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  1. I'm going to add another vote for a Golf GTI. I was in a similar dilemna about a year ago looking for a practical sensible vehicle (to drive around 4yo and 2yo kids). Low ownership cost (that way there is no crying when they vomit and drop food/crumbs/sand everywhere). But can play if you want it to (ie won't bore the driver to tears). I went for a Mk7 GTI (2013), I chose a one owner low km (29k) vehicle which looked like the back seats had never been used. I paid $24xxx (can't remember - but I couldn't be bothered haggling because I thought the price was fair based on its condition). I'm happy to say that after a year it is fulfilling its role admirably.
  2. Michelin PS4S come in 235/40ZR19 and 265/40ZR19. I would have chosen the Cup 2s if I was in your position though
  3. You guys are all bloody legends! What a wealth of knowledge this forum is. I'm going to slowly digest all the advice here and change my route accordingly. I will have to do slightly different routes there and back so i can try to take it all in!
  4. Hey guys, I was hoping for a bit of advice regarding the most 'fun' way to drive from Sydney to Brisbane and back. I am booked in to do the Level 1 Porsche Track Experience at Mt Cotton on 17.5.19, and I was going to drive my Boxster from Sydney to Brisbane (and back), aiming for an overnight stop halfway on each trip. I was also aiming to not take the fastest route, but rather the most fun route Here is my current plan https://goo.gl/maps/1MEoz4Z37QyTfg9A7 It is basically taking advantage of Putty Road, Thunderbolt Way, and then as much national park as I can south of Brisbane. Does anyone have any advice regarding the route? Better ways to go? Known police hotspots? Road quality warnings (Thunderbolt way?), Places I should really stop and look at halfway? Thanks in advance, Ian
  5. Thanks for the opinions and advice everyone I think next time I will be like Steve and Dan and remove the old wheel weights myself. I sent an email to Tempe Tyres last night. If I get no response by Thursday I will see if I fare any better with a direct phone call.
  6. So I got a flat drivers rear tyre on Saturday whilst 120km south of Sydney (I was heading back to Sydney after enjoying some Macquarie Pass driving ). I ran over a big bolt lying on the road, there was a massive rapid pressure drop detected by the TPMS, so I pulled over quickly in a safe location. I saw the tyre was deflating very quickly from a 1cm diameter bolt rammed into it, and I had to get a flat bed tow truck to Sydney. I rung Tempe Tyres on the way, and arranged 4 new Michelin PS4S (N0) tyres. I had done 22,500km in 11 months of ownership, and had been planning to change the Goodyear F1's into Michelin PS4S in the near future anyway. So this was as good an excuse as any to make the change. Tempe Tyres is a very busy place. Maybe that is a good thing... because therefore they should know what they are doing. But maybe it could also be bad... because they could be too busy to take care with your car. Anyway my question is this: What would you consider an acceptable level of scratching to the wheel when the shop removes the old wheel weights +/- the black adhesive tape when they are balancing the wheel after the new tyres are fitted? Attached are the pictures of my wheels when I cleaned them today. The pictures are in this order: Passenger Front, Passenger Rear, Driver Rear, Driver Front (before), Driver Front (after). The passenger rear wheel and driver front wheel scratches really hurt me to look at. The driver front wheel has 2 pictures. The 'before' picture is before a lot of elbow grease in removing the remaining black tape adhesive and glue residue (although after my basic wheel cleaning routine). It is meant to show that the shop tried reasonably hard to remove the black adhesive tape, and in doing so scratched the hell out of the wheel. I would have much preferred if they left the adhesive tape still mostly attached - like in the driver rear wheel picture (which is also a before picture). They caused much less scratching, and I could carefully remove the adhesive myself, taking as much time as I wanted. Am I expecting too much from a tyre shop? Does anyone have any advice how to avoid this in the future? Different Sydney tyre shop recommendations? Should I have told them explicitly beforehand to just leave the black adhesive tape intact after removing the metal weights?
