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#218 of 237 paint on carrera sign on the back of car
Jul 24, 2008 (8:35 am)
hi all, i hope somebody can help me with this... i am about to buy a used 2007 911s cab. the paint on the word "carerra s" on the back of the car is painted in red, just like the car. i've researched many cars sold and the words are in silver. does this mean the car has been repainted or the back of the car has been worked on? please help before i buy!
#219 of 237 Re: paint on carrera sign on the back of car [maiomy]
Jul 25, 2008 (2:56 am)
I think the painted lettering is an optional extra for those who want to customize their car a bit. When I was researching Boxsters I saw that option as well as others that included special paint on the brake calipers and/or wheels.
#220 of 237 Re: paint on carrera sign on the back of car [maiomy]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 25, 2008 (8:18 am)
yes it's option "CUC" I think they call it. $165 for the privilege of painting your chrome.
#221 of 237 New Boxster S or Used 911
Nov 30, 2008 (10:13 am)
What would be your preference assuming you could get a low mileage used 911 for ~ the same price as a new Boxster S - 65k
#222 of 237 Re: New Boxster S or Used 911 [myporsche]
Nov 30, 2008 (11:17 am)
Totally different cars. Mid vs. rear engine. 2 seater vs. 4 seater. Roadster vs. coupe. Only you can decide.
#223 of 237 Re: New Boxster S or Used 911 [myporsche]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Nov 30, 2008 (7:05 pm)
Well both great cars but the 911 is a totally unique experience, like say a Ferrari. You can't find this 'experience' in another car even if you tried.
So the point of what I'm suggesting is that you have to really enjoy the 911 experience---if you don't find it unique or interesting, then go for the Boxster S, which is highly competent and fun, and every inch a Porsche---but IMHO more conventional than a 911.
I'd gladly take either one in a contest I won Personally I find the 911 more visceral, especially if I found a cherry 993.
#224 of 237 C4S engine shutdown
Aug 07, 2009 (11:48 am)
I have recently experienced two engine failures on a 2007 C4S. In both cases, there was no warning, no sputtering, the engine just immediately lost power. Trying to restart the car, the starter would try but no ignition. After sitting for about 20 minutes, the car restated and ran normally for about 90 minutes, when the exact same failure occurred. The dealer says there are no fault messages in the on board computer. Anyone have any ideas?
#225 of 237 Key Fob DME Help for 1999 Porsche 911 996
Nov 01, 2009 (9:35 pm)
Hello all. I need some help please. I just purchased a 99 911 and it is in good shape for a 99 with 93k on it. I had to have new tires done and a few minor things but over all the car is in VGC. I want to know if there is anything I can do to avoid the major repair that I saw mentioned in another forum where the engine gets destroyed. I can not remember what that repair was but it sounded pretty serious and I would not be happy if I had to replace a whole engine. Anyway,is there anything I can do to avoid that major event in a bad engine?
The real reason I am looking for help is the dealer I purchased from (small exotic car dealer) told me that his wife dropped a soda on the floor and it blew out the DME (?) computer under the seat? I am drying out the water that is under the seat and I think the real reason is the drains under the trunk in front of the firewall were clogged and the water was runing in and down through the stearing column opening. I cleared drains and think I resolved the issue. I had to take the seat out and turn up the carpet to dry with a heater. AARGH)
I found out that they had to replace the computer under the seat as well as the one in the back somewhere and the key fob chip (or the whole key fob) The car runs as the chip matches the new computer just fine however the key fob will not operate and open the power locks. Additionally, I am told by the dealer that I can not replace the key which runs the engine and the doors etc. I fear losing a key and having to replace all of the parts mentioned above. BTW.. the dealer bought the new computers and matching chip (key fob) from a used porsche parts place in Oklahoma. I have the VIN number from the Porshce (2000 911) that the computer and DME key chip, came from but the dealer can stil not program the key to open the doors.
My concern is I want the key fob to open the doors and lock the car as well as get another working key with the chip. How can I do that? The dealer say there is no way to erase the codes in the replaced parts to reset to my car. They say I would need to replace those parts again and that seems crazy. They would be $1500. I do not want to replace what is working. I find it hard to believe that there is no master code to completely erase and reset the codes in the new (used replacement) computer under the seat and back of the car. Are there any suggestions as to where I might be able to go to to get this info and get this fixed? I live in IL and really want to get that key fob to work and get a replacement.
I hope that explains my needs for any experts to advise. I really look forward to hearing from anyone.
My email is dbetlercomcast.net if anyone has any info to share.
Thank you in advance.
#226 of 237 Help wanted - 1984 911 Carerra Coupe
Nov 05, 2009 (11:40 pm)
I am looking at buying a used 911 and wanted to get some advice on how much servicing is likely to cost and any gotchas associated with this model / year. The car has low miles (<40K) and appears to look like it is in really good condition. Interested primarily in driving locally and will probably put +/- 10K miles on it per year. Any advice would be appreciated? Thanks Jason
#227 of 237 Re: Help wanted - 1984 911 Carerra Coupe [jasonnewyork]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Nov 06, 2009 (10:11 am)
Great cars, but are you sure the seller can prove this 40K mile business?
And if so, that's not a good thing, as Porsche do not like to sit there for years and years. Frozen calipers and galling of the cylinder walls (from accumulating moisture from non-use) are issues. So I would certainly have the engine tested using a Cylinder Leakdown Test (only that test, not a compression test) and also have the brake calipers checked.
A Carrera of this vintage is a long-lived car as a rule and does not require lots of maintenance for the type of car it is.
Presuming you got a very good to start with, I'd think about $1,500 a year in regular maintenance (exclusive of tires of course)---that is, a major service in the Spring and another in the Fall, should do it. Naturally, added to that might be the occasional repairs that come with a used car.
But really the whole thing hinges on a very thorough pre-sale inspection, and a further careful investigation of this low mileage claim---which again, is not an asset to reliability, even if it might be to value.