Q —  I recently had occasion to replace the starter on my Carrera 4 and while I was under there (OK, I admit, I wasn’t under there but my technician showed me) I noticed the red heater hoses were shredding. When I found out how much they cost, I about passed out. Is there an alternative other than contributing to the Porsche family trust?   Tim

Tim, I am well acquainted with another Tim who supplies Porsche parts at the local Porsche establishment and he agrees that those hoses are ridiculously priced. Although he cannot endorse Home Depot for Porsche parts, I can. And for this particular part, a 4 inch aluminum flexible dryer vent hose fits perfectly.   Since no one can see the hose anyway, it will be our little secret. And you will save over a hundred bucks.    –MC