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Just got a 98 Boxster for my Birthday. Now I have two Porsches! First question is: can I drive it for a few more days on the old oil until I get it changed this weekend. The car has 57K miles. Last owner changed oil 1.5K miles ago. So he drove the car very little over the last year since the last oil change, but it's been a year. It's fairly dry here in Colorado, and the car has always been garaged. Should I change immediately, or can drive it a few hundred miles until I get the oil changed this weekend? IMS failure a huge issue on these 98's? The oil looks clear and like new when I check on the dipstick.
The engine sounds excellent. I can hear the chain rattle momentarily when I start it cold. Also, plan to use Driven DT40 oil that I have an extra case of (bought it for my Cayenne, but have enough to do the Boxster) and it's 5W40.
Thanks! I'm really enjoying the car -- it's not a 420 HP MKIV that used to have, but it's almost as fun.
I don't mean to poke a bear here. It is just that I see many differing values quoted around the site for oil change intervals.
I believe the Porsche owners manual says changes should happen at 20,000 miles. In posts, here and other sites, I have seen recommendations from 2,000 to 15,000.
I have had the occasion to break bread with people who design motor oil additives and motor oils. They seem like they really know what they are talking about. I expect that Porsche know what they are talking about as well. I am familiar with Porsche's leather tanning and finishing standards and they are extremely high, I expect they care more about their oil.
I am not trying to be inflammatory, I just really want to know. Why (specifically) do people believe that the oil needs to be changed so frequently?
I am not talking about running the car on the race track. That is obvious. However, the 911 is know as the best daily driver supercar for a reason. Lots of us drive them like cars. For those instances, what is the proper change interval? I am really interested in the experiences that led you to that recommendation. Also, does it vary by the specific engine. (Mine is the MA1.01)
Got a new to me 2010 997.2 Carerra S. This is my first Porsche having owned a series of BMWs.
I watched a number of DIYs on the oil change and it seemed to go off without a hitch.
I warmed up the engine prior and let it drain for about 3 hours while I attended to other things. I changed the filter and put in 10qts of oil.
Now the oil level light says it is over full. I guess that is ok as it was eating about a quart a month which seems normal to a BMW owner. I figured it would drop over a few weeks but it hasn't.
Now about once every day or three since the oil change it asks me to measure the oil level. Should I be concerned? It seems weird that the proper amount of oil would over top the gauge.
For cars that have an oil dipstick, I have been thinking about designing an oil changer pump that will be like nothing else on the planet and will have the following features:
1. Of course you will not have to jack up the car as the oil will be extracted through dipstick hole.
2. Unlike other extractors on the market , this unit will not require
a. An air compressor to operate
b. Manual pumping to create suction
c. The user to dump the oil, it is pumped directly into the recycle container
3. This unit is very small and easy to handle
4. Made in USA of machined aluminum NOT plastic
5. Can extract warm oil in 2-5 minutes depending on vehicle capacity
6. Does not require a battery, operates on your car’s 12 volt battery
7. Costs less than some people pay for an oil change
8. Anyone can easily use it from teens to non-mechanical persons to the elderly
9. Allows you to change your oil without jacking up your car in as little as 5 minutes.
10. Looks Awesome I billet aluminum or anodized blue
Would you be interested in such a device? If enough people are interested I will engineer one like nothing currently in existence. Let me know.