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About 996_4_fun

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    Mission Viejo, Calif
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    2003 996 Targa
  1. For 996 Targa owners, especially those in sunny locations like me in SoCal :thumbup: , you know that the perforated sunscreen only provides limited protection from direct sun..... I guess that is why some spend $400+ for an aftermarket sunscreen without perforations. On hot days, I actually avoid the Targa as it simply gets too hot. For $10, I got a square-ish (28" x 31") dash sunshade at Walmart that fits perfectly between the gap below the roof and the console lights (see picture attached). It fits snug in the gap without putting any pressure on anything that might break. It doesn't sag and
  2. I have Targa also and have had intermittent issues with the lid. For me, it was the micro switches in the Close Assist Assembly (.....the mechanism which opens the lid and locks it into place when closing). The micro switch got stuck in the down(closed) position which confuses the roof/lid module. One thing that worked for me when it got stuck in this position was to close the roof and disconnect the main battery and reconnect. This seemed to clear the error codes in the module and lid would then close. If this doesn't work, you might try to locate the micro switch by looking down into the hol
  3. Hello, Just to finish off topic, the rear hatch became intermittant again :censored: I took it into the local Porsche shop (Vision Motorsports in Laguna Hills, Calif) to diagnose; their PIWIS indicated fault # 8 which is a microswitch problem in the Close Assist Mechanism. Seem like Switch was stcking in the down/closed position even with Hatch open. He exercised it a few times and seems to be working now. If continues to stick, will require replacment of the microswitch, which is better then needing to replace the whole assembly or the Targa module. My Durametric running latest version (6
  4. Loren, Thanks very much for the rapid and detailed response....it's more than I could have hoped for. I'm generally comfortable (aka dangerous) with tools but I couldn't locate the 30pin connector going to the Close Assist mechanism for the rear hatch. I had the rear carpeted panel and the plastic panel that sits on top of the Close Assist mechanism off, but no matter how closely I loooked I couldn't find a 30 pin cable going to the mechanism unless it was wrapped up in some of the black tape. There are 2 large connectors (look to be 30 pins) going into the back of the Targa Control Module;
  5. Hello, This is a GREAT site, well organized, with lots of helpful Porsche folks.I have a 2003 Targa with intermittent rear hatch problem. The hatch intermittently does not open with either the direct switch on door sill or remote switch on key. If I turn the alarm on/off a few times, the rear hatch sometimes does work once. Hatch does open 100% of time at least once if I disconnect the car battery. I do know the roof needs to be in close position which it is and the roof does work reliably. Also, at least based on the lights on the instrument cluster, the sensor in the Close Assist Assembly
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