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Everything posted by carrerajack
Good to hear! My clutch style is to slip it minimally,even if it slightly bogs the engine.Ferrari mechanics say "engage it and be done with it..." Slipping,while smoother will shorten clutch life substantially.
Maintainance is important. Make sure you're not in the seat when "encouraging" it to unstick itself.I periodically work both front seats back and forth until they unstick,then work them to their maximum and minimum distances from the bulkhead a few times to spread the WD-40 or spray grease. Becuace I rarely alter the seat configuration I think they tend to bind if not attended to a couple of times a year.
I guess my 997 Turbo is just a piece of crap then. I wasn't aware that I missed out on the "last good Porsche ever made". Since I drive my car (hard) every day (and have never had a problem with it) I thought it was a great car. Apparently not. Thanks for the clarity.. I think Magcudas enthusiasm may have been misstated.The 997,996 models are very different from the last of the aircooled Porsches. They represent the state of the engineering and manufacturing art of auto manufacturing. They are essentially faster,lighter,more comfortable,cheaper to manufacture,and more up to date than the venerable aircooled Porsches of yesteryear. Our enjoyment of these cars depends on our history,our memory and the lens that we look through when we make judgements about these cars.I have been awestruck with Porsches since owning several aircooled Volkswagon products,so the aircooled experience is very much what I seek in driving a Porsche. The loppy,uneven idle,the s mell of the heat exchangers,the sound of the stainless exhaust,even the respect for snap throttle oversteer are the sensations that stir my feelings for Porsche ownership. Given the remarkable performance numbers of watercooled Porsches,how can one not think they are not the awesome sports cars that they are. The aircooled Porsches are more analog,more mechanical,like the film advance winder on a Hasselblad camera,or the feel of a well oiled rifle bolt driven home after a shot. The watercooleds are more digital,more forgiving,astoundingly quick than any aircooled Porsche made.However,without a doubt,the 993s are some of the most beautiful Porsches ever made.
I can't immagine life without a 993.My fleet serves to preserve my '97 Carrera. My daily driver is a Toyota Highlander,bought new in '08,and my wife's car is an 04 BMW 325 coupe that we are considering turning into a new 3-series,as we are both in our sixties and need to plan our car ownership in light of future retirement plans.My 993 is an instant antidepressant.Like you, I don't put a lot of miles on it,but keep it in top shape with the help of an excellent mechanic and some work from myself when the repairs are straight fowardnabd don't require a lift. You'll miss it more than you think.