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09-01-2001, 12:32 PM
Bad news about the brand new 996 3.6l engine (MY2002)
I'm not in a position to comment on it, but prima facie it the reports seem to indicate a serious engine problem... Hopefully Porsche finds a fix before any accidents happen, or hard times are lying ahead. I prefer the clunk ;-)
(check the link)

09-01-2001, 12:45 PM

09-01-2001, 12:49 PM
the clunk, with "proper" rev shift points & clutch work, 5500mi.

At this point I won't be disappointed if BMW can't produce a fix. ....and I was one of the biggest clunk complainers.

09-01-2001, 01:48 PM
I have seen a 996 turbo with less that 5k blowing smoke upon startup after a spirited drive then sitting for a short period of time.

doesn't seem to suffer from performance though.

I just call it the porsche fart.

09-01-2001, 01:59 PM
Shifting properly, staying in gear as much as possible (no coasting in neutral), seem to make it all but disappear.

09-01-2001, 02:12 PM
Ya I have a 911 turbo 2002 and sometimes when i start it smoke blows out of both exhaust pipes. Is that the problem??

09-01-2001, 02:24 PM
just doesn't look good.

if you are experiencing the same characteristic as my friends turbo, it might be normal for that engine. It certainly doesn't seem to affect he power which is phenominal!!!

09-01-2001, 02:47 PM
My 993TT also smoked sometimes on startups, this is due to the flat-6 boxer engine layout which has poor oil drain back from the cylinders. A small amount of oil remains in the cylinders and burns off quickly.

09-01-2001, 03:57 PM
Had a European 1979 930 Turbo for 14 years (177,000 miles & cherry when I sold it in 1994) it would sometimes blow smoke on startup. It was oil in the turbo...advise was to idle of a minute or so beore turning off the motor. That usually prevented the smoke on startup.

600 miles freaked me out, but also normal!
09-01-2001, 04:24 PM

09-01-2001, 07:29 PM
horizontal cylinders tend to burn more oil at start up. as long as its only momentary and goes away after couple of seconds.

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