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1999 996/C2

Any thoughts on this one??? The oil and coolent were mixing in the engine. Its a complete loss along with the radiator. The quote is $13,000 for the job!!!! Great news only 3 weeks before I deploy to Iraq for 7 months!

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Could you give us a little more details about your car history? What millage, service history, RMS seal replacements, and symtoms of the vehicle prior to the problem showing up. Also do you track the car or is it a daily driver. Just curious as the owner of a 99 C2 also. About what to do I guess the question is to what credit card will you charge it. I would get one of those 9-12 months interest free deals and get a new engine.

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More details would be good but my initial response would be that the quote is too high. You should be able to replace the engine with a new/rebuild direct from Porsche for a little over $8K. Any good independent Porsche shop should be able to do it for that amount. Around $6.8k for the engine and $1k or so for installation. Throw in some misc and taxes and that should be the general neighborhood.

I have no idea why you would need to replace the radiators but even if you do, I had one overnighted from SF to a track in northern MN for $350. So 2 for around $700 plus two hours of labor and you are still under $1k.

Just my thoughts.


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The car had 70,000 miles on it. I purchased it with 62,000 from an independent car dealer, so no warranty. It had just had its 60,000 mile maintenance prior to my purchase, and had all previous regularly scheduled maintenance.

The tell tale signs for such a problem as fluid mixture is smoke from the pipes and low coolent level and oil indicator lights. I didnt have any of these warnings. It was a 105 degrees where I was driving and the engine temp was about at its highest around 240 degrees, but when I turned the AC off it dropped back down to the 200 range. I believe that I only drove in this condition for about an hour. I noticed a rattling sound at low rpm at a stop light, but the car was still running.

Right now the car is not at my local Porsche shop, so I am moving it tomorrow to the local shop. They believe that I will have a case for "goodwill" since I have been a regular customer at the local shop. So Porsche may actually cover some of the cost. The local Porsche shop also indicated that it may not need to have the radiator replaced, instead just flushed a bunch of times, depending on the severity. So I think I might have a little more luck with lowering the cost of repairs, but we will see. The engine will most likely be replaced. The cost of the rebuilt engine alone is $6,767.

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