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    WGA got a reaction from MFX in 996 Mk1 GT3   
    As a 996 GT3 RS owner, I am sorry if I take an opposing view here.
    It is indeed a very good car to drive, and as a result, it is one of my favourite cars....but....of all the Porsches I own it is the least reliable and the most expensive to maintain. Being designed and built during a problematic time in Porsches history, quality seems to have gone out the window.
    The doors no longer close with the traditional clunk...instead they rattle. The dashboard plastics look and feel like they came out of a Daewoo. They easily scratch and often fall off. The panel fit on nearly every 996 I have looked at over the last 10 years has been poor. I don't know of one owner of a regular 996 who has not had expensive engine issues.There are numerous rattles and squeaks inside the car whereas my 964 and 997 still feel as tight as the day they were built. 
    So my while 996 GT3 RS is a special car to drive...I have to say that sadly Porsche dropped the quality ball with this model..
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    WGA got a reaction from Harold996tt in 996 Mk1 GT3   
    As a 996 GT3 RS owner, I am sorry if I take an opposing view here.
    It is indeed a very good car to drive, and as a result, it is one of my favourite cars....but....of all the Porsches I own it is the least reliable and the most expensive to maintain. Being designed and built during a problematic time in Porsches history, quality seems to have gone out the window.
    The doors no longer close with the traditional clunk...instead they rattle. The dashboard plastics look and feel like they came out of a Daewoo. They easily scratch and often fall off. The panel fit on nearly every 996 I have looked at over the last 10 years has been poor. I don't know of one owner of a regular 996 who has not had expensive engine issues.There are numerous rattles and squeaks inside the car whereas my 964 and 997 still feel as tight as the day they were built. 
    So my while 996 GT3 RS is a special car to drive...I have to say that sadly Porsche dropped the quality ball with this model..
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    WGA got a reaction from Harold996tt in 996 Mk1 GT3   
    FYI, I am actually attending a 996 Breakfast event this coming Sunday organised by a good friend of mine, Lee Sibley, editor Total911 magazine.
    Lee is a real 996 fan having just gone through the process of getting his 996 stripped and repainted Irish Green. There is a good video on the car on Youtube. He is expecting between 30-50 996s to turn up. Should be interesting swapping war stories with so many owners over a plate of fried eggs.

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    WGA got a reaction from hugh in 996 Mk1 GT3   
    Yes, engine wise, the 996 GT cars are whole different world to the regular 996s. Having a Mezger engine, they are much more reliable. Rather, I was taking a contrarian view to the Wheels magazine regards the regular 996s. But even with the GT cars, there is no getting away from the poor quality of the interiors and the overall build quality. Next to my 964 its a tin can.
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    WGA got a reaction from TwoHeadsTas in 996 Mk1 GT3   
    FYI, I am actually attending a 996 Breakfast event this coming Sunday organised by a good friend of mine, Lee Sibley, editor Total911 magazine.
    Lee is a real 996 fan having just gone through the process of getting his 996 stripped and repainted Irish Green. There is a good video on the car on Youtube. He is expecting between 30-50 996s to turn up. Should be interesting swapping war stories with so many owners over a plate of fried eggs.

