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About colinisaac

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  • Birthday 12/07/1973

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    Hemel Hempstead, Herts, England
  • Porsche Club
    PCGB (Porsche Club Great Britain)
  • Present cars
    2004 996 GT3
  • Former cars
    1985 Vauxhall Astra - White 1300cc - My First Car
    1993 BMW 318SE - Calypso Red - Had It For 9.5 Years
  1. To add a European perspective. Ruf and 9ff both fit variants of the Bilsteins. Manthey Motorsports (who run the factory backed cars in the VLN events at the Nurburgring and elsewhere) offer a custom KW v3 kit that is highly thought of and Parr (Race team and Porsche motorsport importer in the UK) do a setup with JRZs. Motons are supposedly disproportionately pricey and are generally not used other than on racing cars over here. Personally I still haven't clocked that much track time and will stay with stock until they need replacing. If that were today though, I would almost certainly go wit
  2. Why do you want to remove the ceramic rotor? Any problems on the street or track? Not necessarliy a lot of use to you in the US, but some of the independent specialists over her in the UK offer replacement kits for ceramics which use the original PCCB calipers. It would perhaps be worth getting in touch - they may ship a solution to you or know of someone with a similar product on your side of the puddle. Try http://www.jzmachtech.com and http://www.parr-uk.co.uk for more info/contacts (no personal experience as I am still on the original stock parts, but both come very highly recommende
  3. I am not planning to track mine until next year (so nothing first hand), but I have been looking into this so since nobody else has replied... Firstly on the cost of normal maintenance, while I stand to be corrected the running cost as a road car are so far proving to be rather less than a normal 964 (parents used to have one until this year), so I cannot imagine a 964RS will be any cheaper. However, track costs are a different matter as tyres and brakes are pricey items. Wear rates will differ depending upon how you drive on track but from what I can determine the cost on 'consumables' wi
  4. The problem is that even now, several months down the line, thinking about driving the toy causes me to start to smirk. However, having lived with it for a while I can now offer a broader perspective. Not least because I am far too familiar with your comments about third gear (pulls on to bypass - NO other cars - result! Hold second, hold third, into 4th, check speedo - realise that you go to jail for less over here - and slow right back down to 85, hook 6th, calm down). Euphoirc feeling of adrenaline, rebellion, guilt and having got away with it then follows. After you stop, the enormous stup
  5. I'll chip in here despite having never had a Boxter (I went with a 911 from a similar but more costly dilema against staying with BMWs, but I am familiar with Boxters and MX5s [they aren't called Miatas in Europe] from people I know who do own them). The bottom line is that the Porsche is (IMHO, and probably that of most people here) a better car, but you are never going to get near the pure value for money of the Mazda, which has a worldwide reputation as THE value for money 'drivers car'. Your real dilema is not so much one car or the other, but how prepared are you to swallow an entirely
  6. And just to finish off the thread: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?&...ew_item&CID=460 Picked it up today and have merrily drank a third of a tank of fuel already B) Well - I had to show a little restraint... Colin
  7. I have just got back from a test drive at another dealer (over 50 miles away) where I put a deposit down on an August 04 GT3. Black with leather bucket seats with embossed crests, Xenon lights, 6300 miles. I'll be picking it up in about a week or so... Suffice to say: can't wait. :jump: Thanks to everyone for their thoughts, encouragement and advice. Colin
  8. I did think about that. A lot. And given how much hassel I am having getting a 996 I am still considering it, but there are three obstacles I am struggling to get past. (i) I would have to wait over a year for it. (ii) It is a substantial slice of cash for something I haven't even seen in the metal, much less had a chance to drive. (iii) Given the second point, I am having serious trouble getting past the fact that a sensibly specified 997GT3 is the cost of a brand new Lexus (IS admittedly) _more_ than a 2 year old 996. It is a big gamble - active dampers, variable ratio steering and stabili
  9. Sadly not :( I didn't want to buy sight unseen (shouldn't be an issue with a dealer car I guess, but I had only driven a car with the Comfort spec [i.e. basic Porsche sports seats] and I wanted to be sure that the buckets would fit me before committing to buy - reserving the car would have taken a £2k NON-Returnable deposit). However someone else did a couple of days later while I was considering it, so it was sold by Porsche UK before it was even prepared to be sent out to the dealership. Which leaves me in something of a quandry. I asked my dealer if they could get a car in from either
  10. Today was a strange day. Until now the only Porsche I had driven was a 964. Today I test drove the 997S and the 996GT3 and it took all of my self control not to make the most expensive decision of my life so far on the spot... The 997 was a great car and I loved it, then I tried the GT3 (04 model) and frankly I still have the same stupid grin on my face 9 hours later and my old car (of over 9 years - a BMW) felt utterly wrong when I went to drive it home. I guess you guys already know how that feels. Anyway, before I decide whether or not to take the plunge I wanted to get some thoughts fr
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