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Everything posted by albonya

  1. So.. My blackberry slid under the passenger seat and then upon breaking, slid into an opening not much bigger than the phone into the area underneath the passenger side floorboard. This is a one in a million shot into this opening. Was wondering if it's worth it to have someone disassemble that area of the car or just to get a new $500 phone. 2006 C4 Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. Store bought CD's can get bad burns too. Could also be a temporary problem with the laser or disc wobble/slip on the tray.
  3. I've had this problem as well. I've reduced it down to the quality of CD-R you are using to record the MP3's. Try using Verbatim CDR's or another high quality media. Avoid Maxell, TDK and Memorex, these are junk. I re-recorded all of my MP3 CD's using high quality media and it has (so far) solved the problem. Also turn on the highest quality setting on your burning software. Use error checking if possible.
  4. No they can't. The pipe diameters are different yeah, figured that out a while ago. there are tip adapters but you most likely have to have them fabbed. (you can use the AWE 997S exhaust system and use those tips on a 997.)
  5. Why not do the cats also as they are the biggest gain out of the three(20hp or so). I believe in another thread you are talking about getting the PSE, why not get the PSE and change the header and cats to AWE. That what I'm think of doing. The AWE muffler only add about 4hp. I'm not considering the PSE. It's just a noise box. EVO V-Flow adds enough growl for under $600. I have a non-S and AWE told me their full system only gives 8-9 hp on that model but even that gets cancelled when the tips are added (??). The reason the S gets so much power from an exhaust switch is that the headers were
  6. That's not too bad and I don't mean to be disrespectful in any way but you might want to run your lease through a calculator or spreadsheet. With a purchase price of $49k, 6.5% State Sales Tax, 6.5% and $0 down (assuming a 56% residual - current ALG) the payment would be around $758 a month or $1515 less over the whole lease. Not a huge amount but it has to be hidden in there somewhere.
  7. Not bad at all. if you don't mind me asking what bank offered you the 2% on a Porsche lease?
  8. It's really up to you the driver whether or not leasing is a good idea. If you like to constantly drive the latest models with the latest tech, lease. If you drive your car until the wheels fall off, buy. However I do think it's bad to buy and then trade up every few years because at that point you are experiencing the maximum amount of depreciation in the shortest period of time on your resale or even worse, a trade-in. $200 less a month to lease than buy? That doesn't sound right and I wouldn't trust that dealer, sounds like he's padding rates or pushing a purchase, or he is giving you the
  9. >>I'm not a fan of leasing because even with perfect information, there is still room for manipulation. Ask yourself why dealers are so motivated to lease a car over selling them. It has nothing to do with moving units, the margin is higher (source:Finance mgr at a prestigious Dallas dealer) because they can be more creative with YOUR money.<< Interesting stuff but I don't think it's entirely true. They can only manipulate you if you don't know what 's involved in a lease calculation and you don't keep track of the cap cost through every part of the process but other than tha
  10. sunracer Dealer may prefer you lease for several reasons, one being that you'll be back in 3 years and hopefully get another car from them and another being that they will most likely be able to sell your return for above payoff. He may have just been being straight with you and recommended leasing due to the depreciation you incur Your car may never need service. Major service I would put at 3k or more. The only reason to mention this is that everytime you need expensive service you are adding cost to an already depreciated asset and value plummets even further. Porsche parts, though the
  11. Having leased 5 cars in the past 12 years from 4Runners, to X5's to Cayenne's to an LR3 and a 997 (both in Jan of 06) and I've learned a bit from each experience. My advice is take a lease if you plan to keep your mileage down (a 10k mile per year lease will up your residual 2-3% points) and if you do not plan to buy the car down the road and NEVER put a big down payment on a car. Depreciation in the first 2 years will kill you if you have to or want to get out of the car. Also, secure your own financing before you go if you can get a great rate. More on this below. Happy, Depreciation on
  12. S wheels have a much more aggressive look in my opinion. Sport Design look more geared towards the "street machine" type of car.
  13. That's exactly what I'm hoping to be able to do, avoid adding a changer. Does the PCM immediatly recognize your MP3 disk as such, or do you have to go into a menu of some sort? Mine just tells me it is not an audio CD. I'm thinking that I don't have either the latest software, or hardware to read the disk. Hopefully it is the software, & it can be upgraded. I just did a search of the 05 Manual for the 997 and there is no mention of mp3 at all so it looks like it might have been an addition for 06. Yes, the system recognizes it and a little wma/mp3 icon pops up on the lower righ
  14. Works on my 06 997. there is a section in the manual for it. cool thing is, it recognizes any folder system you use on the disc. So if you want to put 8 albums on a disc or different bands, you can make a folder for each and they will show up on the PCM screen. pretty much removes the need for the changer if you didn't get it stock.
  15. Kit I bought was $1575.00 from Suncoast Motorsports. Your dealer might give you a better price if you also have it installed. I reccomend finding a good motorsports shop in your area to do it though. Dealer quoted me $600 to install this stuff (not including the activation). I got it done for a fraction of that. I never priced the wheel by itself. To have the carbon wheel MF only installed during build is a $1350 option so I would assume it's a bit more to purchase as an add-on. $1575 package was a dealer special from Porsche (supposedly). http://e-partssales.com/Merchant2/merchant...ory_C
  16. I'm really not sure if it's the same for the 6 spd. The part number for the same carbon kit that I ordered is different for the 997 6spd. It is: 99704480037A10 It is actually a better deal to purchase the Wheel, shifter and ebrake than to buy the wheel by itself. I don't know what the individual part number is for the wheel only. Activating the wheel is going to likely cost you a few hundred bucks at the dealer.
  17. No additional parts. They just swapped the stock leather tip wheel for the carbon multi-function (was told it only comes in the MF when you buy it as an add on with the shifter/ebrake) and then ran it over to the dealer for the computer re-program. This apparently is not a PCM based procedure, they have to interface the ECU (I could be wrong but that's the way I understood it). Carbon kit I installed: 99704480038A10 on a 2006 C4 Coupe Tiptronic.
  18. Heejin To do a very basic test, you can take it to a shop that has a Dynamometer and do a chart before and after install. Not sure what the cost involved is though. Please post if you in fact decide to do this.
  19. Well, I just got my wheel replaced and want to post some real world info. Sorry for the confusion but in the 997 the wiring harness for the multi-function wheel is actually installed even if you don't have that option (at least mine was). After install however, you will have to have the new multi-function wheel activated/programmed with the Porsche Dealer equipment. Not only do you need this to use the multi-function buttons but you need it to also activate the Tiptronic rocker switches on the wheel so your car will be straight auto only until you have it done.
  20. In case anyone was curious, the Gemballa Powerkit for the 997 is around $7000 installed (!).
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