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thewelshone replied to slahti's topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)Just changed my 996 c2 for a high milage 997.1 c2s 2004. 109K however it has just had a full engine rebuild at 108K and should go quite happily for another 100K. Car drives fantastically well and feels like it has just rolled out of the factory. One previous owner has kept is in perfect condition as will .... it helps that I've bought the car from one of the most reputable used porsche dealers in the UK RSJSportsCars, who I have to say prepared the car (to a standard porsche delivering new from the factory would be hard pushed to better) and changed anything that would need changing before I took delivery of it which helps no end. I would consider a 3rd party warranty, there are several in the UK that have a good rep - not sure about the US... One week in and there is an air con leak that needs the engine out to fix - however RSJsportscars again proving their fantastic service have taken it in under the warranty they give with the car and will do the work at no cost or inconvenience to me. Fantastic service. BTW engine rebuild was because of bore scoring, which I'm told seems to be quite a common issue with the 997.1
Just an update to my post on the dectane rears. I've now also installed front LED headlights bought from Design911.com. Will post pictures once I have taken some. The install was not easy however, unlike the normal plug and play units from porsche, the LED units from Design 911 while appearing to be identical in size actually had slight variances in size around the plug / interface at the back of the unit that slots into the car. It took quite some fiddling to get them installed and at one point almost gave up to take them to my local specialist to try installing. They look fantastic now they are installing and working however I would give a couple warning with them: 1) They were very tricky to install! Fit and finnish while good was not up to the Porsche standards and I also seem to get a little wind noise from them at high speed unlike the original lights. 2) This is a big point, the porsche units have adjustment holes you can configure using an allan key, so you can get the level and alignment of the lights correct for the road. The units I bought from design 911 do not have any adjustment ports and so once installed you cannot manually configure the level and alignment of the lights. Had I know how tricky they light install was going to be and that there was no level / direction adjustments for the units I might actually have tried finding an alternative set of replacement lamps. Pictures to come shortly.
Ah thanks 1dmurray that makes sense, I wont worry then! Lights really look amazing. I've decided to update the front headlamps and all other external lighting (number plates) with LED's. Ill post some pictures once I have them installed.
Hi I thought I would reply to this post, I bought and installed a set of Dectane LED rears for my 996 911 yesterday evening. Install was incredibly straight forward, one bolt removes the light and you simply insert and slide into place the replacement unit. Both were installed within in 15 minutes including testing time. Please see below the pictures of my 996 before and after, the lights really freshen up the appearance of the rear of the car. Only one issue I have and that is that only one fog light illuminates on the right hand side rear light. Im not sure if this is normal and expected or if the left light is faulty. Ill up date this post when I get some feedback from Dectane. Hope the images are useful.