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Everything posted by dphatch

  1. All the 997's are the same way I believe to insure that you don't get a whistling sound from the space between the hood and the front bumper.
  2. I peered inside the wheel well of my '05, and though I couldn't see anything through the louvres in the plastic liner using a flashlight, I saw the 3 or 4 big screws that hold it in place. Perhaps removing the liner as PAULSPEED suggests will reveal this mysterious emergency cable release. Please let us know of your progress, because none of us are above doing dumb things like locking keys in the trunk! Good luck. Try behind the tow hook cover in the front bumber. The release cable it often visible/accessable once the cover has been removed. Cover pops off. Cover the blade of a screw driver and use it to pry off the cover
  3. Should be approximately 4 to 4 1/2 " maybe a tad more but less than 5". I use a Sears floor jack with the jack pad attachment ( round metal receiving piece that fits into a hole on the end of the jack ) removed and in it's place use a piece of thick rubber mat to protect the jack points on the car. A hockey puck will work also depending upon the jack you are using.
  4. When tuned to a radio station I would agree that the Bose system isn't that great. Unless you turn the volume way up the sound is terrible with or without the surround sound enabled. On a CD however I find the sound to be better and prefer the surround sound enabled. As for the ability of the system to rattle the doors that doesn't impressive me as the doors rattle whether the the system is on or off. The whole PCM - Nav system is a big disappointment in my book and a poorly executed effort on Porsches part. The MOST bus optical interface just adds insult to injury by making it nearly impossible to upgrade the system which is soarly needed to bring it up to par with much less expensive systems in much less expensive cars.
  5. Isn't there a way to download these manuals from Porsche electronically ? I thought I had seen something like that during all my internet roaming !! Although as i read the phrase " from Porsche electronically " I think I must have dreamed it. :D Hey, it just dawned on me that the PCM2 manual is available for downloading on this site if you become a contributing member. Considering the other stuff that's available in the form of "downloadable" info when you become a contributing member it's worth it in my opinion. Not trying to sell you anything here just thought it worth mentioning.
  6. I think the CPO will cause you lest grief in the long run. Besides, the car has to go through an extensive check to qualify for CPO status which, in itself, should give you an extra measure of comfort knowing that the car is in good condition when you buy it.
  7. BS on the "it's normal" response. If it wasn't doing it before they screwed with stuff that didn't need screwing with than it needs to be put right. If the dealer won't do it get hold of Porsche's regional office and tell them your story and tell them you want it to run they way it did before you brought to the dealer for service. Once it's fixed to your satisfaction find another dealer to do business with, preferably one that doesn't use the 'it's normal" excuse when they screw up and don't want to admit it. Shaking could be caused by a misfire. PIWIS read should indicate anything that's amiss with the engine. They should check for codes. Could be a disconnected vacuum line on the intake. I'm not sure why they would mess with motor mounts during any regular service.
  8. I have had no major issues with my C4S. Ride with the PASM is better on rough pavement than stock suspension and you've got the option of the stiffer setting when you want it. Lower miles is always better than higher miles and there are few, if any , differences between the '06 and '07 model year cars. Full leather will make it easier to sell but not worth many dollars to you when you do as everyone wants to get something for nothing when buying a used car. I'd buy the lower mileage C4S and try and work the price down a bit.
  9. Have read many posts on that subject and I'm of the opinion that it will not boost performance any noticeable degree. To take your question one step further there are few , if any, aftermarket add on's that will produce any noticeable performance. Claimed HP improvements based on Dyno results are impossible to verify and even more difficult to duplicate. Noticeable improvements require big $$ investments in either a super charger or bigger bores, pistons, etc... Save your money and buy a Turbo next time or one of the new direct injection 997.2 cars.
  10. Pressures for the 19" wheels are 33 front and 40 rear. However, with the lower profile rubber you may want to to the high side of the spec which would be 36 front and 44 rear.
  11. For what it's worth, the dimming of lights and radio on a car when the engine is running would be the tell tale sign that it was a charging circuit issue and not the battery itself. The only purpose of your battery is to start the car and run stuff like the radio when the engine isn't running and turning the alternator. Your alternator keeps the engine and all the electrics in your car running once it has been started and recharges the battery at the same time.
  12. Have never experienced on my C4S or any other car for that matter. It is not normal and needs to be sorted out before you take the car back to the track.
  13. Would go for the C4. It's newer and lower miles and not an '05.Besides the C4 is actually a better deal based on the prices you quoted given it's only $ 3 k more. The '05 cars were troublesome to say the least. As for the drive-handling feel, I think you'll find it less responsive than the C2 and with a heavier feel to the steering but much more confidence inspiring due to the advantage of the all wheel drive if you want to toss it around at speed .In bad weather the C4 has a huge advantage particularly if it's got a set of PS2's on it as they're a great rain tire. Maintenance isn't any different and if you own the car long enough to wear out the CV joints more power to you. At my current rate of use it'll take me another 15 years to get to 100 K miles. Hell, I'll be too old to drive it by then and will be forced by the senior citizen police to trade it in on a new Buick. :D Which ever car you choose have it checked out by a pro before you buy so you won't have any surprises after you get it home.
  14. Most curious about the part number differences as I pulled the numbers from the PET for the 996 and the Porsche dealer I got them from matched those exact part numbers. In any event sounds like it worked out for you. I was glad to be able to disprove the myth about the 996 tops not fitting the 997. When I decided to tackle it I knew I might have to put the top back on Ebay if it didn't fit but was convinced it was the same part and decided to give it shot. For Indiana winters it's a great addition to the car but storing it during the warmer months is kind of a pain as the top was much larger than I would have guessed before it arrived.
