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Loren- Thanks for your comment. Sounds like you were right about the alternator. I just got the car back from the dealer and they replaced the alternator under warranty, saying it was faulty. By the time I got the car to the dealer yesterday, the whine was gone but the Battery/Generator light was coming on every few seconds. The tech, who is very good, told me he thought the sound, which he never heard, was from the alternator trying to seize up but the belt was forcing it to turn. We'll see if the sound comes back.
Car: 2005 997, 25K miles. Today I started the car and heard a whining sound. I thought it was coming through the speakers (like when signal cables are running near power cords) but it wasn't. As I tapped the gas, it increases, so it is related to engine speed. So I shut the car off and restarted and it went away. Then later, after stopping for gas, I started and heard it again. It sounds like a belt in the engine compartment rubbing but it's loud enough to notice it even in idle. Inspecting the engine compartment, there doesn't seem to be any visible problems. So I shut off and started and it was gone again. It is not the typical fan sound and it does it with the cluth depressed or not. Anyone know what this could be?? (I did a search and ame up with nothing).
I am in MD too. Someone in the after-market auto business told me something interesting. He had a state trooper come in as a customer with a modified Mustang. He said the cop told him that if the car doesn't come from the factory with mounting holes for the front bumper, you don't have to put it on. My salesman at the Porsche dealer couldn't verifiy that but he said he rarely hears of any cusomter problems with the police. So I don't know if that's true but if you decide to take the issue further and find anything out, let me know!
I have experienced the same with my '05 997. But since it is my first 911, I don't have a reference point. I've owned an M3 that was "easier" to drive.