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Old 10-08-2009, 11:38 AM
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What are pumpkins?

What are MKI, MKII and any other 996 designations?
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- Park any Porsche the furthest spot away from any other car, say a good 1000ft away from any mall entrance: wait 1 hour and come out and see, (often the only other car in the lot) a car parked BESIDE you when there were 900 other empty parking spots they could have used. Fact.
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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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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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It is too late now, I just bought my MKI, but is there any place I can find a comprehensive list of the differences?
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Originally Posted by Marc Gelefsky View Post
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
I have a few "oddment compartments". (and a misplaced airbag!)
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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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Originally Posted by BruceP View Post
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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Originally Posted by jumper5836 View Post
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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2 biggest things I learned:
1) If you got a Porsche so girls would look at you, sorry. It's almost all guys staring.
2) If you wait long enough, something will invariably rattle.

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