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      02-21-2009, 09:12 PM   #45
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After doing a bit of research, I think I'm going to go with the Porsche and modify it what in your eyes is VERY lightly. (You bring up a great point about converting to RWD that I've never even thought about. While I'm nowhere near that point, I wonder what impact that would have on the car's other systems like ABS and traction control.) For less than $2G for an ECU reflash the engine will put out 525HP and 557 ft.lb. of torque, since the car has the X50 power package from the factory. As 94JZA80 pointed out, there has been a ton of R&D done on this software, so I'm not as worried about the engine going boom, like all of those S4s that were getting chipped in the late '90s, after they first came out. I'm still going to keep my BMW as a daily driver, and might pick up a used E92 M3 in a year or two to replace it. I'll just use the Porsche when I'm looking to get a little silly, and drive out of the city. Thanks for your help guys. The guys on the Porsche message boards are EXTREMELY knowledgable, but those sites get far less traffic, and aren't as pollished as this one. I'm sure I'll be stopping in here from time to time to see what's going on.
Congratulations on your choice. Man that 500+ torque is going to feel good.
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      02-22-2009, 08:59 AM   #46
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Congrats on your choice. The engines are bulletproof and like you've learned can be modded very easily. Just be aware that the early 996tts's (2003 included) had some transmission syncro issues. I have heard of some failing in under 10k miles.
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      02-22-2009, 10:19 AM   #47
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as far as traction control and ABS go, i really don't know what the implications of converting RWD are. you'll get a better response to that question on the better known Porsche forums. all i know is that people successfully convert to RWD by simply disconnecting the front drive shaft, so i can't imagine the implications would change much by actually removing that front drive shaft and the associated FWD parts.

i'm not sure what Porsche forums you've been to, but 6speedonline.com is quite refined. if you can weed through the bullshitters (who incidentally exist on all online forums anyways), there are alot of knowledgeable people there who can help you with just about any question you may have. also, Rennlist is a good one, although i haven't been there in ages...hopefully its still a wealth of Porsche knowledge like it used to be.
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      02-22-2009, 11:37 AM   #48
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Just be aware that the early 996tts's (2003 included) had some transmission syncro issues. I have heard of some failing in under 10k miles.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll read up some more.

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all i know is that people successfully convert to RWD by simply disconnecting the front drive shaft, so i can't imagine the implications would change much by actually removing that front drive shaft and the associated FWD parts.
I saw a post on rennlist last night that directed me towards 6speedonline and all I can say is wow ... and even more so in regards to the RWD conversion. (I was up 'til 5AM) To say that the conversion is a highly debated topic is an understatement. You'll get less passionate reactions over here asking whether DCT is better than a manual. Thanks again guys.
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      02-22-2009, 11:47 AM   #49
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Rennteam is another good forum source.
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      02-22-2009, 05:36 PM   #50
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It is, but it is full of boring old guys. It is a good source if you want to know what is wrong with your 928.
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Sorry thats still a 6 year old 996. I'd take a e92 m3 over it.
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Get the 911, drive for 1 year, then trade in for a European Delivery M3. Chances are, you will not have to spend a dime out of pocket in this trade...

So you will end up with the M3, but in the meantime you get some quality seat time in one of the most remarkable and talked-about driving machines ever produced. At no cost to you, what with the extended warranty and short time frame...



All I can get for $50k is a 2006 C2 in this area. Still tempting...
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