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  1. Might be the ignition problem you frequently read about. I've had to repair mine twice so I'm like the guy with a hammer that thinks everything looks like a nail. Mine wouild not start not start. Then I'd jiggle the key and it would start, but then the engine would die because natural vibration caused the ignition connection to disconnect. Finally, jiggling the key would work less and less. Don't even know if they have a coil, but in old cars coil failure would cause the problems you describe.
  2. I checked out the Movi website. It seems nifty for the OBD2 functions. I see it states it does not do the other Porsche stuff like reset the airbags. Good to know of this alternative. Unfortunately, I need to reset my airbags.
  3. I haven't done the full ignition replacement. I wonder how much work that is because replacing this faulty piece is getting old. In your picture, on the wide end which sits on the table, the three protruding plastic prongs have different shapes. One is square and the other two are round. When you marry these with the other part of the ignition, if you get these squares and rounds matched correctly, you can't get it in wrong. If you have to force it much, they are in the wrong holes. When they are in the right holes it should snug up and all the metal connecting tabs go in the proper slots.
  4. Thanks. PCA isn't very active here but I'll pursue it. It occurs to me that if I just ask another owner with a Duramateric, he's going to have a limit of 3 Vins on his machine so it wouldn't be right to consume one just for this one reset. I'd need someone with the professional unlimited Vin version. That basically means someone with a shop. Called one German car specialist who wants $65 (1/2 hr) to reset it. I suppose that is fair but I'll keep looking too. I've had the car 10 years and not needed the Durametric so I'm loath to go buy one just in case I may need it someday. When I need it again the software may be a higher version. On the other hand I'd save $65 in the purchase. Since I was repairing the poorly designed ignition when I had the seat out, someone said "why don't you try it before putting the seat back in?" So I reconnected the battery and started it. I should have thought about what could go wrong. Stupid.
  5. I've seen the posting about it but no feedback. I'd love to hear from Loren or someone about how this works. My link The GL1 software is free but you need to buy the cable. Does the software just read OBDII codes or will it do airbags, etc.? I should have an iPad2 soon. Is this cable unique to iPad? It doesn't look like USB2.
  6. HOw did that work out for you? I fixed my ignition too and took the driver's seat out to make room. Apparently, by disconnecting the wire harness and reconnecting it, I've disabled the airbag system according to the shop manual. It says I need a PST2 to reset it. Meanwhile, it doesn't work. Would love to know how you fixed your airbag problem.
  7. Hi Jim, I've done this twice now. Once in 2006 and about 2 weeks ago. I happen to have a very short, narrow tipped screw driver for crafts and stuff. Actually my wife's. I've read elsewhere that some people have cut theirs to make it shorter and ground or filed it to make theirs narrower. If it is not short enough you can't get the right angle on it. Think watch or jewelry repair tools but only the shortest ones. I didn't have to remove the 2nd duct. If you can get those screws out you are home free. Dealer the other day quoted me about $475 to fix it. BTW, I removed the driver's seat. Made it easier but now my air bag light is on continuously. Manual says I need a PST2 machine to reset the airbag system. How come the manual didn't mention this under the part about taking the chair out !!!
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