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About stevepow

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  1. This post was a huge help. Thanks for the details and photos. I have a few mods: My visors didn't seem to want to slide off, so I remove the assembly: Carefully! remove the black plastic covers around the arm at the roofliner with a trim tool - they are thin and fragile and cover an identically sized mount, so the trick is to get the trim tool between the cover and the mount and not between the mount and the roofliner. There are four tabs holding on the cover - front/back/sides - use the trim tool in a corner and gently pry. Then a torx-25 screw will be revealed. Unscrew that and you are good to go. Other tips: 1 - remove the entire assembly - could be easier that pulling of the visor - definitely don't do this in the car. 2 - 91% alcohol and don't even think about less than 15 minutes. 3 - careful pulling as noted - go slowly and DON'T let the edges stick/rip and stay on or they will be hard to remove - it all needs to come off in one piece as described. It's like a piece of rubber - like a balloon. 4 - No paper towels for clean up - use a rugged shop cloth or similar with some teeth to it. The adhesive is strong and fights back. A paper towel is not tough enough. 5 - I didn't have the 3M cleaner. Goo-Gone is useless. I resorted to WD40 and some strong vinyl interior cleaner. These visors are probably the toughest part of the car - they'll be around when man is long extinct. Maybe the 3M stuff would work, or maybe that lighter fluid someone suggested is a better idea. Start with the least harsh and work your way up just to be safe. 6 - The Sand/Beige side was a lot of work getting it clean - and, as most comment, there's a shiny rectangle left, but not so bad - leagues better than the warning label. And a little vinyl dressing seems to have "blended" it a bit so that it is barely noticeable. 7 - the mirror side was cake - label came off after 15 sec, some WD40 followed by the vinyl interior cleaner and not a sign of it left - like it was never there.
  2. My car is pretty noisy on concrete - much better on asphalt. So Interstate driving can get a little tiresome - no pun intended. B) I have PS/2s as well - in the past, on other cars, those were great tires - didn't notice the noise really. I bet some noise is going to be part of the 911 experience. :rolleyes:
  3. Ha - yes it is - I see it now. B) Well, it is a good read. Much more detail than the owner's manual.
  4. Don't know what a 4S would do to the equation, but my PDK C2 is very responsive. If it did what you describe, I'd be in the shop with it. On a decent slope the brakes grab enough to freak me out - no rolling back for sure, but I need to get used to that. Caveat though - I am only in regular mode as long as I have forgotten to push Sport or S+ (not long) and I don't do Auto very often either. I found a really cool doc "2009_Technik_Introduction_All_997_Carrera_models.pdf" on some forum - could be here or PCA.org, not sure. Anyway, it explains much more about PDK (and more) than ever made it to the Owner's Maunals. Turns out the Sport and Plus modes also effect Manual shifting - cool stuff and makes S+ actually usable in normal driving. Auto and S+ is too over the top for around town for me. I'll attach it - if that's a no-no, sorry, someone delete it. Actually, better, here's the link: (link deleted) Worth a read for sure.
  5. Yes, I searched 9 states of inventory just to find the options I wanted - still had to sacrifice auto-dim mirrors. Depending on taste, and budget, there's some nice cars there. Good to know what options cannot be added after the fact (like XM).
  6. I read on some other Porsche forum that newer iPods and iPhones need a different cable or adapter. My 3 yo iPod works like a champ. If I see that info again, I'll post back here on it. This is it: http://www.6speedonline.com/forums/997/158...st-porsche.html - some conflicting info, but the gist of it sounds right. Maybe this helps.
  7. That's a bummer. The guys at Hennessy here in ATL were just great - super nice, very helpful, and patient. I really enjoyed buying this car there and the service guys I met when I picked it up were just as helpful - showed me around the shop, answered my geeky questions with enthusiasm; I was kind of knocked over really. Their Lexus dealership is the same way (except I believe they think Lexus people don't want to see cars up in the air in the shop :D, so they don't do that bit. ). We've bought two Lexus there - both with very competitive pricing and with excellent service over the past several years. I hate to hear it when people drop that much coin on a car and don't get treated at least as well as when I buy a single pair of socks at Nordstrom. Hennessy treats us like...well, like they'd like to sell us some more cars down the road. And likely they will.
  8. So far I am enjoying mine (200 miles only) - I came from a 550i with SMG - PDK is way more "evolved". I still miss a manual sometimes from my M3 and M5(e39 - the real M5) days, but really PDK can out shift me any day and is much more fuel efficient than I would be. It is a brilliant piece of engineering and software. More astonishing than fun - if you are a hard core stick man, manual is going to be more satisfying. Quirks - that was SMG ;-) The quirkiness to me is the "backwards" push/pull that I need to get used to in M mode, but I can live with that no problem. The great thing about PDK is that it is never really in pure manual or pure automatic. You can still kick down in manual and it will shift down and get moving immediately. You can shift manually at will even in auto mode, and for a tripping downshift through multiple gears, just pull back the button and hold it - zoooommmm. Yeah, its a cool toy.
  9. I found this post: http://www.teamspeed.com/forums/997-996/27...-smartcord.html I looked and I have C1 open in the fuse panel as described - I think I'm going to give that a shot. OK, worked like a champ. I added a few mods to the procedure on that link as well.
  10. The dealer (service dept called Porsche to check) says no go - bummer :-( They have a car I really like - all but the SD Mirrors. Deals are really good right now so I think it is almost nuts to let that stop me, but I hate to have to make a decision like that. I searched inventory for several states and the car here in town is the closest to what I would order custom, but the wait and the pricing make ordering a crazy option - probably would end up paying several thousand more just for that mirror trick. Rain-sensing is standard, but apparently the wiring is just not right to add the SD Mirror. The sales guy said, well, if you really want it, anything could be done - but the cost would be far more than its worth. I will clarify this tomorrow, but I am pretty sure they were talking about only the inside mirror when they said no.
  11. I'd like to know the same thing - if I find out anything tomorrow at the dealer, I'll let post back. Hard to find the options I want, but I hate to have to order and miss some of the deals out there now.
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