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Hooner
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cracked cylinder head , gaskets are normally quite reliable. Dont know
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given the rebuild history I would also go for a cracked head. Not all that uncommon on these. So long as there is no damage to any bearing surfaces you will be fine. Heads for the 3.4 are much easier to source than the 3.6l if you don't go the repair route.
Bad luck that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to see that.

If it were mine I’d get it back to Hartech. While it’s out of warranty, in my opinion it’s best to give it back to the place where it was done previously.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ouch. hope it's not all doom.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch, what's the plan now?
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iOlly wrote:
Ouch, what's the plan now?


Get it into a local specialist and assess the damage. LS3s are cheap, right? Hand
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear.

Did you check expansion tank at point of sale? Was it clear/it’s happened since or you missed it?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TurboRob wrote:
Sorry to hear.

Did you check expansion tank at point of sale? Was it clear/it’s happened since or you missed it?


It was fine when I’d checked it previously. Whether it had been hidden by the previous owner or seller, who knows?
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You win some you lose some. It was always a risk. You could have had a few years of cheap fun motoring.

Personally I’d eBay it as spares or repairs and maybe get £6k back, unless you really want to keep it.

Well done for having a go though, there are many who just talk about it for years, but never actually take the plunge.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, I’m not really up for selling it. Say I sell it for £6k, I’ve lost £2k. If I fix it for £2k, I get to keep and enjoy it and I think it’s still a cheap 996 at £10k. If it needs a full engine rebuild, that’s a different story.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NotoriousREV wrote:
Honestly, I’m not really up for selling it. Say I sell it for £6k, I’ve lost £2k. If I fix it for £2k, I get to keep and enjoy it and I think it’s still a cheap 996 at £10k. If it needs a full engine rebuild, that’s a different story.


Obviously all guesswork at the moment until you really know the problems. If the oil and coolant are mixed I would want a full engine strip down to properly clean everything out, which would mean quite a few hours of labour. Whilst in there it would make sense to change big end and main bearings. Even if you do it all yourself you are probably looking at getting on for a couple of £k for the consumables. Plus £400 for a spare head if you can find one in good condition.
That is assuming it is a cracked head, which given the current info is the most likely IMO. Infrasilver has rebuilt these engines himself so will be able to give a more accurate idea of costs for a stripdown and rebuild.
I think it would be mad not to get it rebuilt and sorted if it is a cracked head, assuming that there is no damage to anything else. You would have a super engine when sorted.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given the time frame, can you not simply deliver it back to Sterling Cars and await your full refund?

https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's an option but, honestly, I'd rather keep the car. I bought it knowing it would need money spending on it, and possibly big money.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NotoriousREV wrote:
It's an option but, honestly, I'd rather keep the car. I bought it knowing it would need money spending on it, and possibly big money.


I feel the same. Once you’ve taken the leap, why go back? The alternative is that you’d be back in the umming and ahhing phase again and may never buy another.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a shame I was hoping it would work out, if you can still get it fixed for a couple of grand would still be a good buy.
In my minds eye was thinking I wouldn't mind one as a daily run around, so was watching this to see.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would absolutely carry on. Fortune favours the brave.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MisterCorn wrote:
I would absolutely carry on. Fortune favours the brave.

MC


Lol, that is a fitting motto for us 996 owners
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It’s going into Unique Porsche next week for initial strip and inspection.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NotoriousREV wrote:
It’s going into Unique Porsche next week for initial strip and inspection.


Good luck!
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NotoriousREV wrote:
It's an option but, honestly, I'd rather keep the car. I bought it knowing it would need money spending on it, and possibly big money.


I'd get on to them and ask them what they're going to do about it. They may offer to split the bill with you.
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