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I've arranged to view a local 986 2.7 (2004). 

A chunk of the service history is in French, and my shaky ability to order a black coffee and two beers hasn't helped much.

Images 38/51 onwards here: autotrader advert.

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Is anyone able to translate, or at least advise whether any big jobs have been done such as IMS, clutch, etc.?

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In afraid my French is no good but are those headlights correct for an '04?

If not, it may be worth checking why they were changed... 

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9 minutes ago, Lennym1984 said:

In afraid my French is no good but are those headlights correct for an '04?

If not, it may be worth checking why they were changed... 

Yes quite right. The bumper is a "986 facelift" bumper (late 02 to 04/5 when the 987 was introduced) headlights are as found from 96 - 2002 pre facelift, so something is amiss. If its a prefacelift car with a facelift car with a facelift bumpet put on it will not have  a glovebox. Tbere are other indicayors but morr difficult to describe, the vents in front of the rear wheels for example. Any more pictures?

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Thanks, useful to know.

There are lots of photos in the advert linked above. Here's a link to their own website too: CLICK

(Same photos though)

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My guess is it's a 2004 model which has spent time in France. Owner swapped lights to LHD versions and those now on the car are either the LHD lights or have been re-swapped to RHD but not for the right model year.

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I like your reasoning... sounds plausible. Will quiz the seller, but I suspect he'll have no idea. Heh.

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9 minutes ago, Boxob said:

My guess is it's a 2004 model which has spent time in France. Owner swapped lights to LHD versions and those now on the car are either the LHD lights or have been re-swapped to RHD but not for the right model year.

Good thinking. I would agree, from the pictures I would say its certainly a facelift car'so 04 is most likely correct. The lights have been swapped for the reasons  Boxob suggests, which seems very plausible to me if the car was in France for any length of time.

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Did we know a yellow car which went to France? Who was in Versailles?

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Face-lift car on swapping back to UK lights they got cheap Amber's instead of face-lift lights.  

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Sounds reasonable. Viewing on Wednesday evening - will report back. Cheers all. :thumbsup_still:

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Certainly had a few euros spent on it , my very shaky French has picked up a lot of standard service items , aircon repair /recharge , call out for a flat battery ? . Can't see any really big bills to indicate IMS / clutch work  , as my French is pretty much limited to Deux fromage pizza , please don't take my word for it ! ,   still a very good looking car though   . 

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Copy the French text into Google translate into English...... this should help you understand what has been done.

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10 hours ago, LordGrover said:

I've arranged to view a local 986 2.7 (2004). 

A chunk of the service history is in French, and my shaky ability to order a black coffee and two beers hasn't helped much.

Images 38/51 onwards here: autotrader advert.

media?id=b3c5a8b902674627957213e04ba9536

Is anyone able to translate, or at least advise whether any big jobs have been done such as IMS, clutch, etc.?

I can help if you're stuck. Can' t say i have extensive knowledge of French car terminology but as a linguist i can figure alot out. Unfortunately can't read the invoices too well on tablet so would need to get on pc. PM me if you need help.

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Photo 38 says search fault which caused breakdown., traced to instruments, repair to instruments. 

P39 is the Controle Technique / equivalent of our MoT.  date 13/11/15 , 107316 km. Gives the date of 1st registration in France as 28/11/11

P40 Receipt at Porsche specialist. 10380 km . Car delivered by recovery service. Problem with alarm, rear spoiler and electric windows. Repair cost 557 euros

P41 Minor service at specialist

P42 New battery , checks on electrical system

P43 Major service at specialist. New tyres, brake pads, brake fluid, tracking done, polybelt change

P44 Windscreen repair , 2 impacts filled

P45 Same receipt as p43 

P46 Condenser and radiator front right, air con recharge.

P47 Replacement of condenser, repair of air con system

P48 Controle technique, French equivalent of our MoT , datye 14/11/11 UK registration YV04KRN 

P49 Identity paperwork from Porsche confirming EU construction and chassis numbers

P50 New battery, PIWIS reset/ test

 

 

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Looks like it was exported to France officially in November 2011.  The Controle technique (French  MoT) is every two years , the first CT upon import has the mileage at 84502 km.

P47 gives the UK owner Mr F Nudds of Chobham, Woking as having an air con problen, presumably he then got the EU type approval paperwork from Porsche FR to import the car.

 

 

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Hi there... I am French! You can fire any question you have...

 

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Just had a look at all the photos. A lot of money spent on this car.

Tyres, discs, pads, concensers, aircon regaz, brake fluid...

2 repairs on the windscreen

But one thing is troubling me... he changed the battery a few times... I will look more colsely at the dates and if they found any specific problem...

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Page 38: Looking for why the battery is draining. Did some repair on the instrument cluster. Can't read the date.

Page 40: Car arrived with road assistance. Alarm on and wing up. They charged the battery and replace the RH door switch.

Page 42: New battery

Page 50: New battery...

 

Looks like there is a probleme somewhere... or was maybe it has been fixed!

Unless he was not using the car regularely and the battery drained... but I doubt it!

 

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3 hours ago, pipsqueak said:

Photo 38 says search fault which caused breakdown., traced to instruments, repair to instruments. 

P39 is the Controle Technique / equivalent of our MoT.  date 13/11/15 , 107316 km. Gives the date of 1st registration in France as 28/11/11

P40 Receipt at Porsche specialist. 10380 km . Car delivered by recovery service. Problem with alarm, rear spoiler and electric windows. Repair cost 557 euros

P41 Minor service at specialist

P42 New battery , checks on electrical system

P43 Major service at specialist. New tyres, brake pads, brake fluid, tracking done, polybelt change

P44 Windscreen repair , 2 impacts filled

P45 Same receipt as p43 

P46 Condenser and radiator front right, air con recharge.

P47 Replacement of condenser, repair of air con system

P48 Controle technique, French equivalent of our MoT , datye 14/11/11 UK registration YV04KRN 

P49 Identity paperwork from Porsche confirming EU construction and chassis numbers

P50 New battery, PIWIS reset/ test

 

 

Ah! Just saw your post!! I am glad to see that we could read the same things...

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So, when is (was) the viewing?

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Bit of a c*ck-up - my fault. I got the trader confused with another and made the appointment with the wrong one. D'oh!

Going to see it tonight, but they'll be closed. If I'm still interested after tonight's viewing I'll arrange a test drive and proper look at the weekend.

I asked him about the headlights and he suspects it's as we surmised above. As for the electrical issues, he has no idea. Because of these (potential) issues he'll have to drop a decent chunk for me to be interested.

A few others lined up anyway, but much further to travel - this one's 15 minutes away but the next favourite is two hours. Bother.

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However, maybe the others won't be as 'yellow' :wacko: 

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Had a look last night. It's okay, but not what I'm looking for.

Thanks for help all. Cheers. 

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Title suggested a post re French durex, it’s not so can’t help, if you do a have a question re title I am an expert on French johnies 😉

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