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    WGA got a reaction from reddahaydn in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from sleazius in 718 GT4RS looks almost certain   
    I have had a deposit on the GT4 RS at two Porsche dealers in OZ since I heard about the car in February 2018. The car will have around 485hp and will be PDK only. Its going to be a very limited production car positioned as a final farewell to the 718 so the car will not available until 2021....although it might be announced at the back end of next year.
    In the meantime you will have the 718 GTS 4.0 (sold alongside the regular 2.5T GTS), 718 GT4/Spyder PDK and a very limited Boxster 25th anniversary car in the same colour scheme as the original Boxster prototype. i.e. Silver with copper coloured wheels.
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    WGA got a reaction from Dave986 in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from TwoHeadsTas in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    I did the same trip with my family in September 2017. We did the Furka, Susten, Grimsel, Oberalp, Gotthard and Nufenen Passes all from Andermatt. We also did a bunch of others including Julier, Maloja, Timmelsjoch and San Bernardino. We had a ball. We had a three car convoy - two GT3s and an M2. Cars I have since sold.
    A couple of tips.
    - bring good walkie talkies for each car. It helps enormously with keeping it touch on the move because you will get separated and it makes the trip less stressful and the banter can be fun.
    - when driving in Switzerland, be very, very careful and stick to the speed limits on the highways and country roads. If you get caught you can be fined a very large sum of money (potentially  a % of your income) and get the car impounded. Also, Austria is pretty tough. I got pinged coming out of a tunnel on the Silvretta and had to pay 200+ euro on the spot. However Italy is much easier going.
    - when driving the Swiss passes, you can be a bit more liberal as long as you have one car out front as the scout on the walkie talkie because I have never ever not seen police on the Furka and the Grimsel passes looking out for speeding cars. Having said that, you will find that the speed limit on the mountain passes is often fast enough because it can be difficult to drive at that speed anyway depending on conditions and traffic
    - September is popular so expect traffic on the Furka and the Gotthard, but apart from those roads, we found the other passes quite ok.
    - if you want guaranteed empty roads with less likelihood of police being around then make sure you get out early in the morning or wait until much later in the day
    - weather is a lottery. I have now done this trip 3 times - May, September and October - and the best road conditions and weather was October...but I must admit I was very lucky this time as some of the passes typically start to close early October such as the Timmelsjoch.
    - you don't need super duper cars to have fun. On my last trip I met 3 guys from Italy all in Abarth 595s and they were having a ball. As long as the car is sporting and makes a bit of noise
    Some photos from the Sept 2017 trip.




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    WGA got a reaction from Niko in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    I did the same trip with my family in September 2017. We did the Furka, Susten, Grimsel, Oberalp, Gotthard and Nufenen Passes all from Andermatt. We also did a bunch of others including Julier, Maloja, Timmelsjoch and San Bernardino. We had a ball. We had a three car convoy - two GT3s and an M2. Cars I have since sold.
    A couple of tips.
    - bring good walkie talkies for each car. It helps enormously with keeping it touch on the move because you will get separated and it makes the trip less stressful and the banter can be fun.
    - when driving in Switzerland, be very, very careful and stick to the speed limits on the highways and country roads. If you get caught you can be fined a very large sum of money (potentially  a % of your income) and get the car impounded. Also, Austria is pretty tough. I got pinged coming out of a tunnel on the Silvretta and had to pay 200+ euro on the spot. However Italy is much easier going.
    - when driving the Swiss passes, you can be a bit more liberal as long as you have one car out front as the scout on the walkie talkie because I have never ever not seen police on the Furka and the Grimsel passes looking out for speeding cars. Having said that, you will find that the speed limit on the mountain passes is often fast enough because it can be difficult to drive at that speed anyway depending on conditions and traffic
    - September is popular so expect traffic on the Furka and the Gotthard, but apart from those roads, we found the other passes quite ok.
    - if you want guaranteed empty roads with less likelihood of police being around then make sure you get out early in the morning or wait until much later in the day
    - weather is a lottery. I have now done this trip 3 times - May, September and October - and the best road conditions and weather was October...but I must admit I was very lucky this time as some of the passes typically start to close early October such as the Timmelsjoch.
    - you don't need super duper cars to have fun. On my last trip I met 3 guys from Italy all in Abarth 595s and they were having a ball. As long as the car is sporting and makes a bit of noise
    Some photos from the Sept 2017 trip.




