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Old 10-08-2009, 11:42 AM   #16
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What are pumpkins?

What are MKI, MKII and any other 996 designations?
Pumkins are the orange side markers.

996 MK I - 1998-01
996 MK II - 2002 and up
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Pumkins are the orange side markers.

996 MK I - 1998-01
996 MK II - 2002 and up
Is the major difference the 3.4 vs 3.6L engines?
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:56 AM   #18
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Is the major difference the 3.4 vs 3.6L engines?
As well on the 99 C2 drive by wire changed to egas in 2000. The 3.6l has an integrated fuel filter that doesn't require service. 3.4l's have a separate fuel filter which needs to be changed according to the maintenance schedule.
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Is the major difference the 3.4 vs 3.6L engines?

To name a few off the top of my head:

3.6 w/Variocam Plus
New headlight, Front fenders, Bumpers
15% Better Flow to radiators
Lift reduced 25% front and 40% rear
Substantially stronger body structure
Glove box!
some interior changes, Trip computer standard, 3 spoke wheel standard... blah..blah..etc ..etc
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As well drive by wire changed to egas in the 3.6l. The 3.6l has an integrated fuel filter that doesn't require service. 3.4l's have a separate fuel filter which needs to be changed according to the maintenance schedule.
Only the 99 had a mechanical throttle (as well as the ones built prior... did you know there were even a handful of 996s that got 1997 VINs?). E-gas started with MY'00.

IMO, the 996 actually changed a lot from the earliest Mk1s to the Mk2s at the end of the series. The earliest cars were simpler, while the later ones became more GT-like. More power, more weight, more refinement, more comforts and conveniences. I think of the newer cars as not just 'better' but as a different flavour.
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It is too late now, I just bought my MKI, but is there any place I can find a comprehensive list of the differences?
This is a wonderful book to own.

http://www.amazon.com/Porsche-996-Es...5014240&sr=8-1
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Thats a great book and the author is longtime Rennlister.
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Only the 99 had a mechanical throttle (as well as the ones built prior... did you know there were even a handful of 996s that got 1997 VINs?). E-gas started with MY'00.

IMO, the 996 actually changed a lot from the earliest Mk1s to the Mk2s at the end of the series. The earliest cars were simpler, while the later ones became more GT-like. More power, more weight, more refinement, more comforts and conveniences. I think of the newer cars as not just 'better' but as a different flavour.

all C4's, 99 included are E-gas. C2 got it in 2000
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To lock seat belt into position, move seat back all the way, then tighten up the seat belt, give it a quick snap once and it should lock. Move seat back into driving position. This keeps you nice and snug for driving and the track.
Works with rear seats as well.
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You can adjust the intensity of the convenient lights that stay on at night inside the cabin. MkI '01 and beyond. BTW, if you have the silver painted center console, the little convenient light above (behind rear view mirror) will make it glow at night. Its pretty cool looking.
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Put LED taillight and brake light bulbs in and your dash will flash ABS/PSM faults. Cool!
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You can adjust the intensity of the convenient lights that stay on at night inside the cabin. MkI '01 and beyond. BTW, if you have the silver painted center console, the little convenient light above (behind rear view mirror) will make it glow at night. Its pretty cool looking.
There's also LED "convenience" amber lights at the very front/tip of each armrest/door "grab".
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Put LED taillight and brake light bulbs in and your dash will flash ABS/PSM faults. Cool!
And your cruise control will be inop.

To solve this problem I installed a 50 watt halogen bulb in the stop light circuit using the NC contacts of a 12 volt relay. Without stop lights on the bulbs represents a LOW resistance load but with 12 volts applied to the stop light LEDS the relay picks up and removes the bulb from the circuit.

CC uses stop light applied voltage as a signal to turn off automatically. With LEDs installed, no bulb resistive load, the stop light voltage will "float" up to as much as 2 volts which is enough to make the CC inop.
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Even though you may turn off your AC(manually), when you restart your 996, the AC will return to the AC setting you had on prior to shutting it off.
Just because you had the RMS seal replaced (again),doesen't seem to prevent the same problem from occuring over, and over again...
That's one of the reasons why I had a toggle switch installed inside the center console glove box that I can use to open the A/C compressor clutch...off means OFF.

I do not turn the switch on unless I need cooling or initial cabin cooldown. It remains OFF throughout the non-cooling need season.
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Here's a fun fact: If you get the condensation on the window with AC on, press the second button from the top on the right side of the climate control unit. It's the one with the oval icon that represents the center vent. It will stop the condensation and you won't have to use your wipers. Works for me anyway.
Ill have to try your method the next time the need arises.But mostly whenever I get into the car and I have the A/C enabled I depress the upper PB in the three group set that manually controls the airflow outlet direction to first open the defrost/defog/demist outlet and then depress it again to close it.

That action apparently puts only that particular fucntion under manual control while all others remain under automatic control.
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