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dmfconsult replied to bosstucker's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I just drove the Pleasanton to Vancouver, BC in September. We had two drivers and did it in 14 hours in the 996 taking the I5 most of hte way. From Seattle, I'm sure you can do it in around 11 hours. A long day for sure, but doable. It is a nice drive, and fairly easy going and you should be able to maintain decent speeds. The PCH on the other hand through Oregon and NorCal will take days.... something to do when you can take the time. I have family in Pleasanton and go there often, you will certainly enjoy that area!
dmfconsult replied to baronb55's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I'll add my 2 cents to this as well. I have a few classic cars, and being involved with various classic car clubs, I can tell you that the use of AV gas is common, and it is usually mixed with regular Premium fuels to provide a higher octane with the added lubrication of the lead. The MAJOR difference is that when most of these classics were built, they were designed to run on leaded gas as it provides some lubrication to the upper end of the engine, and this is missing in unleaded fuels, which can cause problems like receding valve seats. Without leaded fuels or modifications to the top end of a classic motor, you have to run some other form of lubricant in the fuel, like a lead additive, Marvel Mystery Oil, or Automatic Transmission Fluid, to keep the engine running well. Your Porsche, or any other modern vehicle, is designed for unleaded fuels, so if the goal is octane, then stick to racing fuel as mentioned above,and leaded fuel will only cause damage.
dmfconsult replied to jimmy3530's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Ethanol is usually only an issue in much older engines, as the old rubber hoses were not formulated to operate with it and the ethanol will dry them out and cause cracking. Anyone with a 996 will not have to worry about it. In Vancouver, both 94 Octane at Chevron and 91 Octane at Shell have no ethanol. I always run 94 Octane in my 996 as well as the classic american iron I have tucked away!
dmfconsult replied to vwbill's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)One of the main reasons for not latching the top would be if you were going to put the car on a hoist or on jackstands to do some work under. I always unlatch convertible tops before raising the car to get underneath, as any body flex that occurs could damage/twist the top if it's latched down to the windshield frame.
dmfconsult replied to vwbill's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)While my 996 is not convertible, I do have other convertibles, and everything I've come across says the top should be stored up. Which makes sense, as it stays taught over the frame and not folded.