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    996 2002 Carrera
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    996 2002 Carrera 4S
  1. Thank-you everyone. I had a look and it was the serpentine belt which I'll fix at my local porsche dealership after my vacation. I keep on telling myself that once a new part is fitted I'll be good to go for another 12 years (car's age now) but it's happening more and more these days!!!! Thanks again for your guidance.
  2. Hello all, I was driving my 02 Carrera Manual at about 50km/hour when I heard a loud bang noise followed by a warning message (cannot remember it but I think it stated 'Warning Charging System) and then loss of Power Steering. Luckily I was close to my home. I checked the car and there is fluid under the car at the back. Two weeks ago my car broke down due to a faulty Fuel Pump then I couldn't start the engine as it was hot. The dealership fitted a new Fuel Pump and fixed the cable from the battery to the alternator. This may be related.
  3. It worked, thank-you ever so much Loren.
  4. Hi Loren, I have a Porsche CDR 220 Single CD Player (Becker) in a 996. Serial No 25015047. 4462 came up as well. I would be most grateful if you could provide the radio code. Thank-you, Momtaz
  5. Hi everyone, Just had an accident and damaged the front end of my Left Hand Drive Middle East spec 2002 3.6 Carrera. My local official Porsche Centre has estimated the Parts to be KD2,600 (approx $8k) and KD950 (approx $3k) for labour. The worrying part is the cost for the Headlights which are KD1,500 ($4.5k approx) for the pair. My existing headlights are Litronic with Headlamp Washers (they have a chrome ring in them, and they take a few seconds to reach full lumination). Can I purchase the standard Halogen Headlights and slot them straight in as the cost seems to be a 3rd of the price? Will I need to modify any other parts? Thanks
  6. I contacted a specialist in the UK who does work for Porsche GB. My while dialled factory fitted gauge faces are not illuminating brightly. After reviewing multiple photo's of my instrument cluster, he said "Porsche used high quality stickers applied over the standard black and white gauge face,hence,the light has to pass through the transparent white numbers and markings of the original gauge face and then the transparent black of the sticker,reducing the illumination by 50%. We have rectified this problem for Porsche Cars G.B. and private customers by fitting a set of our screen printed gauge faces in the appropiate colour,our gauge faces illuminate as original factory faces." As for the LED bulbs, he said "facelifted 996 and later Porsche LED's in gauges are not replaceable,they are soldered directley onto the circuitboard." There is an unteresting article in either the May or June 2012 edition of 911 & Porsche World concerning this subject. The company is called REAP Automotive Design. I will be removing the instrument cluster to take with me to the Uk to complete the work and I'll be upgrading the central rev-counter to guards red and the rest will remain white. Hope this helps
  7. I had the same issue with 'comfort' spec seats in my 2002 3.6 carrera, have you not considered simply re-upholstering your existing seats? Porsche do still sell replacement leather coverings but it worked out out at $2.4k per seat so aftermarket was the most economically way forward.
  8. Thanks for sharing this quite ingenious work around. It reminds me of days long gone installing ICE in my BMW E30, Alpine graphic equaliser in the dash etc..
  9. Hi Bilba, I also live in Kuwait and use my 996 2003 Carrera as daily transport. Not sure which grade is used but the official Porsche Heritage dealer in Shuwaikh services the car and it never over heats and runs very smooth even during August at 55c. The crew are very good, ask for Imtiaz at service or the head Pascal and they'll advise you.
  10. For the exhaust, I would look into the Porsche Switchable Exhaust with the button to revert to normal levels when required. The sound does not drone when in Sports mode. I managed to find one unsold unit in the stock room at my local OPC and negotiated a good price.
  11. Gongrats on the car. I have the same model with the same wheels, and also wanted the same look and feel you are after. I recommend the ROW Sports Suspension pack (996 Porsche Tequipment) which lowers the car by 10mm. This coupled with 5mm spacers front/rear (same Porsche catalogue) will give you the look with a firmer but compliant feel. I'm guessing your shocks are worn by the age of the car and the pack above includes shocks, springs and stiffer anti roll bars. I'll try to dig out some before and after photos if you like.
  12. Thank-you for your advice. The Porsche centre sent out their head mechanic with the fault reader which did not show any faults. The mechanic diagnosed a faulty fuel relay and the car was towed to the Porsche centre. I collected the car a few hours later and the following was on the invoice: Fuel Level Sender Removed and Checked, Relay Fuel Pump Replaced - came to $120 all in, including the call out and tow charge Thanks again to all
  13. Hello everyone, Just finished a long day in the office and went to start my 2003 Carrera but it makes the noise as if it is about to fire up but it doesn't. It's got a new battery (1 week old), new alternator (4 months old) and is serviced regularly. When you turn the key in the ignition it makes the noise but doesn't start. It happened the first time 3 days ago but started up after 5 minutes. I left the car in the mult-story car park and would like to know before paying money on tow trucks etc.. Thanks, and I hope someone can point me in the right direction, Momtaz
  14. Really Nice car, had the same model before. As for the alloys, you are aware the size is not for your model (check your car as it should have xx295 at the rears) so I doubt they would have been used for Winter on the C4S. I suspect they maybe for the 1st generation 996 (3.4L) as they had narrower tyres and were from a previous Porsche the owner had. Due to the unknown provenance and non-Porsche approved tyres/damaged, and for the requirement to retain the correct wheel/tyre spec for any Porsche 911, it may be best they are not sold on. I get my OEM alloys/N spec tyres balanced every 6 months, tyre pressure each month, full alignment annually and that is with OEM. Some unknowledgable/newcomer to the 911 Porsche driver may buy them, fit them and experience no end of problems. Please accept I am not being judgemental, as you'll appreciate as a member of this 'Porsche Fanatic' forum
  15. The 2004 model you mentioned is an anniversary edition, which means it is the same colour as the Carrera GT Supercar and is not a colour match for your car. A paint shop can easily address this issue.
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