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MJA911
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Joined: 10 Dec 2013
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2006 Porsche 997 GT3

PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:05 pm    Post subject: New 997.1 GT3 owner Reply with quote

Given inspirational threads and insightful posts on this sub-forum from members such as roro, slippydiff, senoj, nxi20, freddie44, nick w, Disco, NottsRS….to name but a few were an influence, here’s a summary of my journey to being into my first week of GT3 ownership.

I tend to keep cars for around 2-3 years and true to form I started the usual process earlier this year after 2 years enjoyable ownership of my 997.2 C4S cab. Spoke with Tom at 911 Virgin who as always gave great advise about the market and valued my car (which I’d bought from them) very fairly.

After going all round the houses of 991, 981 I started to think that my 5th 911 should be a “special” and Turbo S and GT3 were in my head with the GT3 in the forefront as the concept of precision and race-derived engineering appealed big time. When I had the chance to go down to Simply Porsche Beaulieu in June, with Sid of Porsche Torque in his 996 GT3 Mk2 and got to drive it the 80 miles back it was a done deal and I was at 911v test driving a stunning arctic silver 996 mk2 soon after. I ended up holding back after being given time to make the call as a 997 is where I like being most and 911v had a black 38k mile 997.1 GT3 Comfort “due-in”.

911 Virgin are obviously well known around here, but I'd like to call them out anyway. That they know the market inside out, only select good cars and prepare them brilliantly is great, but for me what makes them special is they know and value their customer base. When considering the 996, Tom put a package to me that I couldn’t have written better in terms of what I wanted myself. When I pulled back, there was no problem, only that Tom was sure a GT3 was the right move for me.

When the 997 came onto the radar, I was given time under no pressure, in fact Tom took it off the market for a few days until I could get to see it and drive it. He had already said he felt it needed a new clutch and when it went for the PDI, Sid at Porsche Torque (who really knows his stuff and loves GT cars, nobody else is going to touch this car) reported that there was a breather housing oil weep requiring engine out and then that it could also do with a new flywheel. All was approved by Tom, along with a service, MOT and geo.

With its new tyres the car was in fine fettle when I went to 911V last Friday for the pick up. Tom was on holiday, but it was handled in their friendly but professional way by Joji and Terry. "New997buyer" was my wingman for the pick up and took some pics and a video of the driving away moment Grin

In the few days since, I’ve applied protecting coats of sealant and wax and leather/alcantara protection to the inside, installed the DSC module from my 997.2 (that was sent back to TPC for GT3 firmware) and the necessary 3-axis accelerometer with the fantastic help of 911uk member "spiderlane", put zunsport grills on it that I’d bought from chaser on here, updated the PCM2.1 sat nav maps, got a bluetooth phone clip on the sun visor, connected to the aux connector via bluetooth for listening to apple music off my phone. Looking at using a tune2air from the iPod connection for better sound.

Just awaiting the V5 to come back in my name so that I can put a GT03 plate on and a yellow Porsche key fob to go with the instrument needles! Loving it so far and beginning to cope with front splitter paranoia by just accepting its a consumable Thumb

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Michael thumbsup
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on the new car Smile
 
  
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spiderlane
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A real pleasure to help work on a special car like this. Looks even better in the metal. Thumb

(Apologies for the driveway slope sanding a couple of mm off the splitter Embarassed )

Cheers
Mark
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats!! Must be weird going from a PDK to something as archaic as a manual Very Happy
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely motor! Can vouch for Tom, proper gent. Very happy to have a car myself that has come through his and Sid's hands. Not that I've met the latter.

Enjoy the car in good health!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely looking car. If anything is in danger of tempting me out of my 996tt, it's a 997 GT3. Enjoy!
 
  
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Pip1968
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done and congratulations on getting a 'proper' drivers car that involves full interaction and concentration to get the best out of it.

Many happy miles ahead to you.

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Ps I thought you were going to say you had bought the high miler discussed - 149,000 miles was it?
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, hope the weather improves soon so you can get out and enjoy it.

Any plans for a bypass pipe or exhaust upgrade?
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MJA911
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2006 Porsche 997 GT3

PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had the h&s bypass on the 997.2 @m119cars, and thought I might go back to them for the GT3, but now that I have it, the sound is fantastic to my ears as it is.
 
  
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2007 Porsche 997 GT3

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff, enjoy it.. such fun cars!! Thumb Thumb
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cracking stuff dude!

Looks lovely, and I imagine it is just as good to drive...

Nice to know that there are still lots of good members on here willing to help each other out!

Look forward to the updates!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoy! Fantastic cars, got mine nearly 4 years ago now & loved every mile Very Happy Very Happy
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DynoMike
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Joined: 25 May 2012
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2003 Porsche 996 Turbo

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VPD255M wrote:
Enjoy! Fantastic cars, got mine nearly 4 years ago now & loved every mile Very Happy Very Happy



And I've enjoyed following it for many miles, despite the fact that the front of my car looks like it has been grit blasted frustrated

MJA, car looks and sounds like it is great, congratulations. Thumb
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MJA911 wrote:
Had the h&s bypass on the 997.2 @m119cars, and thought I might go back to them for the GT3, but now that I have it, the sound is fantastic to my ears as it is.


Congratulations on the new toy, sure you will love it more and more as it crawls under your skin..

Do the x pipe (gt3 version obviously) when you've had it a while and the novelty wears off a bit but definitely, definitely do it.

You can also defeat the switchable exhaust fairly easily and that gives you a nicer tone when on a potter about. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done looks lovely.
I've had mine for nearly 5 years. Had it up for sale a month ago, fancied a McLaren. After testing a few and then a good out in mine decided to stay with mine. The Gt3,s are so alive. Reward you so much more than all new Tech cars out there.

Enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks the nut's!!! worship

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Michael; congrats. Beautiful car.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

worship honoured to have been there for 'the moment', but only fair to return the favour thumbsup

Having witnessed it in the flesh it is an amazing 'weapon' Cloud 9

If anything could get me away from turbos it's a GT3 like this one. Simply outstanding Bow Bow Bow
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats. I'm 5 months in to ownership.. a twin to your car too.. only managed about 900 miles but loving every one of them 👍
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