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#766 of 2175 Re: MY FIRST 911!!! [spclst] - Low Mileage Warning
Jun 10, 2006 (3:14 am)
Congratulations on your new car!
However, since it is fresh in my mind, I'll pass on a warning I got from my hometown mechanic about "low mileage" cars.
We have a 1995 Nissan Maxima with 155,000 miles that was "semi-retired" to our second home a year and a half ago. In the last 18 months, we have been there at least once every 2-3 months and I tried to make a point of using the car when we were there (20-100+ miles). On our last trip there (Memorial Day), the Maxima was dead. When I got it jump started, the oil light came on and when I moved it our of the garage, there appeared to be about a quart of oil on the floor.
We used our SUV the rest of the weekend and plan on having the Nissan serviced when we return in a couple of weeks. However, my Nissan service manager did an "I told you". He - and others - claim that a car driven regularly, to the tune of 5,000+ miles per year, with a good highway mix - will last a lot longer than a car that sits idle for periods of 1-2+ months at a time. Seals harden, oil drains from the cylinder walls, etc. etc. after several weeks of sitting idle. The service manager claims that the last 18 months, with only 1,000+/- intermittent miles on the car, were much much harder on it than any previous 15,000+ mile year that took it to 150k miles. He is not hopeful that it can be economically recessitated.
The fact that your car only has 7,600 miles in what could be nearly 6 years would send a flag to the top of the flagpole for both my Nissan and Porsche service managers. Not that "low mileage" is necessarily bad, but that if it was the result of long periods of idleness, the car should be thoroughly checked for items that deteriorate with idleness. The rear main seal, brake calipers/pads, engine seals, etc. are all prime candidates.
If you have had that thorough mechanical check up done, and have records from the previous owner that show the car had been driven and serviced regularly, then hopefully you can drive it for 150k miles over the next 10 years. I'm going to be facing a tough decision about putting a bullet in the head of my sentimental Maxima in a couple of weeks. All for lack of use, rather than too much.
#767 of 2175 Re: Aftermarket warranties???? [spclst]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 10, 2006 (8:44 am)
The trick with extended warranties (which aren't really warranties, they are insurance policies) is to read the EXCLUSIONS, carefully. I suspect a policy for your car will be quite expensive, so you might consider instead just putting aside the same amounts per year that a policy would charge you, into a bank account to use for repairs as they come up.
I agree, Porsche do not like to be "laid up", so a fluids flush and brake and tire check would be in order.
Jun 10, 2006 (8:52 am)
Anyone with experience on sport exhaust sytem,I'd be grateful, please give me your take on them, especially the Fabspeed.
#769 of 2175 Re: CT997 [jamescox]
Jun 10, 2006 (9:35 am)
I have the Porsche sport exhaust on my 997S. It integrates with the sport chrono system - i.e. push "sport" button on senter console and both the exhaust activates and the sport chron goes into faster throttle response etc.
I have no knowledge of the aftermarket exhaust systems, but if they did not integrate similarly and/or could not be deactivated, that would be a big minus, IMO.
#770 of 2175 Re: CT997 [habitat1]
Jun 10, 2006 (3:35 pm)
Thanks Habitat1, I heard the Porsche system on a 997 and did not like the sound. Harsh and raspy to me. I am only considering this upgrade for the sound.
I think your sport button activtates the exhaust cutout, but I also am lead to believe that between 40 to sixty your system reverts back to normal sound.
Jun 11, 2006 (5:01 pm)
Forgive me, but it reverts to normal sound between 40 to 60 years of age??
(The whole idea of an exhaust cut out reminds me of glass packs on a '55 Chev done up in grey primer driven by a pimply faced guy listening to the Big Bopper.)
#772 of 2175 Between 40 and 60 years
Jun 12, 2006 (3:34 pm)
Yes, it does get much quieter; after 60 you can't hear it at all!
#773 of 2175 Re: Between 40 and 60 years [dweiser]
Jun 12, 2006 (4:06 pm)
Of course you are right, i was just testing. Why would you want a sport exhaust that would cut out at any speed.
I don't think you gents are serious, and I am looking for answers-- perhaps this is not the right site.
#774 of 2175 How to clean the suede roof of a coupe?
Jun 13, 2006 (12:21 pm)
The Suede roof of my 996 Carrera 2 coupe smells a bit funny and needs some good cleanin'. What can I use to clean it short of taking it to get detailed?
#775 of 2175 Re: Aftermarket warranties???? [spclst]
Jun 15, 2006 (4:12 pm)
You may try to sell your car to a Porsche dealership, have it certified, and sell it right back to you. Prices are negotiable and not all dealerships will do this for you. But a CPO warranty with proper history and documentation will respected by other P-car enthusiasts.
While there are aftermarket warranties, I'm not aware of any that are actually recommended by other porsche owners. Why not registering and searching p-car forums like rennlist or renntech?