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  1. Hi Erikki , here are the part numbers for the pressure plate in regards to the 968 & the 964 } The correct 968 pressure plate ( genuine Porsche ONLY ) = 964 116 027 90 = Green Stripe painted on the pressure plate , this fits the 968 NA ( all year models ) & is also the correct pressure plate for the 1990 - 1991 964 ( 911 ) NA The correct pressure plate for the 964 ( 911 ) NA ( 1992-1994 ) = 964 116 028 90 = Blue stripe painted on the pressure plate , Note } the 964 116 028 90 pressure plate is the one that comes in the after market Sachs kit for a 968 , because that is all Sachs makes & hence why these days 98% of all 968 Porsche's out there are running with the higher clamping force" incorrect " 028 90 pressure plate , because for many , many years thats all you could purchase Note 2 } The painted identification stripes are only on the Genuine Porsche pressure plates ( from memory ) I will find out tomorrow ( at work ) if the correct Green stripe ( 964 116 027 90 ) is still available from Porsche Germany ( this is not a aftermarket part )
  2. Hi Guys, As you may or may not know a customer of ours Shane runs a 1986 Porsche 944 turbo that we prepared for targa, after completing targa West he returned to store the car at a kennards storage facility in Penrith where it was stolon only a few days later. I can't say too much about the car at the moment but i want to put a post out there with a few very identifiable parts if they hit the market or if any of you guys know someone that has been offered them. MCS shocks and springs. We have about 6 cars running these and to be honest there would maybe be one or 2 more sets in aus. Genuine Fuchfelge 17x9 rims 5 in total. Again these are pretty rare in Australia. Custom control arms. Recaro Pole position seats. There is a heap of custom parts on this car but i figure they would try and sell these items first. It was stolen on a Nevco trailer as seen in the pictures and we can only assume the thieves were after the trailer as the car is very identifiable If you guys see any of these items out there please let us know. 02 9948 2651 Regards Sean
  3. Yes as Dreamr has mentioned , if its a HK import then its not the ( 1 ) that was officially imported by PCA as a new car and sold here new
  4. Interestingly , in Australia in 1982 ( the first model 944 ) they were around $ 42,000 or $43,000 ( with no options ) , but remember these early 944 models came with NO A/C , no power steering , no power seats , early 924 interior etc etc , very different car the 944 became from model year 1986 on wards & the price went up from 1986 because of the more standard options , even the cars frame / floor was different from 1986
  5. Hi Zacc , is you're 944 a grey import , meaning was it delivered new in the UK or HK or is it an Australian delivered 944 Does you VIN look like this } WP0ZZZ94ZHN420001 to 49999 = 944 Or WP0ZZZ94ZHN400001 to 1999 = 944S
  6. I remember back in 1987 or 1988 at the Porsche dealership ( Sydney ) we sold a new 911 cabriolet with Turbo Look and other options and that car was over $ 200,000 + on road costs ( then )
  7. I just added the 1994 & 1995 year models 928GTS numbers imported , there seems to be interest in this section You have to remember some very important factors , " Massive Interest Rates " was the important one from 1991 to about 1994 / 1995 interest rates on everything , be it a mortgage ( 18.25%+ ) or worst still a lease package on a car ( 29% + ) was out of control & that's why car companies selling expensive cars in that era ( be it here or UK or Europe or USA ) the sales were getting lower and lower , there were few customers who could afford the massive interest rates on the car lease packages , with the sales slipping badly ( no fault of the car companies ) car dealerships had to change brands to stay afloat , like here in Sydney , John Newell Porsche ( Sydney ) handed back their Porsche dealership license / agreement and went off to sell Mazda to stay afloat , I would of done the same , Porsche Cars Australia had to change owners , things were that bad Also fully imported European cars then ( 1970's , 1980's , 1990's ) were all way over taxed and over priced here in Australia and made worse for Porsche by the overheads of low volume manufacturing in that era & only making sports cars , When things went financially bad for Porsche in 1995 , among other restructuring they recognized that higher volumes were the key to financial stability in the future , enter the Cayenne & the Macan for this century , volume / increased sales numbers is everything As a side note , I just pulled out of my archive of the officail price lists ( printed by Porsche Cars Australia ) for the 1987 year model Price Guide is Dated April 1987 ( 32 years ago ) , here are some prices from