydraulically operated switchable tappets. Each of these
  4. My early US '99 C2 996 tip (Feb-98 build date) lost its engine three years ago at 42K miles due to case going porous causing oil & coolant to intermix, a somewhat common early 996 problem. Lucky for me, I bought the car with an extended warranty. Otherwise, it would have cost me $US12K. Since then, 20K miles later, only routine maintenance except for sensors, lower control arms and minor interior stuff. It's great to see that some 996 engines go a long time with no RMS or catastrophic failures. My current problem appears to be a sticky Idle Control Valve. Not a big issue to sort ou
  5. Warrantech covered the replacement of the engine in my US '99 tip coupe (Feb-98 build date). Oil and water inter-mixed at 42,700 miles. It took 35 days, partly since the dealer shipped a manual spec'd engine to the shop doing the swap and mine is a tip. The engine for a manual vs. a tip are different part numbers: blah, blah BX for a tip and blah, blah CX for a manual. Without that foul-up the change-out still would have taken a solid 25 days by the time Warrantech agreed to cover and everything got shipped and installed. 35 days was a drag and Warrantech gives you a whole three (3) days
  6. For me and my risk aversion, a 90-day warranty would be insufficient. IMO, for a 1999 or 2000 996, you need an extended warranty. My extended warranty just bought me a new engine for my early-build US 1999 996 tip coupe. After 42,500 miles over eight years, there was an oil-water intermixing caused by an engine case that went porrous. The warranty saved me almost $10K. If the engine in the car you're considering has already been replaced, I would not be as concerned. But if it's still the original engine, I'd make sure I had an extended warranty. You may be lucky with this car and the
  7. Gator, I know it's off topic, but that's a great looking car you have! x5rap
  8. Additional information from Loren in months past: The LSD on a MY99 is only 40%. From the tech manual: QUOTE To get the engine’s power safely to the road in a standing start, slip is limited to 40 percent. Once under power, the slip factor changes to 60 percent because the engine no longer is operating at its maximum torque and also because this configuration helps minimize oversteer under load changes through a turn. Also from Loren: I do not know everything about the early options and TC was only around for the C2 in MY99. Traction Control (TC) is a combination of anti-slip contro
  9. In Mar-06, a new M96-BX 3.4 cost about $7,700US plus tax plus installation plus incidentals. It comes complete, with the exception of mufflers. You'll probably want to go with new mufflers, say $1,000. Everything else will be new back there. Cooling system connection points for a '99 manufactured engine are different from the '05 manufactured 3.4 engine. So you'll need a number of new coolant tubes. You'll want to change all rubber hoses in the coolant system. There aren't many, but they're there and they're eight years old. Oh, and you'll probably want to service the tranny. If it's
  10. Were any of chipped cars tiptronic? I'm pretty sure there's a massive difference in the chip in a manual vs. tip. I haven't looked hard but are there chips for '99 tips?
  11. I'll take a stab at this. I believe you can disable the ABD or TC in a 996 at speeds under 65. In Autox it does matter. Even with the pendulum effect of the engine way out back, having TC on will brake the rear wheel(s) and limit the rotation of the rear around a turn. I've seen the ABD described as a system that uses the brakes as an electronic version of a limited slip differential. I've felt it on the street and I've felt it both on and off in Autox at speeds certainly below 65 mph. I'm unfamiliar with the option code of P37. In my '99 US 996 tip coupe, option code 222 is for "Tract
  12. Others, more knowledgeable than me, may have a different view, but my belief is that the problem with cases going porous is limited to the early engines. My car had a Feb-98 build date. It is one of the very early 996's. I don't think the problem is common in '01 and beyond. Some may know of a change in metallurgy adopted by Porsche in 2000 or '01 or some other change in the manufacturing process to eliminate this problem. I'd drive it like you stole it :drive: and not worry. Check the coolant fill tank in bright light. If you see blobs of oil in the coolant, you'll want to have it ins
  13. Here's my month-long saga with happy ending: Day 1 - I took my US '99 tip coupe in for a routine oil change. Oil was found in the coolant and vice versa. Shop called Warrantech. About Day 4 or 5 - Warrantech sent a rep to the shop and confirmed the intermixing. About Day 7 - I called Warrantech. They said, "Be patient." About Day 10 - The guy from Warrantech said, "Would you believe me if I told you I know all the part numbers by heart? There are no good engines in the junk yards, so you'll get a new one. They go porous. Just be patient. This happens all the time. It has to go 'up
  14. I have new Fabspeed mufflers with a stock intake system on a brand new engine in my '99 tip coupe. Thank you Warrantech! :) Still in break-in mode on the engine but at rpm around 4K, the Fabspeeds are quieter than the B&B's they replaced. Absolutely no vibration or rattling of any kind.
  15. I just had a new engine installed in my '99 tip coupe (Feb-98 build date). The new engine, bought in SoCal in Feb-06, cost just short of $7,800US. The engine was assembled by Porsche in Sep-05. Installation was additional of course. I got lucky with an extended warranty covering the cost of all of it, except a $200 deductible and incidentals. Plus I upgraded to FabSpeed Mufflers. Now I have a 3-year and 36K-mile factory warranty on a new M96 engine. Lucky me!! :jump: There is a problem with early cases going porrous. Not all of them went bad obviously but based upon what I have read,
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