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    Re: Driver Experience Day at Silverstone - and some surprising impressions

    bridggar:

    Maybe I'll just get mine detailed....

    That's what we did soon after we got our 997

    http://www.rennteam.com/forum/page1.html?vs=33#PostDetailsTitlePortlet


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    Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. - Albert Einstein

    Porsche 997 Carrera S PDK Aqua Blue / Black - Toyota Yaris D4D  "Clockwork Rat"


    Re: Driver Experience Day at Silverstone - and some surprising impressions

    Yes, I remember reading that when you posted it - looks lovely in Blue - I had mine done by AutoFinesse - it was OK, but I wasn't massively impressed by his work. I'm working alot from home over the olympics (can't you tell!) so maybe I'll arrange something with a mobile company to undertake a proper "going over" as you put it. Then see how I feel about it. After all, there's nothing wrong with it, it's only covered 28,000 and it has all the options I need except PDK. (wasn't available in 2005!)


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    Re: Driver Experience Day at Silverstone - and some surprising impressions

    bridggar:

    Yes, I remember reading that when you posted it - looks lovely in Blue - I had mine done by AutoFinesse - it was OK, but I wasn't massively impressed by his work. I'm working alot from home over the olympics (can't you tell!) so maybe I'll arrange something with a mobile company to undertake a proper "going over" as you put it. Then see how I feel about it. After all, there's nothing wrong with it, it's only covered 28,000 and it has all the options I need except PDK. (wasn't available in 2005!)

    If you are happy with your car my advice to you is keep it. Which is what we should have done with our Cobalt Boxster S, same vintage as your 997. We changed it for a Cayman S, the main reason was to get the PDK 'box and it was the most expensive car mistake I've ever made. SWMBO doesn't like manual 'box, so the idea was get the Cayman, which she could use daily, get rid of her shopping trolley and solve the winter garage queen problem. We ended up getting anther shopping trolley when there was nothing wrong with the one we had pre-Cayman and then the following year get rid of the Cayman, which she hated, for the 997. So all that expense later we've got another garage queen.  Smiley

    I assume your 997 is manual, if you want to improve the driving dynamics retrofit the short shifter. It's a huge improvement. Combine it with the aluminium and leather gear knob and handbrake. You won't regret it.

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    Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. - Albert Einstein

    Porsche 997 Carrera S PDK Aqua Blue / Black - Toyota Yaris D4D  "Clockwork Rat"


    Re: Driver Experience Day at Silverstone - and some surprising impressions

    dreamcar:

    I assume your 997 is manual, if you want to improve the driving dynamics retrofit the short shifter. It's a huge improvement. Combine it with the aluminium and leather gear knob and handbrake. You won't regret it.

    Whilst the short shift was great for the occasional B-road attack, I found that for daily use and start/stop it was little awkward, more so in colder temperatures. My car was a 986S and I don't know whether on the 997 it is any different. I would suggest that anyone interested does a test drive first under various conditions.


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    "Form follows function"


    Re: Driver Experience Day at Silverstone - and some surprising impressions

    reginos:
    dreamcar:

    I assume your 997 is manual, if you want to improve the driving dynamics retrofit the short shifter. It's a huge improvement. Combine it with the aluminium and leather gear knob and handbrake. You won't regret it.

    Whilst the short shift was great for the occasional B-road attack, I found that for daily use and start/stop it was little awkward, more so in colder temperatures. My car was a 986S and I don't know whether on the 997 it is any different. I would suggest that anyone interested does a test drive first under various conditions.


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    "Form follows function"

    Short shifter is more precise on 997, as the gearbox is ahead of the engine rather than behind it, so the linkage is shorter and less convoluted. 


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    Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. - Albert Einstein

    Porsche 997 Carrera S PDK Aqua Blue / Black - Toyota Yaris D4D  "Clockwork Rat"


    Re: Driver Experience Day at Silverstone - and some surprising impressions

    dreamcar:
    reginos:
    dreamcar:

    I assume your 997 is manual, if you want to improve the driving dynamics retrofit the short shifter. It's a huge improvement. Combine it with the aluminium and leather gear knob and handbrake. You won't regret it.

    Whilst the short shift was great for the occasional B-road attack, I found that for daily use and start/stop it was little awkward, more so in colder temperatures. My car was a 986S and I don't know whether on the 997 it is any different. I would suggest that anyone interested does a test drive first under various conditions.


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    "Form follows function"

    Short shifter is more precise on 997, as the gearbox is ahead of the engine rather than behind it, so the linkage is shorter and less convoluted. 

    That makes sense kiss


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    "Form follows function"


    Re: Driver Experience Day at Silverstone - and some surprising impressions

    It's funny you comment on linkage - it failed on my car a couple of months ago (it was cold and one of the cables simply snapped at the point it connects to the gearbox) so I was stuck in 1st gear all the way home. With the help of a friend we managed to replace it.

    It's the main reason why I'm wanting to trade - as I didn't renew the warranty (after they increased the price from £850 to £1,500 PA) I can't help thinking I'm running on borrowed time. (that said, the money saved on warranty will offset an engine rebuild now!)


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    C2S - Basalt/Black XC90 - Black/Black 2 kids, 1 dog


    Re: Driver Experience Day at Silverstone - and some surprising impressions

    bridggar:

    It's funny you comment on linkage - it failed on my car a couple of months ago (it was cold and one of the cables simply snapped at the point it connects to the gearbox) so I was stuck in 1st gear all the way home. With the help of a friend we managed to replace it.

    It's the main reason why I'm wanting to trade - as I didn't renew the warranty (after they increased the price from £850 to £1,500 PA) I can't help thinking I'm running on borrowed time. (that said, the money saved on warranty will offset an engine rebuild now!)

     We negotiated including 2 1/2 years Porsche warranty, 4 new tyres and new brake pads all round when we bought the car. We paid well under £50k for it so I don't think it was a bad deal. When the 2 1/2 years is up we will take a view on whether we continue with it or finally come down to a more affordable car and come to 2 cars. The new M135i would be on the short list at that time.


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    Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. - Albert Einstein

    Porsche 997 Carrera S PDK Aqua Blue / Black - Toyota Yaris D4D  "Clockwork Rat"


     
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