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    Ocean City, MD
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    '99 996 C2 coupe
    '10 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab 4x4
  • Future cars
    GT3 or TT
  • Former cars
    2005 Audi S4
  1. I have been looking high and low for a less than perfect 912 that my son and I could wrench on and restore. I'm a decent wrench, but extensive body work is way outta my league and seems VERY expensive. So, I was checking out Beverly Hills Car Club. They have a few candidates, but I don't know anything about them. Anyone ever worked with them? Anyone know of a local shop in their area that could do a PPI? They are located just west of Cal State LA, off the 10 Anything in particular I should be looking for? Thank you!
  2. I sold my 996 and have an itch to get a 944/968...always loved them when I was a kid. Found 2 cars...both coupes... a 944S2 with less than 80k miles and a 968 with 100k miles. Both are priced around $11k. 944 is well documented, everything works, about 2k miles on belts (brake pads squeak and one interior trim piece is warped...thats it). 968 has higher milage and a crack on the front bumper cover (looks like the owner pulled up too far near a curb...looks repairable though), otherwise solid, but little documentation. The belts were done at 90k miles. Are these prices reasonable? How much should the maintenance documentation weigh in? (I'll get a PPI on any car I buy) What else should I be asking?
  3. UPDATE. My car is repaired and the tranny is great. I lucked out and the shop find a gently used tip for about 3800 bucks. Total repair was about 5k after labor, replacing seals, and fluids. I kept all the old part a as evidence. I had been attempting to work with the GM of the Porsche dealership in Rockville, MD. It's like pulling teeth....never returns calls or returns email unless I pester him. I asked for a reimbursement for the cost of the used tranny....I offered to suck up the install. No answer..bugged him...he offered $1000. I indicated I would not let this go and would take it to PCNA and court if necessary. He came back with $2k. I reiterated I simply wanted them to do the right thing and at least pay for the transmission. After all, they failed to properly inspect or fill the differential...and all but admitted it by offering me $2k. They went silent. I sent a letter to CEO of PCNA and my wife (an attorney) has begun to prep to take this to small claims court. I'm not sure what to expect now, but it's kinda sad...I really wanted to have a better first experience. I have been surprised how little expertise exists in the dealership...they don't repair much of anything...just do component replacement and then charge a fortune. The one good thing oit of this...I found a great shop staffed with craftsmen.
  4. The differential was without oil. Sorry if I was not clear. The differential in a Tiptronic car only holds 0.9 liter so they might want to double check that it was empty. I also doubt that a differential problem would hurt the transmission unless it totally locked up. I would get another opinion from a known good Porsche shop. That's my 2 cents from what you have told us... I got it out of the dealer and to a Porsche specialist. They made the call on the new trans and the empty differential. Differential bearing failed and resulted in a chewed up differential housing. This is what I understand so far...been out of town and have not been able to see the box. The differential is integral with the transmission box, correct? Still learning, so thank you for your input/comments.
  5. There was a hesitation and a slight grab...no grinding, or other unusual noises....felt bad, so I stopped and had it taken to the shop.
  6. The differential was without oil. Sorry if I was not clear.
  7. I'm a newbie here, but hoping the community has some good advice. I recently purchased a 99 996 tiptronic coup from an established Porsche dealer outside Washington DC. 89k miles, but looked solid and the price was good. I walked out the door with a 30 day/1000 mile warranty. Literally, right after 1000 miles, I get a transmission issue. I stop immediately and have it taken to a nearby Porsche dealer. They do a cursory inspection and conclude I need a new tranny....$10k. I then have the car taken down the street to a local Porsche specialist in Baltimore, MD. They do a more detailed inspection and feel it may be a reparable differential bearing. They pull the tranny, open the differential and NO OIL! There had been prior evidence of a leak and even when I had the roadside issue, no fluid on the ground. The tech's opinion was that someone had serviced the the tranny and forgot to replace the oil. The dealer confirmed they checked all fluids (performed an "extensive inspection"). So, I called the dealer to try and get to the bottom of the issue...track down when the tranny service was done, who could have made this mistake, etc. ZERO RESPONSE from anyone. They called me like crazy before the purchase, now I can't get a call back. The shop can fit a rebuilt tranny for about $4k. Questions: 1. Could I have totally missed a leak? 2. Would the car have driven okay without oil in the differential (at least for the 1000 miles) 3. I am considering a letter to Porsche Cars North America, has anyone found them responsive? 4. Should I have the local shop repair the car and then pursue resolution with Porsche? Any other thoughts would be appreciated. Eric
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