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2018/06/29 17:52:36 (permalink)

996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book?

Afternoon all,
 
With August nearly upon us, and the end of my Indy 1 year warranty up, it's going in for a few minor things before warranty expires; sticking starter motor (or equivalent, there is an intermittent whine when starting it at times that sounds awful), new key (one stopped working 1 week into ownership) and a non locking fuel filler flap.
 
When purchasing, I was advised that with it now being a 14 year old car (Nov 2004), to look at a Annual service, (no matter the miles) and not risk waiting the 2 years/12k miles, as with it not being a daily drive, it could be 3-5 years before it gets its next one, with the limited miles I do at weekends. Now, I'm torn on this, so was wondering what others do and their experience of doing annual, 12k or whatever.
 
The fact that the car has only had what looks like 6 services (below) averaging 10/12k per service but some having a few years between them. I know one reason was that the last owner was very unwell for a period and this car was traded in for a GT3 for his son, who practically run the business with the father unwell, I believe, is the reason for the long time gaps:
 
10662 Minor OPC Jan 07 first 12k service
27845 Major+Sparks (+belt is written in) OPC Nov 08
44533 Minor Indy (Notts) Nov 10
52063 Major Indy (Notts) Nov 11
61869 Major+Sparks/IMS/Clutch/AirCon Jan 2015 Indy (Herts)
64332 Major April 17 Indy (Cambs)
 
So the fact that it's only done 2400 miles since its last service in Apr 17 and only 1700 miles in my ownership am wondering if it's actually needed.
 
Any input gratefully received.
 
Mark
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/06/29 18:05:14 (permalink)
I have had a service every year alternating between minor and major. Always with an OPC and now their 996 charges are reasonable I feel it’s worth it. However at the last service which should have been a minor when I said I had only done 1100 miles the OPC recommended an oil change and a general check up. Stamps in the book etc and a reasonable cost.

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/06/30 12:33:25 (permalink)
Mine has the yearly maintenance and Oil filter/oil change every year regardless of mileage which is always around now 4000 - 5000 Klms. Pollen & air filter and plugs are changed at the recommended Km/Mls in the book. The car now lives in Western Australia and even with the high summer temps my Indy says just carry on the same. I use 5W-40W Mobil1 now, before in UK used Shell Helix 5W-40W.  The car loves it here!!

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/06/30 16:58:42 (permalink)
The device interval for a 2004 model is 2 years OR 20000 miles.  A service is as little as £250 from a PORSCHE specialist  YOU WILL lose far more than that in its residual value by not doing a service ie easily £1000 plus.

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/06/30 21:33:08 (permalink)
Gordon Attar
The device interval for a 2004 model is 2 years OR 20000 miles.  A service is as little as £250 from a PORSCHE specialist  YOU WILL lose far more than that in its residual value by not doing a service ie easily £1000 plus.


That's the thing, neither 2 years or 12k has passed since the last one and it was only as the Indy advised that at 14 years old now, an annual would be good. Having spoken to a number of people at the R10 today and responses here, think I will do the oil and filter and leave at that until a Minor next year, along with the other checks needed. I do not plan on selling it any time soon, but understand the value/stamp element.
 
Cheers,
 
Mark
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/06/30 21:59:15 (permalink)
Its bi-annual or 20k.  If your only doing 2/3k per annum bi annual service is plenty,  be aware you maybe talking to owners of  1998 to 2002 model cars which are annual /12k service intervals.
 
An oil and filter is a minor service a major is plus pollen filter and spark plugs, annual servicing is good but wont add value to your car so leaving until next spring is fine.

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/06/30 22:01:16 (permalink)
:) Thank you
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/01 09:41:51 (permalink)
Sorry to be a stickler, but for MY2003> the interval is 2 years or 12000 miles (20000km).  20000 mile intervals were introduced for the 9x7.
 
I agree with Gordon.  I would give this year a miss, and think about a Minor service next April.  Having had 3 Majors in a row, it has been seriously over-serviced. 