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    WGA got a reaction from Dalai in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    I did the same trip with my family in September 2017. We did the Furka, Susten, Grimsel, Oberalp, Gotthard and Nufenen Passes all from Andermatt. We also did a bunch of others including Julier, Maloja, Timmelsjoch and San Bernardino. We had a ball. We had a three car convoy - two GT3s and an M2. Cars I have since sold.
    A couple of tips.
    - bring good walkie talkies for each car. It helps enormously with keeping it touch on the move because you will get separated and it makes the trip less stressful and the banter can be fun.
    - when driving in Switzerland, be very, very careful and stick to the speed limits on the highways and country roads. If you get caught you can be fined a very large sum of money (potentially  a % of your income) and get the car impounded. Also, Austria is pretty tough. I got pinged coming out of a tunnel on the Silvretta and had to pay 200+ euro on the spot. However Italy is much easier going.
    - when driving the Swiss passes, you can be a bit more liberal as long as you have one car out front as the scout on the walkie talkie because I have never ever not seen police on the Furka and the Grimsel passes looking out for speeding cars. Having said that, you will find that the speed limit on the mountain passes is often fast enough because it can be difficult to drive at that speed anyway depending on conditions and traffic
    - September is popular so expect traffic on the Furka and the Gotthard, but apart from those roads, we found the other passes quite ok.
    - if you want guaranteed empty roads with less likelihood of police being around then make sure you get out early in the morning or wait until much later in the day
    - weather is a lottery. I have now done this trip 3 times - May, September and October - and the best road conditions and weather was October...but I must admit I was very lucky this time as some of the passes typically start to close early October such as the Timmelsjoch.
    - you don't need super duper cars to have fun. On my last trip I met 3 guys from Italy all in Abarth 595s and they were having a ball. As long as the car is sporting and makes a bit of noise
    Some photos from the Sept 2017 trip.




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    WGA got a reaction from Rick V in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    I did the same trip with my family in September 2017. We did the Furka, Susten, Grimsel, Oberalp, Gotthard and Nufenen Passes all from Andermatt. We also did a bunch of others including Julier, Maloja, Timmelsjoch and San Bernardino. We had a ball. We had a three car convoy - two GT3s and an M2. Cars I have since sold.
    A couple of tips.
    - bring good walkie talkies for each car. It helps enormously with keeping it touch on the move because you will get separated and it makes the trip less stressful and the banter can be fun.
    - when driving in Switzerland, be very, very careful and stick to the speed limits on the highways and country roads. If you get caught you can be fined a very large sum of money (potentially  a % of your income) and get the car impounded. Also, Austria is pretty tough. I got pinged coming out of a tunnel on the Silvretta and had to pay 200+ euro on the spot. However Italy is much easier going.
    - when driving the Swiss passes, you can be a bit more liberal as long as you have one car out front as the scout on the walkie talkie because I have never ever not seen police on the Furka and the Grimsel passes looking out for speeding cars. Having said that, you will find that the speed limit on the mountain passes is often fast enough because it can be difficult to drive at that speed anyway depending on conditions and traffic
    - September is popular so expect traffic on the Furka and the Gotthard, but apart from those roads, we found the other passes quite ok.
    - if you want guaranteed empty roads with less likelihood of police being around then make sure you get out early in the morning or wait until much later in the day
    - weather is a lottery. I have now done this trip 3 times - May, September and October - and the best road conditions and weather was October...but I must admit I was very lucky this time as some of the passes typically start to close early October such as the Timmelsjoch.
    - you don't need super duper cars to have fun. On my last trip I met 3 guys from Italy all in Abarth 595s and they were having a ball. As long as the car is sporting and makes a bit of noise
    Some photos from the Sept 2017 trip.




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    WGA got a reaction from Tips in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from LeeM in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    No, been closed for quite awhile. Now just a great photo opportunity.
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    WGA got a reaction from dominicxu1 in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from WOKA in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from Raven in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from JWM in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from turboT in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from TwoHeadsTas in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from Dalai in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from Niko in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from Windsor289 in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from Airhead in Where did you drive your Porsche today?   
    After only a few laps on the Nordschleife, the weather turned nasty with a forecast of rain for the next couple of days so I decided to head south to the Swiss Alps and spent the next couple of days bombing the holy trinity of mountain passes - Furka, Grimsel and Susten - in perfect weather.
    Vmax for the trip was 282 kph.  Hmmm..Now why am I returning to Australia again?








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    WGA got a reaction from Dave986 in My new RS   
    Finally found time to fly home and take delivery of my Aussie based RS which has been sitting at the dealer for over 2 months.
    The only special items outside of the normal options list were getting the Arum wheels clear coated. The std Arum wheels are more of a dull matte bronze finish but the clear coat now makes them look much more gold and really pop in the sunshine. I also got red door pulls fitted to match the red belts and the red deviated stitching. And black PORSCHE lettering on the wing.





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