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  1. Now that IS pretty - thanks for the photo! And a nice-looking B behind it as well. Brilliant! (Is your 987 red as well?)
  2. I'm with Aaron. Just sitting for a few weeks won't do the thing any harm at all. Yes the battery may go flat but charging it enough to get the thing to fire up when you next want to drive it will be fine. If you are storing a car for longer periods (6 months or more) then you need to think about other precautions but for anything up to this it's not worth the hassle. Starting it and driving it for short periods will cause all the wear you'd expect from lots of short journeys.
  3. Ah, yours is a 6-speed 'box? That explains it! Mine is a 5-speed base gen 1 Cayman. Any idea what the special tool is?
  4. Yes, and the Porsche manual says that alignment should be re-checked if the skid plate is removed while the wheels are on the floor but not if it is removed while jacked up (I think, although could be wrong.) All sounds a bit over-kill to me and a hole in the middle of it wouldn't make an appreciable difference to it's stiffness. I don't think the filler and drain plugs on mine are a simple 10mm hex allen. They have some kind of centre pin that means you can't use a normal tool.
  5. Good show. Not quite sure about cutting a hole in the skid plate but I can see the logic in it .... What tool do you need to get the drain and fill plugs out?
  6. As GlosRich said, it depends upon how long you keep the car. If it's nearly new, you keep it for a couple of years and sell it having DIY'd a couple of services then you may have a problem as buyers at that end of the market are keen on a book full of service stamps for their money. If you keep it for 10 years, DIY everything in that time, keep meticulous records and then sell it then you may even be in a stronger position as enthusiasts who buy older cars will value buying from someone who really knows what they are selling. FWIW I nearly sold my 944 S2 last summer and it hadn't been near a garage for the 15 years that I owned it (other than to do alignments). I had two bulging lever arch files full of history and very detailed records of what I had done with mileage and date noted. The fact that the stamped service history was 15 years out of date didn't matter a fig and I had a lot of interest in the car. (For the record, I decided not to sell it but that's another matter). I'll be doing the same with my 987.1 2.7; self-servicing and repairs and keeping notes.
  7. Doesn't sound good. What did the oil level show when you started it up?
  8. Guys, Thanks for the replies. I need to update the thread with progress (such as there is!) - I've removed the rear light covers and tightened up the nuts on the rear lights. Neither were very loose so I doubt it is this. - One of the rear light covers was missing the small white plastic 'hats' on one of the retaining pins. Very trivial but Porsche would have put them there for a reason. I substituted wrapping the retaining pin with some plastic tape to stop any movement there may have been - I removed the rear boot lid struts as apparently they can rattle. (An aside but that boot lid is fearsomely heavy without the struts to help lift it!) And ... it still rattled. Although it sounds like a different rattle, and more of a rattle than a flutter (which is how I described it before). I don't know what to conclude from this other than that the car sounds like a mobile percussion orchestra these days and I know I need to change one of the front tie rods (parts on order). I think I'll therefore wait until the tie rods are done before getting too heavy with the boot rattle. Thanks for the suggestions of it being the heat shield. This sounds very promising and I'll have a closer look next time I am under the car. Thanks for your help. I'll keep this thread updated.
  9. Cito/Andrea, good idea but no - I checked that a couple of weeks ago. Tozerman - thanks, good idea. I had one of them off a few months ago so know the ones you mean. I'll have a squiz. Thanks for your suggestions, both of you.
  10. Chaps, I got to do a couple of long drives in my 987 Cayman over the last week or so. Long drives are a rare pleasure for me but I discovered that the car has a loose-sounding rattle from the rear. It sounds like something light rattling (or possibly fluttering) against a metal panel. It doesn't sound heavy (like suspension) and doesn't seem to be related to whether it's on drive or coasting, or going over bumps. It almost sounds like some piece of trim rattling in the wind. It is not constant; last night I heard it rattle several times and then subside and not be heard for another hour or so. It is definitely coming from behind me (although I know that sound can travel in a car.) I've had a cursory look underneath the car to see whether anything was loose but could see nothing amiss. I've given the spoiler a good wiggle to see if it is loose and I don't think it is. I am aware that there is a weight in the bootlid which can cause rattles but this sounds like quite a light noise, not the sort of thing that would be caused by a lump of steel. However it's my best option so far so I'll see if I can take the boot apart this afternoon to have a shufti. Does anyone else have any suggestions? I'd love to hear them if you do - thanks.
  11. Sorry to be gloomy but seeing cars as 'investments' is a path that has led many to tears. Buy what you like. Drive it. Maintain it well. Expect it to halve in value every three years. If after a period of time then it hasn't lost as much as this then well done.
  12. I guess the question is how much inspecting did the dealer give it when they gave it a warranty, and do you trust them? In general, a PPI is a must (and anything they find is a good bargaining point when it comes to haggling the price).
  13. It depends upon how gung ho you are but that doesn't look too hard at all. The workshop guy did it with nothing much more than a hammer and chisel and pry bar, and a grinder to cut the old clamp off. Yes it would be harder on your back with the car on jacks but that owner probably paid £120 or more just to avoid getting his hands dirty. I'd look at that as a Saturday's entertainment with the pride of a job well done while spending the £120 on some beer in the evening.
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