June 23, 2007
Porsche 944 sp1 owners blog started
I just started my blog on owning the 944. I'll cover everything to do with owning the car including running costs etc. You can find it at http://www.trackpedia.com/blogs/billy/
March 22, 2007
I traded the 996 yesterday for a Mercedes S430. I got 26k for the 996 with 47.5k on the clock. It needed new rear tires, the driver door glove box door replaced, the steering wheel leather needed some cosmetic work and the wood on the center console replaced.
The S430 was 27.2k with 51k miles on it. I got a 12 month warranty because the car is certified and I bought two more years for 3.7k. Warranties are getting more expensive.
I'll be starting posting on the 944 and S class blogs from now on.
March 19, 2007
Time to say good bye
I'm going to be trading the 996 in over the next couple of weeks. I'll trade it in on a merc s-class or audi a8/a6 depending. Shame to see it go, I love the car but I have a new 944 race car coming and I only have a 3 car garage.
February 10, 2007
Porsche 944 spec car on the way
I decided to switch to a 944 for DEs next year. I'll try to say why I'm doing this instead of my 996.
Yep, it's slower. Slower means safer. It will have 150bhp and 2600lbs weight with my in it. It has a full roll cage, 3 nozzle fire system, battery cut outs, window nets. All of this makes the car just safer if I get a bang. I'm putting my Recaro Pole Position seats in with the Simpson 6pt polyester harnesses I had.
I envied a buddy in a 944 last year at BIR. He stayed flat through T1 at 110mph. I thought cool. Staying flat in the 996 means dieing. I had to brake from 145mph to between 120-130mph and it's dicey. I'm looking forward to that.
The whole car is 12k. An engine for the 996 is 14k, a tranny is 10k. Tires will be 550, tires for the 996 was 1300.
Cheaper means less complaints from my better half and I think I'll drive faster just because it's only 12k if I wreck it. An engine is 1600, a tranny 500. The whole suspension, Koni Yellows is 700.
So, thats it, it'll be slower but I reckon I can match the times in my 996 by the end of the year. We'll see.
January 14, 2007
Porsche 911 in the snow
In a word, awesome.
Just got back from driving the C4 around in about 3-4 inches of snow with Blizzak LM22s on and it's incredible. You can drift the car nicely around turns without PSM being activated, everything works. Only bad thing is you want to keep going faster but thats a fools errand for those who follow it.
Anyway, tons, TONS of fun. Only problem is ground clearance and getting beached.
November 27, 2006
Michelin Pilot Sports/2s wear rate
3200 miles on my new engine now and everything looks good. The transmission linkage seems to be resolved now.
The Bridgestone blizzak LM22s are back on and give a 'better' ride than the Michelin PS/2s that I had. Better means less noise and more comfortable. As far as cornering goes, it's no contest unless of course the temperature is < 35F or it's slippy.
The rear PS/2s are pretty worn with I reckon only another 1/32nd to go before they are done. The fronts look great, at least half thread on them so I'll buy another set of PS/2s for the back and mount them in spring. The wear rate seems to be 2:1 for the car.
November 21, 2006
Flashing D on Porsche 996 tiptronic resolved
The dealer called and said it's been fixed. The problem is the transmission linkage moved out of alignment slightly and this caused the problem. They said it could have been engine flex or other things. They did some adjustment and the car is working fine again, no charge. Gotta go pick it up now.
November 20, 2006
Manual control box broken?
It's at the dealer today and apparently lots of info can be gleaned from the lights. A flashing D with no flashing gear lights means the manual control box module has a problem. There are combinations of a flashing 4th gear and D means something else. I'll try get them from the dealer and post.
Of course, it flashed all the way till 10 miles from the dealer and then it went solid as it should be. The dealer service person then said "So do you want to drive it home?" My answer was probably unsuitable to print here but basically unless he'd done something to fix it, it would still be broken yes!!!!
Anyway, I'll wait and see.
November 19, 2006
Flashing D on Porsche 996 tiptronic
Yesterday, when I put the 996 from park into D the LED starting flashing and it felt like the car didn't engage the gear. When I pressed the throttle then it engaged with a clunk and it drove home. I've been trying this sequence a few times now and it looks like it happens almost all the time. I read some other posts saying maybe the car was cold and the computer was complaining, i.e. wait a minute but anyway, time to phone the dealer and maybe bring it in, gotta love a factory warranty.
November 12, 2006
2007, time for a 944
I'm going to sell my 996 in the Spring and Tim Comeau is currently building me a spec Porsche 944 track only car for 2007 HPDE. The cost should be 12k-13k.
My big worry with the car is the lack of power but I should learn a lot in it next year and hopefully be faster as a result.
I'm hoping to drive the crap out of the 944 and when it breaks then use the 944 as a platform to build a better track car to make use of my newfound skills (hopefully). I'm currently looking around as options to fix up the 944 for 2008.
Meanwhile, I loved having my 996 but as a platform for a track day, it makes no sense. So, I'm hoping to sell it for between 30-35k in the Spring, there isn't much of a market for 996s at this time of the year locally. Selling the car should save me about 2.5k a year (insurance, tires for street, general maintenance etc). That will help with HPDE costs.