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Hey gang, I'm a relative novice when it comes to repairing cars, but I'd like to start doing more. Got the CEL on my CGTS the other day and I took it to Porsche today and the thermostat needs to be replaced.

Is this a possible DIY opportunity? I'm not entirely inept at repairs and I can follow complex instructions, but I've not done this by myself before and I'd like to give it a try if it's relatively straightforward.

What would you recommend? Porsche said the part costs 40-50 euros and will take about 2.5 hours installation. At 125 euros per hour labor cost (that's about $165 per hour), I would like to avoid the potentially $500 replacement if I can.

Thanks for any insight!

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Not really. I just bought the car from the US and had it shipped to me in Germany so I'm relatively unfamiliar with it. Have all service records but had a COOLANT LEVEL LOW message the second day I had it last week. Other than that I did notice it warms up quickly compared to my CS but it's got 55 more HP so I thought that would cause. That and it's summer :-/

I didn't ask for the code. I should have. Darnit.

I have about 2 weeks to evaluate before the repair appt I made so I can see if the CEL returns. I also learned there's a special tool needed to remove the thermostat. Can anyone confirm?

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Replacing the T-stat is a failry involved job. It might not be the best 'first' repair job. That said, you have to start somewhere...

You do not need the special tool to do the job. It's function can be done with your hands.

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