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Newbie getting 2002 C4S Coupe Tiptronic (US)

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Hi Gurus,

I'm looking at buying a 2002 C4S Coupe ( Tiptronic). The car has about 56K miles on it. I was wondering are there any specific problems with this year / model, other than the obvious checks for RMS. I am buying from a dealer that sells Porsches / Mercs (not a new porsche dealer).

I also have a few questions regarding this car in general.

1. The dealer is offering an extended warranty through a Company called AutoSource Warranty. aswarranty. Has anyone had any experience with them?

2. Any software / tool available that I can hook my laptop to check for any faults in the system ( I have an OBDII scanner ).

3. Is there a PPI form that I can use to have it checked out by an Independant mechanic.

4. Is there anyone on the forum that would be able to check the VIN and retrieve the Porsche Service History of the car.

I live on Long Island, NY

Thanks in advance for any help.



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I have a 2002 C4S, bought it at 70k miles, and so far it has been pretty solid over a year.

I've had a busted coolant hose, and recently, needed a new alternator. That's about all.

A tiptronic is less likely to have the dreaded RMS issue. Mine is good so far, and dealer service history has no record of a RMS problem.

You should get the Porsche dealer's service record/history on the car, they should be able to make you a copy.

From the printout, you should be able to get a better story of the car,

or see any persistent problems if any, that the car has been through. Or any parts that have already been replaced, etc.

Get someone to do a good PPI on the car, or you could take the car to a Porsche dealer.

I have a 996 buyer's guide that I bought online, if you are interested, PM me.

But I felt it wasn't thorough enough to replace a PPI by a professional.

Still, I bought my car with the guide, without a PPI, which is actually a big risk!

Good Luck!

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