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Old 04-24-2020, 04:40 PM   #1
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Recommended Ignition Switch

Any strong favorites for a replacement ignition switch for '99 986? Didn't know if there was much of a difference between any of those that you can find for $10-$20.

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Old 04-25-2020, 04:41 AM   #2
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Any strong favorites for a replacement ignition switch for '99 986? Didn't know if there was much of a difference between any of those that you can find for $10-$20.

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Buy the OEM. Period. We don't need another thread about how a URO or other aftermarket part failed.

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For something like the ignition switch, I think the community would recommend only an original Porsche part to buy. I would not risk buying an aftermarket piece.

The manufacturing tolerances and specifications will likely NOT be up to Porsche specifications. I am only aware of a 996 owner who purchased an aftermarket ignition switch, which failed in 2 months, and his key was stuck, resulting in a new key, and a huge repair bill. He immediately purchased an original Porsche switch and had no issues.
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OEM, my original ignition switch lasted 13 years. I was in a pinch and bought one at a NAPA store. It was made in China and of very brittle plastic. It lasted only 6 months.
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Old 04-27-2020, 10:23 AM   #5
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Exactly the feedback I was looking for. OEM it is. Now the issue is that Pelican Parts is currently out of stock on the ignition switch. I should be ok as long as I can find part # 4A0 905 849 B somewhere else right? May call PP to see how long they expect to be out of stock.

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Exactly the feedback I was looking for. OEM it is. Now the issue is that Pelican Parts is currently out of stock on the ignition switch. I should be ok as long as I can find part # 4A0 905 849 B somewhere else right? May call PP to see how long they expect to be out of stock.

Thanks for input above too.

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That is not an Porsche part number, the correct one is 996-347-017-07, which is the entire mechanical assembly (they no longer sell just the electrical section). But you can still buy the electrical section, which is VW/Audi from Amazon.
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NDKev - If you are interested in JUST the electrical section, I have a spare VW/Audi one that's never been opened. I bought a spare just in case, but turned out my problem was my battery itself. you might get a better deal from your local VW/Audi dealer or via Amazon as JFP in PA recommended.
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Installed a new switch since the dash is out. Ordered the OEM from FCP Euro, made in Germany.
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Good luck, sir. Should be fine. FCP Euro has an awesome and amazing returns policy should this fail (and for your sake, I hope not!)

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