Last post on Oct 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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Porsche 911, Porsche Carrera GT, Coupe, Convertible
#2166 of 2175 Re: 06 911 4 [habitat1]
Aug 03, 2012 (4:26 pm)
And...exhale! Wow, has it been that long? I've been holding my breath waiting the whole time!
Good to hear from you again and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your 911 for so long. What did you replace it with?
All is well here. I joined the 911 fold a few months ago, although I followed my heart and found a 993! My kids fit in it (mostly).
#2167 of 2175 Re: 06 911 4 [fedlawman]
Aug 04, 2012 (9:17 am)
I didn't replace the 911 with anything....yet. We are picking up an X5 Diesel from the BMW Performance Delivery Center in early September. That will be my wife's daily driver with our old MDX getting passed down for use by my 17 year old who just got her license. Hard to believe how time has flown since that first drive in the 911 when they were just 7 and 10 and had room to spare in that little back seat.
Congratulations on the 993! That's the one that the "real" Porsche enthusiasts all want to have. You should be able to drive it for quite a few years and get damn near whatever you paid for it back. Or pass it down to your kids as a true classic.
After our bank account recovers from the X5, I may consider a 2013 Cayman. I've priced out ordering a new base 2013 911 Coupe, but if the new Cayman looks like the renderings, that may be the next fun car next spring. In the interim, I keep chugging along with my Acura TL (6-speed manual of course) and try to avoid drooling on my tie when I am passed by guys like you!
Enjoy your car, but more importantly, enjoy your kids. As I'm sure you know, they grow up way too fast.
#2168 of 2175 Navigation System for a 2000 911
Nov 18, 2012 (9:14 pm)
I just purchased a 2000 911 and the navigaiton system is not activated. The previous owner didnt have the software. The local Porsche dealer said they didn't support years prior to 2003. Navtech was the original company, but they no longer list Porsche as a vehicle they make a porduct for. Does anyone know how I might be able to update the system? Or barring that, know of a good in-dash aftermarket system that would be compatible with the car? I'm a little fuzzy on how closely related the PCM is to the navigation system and other systems in the car. If I gut that whole section in the dash and replace it with an aftermarket radio and nav system will that affect anything? Is it possible to buy a later model Porsche system and replace the original?
Thanks for any info.
#2169 of 2175 Re: Navigation System for a 2000 911 [911noob]
Nov 19, 2012 (4:03 am)
I started to look into adding Nav to later model 911's that had the PCM, but not the Nav module. Extremely expensive. I was quoted $3,500-$4,000 just for the part, an estimate of $1,200 labor (need to take apart entire dash). This was from a Porsche dealer that really wanted to sell me a 2012 GTS that had everything but the Nav. To prove that they weren't sticking it to me, they offered to take $2.5k off the negotiated price of the car instead. I passed and now am finding that I may have made a mistake.
You might want to look up and call Intersport Auto in McLean (Tysons Corner) Virginia and ask for their advice. I had my old 2005 911 serviced there and a friend said there is a separate audio company located next to Intersport that does aftermarket systems for Porsche. Even if you are outside the area, they may have some advice for you. I've pretty much given up. If I find a pre-owned car that I really like and it doesn't have Nav I'll look into an i-Pad mini connected to Google Maps.
Your car sounds too old to be CPO'd, but I've heard different opinions as to whether the Porsche warranty will cover anything electrical period, if an aftermarket audio or nav system has been installed. Given that I am looking at late model cars that have extended CPO warranties, that was a deterrent for me as well.
#2171 of 2175 Re: 997 Porsche [pathdoc]
Oct 11, 2013 (7:25 pm)
Totally agree about the donut option. I have a new Boxster. When I found out it didn't have a spare, I went out and bought one (not a Porsche tire but one that will fit). Only problem is that it doesn't fit in the trunk. On a long trip in nowhere I would have to put it in the passenger seat! Warning - has to be the same size as the back tires - they have to be identical in size or it could wreck the transmission. Front can handle unequal sizes.
At least I have something that could be Fedexed overnight anywhere in the country.
Oct 23, 2013 (4:38 pm)
I live in north NJ and I am in process of purchasing a new 911 in the next few weeks. Some people are recommending me to purchase winter tires. What do you guys think? does anyone have had experience driving a 911 during winter? For sure I will not drive it on snow, but I am wondering how will the car drive on a freezing weather.
#2173 of 2175 Re: winter tires [fred_1975]
Oct 24, 2013 (12:19 am)
IMHO yes get snow tires; you can probably get by w/out them but they make a huge difference if you live in an area w/ potholes and roads which can get a bit dicey. Also if you can get tire insurance or rim insurance that is a fair plan, get it. I was steered away from it by the dealership, and I know why, as they tried to sell me every other BS option, but no the one thing I did need they said no. Why? Cause they know they can make $$$$ on tires. Also, rim health is HUGE. Don't think a bent rim can be hammered back year after year, as eventually it will bite you. Bottom line, get snow tires, and if possible I would get an inch less on the winter rims, for example i have 19 inch summer rims, but go to 18 inch in the winter, and it makes a huge difference IMHO. In addition, cannot believe Porsche did not equip the car w/ a spare, sorry, c'mon I dig the performance is the key, but I gave up my Audi, as the 911 is fine in the winter, and as an everyday car, it's been steady and great. They should have figured out a spare solution IMHO, as if u get a flat traveling on a weekend, sorry but that fix a flat won't help if your tire blows apart. And good luck finding a 19 inch xyabdoshous type tire saturday night/Sunday in the middle of no where or Hartford :<). I'm not super rich by any stretch, but when I see a good value, I try and follow through. You get what you pay for, and with the internet, only a lazy person does not get the lowest 10% price range for an item. 95% why I bought my 911 was I needed a car that would help prevent even minor accidents, and not have something nagging every year. Then having said nag translate into some junk show ripping me off in the form of an overpriced car repair. And it has done exactly that, again knock on wood, for almost five years.
#2174 of 2175 Re: winter tires [birdtrip]
Oct 24, 2013 (12:44 am)
ps Guess I should add I didn't buy a new 911. Bought a used three year old 997, early version, w/ 34 k miles. Got the CPO, which helped w/ a Coil issue, saved me two weeks before it expired. Finally, a good mechanic is worth finding asap at least for comp as your cpo usually makes it smart to use your dealership through its tenure, and they will usually give you nice coupons as long as the cpo lasts, but then who knows. Best to act like you are naive/goofy, and will keep coming then once the CPO expires, bolt, and bolt good. Car dealers like to think they are smarter than you, helps the dirt bags sleep at night I guess. If you do your homework, finding a good mechanic should be kosher, but even good mechanics are a-holes to some folks, as they need to make their margin somewhere. As for Dealerships, well u can guess where I'm going.... Good luck
#2175 of 2175 Re: winter tires [birdtrip]
Oct 24, 2013 (5:25 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I found a set of 4 winter tires with rims for ~$2k on the tirerack website. I will think about it.