Chris Wall­bank

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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 rev­o­lu­ for their ex­pert knowl­edge and friendly ser­vice. I can’t fault their com­pli­men­tary health check.

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