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    Dallas, Texas
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2005, 997S, Cab
  • Future cars
    none
  • Former cars
    996-C2 Cab, Mercedes E55 (2), Mercedes SL500 (2), Lexus GS400, GS430, NSX, BMW 745Li (currrent daily driver).
  1. I've seen Porsche Dealer rebuilds and you wouldn't know it from the factory. New engine, man. Don't even worry about it. I know you're stressed, as would I be, but you're going to have a new engine. As long as they do all the work and you keep all the papers, you're fine. Enjoy your new car.
  2. I had a Cayenne as a loaner while the dealer was servicing my 997S. These are such significantly different cars it's not even funny. One's an SUV, and the other a sports car. While the Cayenne tries, and does a pretty good job, it's not even in the same league as the 997S. However, if you pony-up heavy for the Turbo, you're getting close. Porsche has done the best job of making the Cayenne drive tight and peppy, but it's an SUV and a solid effort to capture people like you looking to move out of their sports car and into an SUV. I drive my 997 about two to three times a week and look forward to my intimate driving time. If you must go the SUV route, the Cayenne is a nice move. I had the six cylinder non-S, non-Turbo. I have to tell you, IT IS SLOOOOOOOOW. Sure it has the shifter and makes some noise when you mash the pedal, but it just doesn't move. The suspension is among the best I've seen on an SUV. I wish you luck in your decision. My advice: get a loaner from them of the model you're considering. I would really push you to at least the S or Turbo if you can since the ponies are pathetic in the standard model. :drive: Regards... Happy 911, yes i have had several Cayenne loaners as well, all V6. They drive nice, but are tortously slow and under powered. This is a tough decision as i really love driving my car but just don't seem to do it offten. i have less than 3000 miles on the odo and it has almost been a year. i think that Turbo Cay. would be fun but a waste of money. i owned a VW Toureg and love it, but the service sucked so i sold it. tough decision but i am trying to be practical so to speak. I feel your pain. I have two little ones and they rarely drive in my 997S. My daily driver is a 745LI with plenty of leg room for even the kick'iest kid. VW, horrible service! Any chance you can get the CayS? I will tell you, at 6'3'', I get tired of crawling out of my 997, but the ride is worth it. I'm a car whore and am always looking for a reason to jump on the next babe (car, that is). I've had my 997S for six months and plan on keeping it for awhile. I, too, have a guilt comlex about having such an expensive car sitting idle in the garage looking pretty. My wife has to constantly persuade me it's ok to have such a toy, but I'm from poor roots and it haunts me to no end. You can take the poor guy out of the hood, but you can't take the hood out of the guy. Enjoy your car. And if you grow tired of it,..move on. Get the Cay and enjoy it. Life's short and all you can take are your experiences. May as well make them good ones :king: . m
  3. Wow! You're crazy. Good for you figuring this all out. How long did this project take you to do? I can take anything in the world apart, just getting it back can be a b****.
  4. I live in the country 100 miles from Porsche dealer, tire stores, etc. My '05 997 is garaged in an old stone barn. My driveway is 1/2 mile of crushed rock. the only local tire store services tractors and pickup trucks. The twisty country road I drive are even more remote. I worry about flats! Through Ebay and shopping around on net, I found a 996 'spare tire' & aluminum scissor jack, a lug wrench & 9mm (?) socket for lug nuts, and canvas tire cover. I tested all this out on the car, front and back tires, in the safety and comfort of my garage and it all works - good wheel fit, jack operates as designed (be sure to use front & rear 'jack points'), etc. This 'kit' all fits into my front luggage space, nice and neat in the canvas cover. Because if can roll side to side, I shove a soft bag next to it. A couple of notes: The spare tire must be partially deflated to fit in trunk, so using the compressor supplied by Porsche will be required once spare is put on car. Also, the flat tire and wheel will not fit into truck (the wheel might if tire shredded), so it will have to be put in the back seat; add a heavy-duty large plastic trash bag to your 'kit' to put tire/wheel in after it comes off car. This took me about a month to pull together and I kept wondering if it was worth it. Any way you slice it, it would be a big mess, a lot of trouble, and probably ruin the day, since a return home on the spare would be required. But, considering the alternatives, I'd much rather have this option than to be stranded on the side of the road for what I am sure would be the better part of the day. Hope this helps. Man do I agree with you. I have a 997 and am scared to death of a flat. Getting one would spell disaster I'm sure. Goo! Goo is good for gluing my sneaker sole back on. I'm getting the wheel and jack. Thanks mcuh for testing and providing the results.
  5. I had a Cayenne as a loaner while the dealer was servicing my 997S. These are such significantly different cars it's not even funny. One's an SUV, and the other a sports car. While the Cayenne tries, and does a pretty good job, it's not even in the same league as the 997S. However, if you pony-up heavy for the Turbo, you're getting close. Porsche has done the best job of making the Cayenne drive tight and peppy, but it's an SUV and a solid effort to capture people like you looking to move out of their sports car and into an SUV. I drive my 997 about two to three times a week and look forward to my intimate driving time. If you must go the SUV route, the Cayenne is a nice move. I had the six cylinder non-S, non-Turbo. I have to tell you, IT IS SLOOOOOOOOW. Sure it has the shifter and makes some noise when you mash the pedal, but it just doesn't move. The suspension is among the best I've seen on an SUV. I wish you luck in your decision. My advice: get a loaner from them of the model you're considering. I would really push you to at least the S or Turbo if you can since the ponies are pathetic in the standard model. :drive: Regards...
