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    Anyone have a picture of the underbody of a 997

    Last night I went to the Montreal International Auto Show to talk to the Porsche people. There was a number of Porsche North America people there that were very helpful in helping my wife and I confirm color choices.

    One of the discussion points that came up was the durability of the 997S for Canadian winter driving. The Porsche rep stated that the underbody of the 997 is completely sealed and would indure winters(read salt) without any problems. They further stated that with the correct winter tires, it was a great winter car.

    Before going to the show I had made the decision to make my new 997s a non-winter car. However, if the statement is true that the 997S can tolerate canadian winters, this would very good news.

    The decision becomes important for one primary reason. If the car could be driven in the winter, it would need a rear wiper. None of the 'stock' dealer cars have a rear wiper, which would mean ordering and waiting 5 months. If it cannot be driven in winter, there is a 997S in our preferred colors ready for delivery.

    Does anyone have any pictures of the underbody of the 997S. I am not convinced, barring evidence to the contrary, that the 997S is completely sealed against the elements.

    Thanks,

    Re: Anyone have a picture of the underbody of a 997

    I couldn't find one of the 997...but I did find one of the new 987. I wonder how similar they are?



    Stacey

    Re: Anyone have a picture of the underbody of a 997

    Take the one in stock, you really don't need the rear wiper. The defroster will work almost as well.

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    The underpanel is not unlike what you see in the pic. Salt will be able to find its way around and you won't be able to easily spray it off. I looked and it's not totally sealed, the engine is exposed. And, I agree if you're dealing with salt spray you will need a wiper to get it off. I'd make it a "better weather" car if you can, either that or move

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    Thank you everyone. I would tend to agree that the lower panels would probably make it worse not better for winter driving. Salt water and slush will have a harder time being cleared than if it were open. It looks like I am back to the orginal plan of only driving it in the non-winter months.

    And to SrfCity, the option to moving to southern CA is always an option. As a matter of fact, I am being pushed to pick up and leave Montreal for southern CA, but have been able to resist todate. Montreal is a great town to live in if you know how to tolerate and enjoy the winter months.

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    rear wiper is not very good looking. I had a car with a rear wiper and drive it in winter years ago. I don't think I ever used the rear wiper even in snow! All you need is your side rear view mirrors, really. Having a defroster is usually enough. Especially if it's not gonna be a winter car: don't wait for a wiper!

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    These are the pics I made at the dutch introduction of the 997. Hope they are a usefull addition to the drawing.
    -Joost-

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    Whats that brown stuff? Some sort of protectant ?

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    TopherV said:
    Whats that brown stuff? Some sort of protectant ?



    yes, very waxy stuff (as opposed to hard or greasy stuff)

    Re: Anyone have a picture of the underbody of a 997

    the brown stuff is cosmoline. a synthetic protectant used during sea shipping to prevent salt corrosion

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    Nice pics.
    Germans have lots of experience about winter isolation

     
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