the price guide } 944 NA Basic Price = $ 100,928 as a manual and $ 104,563 for the Auto trans version Some options } Metallic Paint = $ 1,700 Partial leather seats = $ 1,464 Full leather seats F & R = $ 5,219 Power seat ( passenger ) = $ 1,738 Power seat ( drivers ) =$ 1,161 Cruise control = $ 1,087 Lumber support ( drivers ) = $1,249 Sunroof =$ 2,920 LSD =$ 2,039 Fuchs Forged 16" wheels = $ 5,899 ABS = $ 5,885 --------------------------------------------- 944S 2.5L 16v , manual trans only = $ 110,211 Option prices are the same as above ----------------------------------------------- 944 Turbo ( 951 ) = $ 135,345 & remember for Australia this was the 1986 year model 951 Options prices are the same as above except for } External Transmission oil cooler = $ 775 Note } ABS not an option as this was the 1986 model 951 ( not a 1987 model which had ABS as standard ) ------------------------------------------------------- 911 Carrera , Basic Price $ 134,822 ( coupe ), $ 140,848 ( Targa ) , $ 155,141 ( Cabrio ) Some Options } Metallic Paint = $ 2,122 All leather front & rear seats = $ 3,150 All Leather interior ( coupe & Targa ) = $ 4,193 Turbo Look = $ 40,438 ( that is not a misprint ) Electric seat ( passenger ) = $ 1,738 Electric seat ( Drivers ) = $ 1,161 Lumber support ( Drivers seat ) = $ 1,249 Electric Sunroof ( coupe ) = $ 3,430 LSD = $ 2,039 15" Fuchs forged wheels =$ 3,106 16" Fuchs forged wheels =$ 4,960 Note } Turbo Look was the factory option that meant you were buying a 911 turbo , but with the 3.2 NA engine and transmission , meaning the turbo body / guards / suspension / brakes / wheels / spoilers / leather interior etc etc Note 2 } ABS was not available , had to wait until the 964 model in the 1990 year model for that ------------------------------------------------------- 928S4 manual or Automatic = $ 202,954 Metallic paint = $ 2,528 Paint colour to sample = $ 4,806 Leather interior with leather belt = $ 3,561 Full leather interior ( including roof lining ) = $ 8,769 Electric seats = standard Full leather seats front & rear = standard Seat & mirror position memory = $ 1,694 LSD = $ 2,039 Fuchs forged wheels = standard Brembo brakes ( medium blacks on front ) = standard ABS = standard Sports seats with electric height ( fronts ) = no charge Note } ABS was standard from the previous model ( 1986 928s ) Note 2 } ABS was available as an option from the 1984 year model 928s The above prices are just for the 1987 model range for Australia only
  8. I think its more to do with the lack of knowledge on just how rare some of the Australian delivered ( new ) last century front engine d Porsche cars are , I have been working on Porsche cars for some 42 years & even I had no real idea just how rare some of these cars were , for example the one ( 1 ) 1987 ( H) year model 944 2.5 NA or even my 1993 year model 968 coupe ( 6 ) imported and sold new in Australia , I had no idea that the numbers were so low , I knew that the 1991 944S2 was rare , so much so I was surprised that there was 6 of them imported officially , I have only seen ( 1 ) and that was when it was new on the showroom floor back at SVM & never ever seen or head of another Australian delivered 1991 944S2 since The 1991 ( M) 944S2 Cabrio , two ( 2 ) were imported officially or even the 1987 ( H ) 944S , same thing , only ( 2 ) officially imported , I knew there were some imported , we even sold a new 1987 944S ( in 1987 ) , but I never thought there was just 2 of them for the whole of Australia It reminds me ( in some respects ) in 1989 , we ( SVM / Porsche dealership I worked at ) sold 2 ( at least ) x 911 speedsters narrow body ( 3.2 speedster narrow body ) , at the time we just thought these must be as common as anything , but later I leaned just how rare a 1989 R/H/D 3.2 speedster was in narrow body & yes we ( SVM ) sold a few more wide body speedsters ( they were more expensive naturally ) Once more people find out the rarity ( just takes time ) I think people will realize
  9. On Thursday a customer emailed Sean & I a copy of 8 page list that was complied by Porsche Cars Australia in 2004 of the front engine'd Porsche cars officially imported by Porsche Cars Australia from 1976 to 1995 inclusive It gives some interesting details on the numbers imported per year model & engine and Vin Prefix and the very interesting bit is the major changes from the previous year model , be it the 924 , 931 , 944 , 944S , 944S2 , 951 , 968 , 928 , 928S , 928S4 , GT , GTS Note } NA = Normally Aspirated Note } 931 = 924 Turbo Note } 951 = 944 Turbo For example } 924 , the 1976 year model = 1 imported 924 , the 1977 year model = 175 imported ( this is here for comparison ) 931 year model 1979 = Aprox 2 imported ( it literally says "Aprox " ) 931 year model 1980 ( A ) = 66 imported ( this is here for comparison ) 944 , 2.5NA ( 8 valve ) , year model 1986 ( G ) = 140 imported 944 , 2.5NA ( 8 valve ) , year model 1987 ( H ) = 1 imported 944S , 2.5 NA ( 16 Valve ) , year model 1987 ( H ) = 2 imported 944S ,2.5 NA ( 16 Valve ) , year model 1988 ( J ) = 39 imported 951 , 2,5 Turbo ( 8 valve ) , year model 1986 ( G ) = 110 imported 951 , 2.5 Turbo ( 8 valve ) , year model 1987 ( H ) = 0 ( Nill imported ) 951 , 2.5 Turbo ( 8 valve ) , year model 1988 ( J ) = 25 imported 951 , 2.5L Turbo ( 8 valve ) , year model 1989 ( K ) = 38 imported ( Turbo S variant ) but no badge saying S 951 , 2.5L Turbo ( 8 valve ) , yesr model 1990 ( L ) = 15 imported 944S2 , 3.0L ( 16 Valve ) ,year model 1989 ( K ) = 51 imported 944S2 , 3.0L ( 16 Valve ) , year model 1989 ( K ) = 26 imported ( Cabriolet Version ) 944S2 , 3.0L ( 16 valve ) , year model 1990 ( L ) = 71 imported 944S2 , 3.0L ( 16 valve ) , year model 1990 ( L ) = 52 imported ( Cabriolet ) 944S2 , 3.0L ( 16Valve ) , year model 1991 ( M ) = 6 imported 944S2 , 3.0L ( 16 Valve ), year model 1991 ( M ) = 2 imported ( Cabriolet Version ) 968 ,3.0L NA ( 16 valve ) , year model 1992 ( N ) = 35 imported ( this is the normal 968 coupe ) 968 , 3.0L NA ( 16 valve , year model 1992 ( N ) = 5 ( Cabriolet ) 968 ,3.0L NA ( 16valve ) , year model 1993 ( P ) = 6 imported ( this is the normal 968 coupe ) 968 ,3.0L NA ( 16valve ) , year model 1993 ( P ) = 5 imported ( Cabriolet Version ) 968 ,3.0L NA ( 16 valve ) , year model 1993 ( P ) = 19 imported ( 968 CS in either Non M030 , M384 , M385 or with those M codes ) = no breakdown on the numbers 968 ,3.0L NA ( 16valve ) , year model 1994 ( R ) = 27 imported ( this is the normal 968 coupe ) 968, 3.0L NA ( 16 valve ), year model 1995 ( S ) = 10 imported ( 968 CS in either Non M030 , M 384 , M 385 or with those M codes or with M 383 , M 387 )= no breakdown on the numbers 928 , 4.5 year model 1978 = 9 imported 928 , 4.5 , year model 1979 = 57 imported 928S4 5.0L ( 32valve ) 1989 = 101 imported ( this is here for comparison ) 928S4 5.0L ( 32 valve ) 1991 = 7 imported 928 GT 5.0L ( 32 valve ) 1991 = 2 imported 928GTS 5.4L ( 32 valve ) 1992 year model = 7 imported 928GTS 5.4L ( 32 valve ) 1992 year model = 1 imported ( manual Trans ) 928GTS 5.4L ( 32 valve) 1993 year model = 14 imported 928GTS 5.4L ( 32 valve ) 1993 year model = 1 imported ( manual trans ) 928GTS 5.4L ( 32 valve ) 1994 year model = 21 imported 928GTS 5.4L ( 32 valve ) 1994 year model = 1 imported ( manual trans ) 928 GTS 5.4L ( 32 valve ) 1995 year model = 14 imported 928GTS 5.4L ( 32 valve ) 1995 year model = 1 imported ( manual trans The above is just a brief list of the one's I found interesting , mainly in relation to how rare some Porsche year models are Now to some interesting notes printed by Porsche Cars Australia on this list in the far right hand column , concerning the differences as compared to the year model before The following will interest quite a few people who owns a 928GTS ( 1992 - 1995 ) in relation to the Porsche Club Concourse ( different states ) held each year here in Australia concerning what RADIO / Cassette / CD player that was imported with the car & officially imported by Porsche Cars Australia Porsche 928GTS 1992 , the notes state } Blaupunkt Symphony Radio ( that's all is says ) Porsche 928 GTS 1993 ( unchanged ) Porsche 928 GTS 1994 , the notes state } Blaupunkt London Radio / CD player Porsche 928 GTS 1995 ( unchanged ) Regards Bruce Buchanan Buchanan Automotive
  10. With the hydraulic engine mounts on the 996 & 997 , the engine "Hangs" from the mounts where as most other cars , the engine "Sits" on the engine mounts , there are two main symptoms of engine mounts going bad on a 996 or 997 A ) If the 996 or 997 has a tiptronic transmission ( automatic trans ) up to and including the 2008 year model , with the engine running , at idle in gear ( engine under idle load ) the car will exhibit far more harshness than what the same car exhibited when the same car was new , meaning the engine mounts are No Longer isolating the engine from the car chassis/frame , hence the harshness If the same car has a manual transmission , it may not be as severe at idle because the car is not in gear under slight load , but when pulling away from a standing start , the harshness comes through & at other load conditions as well Note } Hydraulic engine mounts degrading is a gradual thing , meaning it creeps up on you over a long period of time & hence why owners know there is something not quite right , can can not put a finger on what it is B ) Because the engine "Hangs" from the engine mounts you will often see that the exhaust tips( either side of the rear of the car ) have different clearance to the body ( comparing left to right tips ) , sometimes you will see more clearance on one side only or when both mounts are as bad as each other the exhaust will just appear to