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Old 02-28-2017, 08:46 PM
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On a recent trip I pushed my 02 C2 26 miles past the '--'. I filled up with 15.2 gallons. I think I have a 16 gallon tank.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Waterloo View Post
Yesterday I learned on my 99 with a cable system for the front and rear hood releases, that if the engine cover is not latched, you can't move either of the releases, they are mechanically locked out.

I determined this by locking the car and hearing the horn honk signifying that something is not latched. I could not figure out what it was, tried popping the frunk and the engine cover, both locked out. Went back and checked the engine cover, it appeared fully closed and I had driven it for about 4 miles, but it was not. Lifted it open and closed it, then the frunk and engine latch were mechanically unlocked at the driver's seat.

Who would of thought that? How does this thing work?
I just discovered this horn honking thing today, when I left the little cubby in the center console open. Read the manual again on the alarm section and didn't see anything about why the horn would beep. When I experimented with setting the alarm with cubby open and cubby closed, sure enough. It honks to tell me I'm forgetting something.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by mark_schnell View Post
I just discovered this horn honking thing today, when I left the little cubby in the center console open. Read the manual again on the alarm section and didn't see anything about why the horn would beep. When I experimented with setting the alarm with cubby open and cubby closed, sure enough. It honks to tell me I'm forgetting something.
It's referenced in the manual early on - page 21 or thereabouts:

A short signal from the alarm horn will draw
your attention to the fact that the following
components are not completely closed when
you try to lock the vehicle:
- Passenger's door
- Luggage compartment lid
- Engine compartment lid
- Rear lid (Targa)
- Storage tray
- Glove compartment
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:05 PM
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The upper corner of the door windows magically collect finger prints. I kept wondering, why are those fingerprints there?

Because the silly new owner required several days to discover that on the 996 coupe there is no door frame around the window like his last car had. And therefore opening / closing the door with a couple of fingers on that window corner is not a sanctioned technique.
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:46 PM
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I've learned that my 996 makes me a bit jealous of everyone else because they get to watch it drive down the road and I don't.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:06 PM
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From recent test drives of various 996 models in the greater Boston area I've learned:

1. Non-Porsche dealers don't know what an IMS is or how to know if it's been fixed (the answer, I'll have my mechanic check that and get back to you is obviously wrong)
2. There is a major difference between Bose Premium Sound and regular speakers
3. For tall people, supple leather seats do make a difference (small but noticeable increase in headroom).
3b. If you are above 6'4", a convertible probably won't work for you (I'm 6'6" and I hit my head on the liner)
3c. Convertibles are quieter than I expected (based on ownership of non-Porsche rag-tops).
4. There is a noticeable difference in torque from the 3.6l engine in the MK2 versus the 3.4L in the MK1
5. Maybe its me but every version i drove that had seat warmers, the seat warming was severely underwhelming
6. I like a rear-wiper more than I anticipated I would (probably not necessary in warm climates but did wonders in a test when rain started)
7. Also for tall people, manual in a coupe with supple leather is a hell of a lot easier than in regular seats in a convertible. The center console didn't factor as much nor did the steering wheel. My lanky legs and large feet had plenty of room.

More to come the more i test drive (and when I finally bite the bullet and snag one, i'll post pictures)
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by thechileman View Post
So a clarifying question. I have seen several folks post that all of our cars have seat warmers. I have a 2001 C4 Cab, and don't believe I have seat warmers. Where would the switch be?
my '05 (996) 4S doesn't have them
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:08 PM
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Heated seat is an option so not every car has them.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:51 PM
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Per my prior post, seat warming is rather underwhelming, but limited experience. Anyone feel different. I live in the cold, so I want this function but may be overvalued?
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:17 AM
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The heated seats in my '04 Cab with leather get quite warm (hot).
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:08 PM
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Seat heater buttons located below the climate control on my 2001 Cab.

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Old 03-30-2017, 02:47 AM
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Seat heater buttons located below the climate control on my 2001 Cab.

Are the consoles carbon fiber with fake wood overlay, or is it the the other way around?
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:29 AM
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There are two settings ( yellow and red) for hte seat heating. The red one is pretty hot and the yellow not as much .
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Old 06-23-2017, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by roguiethegiant View Post
From recent test drives of various 996 models in the greater Boston area I've learned:

Also for tall people, manual in a coupe with supple leather is a hell of a lot easier than in regular seats in a convertible. The center console didn't factor as much nor did the steering wheel. My lanky legs and large feet had plenty of room.
I am the same height and just did the console delete and found it to be a big advantage with long legs.
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Old 06-23-2017, 09:59 PM
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Do you miss the console/bits that fit there?
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