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    Montclair, NJ
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2003 Porsche 911 Carrera4
    2007 Nissan Pathfinder LE
    2011 Mini Cooper Clubman S
  • Future cars
    997 TT or Ferrari 360
  • Former cars
    Isuzu Rodeo Sport, BMW 535, Ford Probe, Mercedes E350. Ford Fiesta, Ford Mondeo, VW Golf GTI
  1. Let's see if we actually get our money back before lighting a stoagie or pushing the fat lady out on stage. Would be a lovely way to end years of frustration.
  2. I drive mine like my mother-in-law has fallen onto the road ahead of me - foot down hard, and with God as my witness ;) That said, never red-lined it - 6k tops. But, there's a lot fun to had there.
  3. Just returned to my car in the supermarket parking lot, to find someone let a shopping cart go in the wind and it's dented my car. Smaller than average cart, with plastic edges so it just made a dent without any scratches. Looks simple to repair, golf ball-sized and **** near a perfect circle, just behind the driver's door. Anyone got any advice on whether a dentless repair shop could just 'pop' this out? Looking for some input before I start visiting the vultures, as I previously heard aluminum is harder to work with.
  4. Not sure what you mean. The guy was a salesman, presumptuous (to say the least), but for once it worked out and I bought his product.
  5. So, I was searching for something less risky and intensive to help with the problem of the dull and hazy headlights on my 2003 C4 Cabriolet. Not fancying the headlight sanding and buffing route (I'm less than handy and would probably ruin the headlight in some way), I stumbled across a presumptuous sales guy at a gas station and somehow went from angry to happy. I was sitting there getting a fill up and this guy wanders up and sprays Carnauba Wax out of a can onto my headlights. In a flash, I am out of the car enraged and telling him to get the **** away from my precious. He insists in cleaning off the residue to make his point, at which point he is receiving perpetual warning from me about the consequences of damaging my pride and joy. Anyhow, he takes off the residue, buffs it with a microfiber cloth and the headlight is like it hasn't been for a couple of years. It didn't take the scratches out, but it seemed to remove the haze/odixdation or whatever the hell it is that makes the headlights look foggy. I bought the can, and for some reason (I know not why), this stuff seems to work. I won't go on about the obvious uses for this material, but I was VERY pleased with the results I got. Not perfect, but many times better than it was. I'd recommend this as a great interim measure, that's a lot less hassle than sanding and buffing, with less permanent results of course, but also much less risk. Not sure if the same holds up for regular carnauba wax, as this is out of a spray can, but it definitely worked for me - much to my surprise.
  6. feds27, if you're in Hoboken, NJ just drive up to Saddle Brook where Becker is, it'll be worth it. As the other member said, their site is not so compelling but if you go there, the guys are great. They fitted my aux and iPod for my CDR, including help shave one of the spare buttons on the dash, so I had a jack and not a cable hanging.
  7. Not sure I understand the 17k for the core....are you certain on that? I just had a Porsche remanuf popped in by my indy in NJ and the core charge was $5,000 minus the shipping (which the indy handled for me as a core charge and then a core refund, I didn't hand over any money for the core handling). If it was 6 or 7k, I wouldn't offer my opinion, but 17k seems a big enough jump that it struck me as worth clarifying. I also didn't go for the rebuild, due to the time wait. The remanuf engin was available and installed in around 10 days.
  8. I just had a remanuf Porsche engine dropped in by PowerTech in Northern NJ. I guess you're looking for minimal investment? I went balls-out and took the full hit.
  9. I believe they ran it for the 20 mins routine, etc and told me to vary the revs for the first few drives (tough on the highway, but did it by shifting up and down). Haven't pushed it past 3.5K revs yet, will take it in for additional oil change at 1,000 miles.
  10. Was told the engine should come broken in, but I am going to drive it carefully, try to not go over 3k or 3.5k revs for first 1,000 miles or so and will get it serviced at 1k as well.
  11. Well, I have my new engine - boy, does it purr. It doesn't purr as nicely as the $23k did in my bank account but I am somewhat satisfied nonetheless (Airbag and cab top issues were fixed same time, hence the additional costs). I can say one thing, I haven't driven it with mean intentions yet but right off the bat I should NEVER have bought the car I did - just a different feel from start up. Fat lot of good the Porsche Inspection did when I was buying, worthless without a cylinder inspection, etc. I live and, seemingly, never learn. Gonna be a good July 4 weekend, with the top down. I'm baaaaaaaack. :drive:
  12. I'd be interested too, just put a replacement engine in my 2003 C4 Cab, bought it two yrs ago with 50k miles and piston damage at 58k miles. Warranty also trying to 'do a deal', in similar manner. Shop seen the same issue many times over, declared it to be a 996 engine design fault.
  13. I just threw 19k into a 2003 C4, borderline whether it was worth it or not. Gotta love Porsche to part with the dough in these cases, that's for sure. My 993 was bulletproof compared to the 996. Still, I live and never learn ;-)
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