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  1. Same here, my C2 was at OPC for 2 days so that they could hear this on a cold start. All fine and normal. Apparently there are quite a few things it could be, not just the cat as definitively stated, but right now i cant remember exactly what the two other things were.
  2. Yep - everyone just regurgitates what they heard other people say. Hence a Boxster has a rep as a hair dressers car or not a proper Porsche - totally bollocks, but so many people say it. Porsche are fastidious with thier testing, and yes problems do happen as they do on all cars. The severity of the engine issues and costs involved is what resulted in the negative press towards any of the 996 or 997 engines, not the frequency of occurence. After all, 75% of all Porsches ever made are still on the road - that stands for something. As for advice on driving it - make sure its warm, got fuel oil and water and then hit the loud pedal and hit it hard. :-) Mark
  3. Just to add: 11.5 v in a 12v battery means the battery is ruined. However, I would not expect to have to change a battery just because it is four years old. On my yacht I have 5 12v batteries which are constantly monitored for charge rates, standing volts when no charge or drain is there and also how long before the battery drops voltage when in use with no charging. I cant remember the rules on the decimal points, but 11.5 v is definately knackered.I think they should maintain about 12.2v but Its been a while since I read the engineering facts on batteries. I rely on my batteries for navigation, depth sounding, wind instruments, VHF radio, SSB radio, Navtex weather reports, laptop, lights etc etc. They are critical to my safety and I sail solo and have been as far as UK to the Meditterranean. My batteries are older than four years and I have no concerns about them. This idea that they need changing every 4 years reminds me of the idea that brake discs need changing at xx,xxx miles. If they are still good, they dont need changing.
  4. In the UK the S comes with tyres that cost twice as much, a road tax that is twice as much, brakes that cost a lot more for discs and pads, and marginally less fuel economy. ALso 19" wheels which reduce handling, drive efficiency and comfort and increase road noise - they are loud cars already in terms of road noise. All the NON-S cars I looked at had PASM. Xenon, Sunroofs, NAV, Phone, headlight washers and MF steering wheels. For me, being able to say "I can get to 60 in less than half a second faster, and can do an extra 7 mph" is not worth the additional costs. In Germany the C2 is the more popular, and it is the more useable everyday for me because I have a lot of speed bumps near me which are a pain on 19" wheels. In the UK people are quite passionate about having the S, but I really do not think it is anymore than someone wanting to have "Bragging rights". It's a lot of extra money for a S badge and a few marginal extras and as mentioned an plenum will give you a significant performance boost along with the associated mods, IF you feel you need to get to your top speed faster than the Carrera can do it. For me, the Carrera is plenty enough and I paid less for the car, will loose less on depreciation and when it falls into the cheaper price range may well sell easier as people spending that kind of money in the UK will not neccessarilly want to spent $2000 on two rear tyres after they have paid out $1000 for road tax and $3500 for new brakes. For me, it makes the ownersip experience more pleasureable that I am not spending that much on tyres and brakes every year. If I was, I think I would be annoyed about it, regardless of whether I can afford it or not. Mark EDIT: Congrats on the new purchase, she is beautiful. I also envy the autobahn moment you had.
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