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996 Transmission Woes


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:angry: Recently purchased a 2000 Carrera with 52k miles. After another 5,000 miles I began to hear a faint sound in the trany. The two main support bearings just about went out, the rest is fine. However, now Porsche says I must buy and entire re-built trany. They claim no person in the U.S. is capable of doing a repair, even dealer shops.

What's up with this? I would never have bought the car if I had known this!!!

Tried to find new bearings (by the number). Come to find out they are available but Porsche USA has "pre-puchased all of them!

Is this legal?

Help, anyone know anything?

Vince Brown

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It is the same thing for my 5 speed Boxster, which has an Audi/VW transmission. There are only a limited number of external parts you can buy from Porsche. My dealer is Audi/Porsche and I have see the Audi transmission apart which is the same as mine with some modifications. I will have to ask the parts department if I can buy Boxster transmission parts from Audi since I cannot get them from Porsche. If that does not work I will try VW. With Porsche you have to buy the entire unit which is a rip if you only need 2 bearings.

In my younger days I rebuilt transmissions and did not have the money to buy bearings from a dealer. We have a large local place that sells nothing but bearings for anything that needs bearings. I was always able to take my bearing down and they could match it. There should be a manufacturer name and number on the bearing, is that what you have been using, and who told you they had been pre-purchased by Porsche. Jeff

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:angry: Recently purchased a 2000 Carrera with 52k miles. After another 5,000 miles I began to hear a faint sound in the trany. The two main support bearings just about went out, the rest is fine. However, now Porsche says I must buy and entire re-built trany. They claim no person in the U.S. is capable of doing a repair, even dealer shops.

What's up with this? I would never have bought the car if I had known this!!!

Tried to find new bearings (by the number). Come to find out they are available but Porsche USA has "pre-puchased all of them!

Is this legal?

Help, anyone know anything?

Vince Brown

I can't believe they would put a tranny in a car that is not servicable???

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