Not sure how many people check this site, but it seems to get a small amount of traffic everyday. And I enjoy keeping a record of what I have done to my 986. Unfortunately, during the pandemic I did not have a lot of reasons to leave the house and enjoy my 986, but I still check 986forum almost everyday, and I respond to emails, even if I am not as active as I used to be.
After years of being the guy telling people the 986's that have the majority of issues are the ones that sit around, mine has now accidentally achieved Garage Queen status (at least for the last two years) and I've had a two issues, a bad ignition switch and another small oil leak.
Last year, I was almost stranded by my 986 for the first time ever and it was for a very minor reason, the ignition switch died. I managed to get the key to "take" after several attempts and get home, but it was toast after that. It was an usual failure, that I thought was the mechanic part of the ignition switch because I had no unusual electrical issues (windows randomly opening/closing, locks not working, etc) that are normally associated with the electronic part of the ignition switch failing and the key was clicking into position in the wrong places and did not want to come out.
I decided to try replacing the electronic part of the ignition switch first, and that ended up resolving the issue. I'm actually surprised the original electronic part of the ignition switch made it so long, because it's a common 986 repair. But I only have a house key on my 986 keys, and I'm pretty sure a heavy keychain will shorten the life of most ignition switches.
It's not a difficult repair, and many people have DIY's that cover it. It was a total pain though, and you need a really small flat head to reach the upper set screw, and I'm pretty sure mine had locktite on it. I had to cut a screwdriver down to fit and be able to get enough torque to unscrew it.
Porsche no longer offers the original part, but you can still get it from VW (4A0 905 849 B) for about $35. While there are some cheaper options in the $10 range, several people reported the cheaper ignition switches felt gritty. I haven't had any issues with the VW part and it is just like the original.
Oil Fill Tube
I had forgotten that I had previously had the oil drip under my car repaired in 2019 until I took at this blog (one of the reasons I like having it). I forgot because it never really went away. I was still getting 1-2 drops of oil whenever I turned the car off.
The dealer identified the issue (this time) as the oil fill tube. This repair can be done yourself, but I did not have the time, and it's an awkward location, so I paid them $900 to fix it, three fourths of that was labor. This seems to be another common issue around 100k miles, as I have seen a few people report the same problem at around the same mileage. Apparently the plastic tube rubs against metal and develops a leak on the top of the tube creating a slow leak.
Hopefully, this is the last oil leak I will have to deal with.
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