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Yeah. I don't know what you asked for so maybe this stuff is in line with what you were expecting, but it seems they overdid it with the keys, shop towels, etc. Some of the other prices look about the same as what I've seen for individual services (brake fluid flush, oil change, etc.) so it isn't that their pricing is out of line but dealerships generally have specials available for basic maintenance like oil changes and 10% off parts. Some of those jobs, when combined, probably reduce labor time on other jobs in the list so just adding all the standard labor time together inflates it a little. Maybe all that work was justified and was reasonable to do but for a bill that size on a 2003 car that you're still bringing to them rather than going to an independent they should have thrown you a special on the oil change plus 10% off parts.
CA_Boxster replied to SteveMeckman's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Have you checked the water pump? I know it's not located closest to the rear seats but leaks can run in different directions. If you haven't replaced that yet (you mentioned having a lot of miles on the car) then this could be starting to go.
Interesting list. If you flip it upside down you pretty much have the reverse list of pros & cons of what people describe about why they really like Boxsters from the handling to the linearity of the engine, livability and build quality, then acceptance of the functional simple interior and good looks. Maybe just not a car that fits what you like to drive.
Looking at that size on tire rack I don't see the Pilot SS. I have those on my Carerra (but not long enough to have an opinion) and had them on my M3. They were good. The statement about them being cheaper that PS2 is correct. They're also supposed to be better. I believe the SS is branded PS3 in Europe... +1 on the Hankook Ventus V12. I had them on a 2000 Boxster when I was playing around with trying off-brand tires for price and was really impressed. I tried the Sumitomo HTR ZIII prior to those and they just weren't very good. Were a little too squishy. Kumhos get good reviews for a low price point tire but they looked to be really bad for wet traction and I stayed away from that. I'd give the Hankooks a shot. I would have put them on the M3 at the time but couldn't get the correct rear size. Search google for the Car & Driver tire test that included the V12. They were pretty high on them.
I bought the car but the center wind deflector that installs behind the seats is not with it. I've been told there are 2 parts, an original equipment one and a "replacement" part, both from Porsche. Is this true, is there a difference, and does anyone know the part numbers? The prices were very different between the two. Thanks!
CA_Boxster replied to oscaac's topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)OSCAAC, Did you have a PPI done prior to buying it? I'm just curious. Seems that some of those things you had to replace could have been flagged. I recently bought an '08 997 and the PPI turned up some maintenance that needed to be done but at least I knew that going in.
The storage bin does just bolt in though I don't know exactly how. I had one on my 986. It's not much use for storing things and I would have traded it for the Bose sub any day. Try an auto dismantler to see if they have a storage box they can cell you. Make sure you tel them the upholstery color because the storage box (at leas on the 986) was carpeted on top and it will show.
The dismantlers are always a smart first stop but I've found that they frequently only want to sell the bigger assembly rather than parting out the smaller pieces so you'll probably end up buying a new part from a dealer. My local dealer seems to have a perennial 15% discount on parts so my cost there is about the saem as I find at other dealers online. You may find that your local dealer does the same.
CA_Boxster replied to mtimmy's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Another vote for Marvin Weitz in Santa Clara. I've had a few things done in his shop and he's where I'm taking my car from now on.
CA_Boxster replied to jrthe1's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I waited for that comparo to come out to pick tires because the last time I chose their winner (Goodyear Eagle F1 GS D3) I was very happy with them. That Goodyear doesn't come in the 205/50-17 for my fronts any more (neither does the comparo winner Dunlop) so I decided to give some bargain tires a try this time because they seem to be getting pretty good and worst case, at those prices, I can just replace them next year if I don't like them. I was on the verge of ordering the Hankooks but chickened out because the V12 is too new to be able to find many reviews and the thing about the C&D review I didn't like was that even though they performed well they said the Ventus didn't feel like it. I think soft and imprecise might have been what they said. I didn't want to be disappointed by the way the car felt for the next year (track times aren't my biggest criteria). I ended up ordering the Sumitomo HTR Z III for a similar price from Tirerack so it's good to see the comment from Dennis. If I didn't get one of these I would have gone for the Bridgestones in the comparison. We get enough rain in the Winter in NorCal that one lesson in half-worn Pirellis during a downpour got my attention. The 3rd place Kumhos in the test were ruled out for that reason. For what it's worth, there is a $50 rebate from Hankook if you buy 4 of those. You can find the form on their web site.
Put a little felt tape or some other cloth around the plastic pieces that the brackets hold on to and it will stop the rattle. I had the same issue. I do notice a difference between having the windscreen in or out. I own one so I use it. If I didn't own one I wouldn't pay the $500 Porsche charges to get it. If you found one for less I think it's worth putting in. As far as I can tell if you're comfortable aligning and tapping holes into the roll hoops it's not hard to install.
I'm interested in finding one of the Bose Base Box rear deck speakers to add to my 2000 Boxster but I've had little luck finding one or even getting many hits on Google searches about them. Does anyone know a part number, official name or anything else I can use to search for one of these?
CA_Boxster replied to dcardy's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I pulled mine off again today to take a last shot at getting rid of my rattle. Mine sounds like wires bouncing on metal and happens even worse when I run the A/C, presumably because the stuff all gets cold and hardens. If yours is really a creak like something rubbing together and is not a rattle then try these steps after removing it: 1) Clean all the dust out of there 2) Put cloth tape (friction tape or felt tape) around all the edges. It won't show once you put the POD back on. 3) There are a handful of points where posts on the POD snap into the dash, and where some small posts on the dash stick into the pod (on the back). Put a little of the cloth tape on those as well to keep plastic from rubbing on plastic. This cloth tape is what most of the TSBs say to use for problems like this. The trick is finding the right spot. There's no harn in just covering them all to be safe.
I've gone through a few of the GAHH tops as I was one of the early adopters and I had all the reported warranty issues, including the glass separation. My current top is about 18 months old and it's solid. I think that issue is a thing of the past. When this current top went on the car I could tell that they had made a number of changes to the overall design. Aside from the new process for sealing the glass in the top material they changed they had moved some of the seams and they were more heavy duty seams as well. I assume they did it to change the pressure points in the top to make it more durable. I could tell it was better than the earlier versions. I don't know anything about the other brands but I think the GAHH top is good if you choose that one.