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Hi guys,

been a while since my last post as I have sold my 1998 996 C2 about 1/2 year ago. I just kept worrying about the RMS issue after read more and more info about this technical problem. Since then, I have been thinking of another 996 which has been a 996 Turbo manual. Anyway, to cut short, I gave up this idea as it is so hard to find a good condition one here where I live.

Then some Porsche owner advised me to consider a 997 instead. Finally after months of hunting, I managed to buy a 2005 997 C2S in low mileage (38,000km) and very good condition from a friend. Most importantly, the price I was offered, I almost could not resist.

Now, as I am new with 997, I would like to know if a few things should be consider as modifications. The car comes with almost full options which include the PCM, Sport Chrono, Sport Suspension, and multi-function steeling wheel.

1. For the steering, the problem is that the +/- shift buttons are so small which makes it hard to press when driving. May I know if a later model (round air-bag) can be replaced, or even a paddle shift one can be installed?

2. Besides, the car is completely standard, the front bumper seem a bit weir, I know there should be a front bumper lip available, can someone please help to indicate if there are choices of front lip available in the market for me?

3. Yesterday when I pass by my friend's tyres shop, he told me he has a set of forged wheels with tyres from a turbo which he can sell to me at 1/2 the price. The size is 305/30/R19, will this fit to my C2S?

4. Furthermore, the standard riding height seems a bit on the high side, can anyone tell me if this standard susension can be set a bit lower without changing the shockers?

It will be much appreciated if someone can provide me further info on these issue.

Thank you


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1.Here is a link for your steering wheel question. It will give you an idea of what your options are. They are not cheap.....


2. This is the aerokit upgrade for your front bumper cover.


3. Turbo wheels will not fit on your car.. It is not a "widebody"...

4. Unfortunetly the only thing you can do about the ride height is "lower" the car.. Eibach makes a spring set that will lower the car about 3/4 of an inch. The ride is still good. The car will handle better and look better.. But you will sacrifice a bit of ride comfort..

Good luck with your new car!

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      This happened just few days ago with my 2005 997 C2S which has been well serviced with only 44,000km mileage. While I was driving in town at speed of about 34-40km/hr, after I turned at the corner, there was traffic in front, so I slowed down and just before the car stopped, all the lights on the dash came on and the car stalled, then I tried to start again which it did but immediately stalled again and from there it felt like the battery was flat as I could only hear click sound and starter motor was not turning. I then called the tow truck company (lucky nearby), from there the horrible thing that I saw from the back of the car really scared me, the road was full of engine oil from the back of the car.
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      Thank you

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