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Porsche 911, Porsche Carrera GT, Coupe, Convertible
#1846 of 2170 Re: Input Requested Re: Deals [upnorth2]
Apr 30, 2008 (2:12 am)
Don't take my word on the Continentals, do the research and ask around yourself. When I checked, it appeared that in independent tests by Tire Rack and others, they came in last in virtually every performance category. As for your wear experience, you think that's good? Driving "hard" is a relative term, but I got 12,800 out of my rear Pirelli's and am still O.K. at 18,600 on my fronts. Your 9,000 miles is less than a friend with a Turbo got out of his Michelins - and that inculded a few "Friday's at the Track" at Summit Point Raceway.
The Continentals are significantly cheaper (40%) than the Pirellis or Michelins, so if you are happy with them, that's great. But the more expereinced enthusiasts and dealers I've talked to claimed they weren't worth even the lower price. And, if I'm not mistaken, Porsche has dropped them as an OEM for 2008.
P.S. As for the Cayenne not being a "real Porsche", be careful with being too snobby! The GT-S 6-speed manual at my dealer that I'm still trying to make time to test drive would probably get around a track faster than a base Boxster or older 911. Or my 911S Cab for that matter, since without a permanant roll bar installed, it's not even permitted on a track. That friend with a Turbo has owned at least 2 Porsche's continuously for nearly 40 years. But never a "Cabriolet". He doesn't say it in front of me, but I know he doesn't consider them "real" Porsches. Or at least not real 911's.
#1847 of 2170 Re: Input Requested Re: Deals [habitat1]
Apr 30, 2008 (4:46 am)
I got a little more than 10,000 miles with my Michelins on a 2002 C4S that involved a summer of autocross and track days at Gateway race track. After giving up racing just added four new tires to my current C4S with a little more than 30,000 miles.
#1848 of 2170 Re: Input Requested Re: Deals [buylow]
Apr 30, 2008 (5:21 pm)
DO NOT BUY YOUR TIRES FROM A PORSCHE DEALER!!!!
They will take you to the cleaners. For what they wanted to charge me for TWO rear michelins, I found I could buy all 4 tires and have them mounted and load balanced from tirerack.com. The Michelins are probably the better tire but I am unhappy with their wear in the rear and am trying a set of pirellis this summer. not a big difference in price (couple hundred bucks cheaper) but I am hoping I get more than 9000 miles on a set of rears.
And Danica is the first woman to win an indy car race... this year... in japan.... I have it recorded on my dvr if you wanna watch it.
#1849 of 2170 Re: Input Requested Re: Deals [habitat1]
Apr 30, 2008 (6:32 pm)
You are right, I asked my Porsche dealer about Contis and as you stated , Porsche no longer puts them on their new cars. As I have good Contis on the front with plenty of wear left, I wanted to just replace the rears. I called around and found the Continental Sport Contact 2 has been discontinued. I finally found a pair of the 295's for the rear at $450 ea. This was less than the Michilens but more than Pirellis. I checked a back issue of Car and Driver and found Tire Rack prices were similar when they still stocked the Conti 295's. It seems Pirellis are they least expensive. I realize the Cayenne is a hot SUV but its still a SUV. I have gotten similar comments about cabs not being real Porsches but I think this relates back to a time when the cabs suffered from body rigidity issues that have since been resolved with the 997 model. My cab does weigh a bit more (200) than a coupe but I can hear my sport exhaust far better with the roof down. I dove it at 145mph last summer with the roof down and it was remarkedly turbulent free. My baseball hat stayed on fine!
#1850 of 2170 Radar detectors
Apr 30, 2008 (6:45 pm)
I have been thinking of buying a radar detector, Am I wasting my money? Do they work? My 911 seems to be a Cop magnet. ">link title
#1851 of 2170 Re: Input Requested Re: Deals [upnorth2]
May 01, 2008 (6:51 am)
Back when I replaced my rears last spring, the prices from Tire Rack were approximately Michilens $470, Pirellis, $440, Continentals $310. It sounds like the $450 you were quoted was a Porsche dealer (i.e. full retail) price. My dealer quoted me over $600 on the Michelins and $580+/- on the Pirellis, but ended up matching the Tire Rack price on the Pirellis.
If you are looking to save money, Bridgestone Potenza Pole Positions are rated very good/excellent in all categories by Tire Rack and are only $280. According to my dealer, they are much better than the Continentals - and are the only "discount" tire he would recommend in lieu of sticking with the Porsche OEM Pirellis and Michelins.
#1852 of 2170 3M CLEAR BRA
May 01, 2008 (9:16 am)
WHEN WAXING WITH THE CLEAR BRA, SHOULD I WAX THE BRA?
#1853 of 2170 Re: Input Requested Re: Deals [ringleader6]
May 01, 2008 (9:35 am)
"Arrest me Red.........Do not know if I would want to do that, only harder sell is the speed yellow
Porsches sell if they are any variation of Black or Silver "
you should buy the car for yourself not for the next guy. So if you want a bright car, get one. Let say you get $5K less from the bright color after 5 years, that's only $2.74 a day.
#1854 of 2170 Re: 3M CLEAR BRA [jayzzz]
May 01, 2008 (11:09 pm)
Do not wax the clear bra. I happened to be at the porsche dealer when a guy was installing a clear bra on a porsche that was on the showroom floor. He told me to never put any petroleum based product on the bra. He showed me a spray can he uses to coat the bra for protection. I forgot the name, but I"ll try to find his business card and call him. He said you can buy the product at a marine supply house. They use it on boats. He was doing the whole front, all the way to the windshield. The material around the bumper and head lights is lazer cut to the form of the car. The material for the hood is just a sheet of 8mm material. The porsche dealer charged me $750 to do the bumper, head light covers and back of the side mirrors. I thought it was a rip off, but I did it anyway. The installer said some non dealers use thinner material, so be careful.
#1855 of 2170 Re: Input Requested Re: Deals [07997turbo]
May 01, 2008 (11:36 pm)
I was wrong on the price the dealer wanted for the Michelin pilot sports. Was looking at the invoice the other day and the front was $402 and the rear $589. I thought someone at the dealer gave me a much higher price. I guess even these prices are high according to the previous posts.
I was educating myself regarding the D.O.T. numbers on the tires. One of the front tires was made in 2005 and the car is 2006 which leads me to believe that it is an original tire and I have 14,600 on the car (I've owned it for two months). The tire looks good, believe it or not. I've been told that a reputable dealer would never sell an old (but never used) tire. I'm going to check out the Tire Rack next time, as was suggested.
I would like to see that race in Japan that Danica won. I spent some time in Japan building houses for a developer and believe me women are really put down over there - like some are still walking behind the man. I wonder how they took a woman winning an indy race?