hang lower on both sides Porsche chose to design in differences in the hydraulic engine mounts on different 997 year models , to get desired results ( as smooth as possible ) The below is just talking about the 997 NA ( not the turbo ) 997 375 049 03 was used up to and including the 2006 Cabrio 997 375 049 05 was used from 2007 & to 2008 Cabrio 997 375 049 04 was used up to 2006 coupe 997 375 049 06 was used from 2007 to 2008 coupe Note 2 } If the car is a 2007 or 2008 Cabrio with Tip transmission & if the new genuine engine mounts are still available from Porsche , I would try to stay with these mounts to bring the car back to how it was new & to use anything else looks bad on resale later Note 3 } With road car engine mounts , they ( the mounts ) have to do two main jobs , to connect the engine to the body & to eliminate as much harshness as possible , hence why more expensive cars have sophisticated hydraulic mounts Note 4 } Kms traveled has no real world relation to the life of hydraulic engine mounts , hard acceleration events from the standing start will always result in less life from hydraulic engine mounts , remember the engine twists on acceleration & its the mounts trying to keep this twist under control , so in reality a car with no engine mounts at all ( not practical ) , the engine would want to spin leaving no drive to the transmission So because city / suburban cars do a hell of a lot more stop start traffic conditions as compared to a country car ( lots of standing start acceleration events ) , we have always seen hydraulic engine mounts in the Porsches ( all different models beginning with the 928S from 1983 ) fail long before the same models that have done much less ( standing start ) acceleration events ( same Kms ) but cruisey country driving by an owner who is happy to accelerate modestly
  11. So now there is no spark coming out of 1 lead or all of them? work backwards to the coil. did you remove the cap and inspect both he cap and rotor. Make sure the leads are in the correct positions on the cap Regards Sean
  12. Thats a pretty good price for a dealer. Just for reference this is our normal cost of a basic oil change on a 997. mobil 1 $158+gst, filter, $38.90+gst and labour $192+gst that includes having a good look over the car, noting any faults, scanning the ECU for any faults, tyre pressures, top up all fluids and check lights etc. total of $388.9+gst For brakes you can go genuine or probably a better option would be OEM/aftermarket from either Autohaus or BWA. a quick check would see if you need pads and or discs There will be other things to consider too, if it hasn't been done, you really should do an gearbox/differential oil change. is it a manual or tiptronic. We are baffled as to why but dealers seem to thing the auto oil last the life of the car. We just changed the auto fluid on a 997.1 yesterday at 65,000kms and it was black. probably the quickest way to destroy the poor transmissions Regards Sean
  13. good find, make sure you buy the correct beru leads. Bob whymms or autohaus should stock them. there are aftermarket versions but in all honesty they are absolute rubbish. Stay away from any carbon leads. Regards Sean
  14. Hi Finnystew, There could be a lot of issues going on, may be a good idea to check past maintenance and see what has been replaced in the last few years. They are now at the age where the factory wiring harnesses are getting on and in most cases deteriorating. check for cracked connector boots. Particularly in your case around the throttle position sensor, idle stabiliser valve, NTCII sensor(coolant temp) and speed reference sensors. While you are at it also have a good look at the injector plugs. they may seem OK but because of their design previous repairers will grab at the wire harness to remove the plug instead of disconnecting the clips. in almost all cases you will find the wires inside the connecters to be frayed. Being an S the throttle position sensor is in a difficult position. I would want to check for operation of the sensor at the ECU first before trying to get access to it. Basically its inlet manifold off to get at it. It was also common for tuners to remove the air mass meter and adjust the spring inside to add or subtract fuel as needed. this will be evident if there is silicon holding the black cap on the air mass meter. It may also be an air mass meter issue. They are very long lived but nothing lasts forever Regards Sean
  15. Do you mean 245/45/16 ? , the 245 / 45 / 16 size is the correct for the rears on the following 911 Turbo ( 1986 - 1989 ) 944 Turbo S 928 S4 & 928GT up to and including 1991 A 245 / 50 / 16 tyre ( 50 aspect ratio ) raises the rear of the car & looks way too baggy , but worse it raises the final drive ratio , slowing acceleration

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