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/02 07:43:57 (permalink)
Thanks, Richard
I suppose that does make sense when put like that :)
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/04 09:10:14 (permalink)
I go for the annual servicing, but then mine is driven 4/5 days per week with a mix of short hops and longer runs. Peace of mind for the relatively small cost that Northway charge for their servicing. Plus they can advise if anything crops up rather than leave it for a longer period. Mine is also an 04 plate.
 
Could be worth going for the oil change service at an OPC and joining the Porsche Classic Register as 996s now qualify as classics... :-)
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/06 09:15:43 (permalink)
Thanks, chap
 
jamesekirby
 
 
Could be worth going for the oil change service at an OPC and joining the Porsche Classic Register as 996s now qualify as classics... :-)


I was on the Porsche website, a few weeks ago (996s as classics) and clicked to look into that, but the link never worked
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/06 14:40:47 (permalink)
Mine is done yearly what ever the miles and has only been to an OPC from new. Without digging out the service book I think its 2 minors then a major that mine has had. I recently joined the Classic register and the discounts on offer as it is a classic are pretty good. Contact your local OPC and they'll get you signed up. The people at Swindon are always pleased to see it!

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/06 14:44:26 (permalink)
Thank you :)
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/06 16:12:35 (permalink)
Mine does 5k to 7k per year and the official servicing is 2 years/ 20 k miles (it's a 2003). I missed one year when I did very few miles and felt "uneasy"... So, now it goes to the Indy every year and has a minimum inspection/ oil change and filter check. It's just peace of mind really and the cost can be just a couple of hundred £.  
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/08 10:38:56 (permalink)
I go every year, with an average 6k miles a year. My car is driven in a spirited fashion at weekends (using the full rev range) and a couple of times a week for mundane duties. Usually not without getting to full temperature at least once during the day of use. 
 
I think with with the age of the car (mine is 1999) I see service costs as insurance but always have in mind that it’s an old Porsche. Plus comfort can be found in it not being air cooled and needing a mortgage if things go pear shaped. 
 
Lets be honest they are pretty special cars and worth every penny for the experience. 

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2018/07/08 11:14:27 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby StillWorking 2018/07/08 12:40:03
If you have a pre-2003 car, then you are right to go for an annual service/inspection depending on mileage, and if you were doing 5-6000+ miles a year in a 2003-on car, I would probably recommend the same.  However, at around 2000 miles a year on a 2003 car, and annual service is excessive IMO.

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2019/01/21 14:08:35 (permalink)
Afternoon folks.
 
Just had an estimate for the 12k Service, Brake Fluid and Spark Plugs. Inc parts, labour, sundries and VAT, was not far off of £700. Now, going back to where I was when starting this thread in the summer, my circumstances slightly changed and I'm not as cash rich as I was and I do not want to cut corners, and not having this done, isn't an option, but here are my questions:
 
A, would/should an Indy let me supply my own parts? (exc Oil) Especially as I'm keen on the Air Filter Stuart Mackay mentioned in the K&N Upgrade thread, to reduce the costs? If I save £30, I won't bother, just wonder if I could source the same, for less.
B, I will try a dealer and see what the cost is, especially as there is a Classic Register option. Anyone advise who is better, Reading or Swindon, as I live slap bang between the two of them, so distance not an issue?
 
Anything else I should consider?
 
Ta,
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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2019/01/21 16:25:37 (permalink)
Mark,
 
My OPC stopped price matching on oil when Opie Oils price (with Club discount) got too low, so I would suggest supplying oil yourself.

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2019/01/21 16:31:20 (permalink)
Get asensible quote from someone else.
Your last major should have covered spark plugs so you only need a minor. NORTHWAY Porsche quote only £210 + vat. A major Inc plugs is only £340 + vat.  Spending the above will be offset in your car value a non specialist service will effect its value more than the above cost.
 
If you go annual for an oil change for safety! As your car is on a 2 year cycle suggest you supply the  oil to a local garage and don't get the service  book stamped.

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Re: 996 Servicing - Miles, Annual, Use or follow the book? 2019/01/22 11:06:52 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby StillWorking 2019/01/23 19:36:18
I agree with Gordon.  Get a sensible quote.  £700 is outrageous IMO.  My indy friends at Wrightune in Wallingford charge £200 +VAT for a Minor, £65 for brake fluid, and I also agree that you don't need plugs.

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