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    Canada & Gold Coast
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    993 & 991.1 Carrera 4 GTS

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  1. Since I had some spare time on my hands (I miss my garage and workshop) a couple of years ago while spending my winters there, I was amazed what my GTS would cost in Australia. I priced it out along with my factory Porsche options (CA$45,620). Incredibly my options less two that were not offered in Oz would run me about AU$79,000. Anyway, out the door I remember $408,000. Nuts!
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    That is what I did before spending the money on a Durametric. I borrowed a Durametric from a local 911 owner for a day, tried it and liked it. What gets me is the support from the company. P codes are not an issue becuase you can Google them, but then Porsche has all these codes such as C152, C141, 4444, etc and Durametric has no clue what they are. Damn, if they are designing a diagnostic dongle, then they should have a list of what all the manufactures codes are. I also wish you can do more coding. I used to have the Ross-Tech dignostic for the VW group cars. A fraction of the cost of the Durametric and it just about did everything.
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    Hi Warren, I am a bit confused now. You have a 1996 993 so any OBD-II reader should work to read common codes (P0300, etc) The 1996 993 reads pins 7 (K Line) and 15 (L Line) which is a ISO 9141-2 yet a CAN reads pins 6 (CAN Hi) and 14 (CAN Low). I have a 1995 993 so it would be different. By the way, I also had the Durametric Enthusiast version and used it for 1 VIN on my 993. I later sold it and got the Durametric Pro since I was looking at buying another used 911.
  4. Trust me, if that was my car, someone in that shop would have a tough time getting themselves off the floor after I was done with them. Which is why I do my own maintenance and repairs. I got a short fuse, but luckily for humanity it is soaking wet, most of the time. 😄
  5. I don't know if this has been posted on this forum or if any of you speak or understand German, but here are a few interviews with Hans Mezger...
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    I have a Durametric Pro - Option 1. Also note that the 1995 models of the 993 could have had the old round connector and also the newer OBD-II connector. My 1995 has the newer OBD-II connector but it is OBD-I Certified. So if you are hooking up an OBD-II diagnostic tool, it will not work.
  7. Thanks for posting. I used to have a copy of Hans Mezger's 1972 Institute of Mechanical Engineers paper on "The Development of the Porsche Type 917 Car by Han Mezger, Dipl Ing", but who knows where it is. I see you have it on page 44. I finally got to see the 917 and variations of it in 2015 and 2019 at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. It would be a real treat to see one on the track. In my case, YouTube is the next best thing. Museums
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    991 or 997.2

