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    First major problem with my 997 S

    I love this car but it looks like I'll be getting a new clutch and or flywheel. It's a black "launch" car, 1 month old, 1,000 miles and it recently developed a severe chatter while letting out the clutch at low speeds. The tech said there is not an adjustment and it is an all new clutch and flywheel system. They've emailed Porsche for advice. Just my luck, my last 996 turbo needed a new engine about this same time (very early production model).

    Even with a few early production bugs, this is an incredible car and I'll put up with a little inconvenience. I have never owned a car so well balanced and fun to drive. I'm confident any design or engineering glitches will be worked out. (or at least hopefull...)

    Re: First major problem with my 997 S

    this may be a first.

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    Sad to hear the problems have developed so soon after ownership kkeating. Best of luck getting it resolved.

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    Just curious, but did you buy a car that was used as a demo? I'm wondering if some test driver(s) was hard on the clutch.

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    Ray G said:
    Just curious, but did you buy a car that was used as a demo? I'm wondering if some test driver(s) was hard on the clutch.



    interesting theory.

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    It was purchased new and I was the only driver other than them testing it out at the dealer. In fact, the clutch was fine until recently and I have kept very close to the break-in recommendations I should know more after Porsches' reply and will keep the board posted.

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    Thanks kkeating! Do keep us posted on any more info you get.

    Re: First major problem with my 997 S

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    kkeating said:
    and it recently developed a severe chatter while letting out the clutch at low speeds



    What do you mean by "chatter"? I experienced a strange noise for the past 1000 km (I have now more than 5100 km on my Carrera S without any problem) when letting out the clutch at low speeds in the last 1/3 of the pedal way. It is a short noise, sounding like "ooooooh" (like the sound of a flute, not too high pitched). My mechanic doesn't have a clue what this is and even somebody at Porsche I asked never heard of this.

    Re: First major problem with my 997 S

    RC,
    I don't hear the noise at all. The clutch "chatter" is a severe vibration that shakes the entire car at low speeds while the clutch is being slowly let out. It's unmistakeable but not present when cold or if you rev it up a bit while letting out the clutch. I'm sure it will be fixed and hope it's a fluke and not something a lot of 997's will experience; not an rms issue or cayenne turbo lurch problem (main reason I parted with the suv).

     
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