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#1 of 12 Porsche carrera cabriolet 1999 model newcomer
Dec 17, 2007 (9:23 pm)
I have just purchased a used 1999 carrera cabriolet new to the car I have many questions. the red brake calipers should have porsche printed on them mine dont, were they worn away? Can the wheels be refinished/buffed to remove curb rash/gouges on them? can you recommend a brand of new tires for my stock wheels. What should I use to clean the seats/dash /door panels. I don't know what items are standard or optional, ie, tiptronic,6-CD player. Where can I get upgrade items for the interior at a reasonable price..Thank you
#2 of 12 Re: Porsche carrera cabriolet 1999 model newcomer [italian4]
Dec 19, 2007 (4:01 pm)
On tires, you can check with Tire Rack for options/prices. For my 2005 911S, with 19" wheels, Michelins (Pilot Sport) and Pirellis (P-Zero Rosso) were recommended by my dealer. Continentals and other brands were NOT recommended. I went with Pirellis when I needed to repalce the rears, but I will likely switch to Michelins for all 4 next time around.
Lexol leather clearner was recommended by my dealer for the interior. Stay away from Armorall. As for the wheels, your dealer should have somebody they can recommend for refinishing. Expect to pay $80-100+ per wheel.
#3 of 12 Re: Porsche carrera cabriolet 1999 model newcomer [habitat1]
Dec 19, 2007 (9:02 pm)
Thank you for your suggestions, I will try the leather cleaner you suggested. I do not have an owners manual I have ordered one still waiting. I want to take off one of the scuffed wheels and bring it to a refinisher, hope he can smooth out the marks. Keep in e-mail touch , I will have more questions as I have time to learn about the car...Italian4/////////
#4 of 12 Porsche 911 Engines
May 04, 2008 (7:41 pm)
I'm looking at 2003-2005 Porsche 911 Cabs and my mechanic warned me that there have been several issues with the water cooled engines in the 996s (1999-2003). Has anyone else heard of those issues? Have they been addressed in the 2004 (and newer) models? He thinks the the '95-98's have excellent engines but ideally I'd like the newer body style. This is my first Porsche purchase and any advice is appreciated. I think getting an extended warranty would be a good call but again I'm looking for any advice you experts can give. Thanks for sharing...
#5 of 12 Re: Porsche 911 Engines [porsche4me2]
May 09, 2008 (4:55 am)
Hello, The Porsche 996 in 1999 had an engine casting problem. Porsche has replacment many of these engines. Some have a rear main seal (RMS) leak but Porsche has also replaced these seals at now cost. I just bought a 2004 911 Turbo Cab and it is impressive. As with any series of cars (such as 996; 1999-2004) you are always better off buying the last year.
#6 of 12 Re: Porsche carrera cabriolet 1999 model newcomer [habitat1]
Jun 19, 2008 (6:46 pm)
I purchased a 2005 911 one year ago. I blew through my Continentals with 12,000 miles. I am in the process of researching tires, and believe I will go with the Michelins. The dealer wants to charge $500 more than Tire Rack for the tires, plus $400 to install. Is the install worth it?
#7 of 12 Re: Porsche carrera cabriolet 1999 model newcomer [sak911]
Jun 19, 2008 (9:53 pm)
I'm in the process of replacing rear tires on my 2002 Carrera. I'm going with Michelin Pilots which were originals on my car from Tire Rack for $350 per.
My Porsche mechanic said he could get tires for me for $400, but didn't mind
if I ordered from Tire Rack and sent it to him for install.
He charges $135 for install on the 2 rear tires. $400 for install seem steep.
#8 of 12 Re: Porsche carrera cabriolet 1999 model newcomer [italian4]
Jun 19, 2008 (10:00 pm)
I have full leather (red) in my 2002 Carrera. I use Lexol cleaner and conditioner 2X per year. It look brand new even after 6 yrs.
#9 of 12 Re: Porsche carrera cabriolet 1999 model newcomer [sak911]
Jun 22, 2008 (6:12 am)
My Porsche dealer charges $80 per tire for mounting, balancing, stems. A Mercedes dealer, with the same equipment, offered to do it for $55 each. But my Porsche dealer gave me a lifetime rebalancing warranty and, sure enough, I detected a slight vibration after 3,000 miles and they rebalanced and cured the problem.
That said, $400 mounting for 4 tires, on top of getting hit with a $500 premium to buy the tires, is too much. Tell them to get competitive or take your business elsewhere. Most mercedes dealers have the same high end mounting equipemnt to handle their AMG models and, at least in my area, are happy to get soem Porsche business.
#10 of 12 mph limit exceeded
May 02, 2010 (1:18 am)
I have a 2003 Carrera cab - owned for approx 1 yr - about a month ago I encountered a warning message that 'beeps' when I go over 25mph - it says "mph limit exceeded" - any thoughts what it means, and how it started and, how I get rid of it?