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  • Present cars
    1999 996 C4 manual coupe
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    A C4S would be nice!
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    Toyota MR2 mk1, Subaru Impreza Turbo
  1. An independent Porsche specialist near London charged me about 20-30 mins labour to fix the problem. The switch itself cost very little, IIRC.
  2. Yes please. I'd like to try to do a proper fix on my visors, so the more information and pictures the better. Thanks.
  3. That looks like a pretty easy change. On the Boxster is it just a case of pulling out the transmission plug and quickly replacing the switch, ie a 5-10 minute job? Thanks for your help (and Loren too). You two do a great job on here!
  4. To clarify my previous posts: the bulbs aren't new, but I only temporarily put the reverse bulb in the indicator holder then operated my left indicators to ensure the reverse bulb was OK. This told me the reverse bulbs were OK and that it was a switching problem elsewhere. From further testing since my first post I've confirmed that sometimes I can get the reverse lights working (either both or neither come on). Basically it's an intermittent fault somewhere in the switching when reverse is engaged. Where is the reverse switch located on the transmission? Thanks.
  5. Thanks Loren. The car has never had an RMS replacement that I know of, but the reverse lights were definitely working a month or two ago, plus it passed the UK's yearly MOT test and a full Porsche inspection in February before I bought it. I've checked the fuse and it's fine, but I've tried engaging reverse while the car is parked a lot of times over the last few days and both reverse lights do come on about 30-40% of the time, but it is very much intermittent. I can shift it in and out of reverse 10 times and the lights won't come on, no matter how I put it in reverse (slow, fast, pushing
  6. I've noticed that both of my reverse lights have recently stopped working (RHD, 99 model, 996 C4 coupe, manual) and I wondered if anyone's had the same thing happen, or what I can check myself before getting Porsche to look at it. I've confirmed that the rear left side reverse bulb is still OK by plugging it into the indicator bulb holder. The only thing I've found in the forums is this recent topic entitled "Are any of these the reverse wire sensor?" http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=2119 I assume there's a wire from the gearshift to the box under the seat on the left
  7. Loren, Does your car have the black plastic "air guides" that normally sit behind a standard front bumper? I'm replacing my damaged std '99 front bumper with the GT3 one and I'm wondering whether there's any point replacing the cracked air guides or just leaving them out. The middle section of the new GT3 bumper won't be cut out if that makes any difference. Thanks.
  8. Exactly, there are so many different styles of driving -- like the 355-driving **** near me who likes to accelerate hard up the backside of cars, brake hard to avoid crashing into them, and then proceeds to sniff at their bumper until the poor sod moves aside for his highness. Grrr.
  9. Don't forget that ffelan is quoting UK mpg where a gallon is 20% bigger than the US. So his US MPG would be 17% lower: 15.8mpg city, 22.4mpg highway. 27 UK-mpg doesn't sound too bad for a Tip unless you drive at a constant 80mph on the motorway and rarely never accelerate/brake. Could it be that you're more used to the car now so you use the power as much as possible, which you're less likely to do in an unfamiliar car on a test drive? Also, do you use regular unleaded (95RON), super unleaded (97RON) or Optimax (98-99RON)? You should get better MPG with the better stuff.
  10. I've now got a 996 and have the front console removed. Now all I need is the GT3-delete trim in the right colour. My interior is Savannah / tan but my supplier tells me that his Porsche parts system lists the carpet piece (part #1 in Loren's exploded diagram) as only being available in 3 colours: black, dark grey and brown (T11). However, Carnewal's description of this item says it's "available in most factory carpet colors". Does anyone know what type of brown the code T11 is, or has anyone ordered this piece in a colour other than the above three?
  11. Thanks Loren. I'll have a go and see what I can break -- it can't be much worse than at the moment.
  12. If it's any help I used to drive a mk1 MR2 with a 320mm Raid steering wheel and although I wouldn't go any smaller on any car, the size was great and really sporty compared to the stock wheel of 370mm, ie about the size of a 996 wheel in fact. My only concern would be with the fairly weighty steering of a 996, which can only get heavier with a smaller wheel. If I had to make a choice between 370, 340 and 320 for my 996 I'd go for 340mm. Note that I only went for the 320mm wheel in my MR2 because I physically couldn't drive the car with a bigger wheel -- I'm 6'7" and the cockpit of the mk1 M
  13. On my 5-year old car my passenger visor's lid springs are gone (lid just flops down when opened) and the driver's side is half-way there too. Porsche told me this is a common problem but that the whole visor has to be replaced and of course they're something like £160 ($280) each. I wasn't going to worry, but if I can fix it myself then that would be great. Can these be fixed? Loren, could you send me any details you have? Thanks.
  14. I don't know where the original information was obtained from but the info below was posted recently, in this forum I think. I don't know what model year this refers to. The facelifted one I guess if Jim has had noticeable problems at 145mph... Here is a little trivia for you about how even the "little" stock wing on the carreras impacts the just the lift aspect of aerodinamics (996 carrera): Wing down Front lift (at 157mph) --> 64 kg Rear lift (at 157mph) --> 136 kg Wing up Front lift (at 157mph) --> 5 kg Rear lift (at 157mph) --> 14 kg BTW: GT3 rear lift
  15. Thanks Loren, that's a very informative expansion on what I've seen printed about the system in various car magazines. What I'm still missing though is how the 4WD system is utilised as part of the PSM program, if at all. At least one car magazine has stated that the 4WD system is used by the PSM to give extra benefit over a C2 with PSM. Does anyone know if power is sent to the front wheels without instructions from the PSM system -- ie the viscous clutch system just does its mechanical work -- and then if PSM notices a >7% slip it intervenes and does its work, presumably at which point t
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