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Advice On Oil Sweat At Rms

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I am looking to purchase a 2004 C4S with 12k miles. The car is exceptional with the single note from Porsche service advisor that there is a very minor oil sweat at RMS. In further discussion he said tech found oil around Bell housing which coudl either be RMS or Intermediate shaft. While this car has new 3 year warranty (Fidelity) the fact that this was found prior to warranty issuance by dealer has resulted in warranty company refusing to replace. Advsior said not a big deal to replace when clutch was done, however there is no clutch as it's a tiptronic. When queried about cost to relace seal he said major job involving droppping the engine with likely $4k price tag. I'm looking for advice as to whether I should run away or live with the "minor" leak uni it has to be repaired and have it done at an independent provider. I'd also liek to know if $4k for this work is a realistic number.

Thanks for your help.

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There are lots of these cars available and a buyer's market. If you are worried at all I would keep looking. The price seems very high to me, and I had my wife's done at the dealer for much less.

As a negotiation tool, you may offer them a little extra $ over what you are offering to pay and ask that it be repaired prior to purchase....Otherwise, I would keep looking. The reason you have the leak or

"sweating" is likely due to the low mileage. Seems to happen more frequently to garage queens that are left sitting a lot? Just a theory though.

Good luck!


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You don't have to drop the engine to do the RMS, just the trans. For a manual it is about 6-8 hours in and out (this is in my driveway on jack stands, with a lift in a shop it should be quicker). A tip might take an extra hour or so. An hour to take off the flywheel, do the RMS and reinstall the flywheel. If you in there I would do the LN IMS upgrade while you are at it. Another hour or two and the $600-$700 to LN for the part.

The $4,000 is crazy!! Even if was a manual and the clutch was being done that is way high.

Given that the warranty company is not covering the RMS I would do it and the IMS/LN upgrade as if anything happens to the car from this they are bound to deny the claim for a new engine. And that is the main point of having a warranty. When I think of this it might impact whether you really want to buy this car as the warranty is not so good if they are excluding the RMS.

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