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About JohnJStewart

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  • Birthday 07/25/1958

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    Driving this car, dreaming of the 996 Turbo Cabriolet preferably with some TechArt goodies.<br /><br />Drinking great Cailfornian Wines (which usually invokes the above!)

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    None - sold my 1999 C2 Cab Tip S
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    996 Turbo Cab (in my dreams!!)
    996 Turbo
    Ferrari 360 Modena (sorry)
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    Porsche 944 S2
    Porsche 993 C2 Coupe

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  1. I'm just wondering whether the mass production of so many 996's has also had a strange knock on effect on the sale of private plates. There are so many 996's around now that they are so common place and I wondered if this means no-one (in the UK) is interested in spending cash on a dateless plate? I sold my 996 over a year ago and to date haven't been able to sell my 996 plate. I've had it on Pistonheads, EBay, 911 and Posrceh World Magazine, a couple of commercial web sites, and no interest at all? What does everyone think - it's HSJ 996 by the way on retention and priced at a very reas
  2. John, I just installed a Fabspeed intake kit with the red hose on my 01 Tip C2 not knowing they had a different version for Tiptronic. Anyway, there is now an extra vacumn line dangling there since the red hose doesn't have a place to attach it. The black corrugated stock hose has an inlet to attach this line but only for Tiptronic cars. My question is since your Tiptronic version kit didn't come with the red hose and assuming you are still using the stock black corrugated hose, how did you connect the small diameter opening from the stock black hose that used to connect to the air box s
  3. Love it. We sound like kindred spirits. I was trying to sell the car when my engine wnt and had actually lent the car to a colleague whilst I was on holiday. he was traumatised - but as you say - no-one died. I did replace the engine, sold the car and bought a Ferrari 360 - it;s not like I didn't like the new 997 I just wanted Porsche to know that I am unhappy with them and will tell as many people as possible. However the credit crisis must be killing them more. The new engines seem bullet proof by the way and Porsche will almos certainly stand by a ew engine for a coupel of years if i
  4. Phillip You have my sympathy. I had exactly the same issue at 58k miles. Mine was a cracked cylinder head. There are options but it could be worth checking with Porsche what they would charge for a new engine with warranty. Alternatively set fire to it or push it in a river/lake. I had mine done in the UK with Autofarm and you don't want to ask what it cost - then double it to get dollars! I was selling the car - not just bought it like you. Porsche are just so culpable here and they basically tell you to get lost. Try this site and www.autofarm.co.uk or www.hartech.org.uk There
  5. Thanks Loren - great stuff. The rotors are very scored and grooved - so you're right that the pads will take a while to grind in. But they are pretty new so seems a waste to not use them. Are there instructions for the rotors? It looks like remove caliper and undo 2 bolts - is that it? Many thanks John
  6. Hi everyone, especially Loren who I am hoping will just point me straight to the answer. I did the pads all round on my 1999 C2 Cab and now that I;ve sold it my neighbour needs help with his 2002 Carrera 4. It looks like he'll need new discs (rotors) although his PADS look very good. SHould we do the pads as well and if so, is there any difference between the 1999 and 2002 models? I think it will be the same job. I've not done discsn(rotors) it looks easy enough but what torque do we need for the bolts and should we get new bolts? Do I really need to do the pads too? Thanks to everyo
  7. http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?s...065&hl=pads Here you go. Good luck.
  8. This is a very easy job. I did all 4 wheels in my own garage in 2hours 20 minutes including a nice cup of tea! You don't need any special tools - although a palette knife is handy to help get the squeal plate free as they are sticky. I reused everything apart from pads of course and paid about £120 for new pads in the UK. A brake bleeding kit is handy because you can just use it to cover the reservoir in case any fluid overflows as you push the pistons back. It really is a doddle (that's english for very simple). There are pictures and DIY guides all over Pistonheads just do a search
  9. Thanks for the reply. Yes I am annoyed. The good news for you I think is that it's quite common to have the orange gunk in the oil filler tube. If you think about it - this gets hot and then cold and so you do get condensation which mixes with any lube in the tube. I don't think this is anything to worry about. I've heard that as long as you have plenty of long runs to keep the engine warn each time you use it you might lower the odds of a failure. I ownder whether the large number of short trips I did caused the issue, although the problem actually occurred after a big long trip. Wh
  10. Let me assure everyone that as an ex owner whose engine failed at 62000 with a FULL MDPSH and oil changes etc and not ever a single drop of oil or water lost......these things go "BANG" and that's it without any warning. And if anyone wants to feel the sickening feeling that you get in the stomach when you get the call to say that your engine is toast...then I'd suggest you buy one of these ticking time bombs and wait...... It may be only a small percentage and I think everyone understands that mechanical parts can fail over time - but this is now a well documented researched issue and the
  11. The problem was a cracked cylinder head and then oil mixed with water and vice versa. Then I had to replace all the O2 sensors, crank sensor and it just went on and on. I wouldn't wish this on anyone but it can happen and there doesn't seem to be any sign before it goes. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. The C4 is unnecessary IMHO, and I heard maintenance was higher plus the boot is smaller.
  12. I'd be surprised if these prices held. UK price is £7k upwards. ie $13k approx!
  13. Shame you're not in the UK - I've got a spare. Got any mates in London that could pick it up for you? Make me an offer and it's yours.
  14. My car had it and I don't think it's an issue although these cars probably do need a good warm up from time to time.
  15. I would ditch the K&N filter. It doesn't add anything apart from a big bill and the bad publicity around seems to suggest it may cause issues. I like you went mad a bought a Fabspeed Cold Air Kit. I bought it online in the US and brought it back in my luggage when I was over there. The upside is that it does make the car sound better, it possibly improves the performance a tiny bit - especially in 2nd or 3rd gear and it's easy to fit. The bad news - the cost. Who are they kidding! I got the tiptronic version which used to be two bits - the replacement "plastic plug" and a thin ri
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