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    Pittsburgh PA
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2005 997 Carrera S Coupe
    2004 Mercedes CLK-55 Cab
    2003 Mercedes ML-500
    1961 VW Microbus
  • Former cars
    2002 Porsche 996 TT Coupe
  1. This is my third Porsche and all have been 2-5% high in speedo calibration. My Mercedes' have all been right on. I don't know why they can't be continuously calibrated using the GPS in the car. The technology exists, but I guess Porsche wants its owners to feel they are: going faster, further and getting better mileage than they are???
  2. This is my 4th winter with my 2005 c2S. I just replaced my rear Conti Winter Contacts. Even without all-wheel drive, this car is excellent in the snow. I find that it is ground clearance which limits my ability to get around in deep snow. Having rwd allows me to have some fun. PSM will come on to get me out of trouble. There is nothing as much fun as finding an unplowed parking lot and turning off PSM!! I can spin the car on its axis!! I use 18in wheels for winter, and keep my 19's for the summer. I find the ride excellent with the winter tires on dry or wet roads quite stable at triple digit speeds. During a recent snowstorm, my car was in for service and the dealer gave me a new Cayenne to drive, with stock all-season tires. I could not believe how much better my C2S with snows performed!! Bottom line: TIRES are the most important factor in getting around. Having drive wheels under the engine helps. All-wheel drive with bad tires just means you'll be able to GO better than you'll be able to STEER or STOP!! Experience and common sense driving are necessary for safe winter driving. Can't wait for another snowstorm -- I'll be out playing in the snow!!
  3. I have a 2005 C2S which I drive year-round. I have used the 18 inch winter package without problems. I agree -- having extra rubber is safer in winter -- better protection from potholes and hidden curbs. There will be no fitment problems with the PCCB. In deep snow, you may get buildup around the larger caliper. I've enjoyed driving this car in the snow. It's very tossable. Try turning off the PSM in an empty parking lot. You'll turn very tight doughnuts!!
  4. I traded my 2002 996TT for my 2005 997C2S, daily drivers, including snow. Both cars were ordered to my specs. I had 30k miles on my TT. I already have 20K on my 997. Both are great cars. My 997 is my favorite car I have ever owned. The turbo was fast, but not as much fun. I like the lighter, more responsive feel of the rear wheel drive. Plus, the turbo has a 6200 rpm redline! I used to hit the rev limiter all the time! Real world driving, day to day in traffic, I would take the normally aspirated car any day. Both are great on the racetrack. I would venture that the 997S (with PASM and 19in wheels) would keep up with a 996TT. I ordered my 997 with the smaller, leather covered, sports steering wheel. In pictures, it looks identical to the stock wheel. However, it is covered with a very smooth leather which feels great. I also got the sports shifter, which is nice. The 996 shifter was too long. Also, the 997 sounds better. Especially at 6900 rpm. Both are great cars. We are lucky to have to make such choices.
  5. Performance Products shows a cold air upgrade for 997 and 997S in their recent catalog. They claim 11.8 HP and "significant" torque upgrade. All for only $225 and 20 min install. Could this be true?? Has anyone tried it?
  6. Does anyone know when Porsche plans Cayenne updates? I read somewhere there will be a facelift for 2007 (?2006?), followed by an all-new model in several years. I can't remember where I saw it. Does anyone know? i am considering ordering a Cayenne S, or perhaps a new ML-500.
  7. I find the SPORT Suspension setting very hard on the street. The car handles dead flat, but I don't enjoy driving the rough roads of Pittsburgh. I can't wait to try the SPORT setting on the racetrack....I'll be attending a PCA Driver's Education event at Mid-Ohio!! However, I really enjoy the Sport Chrono Package SPORT setting. This makes the car feel peppier while maintaining a firm but comfortable ride. In order to activate these settings, I must first activate the SPORT button, THEN I must de-activate the PASM Sport button. Unless I'm missing something, this seems an awkward approach for probably the setting most of us would use most of the time. Any thoughts?
  8. Does anyone understand the function of the two different buttons which control the Sport setting(s) of the 997 S? When both are in Sport mode, the car is very hard riding, but feels peppier. The throttle seems more responsive.
  9. My 997 Carrera S has one-touch power windows up and down on the driver's side. On the passenger side, however, the one touch feature works fine when opening the window. When closing the window, the button must be held down until the window is half-way up. This is different from my 996. Does anyone know if this can be re-programmed?
  10. Does anyone REALLY understand the SPORTS display on the Sports Chrono Package? I am trying to track daily trips to and from work using the timing device. It would be simple to track laps around a racetrack, and graph them out on the display. However, once the ignition is off, the data is lost. I could make each trip a seperate trip, but then I could not graph them, or could I??? Any thoughts???
  11. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> I hard-wired my V1 within the overhead console/map light area. By following the owner's manual instructions for emergency closing of the sunroof, I was able to remove this panel. Under this panel were multiple power sources. Carefully select one which is hot when the ignition is on. I had a hard time fitting all of the wire within this tight space. After struggling, I was able to get it to close, and left a small portion of wire protruding. I keep my V1 attached to the windshield via suction cups. It is easily removed for security reasons.
  12. I traded in a 2002 996 TT for the 997 Carrera S. I had 30 K miles on the turbo when its lease expired. Prior to that, I put 43 K miles on a 1999 996 C2. I feel qualified to compare these vehicles. Hands down, the 997 is a better car. Besides the looks and interior improvements, it is more fun to drive. It is more nimble. The steering feels more direct (rear vs all-wheel drive). It sounds better (all with stock exhaust). It revs higher (7300 vs 6250). I'm having a blast. Although the acceleration is fine, I do miss that feeling of my stomach smashing against my spine on those rare occassions when I really opened up the Turbo. I often would hit the rev limiter if I was not paying attention - it came on that fast. I have not fully broken in the 997 yet (4200 RPM for 2000 mi!!), but I can't wait to hear and feel that last thousand RPM's. I am sure I will enjoy the driving experience even more.
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