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Does anyone know if there is a way to verify an X50 option 03 turbo through the VIN#?
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If it was factory installed - yes.

It will be on the option code list under the front hood, in the option list stapled in the maintenance manual, and through a VIN search.

If you do not have access to the first two PM your VIN and I will check it for you.

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I also saw a post on one of these forums that showed pictures of the intercoolers from an X50 next to a non-X50 and there was a notiecable difference between the two. The X50 runs the GT2 intercoolers....and you can look in there with a flashlight thru the lower rear fender vents and see it.....if you know what the different look is....you might do a search on Rennlist which is where I think I saw it....

Added comment: the X50 is a factory $17k add-on, and at the present price points...well worth the extra couple of thousand that they only seem to be bringing. You get an additional (different figures for this) 30-40 HP and the upgraded K24 turbos, GT2 wastegates, and some interior upgrades like alcantra leather throughout. For the meager difference in price, plus the added attractiveness at resale, I think the upgrade is well worth it. Some folks will tell you that the non X50 with the K16 turbos can be just as "froggy" with a flash...but the fact remains that there are some upgrades in there that for the couple of thousand difference is well worth it. The K24 turbos will also accept the wastegate upgrade for about $400 that the K16's will not. Please dont' consider this as any attept to degraded or diminsh the value of the non X50 cars. They are an EXCELLENT value, and with a flash can and some othe modifications (which arent' cheap) , in some instances, be a better overall value due to a lower price point and upgradeable potential than the X50.

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Does anyone know if there is a way to verify an X50 option 03 turbo through the VIN#?
:welcome:

If it was factory installed - yes.

It will be on the option code list under the front hood, in the option list stapled in the maintenance manual, and through a VIN search.

If you do not have access to the first two PM your VIN and I will check it for you.

Thanks. the car was not advertised as an X-50 when i bought it but when i did the VIN decode available through this forum the description came back with 450 hp. The VIN is wp0ab8299x3s685712

thanks

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I also saw a post on one of these forums that showed pictures of the intercoolers from an X50 next to a non-X50 and there was a notiecable difference between the two. The X50 runs the GT2 intercoolers....and you can look in there with a flashlight thru the lower rear fender vents and see it.....if you know what the different look is....you might do a search on Rennlist which is where I think I saw it....

Added comment: the X50 is a factory $17k add-on, and at the present price points...well worth the extra couple of thousand that they only seem to be bringing. You get an additional (different figures for this) 30-40 HP and the upgraded K24 turbos, GT2 wastegates, and some interior upgrades like alcantra leather throughout. For the meager difference in price, plus the added attractiveness at resale, I think the upgrade is well worth it. Some folks will tell you that the non X50 with the K16 turbos can be just as "froggy" with a flash...but the fact remains that there are some upgrades in there that for the couple of thousand difference is well worth it. The K24 turbos will also accept the wastegate upgrade for about $400 that the K16's will not. Please dont' consider this as any attept to degraded or diminsh the value of the non X50 cars. They are an EXCELLENT value, and with a flash can and some othe modifications (which arent' cheap) , in some instances, be a better overall value due to a lower price point and upgradeable potential than the X50.

thanks Chuck. my car was not advertised as an x50 but the VIN decoder through this website indicated i had a 450 hp car

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Does anyone know if there is a way to verify an X50 option 03 turbo through the VIN#?
:welcome:

If it was factory installed - yes.

It will be on the option code list under the front hood, in the option list stapled in the maintenance manual, and through a VIN search.

If you do not have access to the first two PM your VIN and I will check it for you.

Thanks. the car was not advertised as an X-50 when i bought it but when i did the VIN decode available through this forum the description came back with 450 hp. The VIN is wp0ab8299x3s685712

thanks

Sorry VIN is 17 digits in length. You have too many characters.

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Does anyone know if there is a way to verify an X50 option 03 turbo through the VIN#?
:welcome:

If it was factory installed - yes.

