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Happy New Year - 2012 in Review


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Some of you may remember this from last year, a quick statistical 996TT review. My smart phone app hasn't changed since, nor my love for statistics.

2012 was a very good year, service and maintenance cost were about half of that in 2011, mainly due to (almost) no repairs in 2012. Repairs in 2012 included the following:

- Wishbone replaced rear right

- Light switch replaced

- Exhaust oxygen sensor replaced

- Clutch pressure accumulator replaced

What needs to be done but I just didn't get around to it this year:

- Oil pressure sensor needs to be replaced. Sometimes it drops to 0 and a warning comes on that it is broken. I found in a German board PFF that when you replace it you may also replace the seal below the oil filter housing because that should be the reason for the same oil leak I also have on my turbo. Here is the link to the forum and the picture:


- Second is the bigger problem, my rear spoiler stopped retracting and I discovered a very small leak. As a workaround I pulled the responsible fuse so that it does not come up.


Year 2012 Statistics, all the numbers:

- 22'236 km covered (13817 mls)

- 2780 liters of fuel burned (735.5 gallons)

- Avg of 12.4 liters per 100km (18.97 mpg US)

- Peak at 26.43 liters per 100km (8.9 mpg US)

- Low mark at 10.0 liters per 100km (23.52 mpg US)

- In this time I added 3 liters of oil

Top tip key learning of 2012:

Never ever use Falken 452 on a 996 Turbo if you go beyond 200km/h. I found in some strange car board that it works really well on the 996TT, well it doesn't. It's a good tyre for cruising and country roads but no high speeds on the autobahn nor on the race track. At 250km/h it gets really uncomfortable, at 270km/h I had to stop. On Pirelli tyres in 2011 I could have gone beyond 310km/h if that bend did not come up (GPS, not speedo). And that in a completely stable car that gives you a lot of confidence. Small difference in tyres...

Unfortunately not so nice pictures in 2012, I had other stuff on my mind:


150'000km reached in March 2012 (Pierre would say it's almost run in)


Category every day car - DIY shopping


Still gives me a smile on my face with its beautiful shape.


Best fuel station ever I found in Lucerne: Yes you stand on a lane while you fill up...crazy.


Dirty and ready for skiing!


Found this little guy in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. No scratch so probably not used.

Happy new year to everyone and I wish you a good start into 2013!


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  • 2 weeks later...

Sounds like a good year with the turbo. Just replaced my oil pressure sending unit, diverters, and solenoid brackets. Should have replaced the solenoids too - got another CEL today - didn't check it yet... thought 2013 would be the year of no CELs. :huh:

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