    I did drive a 997.1 back in 2009 when I was buying my first Porsche, but it seemed too "civilized" to me and I bought a pristine 993 instead. So here I am with a 1995 993 and a 2015 911 Carrera 4 GTS, both have a manual transmission. But for an everyday car, I would go with the 991.1. The only downside, no oil dipstick. Must have been designed by a millennial. 😄
  9. I could not be so lucky as to live there. Maybe when Australia lifts their travel ban and soon I hope, I'll be back on the Gold Coast next December. Nope, the work was performed by an independent shop specializing in Porsches and other German imports in Ottawa, Canada. I knew the owner from decades ago when he would come into the VW dealer I used to work for to buy parts. Then his son took over and eventually moved the shop out of town under a different name. I have had two other Porsche friends who have had terrible experiences at that shop. Funny how all the Rennlist members would praise the shop and some even poo-poo'd my friend when he complained of how his 993 was delivered after servicing (grease on the steering wheel, etc), yet when I posted what they had butchered, all of them went quiet. I am sure not all the shops or dealers are that bad, but I take pride in the way I work on vehicles (or aircraft) and have an extremely well equipped private shop. Although I trust my dealer and my 991.1 is still on CPO warranty, I'll be fixing the intermittent coolant leak at the plastic coolant pipe between the water pump and thermostat housing. I noted that Porsche redesigned that plastic coolant pipe which I now have along with the associatated rubber O-rings, etc. Like they say (provided you know what you are doing): if you want the job done right, you have to do it yourself.
  10. Wheel bearings are discussed here. This guy is really good and has a slew of videos. And yes, he is an engineer. Wheel Spacers & Adapters
  11. OK, so we can laugh about it now, but this is what happened to my friend's 993 and what I noticed while he was having a PPI done for the new owner who was also along during the purchase. Shortly after my friend had bought the 1996 993 C2, he had a set of Bilstein struts, roll bars and a factory Porsche short shift kit installed by an Independent Porsche Shop in town. He had ordered and paid for the parts seperately (from Carnewal in Belgium) and the shop charged him a whopping just over $2000 for labour. Now this is a shop that also tracks Porsches and also does inspections for Porsche DE days. Better wear a flak jacket and run for cover! The main reason why nobody touches my cars and motorcycles. This shop had no clue what they were doing. All they needed to do is flip the plastic guides 180 degrees that the slide tube sits in within the shift box. So since the metal tunnel cover would no longer fit because it hung low, they took a SAWZALL to it. I got to give them an award. By the way, the shop tried to find a used tunnel cover. Amazingly they could not, but the new owner was able to get one without an issue. Pics are: 1) what the tunnel cover should look like on a 993 (my car). 2) the butchered tunnel cover on my friend's 993. 3) the used replacement tunnel cover the new owner found on-line.
  12. You will like this video... You Can Only Think About One Thing - Jack Olsen's 1972 Porsche 911 By the way, nothing like a garage with an "attached" house. ☺️ And you might be familiar with this pic. My BMW R1150 GS Adventure is parked under the "Alpengasthof" on the wall.
  13. Although I am not lucky enough to live in Oz, I have spent the last 5 years on the Gold Coast during your summers. Talk about paradise! I am hoping to get to one of your cars and coffee or show 'n shines in the area as long as it is close by since I do not have a vehicle while there. By the way, your transit system is tops! I did manage to get to the Porsche Centre Gold Coast dealer, picked up some accessories for my Porsche friends back home and they were nice enough to give me a couple of Queensland Porsche Club magazines. Anyway lets get down to Porsches. I have been a Porsche fan since Sunoco was raffling a 911 off on their TV ads. That was back in the late 60s or early 1970s. Back then and into most of my working life, a 911 was a dream. Now I own two. My first in 2009, thanks to an unfortunate incident when I was hit by a kid yapping on his cell phone while I was stopped in traffic on my annual motorcycle tour of the Alps. That snapped my lower leg ninety-degrees. Well life can be short, so I bought my dream car, a 911. I didn't really know which one at the time, but I did luck into a mint and low mileage 993. Then in 2018, I came across a 2015 911 Carrera 4 GTS with a...get this...157 km on it. The original owner just took it in for an oil change. I ran my Durametric on it; no over-revs in any of the six ranges. I then ran my Defelsko paint thickness gauge over the body; no repaints. I sort of expected that at 157 km or 98 miles. I do all my own maintenance on cars, motorcycles and aircraft (when I was a flight instructor). I am into Porsche history and have visited their museums in Stuttgart (D), Gmünd in Kärnten (A) and Mattsee (A) as well as the Porsche family summer residence in Zell am See (A) where most of the family lies.
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    Car cover

    I have the following Coverking car covers: Coverking Satin Stretch Indoor Custom Car Cover on the 993. Coverking Autobody Armor Custom Car Cover on the 991. It is an indoor/outdoor cover. Both are a custom fit with minimal seams, and both have an ultra soft inner lining. Quality is tops. I would probably go for the Autobody Armor Custom Car Cover instead of the Satin Stretch Indoor Custom Car Cover. In any case, no complaints.
  15. How many owners of a 991.1 or 991.2 have had a leak from the coolant pump or the plastic coolant pipe? I've certainly read about my share of them on Rennlist, but nothing here. May 2020, my 2015 991.1 with under 5000 km started to leak at the joint between the plastic coolant pipe and the thermostat housing. Nothing serious in that I never had to add any coolant but it would leak the odd time when I took it for a run. I checked the fastener torque at that fitting. I did a search in the Porsche part catalog (last one being from 2018) and the part number had not changed, not even for the newer 991.2 models, even when looking at photos on Google images. I did come across a few images of the flange that had an aluminum collar to distribute the clamping load better, but I haven't come across any information on it. I thought it might have been a factory Porsche modification. So I placed an order at my local Porsche dealer for the plastic coolant pipe and associated O-rings. It seems the part number has changed from 9A1 106 238 00 to OPB 121 076 and sure enough, Porsche did make some changes to the part (it took them long enough). Even though my 991.1 is still on CPO warranty, I'll be doing the job myself since I want to flush my coolant as well. I have an issue with dealers and shops working on my cars and motorcycles.

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