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Old 05-19-2017, 04:45 PM
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Default Advice on driving through ex-Soviet Block countries in a 911.

I am doing a European Delivery in about 6 weeks and taking a slightly different route than most would take. I will be driving through 8 ex-Soviet Block countries and I am a bit concerned about what to do if I get a flat, destroy a tire or something worse.

Below are some of the things I have done to prepare.

1. I have watched hours of driving videos through all of these countries along the route that I am taking to ensure I understand road quality, traffic conditions and driving habits. Roads are surprisingly good and comparable to I-95 in most places.

2. I have plotted all the Porsche dealerships along my route so I know which one to call or where to get towed to. Basically every capital has a Porsche dealership. Even Bratislava has a small Porsche dealership.

3. Of course, I have the goo and compressor that comes with the car.

4. Porsche provides customers with a road side assistance during European Delivery but I'm not sure how effective that is going to be in Romania or Serbia.

Any other suggestions? Are there other types of small fix-a-flat kits that I should bring just in case? I wont be able to remove the wheel though myself and I would not haul the tools along to do it.

Route is below: Thanks.


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Ha ha. I loved that movie.....but nah....it's safer than the city I live in (seriously)
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You want a plug kit. Takes up very little space.
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What is that movie
No Man's Land (1987) Movie Trailer - Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney & Randy Quaid

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Originally Posted by Norsk View Post
You want a plug kit. Takes up very little space.
Thanks. I will get one and try it out on my old tires from my 981 to make sure I know how to use it.
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After spending more time online watching Liveleak videos from Russian dash cams than I care to remember I'd only venture into a "Soviet block" country in a main battle tank.
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I have logged ~20k miles in E.U. You should be fine, however i'm not sure about the far eastern countries like Slovakia & Serbia. That said, just make sure your insurance cover's the eastern European countries on your list, as insurance exclud certain countries. I wouldn't worry about a 911 being to "showy" you will be surprised it's just a VW beetle in Europe. Enjoy your trip. I'll be there myself late June early July.
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Can you enlighten us on why you're going through the former Yugoslavia countries,( Serbia etc?)

I understand going to Czech Republic and Hungary, the others seem a lot less safe, and with less social infrastructure if you have a mechical or medical problem.
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Originally Posted by Drifting View Post
Can you enlighten us on why you're going through the former Yugoslavia countries,( Serbia etc?)

I understand going to Czech Republic and Hungary, the others seem a lot less safe, and with less social infrastructure if you have a mechical or medical problem.
Can you explain why the OP or others like myself should not go to those countries ?
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Originally Posted by F1CrazyDriver View Post
That said, just make sure your insurance cover's the eastern European countries on your list, as insurance exclud certain countries.
This-^. IIRC the insurance binder is in German and had numerous 'shall nots.' I read German (slowly) so not a problem. However, you should ask for a translation that's executable.
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It's been a number of years, but I used to live in Italy. I drove my 964 through a lot of those countries and acquired an insurance policy that covered me throughout my trip. I'll see if I can find the name tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by YoungTurk View Post
Trojans?
That is funny but my wife is coming with me and we don't use those. LOL.

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After spending more time online watching Liveleak videos from Russian dash cams than I care to remember I'd only venture into a "Soviet block" country in a main battle tank.
I can show you just as many videos from the US. I'm not so concerned about the crazy driving in ex-soviet block countries after watching numerous videos of just everyday driving instead of cherry picking Russian disasters.

Originally Posted by F1CrazyDriver View Post
I have logged ~20k miles in E.U. You should be fine, however i'm not sure about the far eastern countries like Slovakia & Serbia. That said, just make sure your insurance cover's the eastern European countries on your list, as insurance exclud certain countries. I wouldn't worry about a 911 being to "showy" you will be surprised it's just a VW beetle in Europe. Enjoy your trip. I'll be there myself late June early July.
Good question. This is my second European Delivery so I am well versed in how it works. I had Porsche email me the list of countries that their insurance covers. You would be surprised. It is almost all of Europe and Asia including some really shady countries like Belarus and Montenegro. All of the countries that I am visiting are covered by insurance provided by Porsche.

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Can you enlighten us on why you're going through the former Yugoslavia countries,( Serbia etc?)

I understand going to Czech Republic and Hungary, the others seem a lot less safe, and with less social infrastructure if you have a mechical or medical problem.
Great question. I only wanted to drive the Transfagarsan highway in Romania. That's it. That required a pickup in Leipzig, drive to Romania and then return to Stuttgart or Leipzig. Everything was planned perfectly and then I asked my wife what she thought - first mistake. Here is what changed: Spend 2 nights in Berlin first. Added Venice for two nights which made us drive through Serbia, Croatia. Slovenia and Bosnia. Then she added Verona to see Romeo and Juliet's balcony. Then drive to Lake Como, then Mont Blanc on the French side. Then we had to drive to Stuttgart. This trip is 1 year in the making and had many iterations including going to Turkey, Albania, Greece, Norway etc....It was crazy. This route is how we landed with the many compromises between us. lol First world problems.
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