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1999 996 Starter replacement

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Vehicle Information: Year: 1999; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 26729;

I just had the starter replaced on my 1999, 996, it has 26,729 miles. When starting the car on some occasions it would make a prolonged winding/whirring noise for about a second or two after the key was released and the engine had started to run. There was no pattern to when it would happen, and always started strong. The thought that the starter needed replacing on a car with less than 27,000 miles seems odd. Could there be some related problem that the mechanic is not aware of? I bought the car used, I don't know if the previous owner abused the starter or not, I wonder are Porsche starter motors generally reliable?

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