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About mwiadro

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  • Birthday 05/13/1970

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  • Present cars
    04 Cayenne S
    05 E500 4Matic Wagon
  1. 04' Cayenne S. Current mileage 121,000. Coolant pipes were repaired by indie shop at 90K miles - about 2.5 years ago. During trip to DC (70miles), smelled coolant coming through AC vents. Temp gauge never moved. No warning lights. There was no evidence of coolant on ground when parked. After return trip, checked coolant level: level had dropped from max to min level. (no sign of coolant on garage floor, but smelled coolant burn off). Also, was surprised the radiator fan did not kick in and run given the hot conditions, stop and go traffic, etc. Suggestions on where to look for leak(s) welcome! Michael
  2. How do you remove the door panels and or speaker covers on an 04' CS? The speaker covers on the front passenger door and both rear door speakers are long over due for a thorough cleaning. Sure would make them easier to clean if they could be removed... Thank you!
  3. Anyone out there install a remote start kit? With winter approaching, starting to think it will me a nice feature. Many thanks -
  4. Anyone try the Parrot Smart mini? Smartphone BT dock that charges and has built-in duplex speaker phone. Will also spew turn by turn navi directions if you are using smartphone navigation app. Similar price point - $120.
  5. Thank you for the input - weighing cost of parts for MoBridge/Denision vs. latest, greatest Jawbone ($120). If I'm gonna spend $500 or more on the CS, as a general rule it is usually for mechanical/maintenance sake. Knowing a valve body change isn't far down the road at 95K miles, I may save my dollars and suffer with a BT earbud and local radio.
  6. Any advice or strong feelings on which way to go? I have Navigation and Bose Premium w/ fiber optic. Just looking for elegant BT and music streaming solution. Tried a Parrot kit, but wasn't able to find harness for fiber optic. Thanks!
  7. Good information. Thanks for the recommendation. Curious how many miles owners get out of set of tires, on average? I rotated annually (10K miles), and got about 30K miles out of recent set. I will reduce the rotation interval on the new set!
  8. Other car is an 05' E500 Wagon with air suspension. (Original owner, 112K miles.) My understanding is the Porsche system is better engineered - in terms of performance and reliability - though it will be more expensive to fix when components break. I've gone through 3 air pumps and two shocks during the life of the MB. If you look online, Arnott Industries is a great resource for refurbished air shocks and compressors. Check their pricing and you can see the difference between Porsche and MB cost. Again, the Porsche system seems to be quite dependable and work better than Airmatic II, IMHO. To play devil's advocate, I just went to aftermarket springs/shocks on my 04' CS. Very pleased. Might consider a 09' CS with plain jane steel suspension you can modify in the future. (My PIG drinks enough without the turbo's :-).) 2008 was the mid-cycle refresh and the V8 got a nice bump in HP, and the nav/stereo head unit much improved in 2009. A thought...
  9. + 1 - had similar issue when I purchased my 04' CS in 2010. Same brand of tire were mounted, but different treads patterns (!) front to rear. Changed all four tires to same brand/tread pattern and the clunk disappeared. Porsche PSM/traction control is very sensitive, apparently.
  10. Did same. The outer bearing (9) has a plastic sheath/cover. mine cracked allowing the bearing too much play on the passenger side. made a lot of noise when someone wasn't sitting in the backseat. i used electrical tape to wrap the end of the bearing and create some cushion. also found lots of sticky stuff spilled by kids i couldn't previously reach/clean. squeaks & rattle solved. Thanks, Loren.
  11. always thought the fuel pump either worked - and produced proper pressure - or didn't. is there a fuel filter, too, that got changed? (in my benz wagon, the fuel filter is integrated into the fuel pump - an expensive design. despite the service book calling for changing fuel filter/pump @ 90K miles, a couple beers with an MB tech and they all say, 'wait till it fails before changing!') what scanner/software does your mechanic use?
  12. When I purchased my 04' S, it had a mismatched set of tires. All were bridgestones, but front pair were different tread pattern than front. Caused major PSM activity and what sounded like a driveline 'clunk' when stopping or taking off. After ruling out suspension/computer issues, immediately replaced all four tires with identical (Hankook Ventus) and the issues disappeared. Not sure if applicable in your case...
  13. Had some recent idle issues. Changing coils remedied all...except, a stumble at low speeds accelerating from a stop when pointed up hill. (I do also get a very occasional hard downshift coming to a stop.) Sort of your symptoms, too? I suspected it is related to tranny valve body - another common issue with these trucks. (expensive part, but DIY job.) Never suspected uphill stumble could be fuel pump. Will continue to follow your stumble/progress... +1 on the clunks due to motor mount(s).
  14. Here are the after/before pics which show the subtle drop in ride height. Overall, couldn't be more pleased with the ride. Compliant but well damped. No more stiff-legged feel, and much less up and down ride motions. Would certainly recommend the upgrade or update to any other Cayenne owner with steel springs and regular shocks. :) Install was very straight forward, too.
  15. installed the new shocks and springs. drop in ride height is subtle, but noticeable. initial ride impressions are good. it seems to have eliminated the jouncy/brittleness. i'll post some pics and some more ride impressions at the end of the week. (special thanks to Bart's Motor Works - best german car mechanic in MD!)
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