  15. Any chance you disconnected a ground wire while working on the radio install ?
  16. If your current wash schedule is once every 6 months it really doesn't matter how you wash the car. Car wash, touchless on not, won't do much additional damage to a car that never gets washed any other way. Kind of surprised it makes any difference to you one way of the other. As for damage to the top seems like a moot point.
  17. I can operate the top while moving as you indicate. Smart Top allows you to open/close with only a touch of the button. No need to keep pushing it until the top is done. However, all the other features just run the price of it up to where it's not worth the $$'s to me. Was looking for a cheaper alternative.
  18. Seems more than a little odd doesn't it ? I use it for small stuff like my Porsche tire gauge (the gauge case fit's in perfectly) but I can't for the life me of think of a good reason why it's there if Porsche doesn't want you to use it. My guess is that the label is a legal disclaimer so if you put something in there and it comes out on its own and damages something inside the trunk and you want to complain to Porsche they can say they "I told you so" and tell you to pound sand.
  19. Seems to me you're going to have a problem finding heated seats in the brown no matter where you look. I would have suggested looking around for a suitable car with the heated seats a little farther north than Florida but not sure you'll find the color combo you want at that price. So, if you've got to have heated brown seats you could do the heated seat mod yourself. I believe if you do a google search " porsche heated seats hack" you'll find a post on one of the Porsche sites, Porsche Petes if I recall correctly, with all the factory part numbers and a how to for the entire procedure. Maybe a little bit of a challenge but not as hard as finding the color combo you want in heated seats no less. You could have a good upholstery shop do it, but that will probably add considerably to the total cost. Even buying seats from a good salvage yard might work but again the brown heated seats may be very hard to find. As for the S or non S. That's simple, get the S. For what little it will cost when buying used you'll kick yourself if you don't. I went from a standard Boxster to an '07 C4S Cab and would not go back to the non S car.
  20. As has been mentioned here by several folks, there is no need to idle the engine to warm it up. In fact, excessive idling can do more harm to the engine than good and should be avoided. I start my car, wait until the idle settles down, maybe 10-15 seconds, and drive off making sure to keep it under 4000 RPM's until the oil reaches normal operating temperature. Oil temperature is more important than coolant temp where engine wear is concerned. In the warmer months it doesn't take very long for the oil temp to reach normal which for me is 200 degrees give or take. Then you can drive it like you stole it.
  21. I'm still fumbling through the different cross reference materials a bit, but I think you might be looking at a 997-2 PET listing? The reason I think this is that the PET listing I'm looking at from Porsche.com (for an 07 997, illustration 911-01, Update 203, from 08/28/2006...granted mine's an 08) lists different option codes than you have and indicates the first two part numbers are I099 (right-hand drive). The other interesting thing is that the next two part nunbers you list aren't in the PET available on the Porsche site at all, but they do show up in AutoAtlanta's PET diagrams (but with a price half what the first two part numbers list at which makes me think they might be the DVDs themselves and not the drives?). PET is actually the same as the one you mention. It's entitled 997_USA_KATALOG, is for model year 07 and the numbers listed are for various item # 3 part numbers, as labeled and depicted in the parts blowup picture, and references a "dvd device navigation system". The Final entry under # 3 is for a cd-rom logbook, which I would assume is the software for the logbook feature. The item you mention I099 is item # 2 and is depicted a horizontal drive in the parts schematic I have. Appears straight forward enough but wouldn't explain the price differential you mention. I suppose if the parts guys can't figure it out mean mortals wren't meant to either.
  22. Great advice :) I had actually searched the interwebs for 'for sale' C4(S)s with OEM changer and navigation in the hopes they'd have photos of the bonnet, and came up with this which matches the info I've been reading. In this picture you can clearly see the BOSE AMP hump + Attached Navigation DVD drive hump against the rear, and the CD Changer along the passenger-side fender. What I would LOVE to see though is the part number on the Navigation DVD drive...something I've yet to discern. PET for the 997 lists no fewer than 4 different part numbers for the DVD drive. Numbers listed in order are 997 642 139 02 , 997 642 159 00 and 997 642 257 02 and 997 642 257 03. Model numbers on the last two are the same I 615. For the first two the three model numbers listed are the same for both and are I 664, I 670 and I 674 for. In the schematic it's shown as being mounted vertically . While the numbers for the horizontal unit are different I can see no visual difference in the two and given that unit are both self feeding (you start the disc into the drive and the drive pulls it in) a doubt that mechanically they are any different. Interestingly, two of the three model numbers shown for the horizonally mounted units are I 670 and I 672. With that information overload I'm afraid having all those numbers won't help you much. However, if it were me, I'd install the one you have, so long as it matches one of the numbers above. If it doesn't match I'm afraid you're back to square one.
  23. Very nicely done. Have been contemplating this project and your DIY and pics covers everything so clearly that anyone could tackle the project. For the grill material attachment why not an epoxy adhesive vs. the screws ?
  24. Might not be under warranty . . . . It's a European location and they have different warranty terms then we have in the US. OOPS ! My bad. I'm sure you're correct. I got 4 years with my '07 and thought that was standard for Porsches in the states, passing on to the new owner when the car was sold. I missed the Netherlands address altogether. :o
  25. Cars under warranty. Take it to the dealer and let them fix it .
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