It will be on the option code list under the front hood, in the option list stapled in the maintenance manual, and through a VIN search.

If you do not have access to the first two PM your VIN and I will check it for you.

Hey Loren I tried PMing you my vin# but it is not showing the message going through. I have the same question as the OP. My vin#WP0AB29964S685109

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Does anyone know if there is a way to verify an X50 option 03 turbo through the VIN#?
:welcome:

If it was factory installed - yes.

It will be on the option code list under the front hood, in the option list stapled in the maintenance manual, and through a VIN search.

If you do not have access to the first two PM your VIN and I will check it for you.

Hey Loren I tried PMing you my vin# but it is not showing the message going through. I have the same question as the OP. My vin#WP0AB29964S685109

I sent you a reply.

If you want a copy of a sent PM - you must check the box at the bottom of the send screen.

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Does anyone know if there is a way to verify an X50 option 03 turbo through the VIN#?
:welcome:

If it was factory installed - yes.

It will be on the option code list under the front hood, in the option list stapled in the maintenance manual, and through a VIN search.

If you do not have access to the first two PM your VIN and I will check it for you.

Hey Loren I tried PMing you my vin# but it is not showing the message going through. I have the same question as the OP. My vin#WP0AB29964S685109

I sent you a reply.

If you want a copy of a sent PM - you must check the box at the bottom of the send screen.

Hi Loren,

Just planning to make the move to buy a 996 turbo cab. Could you pls check for me if the vin# WPOZZZ99Z4S671077 has the X50 package? Appreciate you help.

Thanks

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Does anyone know if there is a way to verify an X50 option 03 turbo through the VIN#?
:welcome:

If it was factory installed - yes.

It will be on the option code list under the front hood, in the option list stapled in the maintenance manual, and through a VIN search.

If you do not have access to the first two PM your VIN and I will check it for you.

Hey Loren I tried PMing you my vin# but it is not showing the message going through. I have the same question as the OP. My vin#WP0AB29964S685109

I sent you a reply.

If you want a copy of a sent PM - you must check the box at the bottom of the send screen.

Hi Loren,

Just planning to make the move to buy a 996 turbo cab. Could you pls check for me if the vin# WPOZZZ99Z4S671077 has the X50 package? Appreciate you help.

Thanks

Since this is a special request inquiry that we use an outside resource for - we have decided to only do it for our Contributing Members.

I'm sure you understand that if we didn't restrict this in some way we could end up running thousands of VINs for people that may or may not even own cars (potential purchases etc.). And, then it would be very likely that our resource would get over taxed and decide not to help us anymore.

Thanks for understanding.

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Does anyone know if there is a way to verify an X50 option 03 turbo through the VIN#?
:welcome:

If it was factory installed - yes.

It will be on the option code list under the front hood, in the option list stapled in the maintenance manual, and through a VIN search.

If you do not have access to the first two PM your VIN and I will check it for you.

Hey Loren I tried PMing you my vin# but it is not showing the message going through. I have the same question as the OP. My vin#WP0AB29964S685109

I sent you a reply.

If you want a copy of a sent PM - you must check the box at the bottom of the send screen.

Hi Loren,

Just planning to make the move to buy a 996 turbo cab. Could you pls check for me if the vin# WPOZZZ99Z4S671077 has the X50 package? Appreciate you help.

Thanks

Since this is a special request inquiry that we use an outside resource for - we have decided to only do it for our Contributing Members.

I'm sure you understand that if we didn't restrict this in some way we could end up running thousands of VINs for people that may or may not even own cars (potential purchases etc.). And, then it would be very likely that our resource would get over taxed and decide not to help us anymore.

Thanks for understanding.

Understood. Thanks anyway.

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Hummh. Do you mean that the VIN Decoder I used to verify that my car was an X50 (450 bhp), as advertised, was wrong and I don't really own an X50?

