I'm in LA right now. I live in Northern Cali, [That's why there is an urgent! -- I'm leaving LA tomorrow (Friday)] I'm really not sure how it failed exactly. The PO didn't work on the car himself, so it seems as though he doesn't really know what happened and why. This may sound stupid, but theres no way to do a compression test without the specific equiptment to do it? Any good mechanics in the Venice area? Anyone on the list ever heard of West Side Motorsports? Porsche Dealer / Mechanic / Works on Mercedes as well?