  6. The fabric needs to be seperated and restitched to remove the existing tears in the plastic. I'm not sure if this can be done to a reasonable standard. Using any type of adhesive will only make a mess of your car and not solve the problem. You need an upholstery pro to look at this. If this is happening in a few areas, I'd consider replacing the top.
  7. I'm with you. Why bother painting them because once you put a socket to them, they're toast. Show me the photos of them on. THat paint will come off like a candy wrapper.
  8. I live in Colleyville, used to live in Plano. I take mine to Boardwalk since my 997 is certified and under warranty, but they've really been bad lately since their doing crapy Audis too. Their in process of building just a Porsche dealership. Let me tell you, I sat in their waiting room for an hour while they checked in all these audis first. I won't go back 'til they get their sh** together. Park Place does a good job and are negotiable if you push 'em. If you're out of warranty, you're probably looking for someone other than the dealer. There's a shop off 183 in Bedford-- I beleive, right next to the Park Place Mercedes Dealership that does Porsche. From what I hear, good work at good prices. Some of the repair shops charge as much as the dealer, be wary. I'll see if I can find their name, my buddy uses them for his 993 and swears by them.
  9. That's worth it. I painted mine on my previous Porsche, a 996, and it was time consuming. You're getting a deal.
  10. Anytime you replace the windshield you disturb the impact aborbing integrity of the car. Believe it or not, the windshield is a very important part of the car's ability to absorb energy during an accident. If the windshield is not installed properly, it can pop out and even decapitate the occupants of the car. This isn't to scare you, just make you realize how important it is to get it done right. They MUST use gloves or the oil on thier hands will interfere with the adhesives properties, creating weak points on the glass and frame of the car. Check with your insurance company on who to use and watch them do it, from start to finish. Your life may depend on the quality of their work. German glass is notoriously soft. I have a BMW and 997 and I swear if it rains I get little chips. I am close to replacing the glass just because I hate all the little dots. I would try the repair first and if it doesn't meet your standards, replace it, but do it right. Good luck.
  11. Man, can I sympathize with you. I had a 996 that had wind noise that sent me over the edge. After three trips to Porsche and multiple adjustments to the window angle etc., I took it upon myself to find the problem. I taped up my window with electical tape on the outside. The noise appeared to be coming from the driver's side window area. So after a roll of tape and many test drives, I was stunned to find it was the MIRROR. You see, noise travels and can easily fool you. The source may not be where is appears, or sounds, to be. After taping the miror up, the sound was gone. So I pealed off all the window tape and left the mirror tape on and no noise. I took the car back to the dealer and explained the situation and the took the mirror apart and rebuilt it. No more noise. Go figure. Also, The metal sounds. Many factors can influence the sounds metal makes: heat (how hard you drive the car-rpms), speeds you drive it at and age. Here's why; the air cools metals around your engine and under the car pretty effeciently, but at lower speeds you'll find the metal can actually be hotter than higher speeds, depending on RPM's. I took my lazer thermal probe and read temperatures on my pipes and converter under the car after traveling across the DFW metroplex and it was much cooler than when driving hard around my neighborhood. The car reaches its maximum temperature AFTER you stop, not while you are driving. The metals continue to expand until they begin to cool and contract, and both processes create sound. Some cars are lounder than others. My buddies 997 sounds like a mouse compared to mine, but I drive at higher rpms per shift than he does and miine runs hotter. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. Good luck...
  12. Don't mess around with the windshield install. The windshield's primary function is to protect the driver from debris, but also to serve as an important piece of structural rigidity that adds to the car's ability to absorb and transfer impact pressures as a result of an accident. There was a special on DateLine a few months ago discussing faulty windshield installers habits. If the installer touches the windshield's edge, where the adhesive meets the glass and the frame, the results can be catastrophic. In some instances the glass detached and beheaded the occupants of the vehicle. The oil on your hand compromises the integrity of the adhesive material and creates weak points on the windshield causing it to POP out during an accident. The good installers use gloves and knows the problems their laziness can cause. I recently had the windshield replaced in my wife's suburban and used the recommended installer that USAA suggested. I inspected the glass prior to installation, looking for fingerprints, and watched him install it. If he touched that glass, I'd have sent him packing. Do not fool around with this project, it's serious business. Also, if you buy a windshield off a wrecked car, that glass can already be compromised, but not visible to the naked eye. There are many areas to save money when conducting DIY projects, this is not one. Don't believe me, cruise the internet on the topic, ask the windshield installers. Pay-up and watch them closely. Let them know you are aware of the dangers. Good luck.
  13. I just put mine on and the drilling is a bit**. I ended up using my electric drill rather than my 14v battery drill. Also, the dead rest on my 997 came off and I was able to drill the holes and line it up prior to installing. They look really good. I'll post photos of them. I was a little bummed too. They advertised hex screws and sent me phillips. What a rip!! I'm heading to Lowes later for the match-up so I can ditch the phillips. Good luck.
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