  7. Hey Don, I'm really sorry to hear that they stuffed the options list on your incoming GTS :(. In regards to the contract you signed, i know you ordered from PCW, and i ordered from PCSS, but part of my contract was some half assed clause which said that they would try their best to ensure all options were correct but couldnt guarantee it. Or something to that effect. Because my sales guy told me that upfront, i was pretty religious about getting printed out spec changes every time i changed something. I would read the fine print in your contract to check to see if they had a similar clause at PCW. If they dont then you could really play hardball i guess. But it sucks that you would have to damage the ongoing relationship with clearly your closest Porsche dealer
  8. I was thinking along those lines, and then adding I'm a Porsche owning wanker = it's my fault x 10. Thanks for the insider cop knowledge Niko Much appreciated After she left and I was talking to everyone else while waiting for my wife, I begun to think along similar lines to what you said above. She was dropping her mother off at the hospital. She probably is under some stress with her mother's health. So maybe I should just give her a break. Even though it doesn't excuse her behaviour, it could partially explain it. --- Thanks for the thoughts/comments everyone. Who would have thought venting on a public forum would be such effective catharsis!
  9. So today I had to pick up my wife from the hospital where she works. I was waiting for her outside the entrance, sitting in my Boxster parked in a line of cars. A middle aged lady who is dropping her mother off at the hospital pulls up beside me and bangs her drivers side door against my passenger side while getting out in a hurry. She see me, but as she is helping her elderly mother out of the car, I don't bother her while she is assisting her. However after helping her mother she hurriedly gets back in to drive off. I now have to make a snap decision about whether or not to take her license plate details down. I see that there is at least one bit of visible damage, so decide to take a photo of her rear license plate. At this point she opens her door and becomes verbally aggressive. "How dare you take a picture of my car?" "It serves you right for parking in a (completely legal) place where you can get hit by a car door" "Maybe you should think twice before parking there again (never mind the entire line of cars who are correctly parked in a similar position" I'm half attempting to reason with her, and half attempting to block her door from hitting my car again as she swings it open again to get out. She then decides to get physically aggressive, and tries to repeatedly shove me. Keep in mind, she is about foot shorter than me and 15 years older at a guess. So the shoving is somewhat comical and definitely ineffectual. The shoving and yelling is enough to attract the attention of the hospital employee who stands at the front entrance. He is telling her to calm down and to at least pull her car over to an empty space in front of me to stop blocking the entire flow of traffic through the hospital entrance. But nope, she is busy blocking traffic and taking photos of me and my car, like I have somehow terribly wronged her. By this time I have had a bit more time to inspect the car. Her door has luckily only hit the plastic side air intake, and I have already managed to buff most of it out. I'm sure I can get it looking perfect at home. Even though the lady is acting like a complete loonie, I'm quite happy to let everything go. Anyway one last serve at me before she drives off. The people outside the hospital and the driver behind are sympathetic to my situation, and give a couple of kind words. I'm mostly just happy that the door has hit the plastic rather than the paintwork. *sigh* Crazy crazy lady.
  10. Congratulations on the car Don. I presume you are looking at an April 2019 delivery? I live a 5 minute drive from PCW, so I'm pretty sure I'll see you in your shiny new GT silver 718 CGTS driving around the neighbourhood very soon
  11. Are they trying to suggest that they only had a single 718 GTS build slot available to them, which is now gone? I haven't been in the Porsche world very long but that sounds kinda strange... When I was ordering last year in October, everyone in Sydney (PCW, PCSS, PCP) was offering me Jan build slots similar to you. But if I was slow and the slot got taken it just meant a later build date, not a breakdown in the entire deal...
  12. Did you put down a deposit today? If so, please share the build!
  13. Hi donR, and welcome to the forums! I've seen your name a few times whilst lurking around the P9, Rennlist and 718 forums. I was in your situation October last year, and took delivery of my 718 Boxster in April this year. From your posts in the other forums, you appear to have done your research / due diligence. It seems a 718 is definitely the right car for you, since you don't mind the sound/4 cylinders, and you prefer the power delivery/torque of the turbo. If I understand right, you are asking about the final wiggle room at the end of negotiation when the price has been settled upon? I don't claim to be an expert on the matter, having only one new Porsche purchase under my belt (from PCSS). But I asked for and received some Porsche aviator sunglasses for the wife ($4-500ish in the online store), and then the sales guy threw in 2 motorsport bear plush toys for our 2 kids ($160ea in the online store). This was on top of all the standard stuff - free track day and I forget what else now... So i think you can definitely ask for more than just a cap on Monday
  14. Thanks for the recommendation edgy! LSR were really prompt and professional with getting everything organised. Lots of phone calls and an email keeping me up to date as well. Exclusive Body Werks was the other well recommended Porsche approved repairer option... but LSR is 10 minutes from my house. So that along with your recommendation made a big difference!
  15. The first thing the other guy did was accuse me of hitting him...

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