Leeds, UK chris_wallbank @chrisjwallbank
Model 997.1 Carrera S Year 2005
Acquired November 2012 This month it’s my fifth anniversary of 911 ownership. In those five years I’ve covered just over 15,000 miles in both summer and winter months, and I have to say I’ve been very happy with the car’s reliability. I haven’t had one major issue or breakdown. All I’ve had is cost of servicing, brakes and tires and a front fan failure, which is a very good testament to the overall build quality of the car.
I recently visited an independent Porsche specialist with a friend: Birstallbased Revolution. It was the first time I’d come across them, and I was impressed with level of care and detail that had gone into the work they did on my friend’s 993 C4S. While I was there I booked in for a complimentary 111-point health check the next day.
I was interested to see their findings on the car, as I was sure that some parts would need replacing. I was greeted by a technician called Joe, and was impressed with his knowledge as he went through certain points with me underneath the car in great detail. There were a few items that he picked up on that could do with replacing in the near future: excessive corrosion on the tandem pump, corrosion on exhaust/manifold fittings and very slight play on front-right inner steering arm, to name but a few. He told me these are common items on a 997 of this age, but other than these minor points the car was in a very healthy state, which was a relief to hear!
Revolution also followed up the health check with a detailed video underneath the car going through all the points, which I though was a nice touch. So, the plan over the winter months is to get the tandem pump replaced and all exhaust fixings/gaskets replaced with stainless steel items. I highly recommend revolution-porsche.co.uk for their expert knowledge and friendly service. I can’t fault their complimentary health check.