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  1. UPDATE:

    I left the car at work yesterday and had my wife pick me up. Today I called the mechanic who recommended having the car towed but I was not thrilled about the idea of entrusting a tow truck driver with my car so after a friend suggested I could drive the car like that I called the mechanic back who gave his blessings -but also mentioned that there is a slim chance I may end up stranded, oh well....

    So when I went back to the garage, the car started up the the "issue" was gone. I did go to the mechanic and he took a look and concluded that everything looked fine. So I will try to stick around close to home if this happens again.

    Moral of the story? Probably none, but I did save $150 of towing costs : )

    Thanks for the help!!

  2. Good day everyone!

    I commute 30 miles to work each way. Just before I got there today, the battery/generator warning light came on as I stopped at a red light. I also heard some mechanical noise from the engine. I ended up driving the remaining few blocks to work and parking it in the garage. Now, I think I may need the generator replaced as my battery should be in good shape. Interestingly, I just had the 60k service... Which reminds me that years ago after I had a head gasket job on my 1995 Mercedes E320, a week later had the drive belt brake on the air pump (?) costing a bunch.

    I will be calling the indie who did the service and get it towed to his shop.

    Any word of advice on getting the car on the tow truck properly (flat bed)? As I am writing this it just occured to me: this is NOT concerning for the IMS failure, am I correct?

    Thanks for letting me share : )


  3. Hi all,

    I have a question: I sense a VERY SUBTLE "bump" in the power band usually in 3rd gear around 3000 RPM. It is hard to describe: as I accelerate slowly depressing the pedal, at those RPMs for that split second there is a step up ie as I vusalize it, the power band is not completely smooth. Does it make sense? Is that normal for the engine, maybe some valve opening? Otherwise love the car.



  4. Hi Joe, just a question: why did you decide to replace the foam in the seat? I am amused by the "buttprint" I leave when I get out of the car and it seems to not completely go away. I bought the car used, about 8 months ago. I would be considering doing the same swap, without breaking the switch, of course...

    Thanks for your input.


    BTW I almost ate it to work yesterday on some black ice while finishing passing avehicle. I was impressed how well the Pirellis (Wintersport 240) regained traction at 75-80 mph.


  5. Hope this makes you fell better, I have a similar issue. Athough I have not been aware of it lately, maybe because I have the radio/music on. Mine sounds metallic, like a subdued loose change rattle in a tight space. I heard it when accelerating hard. Hope some other will chime in as to what could be done. Mine seems to come from the passanger side, BTW.

    On a different note, I had the spoiler lubed due to some squeeking which I could only hear when I raised it when the car was stopped to see what it looks like. Anyway, it was done at Morong in Falmouth, ME and with a $50 off coupon they had sent me to b used for non-routine service, I ended up paying $6.91. I bet noone can top that!

    Also, I have new winter tires on (Pirelli 240 Snowsports) and so far happy with the way they ride. Not noticebly noisier than the summer Contisports.

  6. Thanks for your feedback.

    I am fairly tall (6'2) and still I really had to stretch my neck to see the top of the spoiler, but it seems to work... Cool!

    Regarding the squeeking, the mechanic tried to lube it but said that he needs to take the mechanism apart to get to the interior. He guessed about 1 1/2 hr of labor. Worth it?

    What winter tires do you recomend?

    Much appreciating your advice.

  7. I do not mean to steal this topic, but how do I know the rear spoiler is working at all? I am not aware when it goes up or goes down for that matter. I have used the manual button and when it goes up I hear some squeaking. I asked the mechanic at the dealership and he said it will be about 1 1/2hr labor to lube it. He tried to lube it from the "outside" without the noise going away.


  8. Here is my dilemma: it seems such a waste to park the car for 6 months in New England. I know there are people out there driving their rear wheel drive Carreras in the winter. I assume with a set of winter tires... I would not drive when there is significant snow on the road. The Porsche mechanic warned me about the stuff they use on the road (some liquid?) that is VERY caustic. What do you think? Any personal experience?

    Thanks in advance!

  9. Thanks for all your replies. Just yesterday AM, while going to work (Sunday at 6:20 AM), I was pulled over, silly speed limit on a country road. The policeman was traveling in the opposite direction, hard to spot in time... Got off after he asked me about where I was going, what I do etc. It's much easier to keep the speed limit in my Toyota FJ.

    So, I think, I will get a detector but will use common sense the best I can.

    I am hooked on the 911. Funny thing is, the 996 design really grew on me. Some say, the 997 interior is a great step up but I think the 996's design is very ergonomic, I especially love having the window controls in the middle.

    Rubber side down!

  10. I am doing the blipping to make the shift smoother, otherwise the transition from one gear to the next is more noticeable, I can feel as the clutch engages.

    My gas mileage was great -over 26- to and from work which is 25% highway, 60% country roads and the rest city driving. It dropped to 24ish once I learned about keeping the rpm above 2k. I have an inclination to drive in the highest possible gear but I understand it is not necessarily good for the car.

    Thanks for your input.

  11. Just wondering how many of you blip the gas when downshifting? How about heel-toe shifting?

    I have been trying to match the speed with the rpm but heel-toe is still elusive. Any suggestions?

    BTW the car is great, all the negative rap (e.g. "punishing ride") does not seem to be relevant. My only concern is it makes me want to drive fast and a little bit like a jerk. A nice one, I hope : )


  12. My battery is dead -no surprise, already bought the Duralast replacement. When I was poking around under the hood (front) I heard this faint whirring noise while the car was turned off. It came from the driver side. I went back hours later and still it was audible. I seem to remember from my VW years something similar. Is that normal? Or is that why the battery dies? I will have the car looked over before I start driving it full time.

    Do you hear noises too?


    It is hard to believe I own a 911 :jump: :rolleyes:

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