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fedmax

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:

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- 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.

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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:

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

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Category every day car - DIY shopping

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

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

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Dirty and ready for skiing!

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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!

Ronny

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That was a very good year 2012 review! I enjoy the reading. I was not so lucky in the Porsche museum this summer, here was not a single 996 in the place ;-) Happy new year and keep us inform of your TT adventure!

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From me a happy, carefree and safe New year to you all.

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Nice review!Funny, I have the very same issues with the oil pressure sensor and the rear wing... I won't do much for the first one, and not sure yet about the wing.All the best for 2013 to everybody!

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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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