PM me your VIN and I will have it looked up on Porsche's database.

What's with that? You mean to say the database erroneously had your VIN listed as an X50 when in fact it was not? Did you have any reourse against the buyer to reduce the price to make up for the misadvertising?

Chuck

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Chuck:

I am appealing to the guy to square it up with me. I'm looking for about $5k - enough to buy a pair of k24/18gs and larger intercoolers. It was originally listed on ebay as an X50, 450hp, 200mph that had recently had a major service - an oil change! And a clear title. A copy of the title was sent directly to my credit union and on that basis, they wrote a check to the guy. When I got the actual title a couple of days later I noticed that he wasn't listed on the title. I guess in Texas you can drive a car without title, registration or inspection. By the time I got the title, the check was already in his bank. Even though it wasn't bought through eBay, they may want to take some action against him for false advertising and for refusing to sell on ebay where it was listed.

Mike

Hummh. Do you mean that the VIN Decoder I used to verify that my car was an X50 (450 bhp), as advertised, was wrong and I don't really own an X50?

PM me your VIN and I will have it looked up on Porsche's database.

What's with that? You mean to say the database erroneously had your VIN listed as an X50 when in fact it was not? Did you have any reourse against the buyer to reduce the price to make up for the misadvertising?

Chuck

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Mike: Sorry you are being put through all this for something that is usually a joy to get, drive, and own. I am a bit uneasy over the way this thing went down.....your side of the bargain was kept very professionally, but the fact he drove it without re registering it in his name and the major faux pas over listing it as an X50 is a bit unsettling. I would be surprised indeed if he readily agreed to give you anything back on your initial investment....UNLESS there's something in Texas law that can help you out....but the difficulty lies in trying to resolve this through an interstate process via long distance communications. Due to the different jurisdictions involved, it's often difficult to get it ironed out. Your best bet would be to maintain a very positive and low key approach in order to appeal to the man's sense of honor. I sincerely hope he has one.

There's no recourse through the bank draft since it was a negotiable instrument that went directly to the individual, hence no acount to debit via involvement by the banks as a in a VISA challenge to the transaction.

Best of luck to you. At the very least, you will still have a nice car, maybe not as advertised, but a nice car nonetheless.

Regards,

Chuck

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Mike: Sorry you are being put through all this for something that is usually a joy to get, drive, and own. I am a bit uneasy over the way this thing went down.....your side of the bargain was kept very professionally, but the fact he drove it without re registering it in his name and the major faux pas over listing it as an X50 is a bit unsettling. I would be surprised indeed if he readily agreed to give you anything back on your initial investment....UNLESS there's something in Texas law that can help you out....but the difficulty lies in trying to resolve this through an interstate process via long distance communications. Due to the different jurisdictions involved, it's often difficult to get it ironed out. Your best bet would be to maintain a very positive and low key approach in order to appeal to the man's sense of honor. I sincerely hope he has one.

There's no recourse through the bank draft since it was a negotiable instrument that went directly to the individual, hence no acount to debit via involvement by the banks as a in a VISA challenge to the transaction.

Best of luck to you. At the very least, you will still have a nice car, maybe not as advertised, but a nice car nonetheless.

Regards,

Chuck

Chuck:

Thanks for your kind words. If this were the first time I had bought a car long distance and been shafted, I would probably be incredulous, ranting and raving, and then writing letters to the guy describing what I planned to do to his wife and daughter in the middle of the night when he's not there. But, being experienced, I went right to the last part.

Seriously, I allowed myself to be hurried by the guy, and after checking the VIN and seeing 450 bhp, I concluded that although it was sure to have some undisclosed and undiscovered problems, the package was well worth the money. But, that's all been negated, and I've got all the problems and no X50 to compensate.

I will be starting a thread asking for advice on the best technique for using duct tape to hold down the curled up cf trim around the windshield. What color to use, etc.?

Mike

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