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MarkGolf
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoying this, please keep it up!

I am on the hunt for a GTS that ticks all the boxes, still undecided on getting one with air or springs, I like the hassle free idea of springs but I hear a lot of good words in regard to the air and I like the idea of an extra option to play with.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ragpicker wrote:


Not that the grass is always greener though, I'm aware these cars have their own peccadillos, but wonder just how common the problems are, in particular the engine issues.



I wouldn`t class these cars as having issues generally but you need to be careful when purchasing. They are at a level now where some people buying them can`t necessarily afford to maintain them properly. Thats probably more comment with the pre-facelift sub £10k cars.

I think its pretty safe to say they are a lot more reliable than the L322 RR`s.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SD99... can you remember what brand/type of satin paint you used for the wiper arms?

Off topic slightly, but Harry Metcalfe has posted a nice video/buyers guide for the L322 RR. I'd be interested to know how it stacks up against owners' experiences on here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl51reRXxgE
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have the Sport with the same engine. Its needed a few suspension height sensors, brake pads and rotors at least once a year all round (unbelievable how quick it eats them!), intercooler hoses and parking sensors. All this is in the past 3 years which, considering I did it all myself isn't too bad at all.

On the whole its been very reliable despite its mega mileage and still drives really well. Fabulous vehicles, they really are. If you have a height sensor fault it can be a real PITA. Ours went coming back from Manchester Airport one year. We had to drive the remaining 100 miles on the bump-stops all the way as the suspension just lets all the air out if it can't figure out what height its supposed to be at. That was fun.

The FFRR of that generation (the L322) just has too much body roll and is noticeably slower with the same engine which is why we settled on the sport.

I've had an offer accepted on a pre-facelift 955 turbo this morning with low miles. Its to get me over the winter whilst I decide whether to keep the RRS or not.. I hopefully pick it up after the weekend. Can't wait! An awful lot of car for the money especially when you consider its still more powerful than an 992 Carerra!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robertb wrote:
SD99... can you remember what brand/type of satin paint you used for the wiper arms?

Off topic slightly, but Harry Metcalfe has posted a nice video/buyers guide for the L322 RR. I'd be interested to know how it stacks up against owners' experiences on here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl51reRXxgE


Funnily enough, it was left over from painting the bonnet vent on my L322 a few years ago. Just a halfrauds black satin rattle can.

I agree with Harry in regards to the comfortable driving position and kids never getting car sick. I miss the practical boot the RR had. Still think they aren`t that reliable but if you are prepared for that that its fine.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny back in May I was thinking of getting one of these to replace the RR but ended up with something else brought spontainiously, but my mate has just brought one and my girlfriend has started looking at them on auto trader so maybe soon we will end up with one on the drive Thumb
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was using the car last weekend and fell victim to the weak tailgate struts and it bloody hurt. frustrated Only got myself to blame as I had bought replacement struts many months ago.

Anyway, I finally tackled this. Took a little over an hour but pleased to report I didn't break any clips removing the trim. Thumb

I didn't replace the glass ones as they seemed fine.

Lots of step by step guides on youtube or google.
 



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one of those jobs i enjoy doing .. satisfying ..

Not hard or easy ... just nice .

The glass struts are also lifter struts for the tailgate .. if not leaking then they should be fine but we tend to replace them at the same time ... it gives added lift .

Only time i've ever had a problem was when the coil spring broke .. then it was a nightmare lol .

All in all though .. Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hadn’t really driven the car much since we bought it last year and while it’s addictive in sports mode, I never really enjoyed driving it however I’m pleased to say that has all changed.

Last week I removed the large spacers that were fitted by the previous owner. Also had a geo done and fortunately the nice chaps doing the geo were able to loosen the alignment bolts. Thought they might have been seized and was prepared to replace the control arms etc but instead spent the saving getting a major service and new plugs.

Car handles so much better now and I’ve really enjoyed blasting around in it this last weekend. thumbsup
 



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure a read somewhere that the spacers are stock an certain wheel sizes, there seems to be a lot of different offsets on the Porsche wheels.

the flap nearest the transmission tunnel on the passenger side will give you access to the chassis negative connection, no need to lift the seat.

keep up the work , and keep posting useful info for us all
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matrixxxx wrote:

the flap nearest the transmission tunnel on the passenger side will give you access to the chassis negative connection, no need to lift the seat.
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Thats really handy to know. Thumb Can`t picture it right now so will check out the flap tonight as that will save me time for anything else in the future i`m sure.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gave the car a good clean today and wax protection before winter really sets in.

Decided it was about time I checked the front drains. When I pulled the bung a good litre or so if water poured out. Quite alarming really. Found a random screw in there which combined with a few wet leaves has now all been cleared. Fortunately the carpets are bone dry but at least I can sleep a bit easier as night now knowing this has been done Grin


The amount of crud caught at the bottom of the trim panel was unbelievable but it all cleans up nicely once it’s removed Thumb


The battery was flat last weekend and although it started fine after an overnight trickle charge my ctex was indicating it was time to replace so fitted a new Bosh S5 015 that I got from Tayna Batteries £129 delivered. Thought that wasn’t a bad price and significantly cheaper that euro car parts were offering. Incidentally I think Porsche charge around £400 to replace.
 



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