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  1. Porsche Dealer quoted $10,200 just for the engine and another 1500 to install (I heard the prices have gone up). So its more like 13K with tax etc. and the other kicker to that is, spend 13K and you just have the same car as you did before the failure. No real added value or performance. -oh well, live and learn I suppose. My worry is that the motor isn't actually much better and the fact that caughing up another 13K isn't that easy to do (yeah I'm admitting to myself that I probably bought too much car if I can't afford to fix it, but this was way more than any repair I'd expected). If I keep the car for the next 5-6 years then the new motor may be the best option but I may opt to just put the cheapest motor possible and try to get rid of the car as quickly as I can since its already costing me a small fortune. Still debating - I've lost a bit of the love. Thanks for the input - Does anybody know if all the 3.4's were built with these same issues or does a later 3.4 from an 00 or 01 have a better bearing and will it be plug-and-play?
  2. I'm now the proud owner of a $43,000 paperweight. I had an engine failure out of warranty after purchasing a 99 cab less than a year ago. I need to swap out the engine and wanted to know if the 99 3.4 is my only realistic option. I don't want to throw tons of money at it but if its reasonable, I'd love to update the engine to the 3.6 or 3.8 (I have the original manual 6 speed). Any help would be great. I'll keep scouring eBay and salvage yards, so far only I've only located one 3.4 for 6,500 or 10,500 from the dealer.
  3. My 1999 Cab had the same failure at 48,000 miles. Out of warranty and now I'm out of luck. I wish I'd never have purchased the car. I'm so far underwater on this thing. I'm now on a search for a wrecked 996 to pull a motor from since I'm not giving Porsche another 12K.
  4. Cintinue driving it and don't worry. Since they say you need an engine replacement anyway at your expense, if it drives fine, why worry about it? It makes a noise that everybody asks, what is that? So I know it will eventually fail and leave me stranded on the side of the road in a puff of glorious smoke. So I don't think I really want to do that option but might have to. I checked my pockets this a.m. and still didn't have $11,000 laying around either. By the way - PCNA said they wouldn't provide any assistance..... So I'm at a loss for now. I'll take it to a 3rd service place and see what they say. This might sound too simple and even ridiculas, but it happened with a buddy's 997. Everytime he started the car, he got a god awful metal rattling noise from the back of it. Dealer could not determine what it was. He came by one night and I listened to it, over and over again until we found out what it was. The noise would only occur for a few seconds after each startup. Problem: Bottom of the back license plate was vibrating against the car. I would have realized if it was just a vibration...Anyways the saga continues. Engine intermediate shaft let go today. The intermediate shaft failed about 1-2 weeks after the initial noise was heard. It actaully let go as the car was on the lift while a 3rd shop was inspecting the car. Scared the crap out the mechanics who scattered when it went BANG. Well I now have no choice but to find a new engine. If anybody has a good line a motor, let me know. I've located one with 8K mi. and the mechanic offered the motor and install for $7500 so that's been the least expensive thus far. Porsche wants about 12-13K for a reman and install. I've written PCNA to request assistance but I don't think I'll get any. Looks like I may have a low mileage 996 for sale soon. Very disappointed in Porsche. I was talking to another friend of mine who had a '99 996 and his motor failed at 16,000 miles. In my point of view it is unacceptable for Porsche to make such a low quality engine. I don't think I have any legal recourse since it was out of warranty by years. Hope you all have better luck.
  5. Cintinue driving it and don't worry. Since they say you need an engine replacement anyway at your expense, if it drives fine, why worry about it? It makes a noise that everybody asks, what is that? So I know it will eventually fail and leave me stranded on the side of the road in a puff of glorious smoke. So I don't think I really want to do that option but might have to. I checked my pockets this a.m. and still didn't have $11,000 laying around either. By the way - PCNA said they wouldn't provide any assistance..... So I'm at a loss for now. I'll take it to a 3rd service place and see what they say.
  6. Cintinue driving it and don't worry. Since they say you need an engine replacement anyway at your expense, if it drives fine, why worry about it? It makes a noise that everybody asks, what is that? So I know it will eventually fail and leave me stranded on the side of the road in a puff of glorious smoke. So I don't think I really want to do that option but might have to. I checked my pockets this a.m. and still didn't have $11,000 laying around either.
  7. I asked the dealer how sure they were - Quote "Pretty dang sure" Outlook is bleak in that regards but I'll have somebody else look at it. Anybody know another so cal Porsche dealer?
  8. Last week my car (99 Cab) started making an audible noise at startup idle. The noise is intermittent and cannot be heard while driving. I was concerned and took it to an independent who thought it was the clutch but he wasn't sure. This a.m. I took the car to the dealer for some reassurance and he called this afternoon with the devasting news that he thinks it is internal - the intermediate shaft going bad - and the engine is a total loss. The dealer wants $11,000 to replace the engine. Is this a common issue? Has anyone been able to get Porsche to cover it out of warranty period, if it is a known problem? Should I have another dealer inspect the car? Are the new engines any better? Can a fairly adept mechanic replace the engine with one from a salvage yard? Needless to say I'm a bit shocked and depressed. I've only had the car a year (only 48K on the car) and if I traded it in as is, I'd be underwater another $20,000 from what I bought the car for. Any knowledge or help may be needed. Kevin
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