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Thx for the info, but based on a few forums I've read, for 987, people say 3% is tolerable to not have issues with ABS/PSM. I simply want to know what others have tried aside the standard 17in on 987 which is fronts: 205/55/17 (unusual size), back: 235/50/17 (normal and plenty options). I've also read you want to front/back to go in both directions (both up or both down). I also read on another forum for autoX some are running 225/45/17 front and 255/40/17 rear but I think those are on 986S wheels which I'm not sure are same as 987 OE wheels.
I have the same question as well. According to TireRack.com I thought OE wheels are 7.5x17 and 8.5x17? Will 225/45/17 and 255/40/17 work w/o messing up balance nor the ABS/PSM?
Well, guys, pre-purchase inspection was done and they didn't find much of any issues. I will need new tires, there are a few cosmetic scuffs mostly interior, but engine, tranny, and most of susp is is all fine. The inspector said there is a bit of grease on the driver left front CV joint (attached pic) but he said nothing urgent. Let me know your thoughts. I picked her up (or rather delivered as I am still learning manual and it was a long drive through Friday city traffic). I guess I am the new owner of a 987. Looking forward to mostly learning here but eventually contribute as well. I saw a video on how to change the oil and it seems pretty straight forward so I plan to do that soon. Now I need to go look for some tires and order a 2nd key :)
Thanks JFP, well, I'm going to do a closer visual inspection of vehicle today with buyer since it was pouring down the other day (good test that convert top had good seals though and no leaks). I'll check convert top operations and check for any rust and damage I didn't spot. Tomorrow I will have a professional pre-purchase inspection done and if all goes well, I may have it this weekend. If not, there are a few more Boxsters starting to show up for sale :) I'm afraid that most of what you will find by searching about aftermarket warranty pay outs on these cars goes more in the negative direction, and often on things vastly more mundane than losing the engine to an IMS failure.
Thanks, but the price you saw on the VIN decoder was price of new, not after 10 yrs and 68k miles :) I'm thinking I may forgo warranty and do a clutch job sooner and while the mech works on it, do the IMS update kit IF my 2005 comes with older-style IMS. I watched a video on how to change oil so if I get this 987, I may change the oil just in case and put a magnetic plug like some suggested to see if it collect particles (but by the time i find out it may be too late). If any member bought extended warranty and had IMS failure, did anyone deal with an extended warranty company? I'd love to know the experience. Thanks.
I would love to see some pics of the LEDs as I'm in the market for an '05 and that is a mod I can do myself :) TIA
Hi, yeah, not around here. Adding another $5k would not get me a 2009 Boxster with IMS-less and it would still be a 6yrs old Boxster with potential of other things going out (like the convertible top motor). I am still holding off on buying a very comprehensive (exclusionary) warranty plan at $5k and considering maybe spend half that on a basic plan and keep the rest for things not covered. I remember my Volvo needed a new tranny and that was $4k, but other cars I've owned had relatively inexpensive repairs. Maybe I'm just a pessimist or as usual, reading forums about any car will make you think of all the things that can break down :(
Thanks JFP, I did read up on the very detailed article here http://www.oregonpca.org/resources/ims-bearing-the-full-story/ about IMS, and since I cannot do anything about identifying it physically until I need maint in that area. I was mostly wondering if there are other things I should know, good and bad, about MY2005 production vehicles. I was wondering also if these cars came with any AUX input or BT connection OEM option? I'll get a PPI done and we agreed on a number for the car so let's hope it all goes well and I get to join in on the fun. I have owned several European and American cars including Audi, Benz, Volvo with various config; 4/5/6/8 cyl and turbos/supercharge/NA and FWD/RWD/AWD. Hoping to learn MR as well.
Hi JFP, Thanks for taking the time to respond. I have read on about unknown IMS on '05 and even '06 models, but does June 2005 indicate a mid-year build or early build by Porsche standard? It's been raining here a lot so I am hoping to test drive an '06 later in week. The warranty company does assure me it covers all except wear items (brake pads, wipers, clutch, bulbs), but yes, I do need to review the fine prints. Worst case they offer 19 payments via credit card and if I don't like it, I guess I can stop paying via Amex and dispute if necessary. If there is a good extended warranty that members here can recommend, I appreciate it since I think even a clutch job is over $2K on Boxsters and I don't think that is covered by any extended warranty. Welcome to RennTech :welcome: On 2005 Boxsters, it is impossible to tell which IMS bearing is in the car without taking it apart and looking; no other method has worked. Your description of the clutch sounds like it may be an issue. I would first try finding someone with another Boxster and seeing how their clutch compares to yours. Heavy clutch pedals often signal a clutch near the end of its life in these cars. Be careful on where you source keys as the dealer will need some code information that should come with the key; without it, the key is useless. In any case, you will need access to a PIWIS unit (factory diagnostic computer) to code the car to accept the key. Aftermarket warranties can be problematic, they often have a lot of "small print" that makes them nearly useless. Be sure to read the entire warranty before spending a lot of money, many owners have found out about this the hard way. Don't be turned off by everything you read about these cars, particularly on the internet which tends to collect all the problems. I have personally owned a 986 for nearly 15 years and it had been problem free the entire time. Good luck with your purchase!
Hello All, I have been shopping for a roadster for a few months now and I've driven SLKs, Audi TT, Z4, and a 2005 Boxster. I have a few questions that I hope someone can answer and transition me to become a proud owner. 1) Based on VIN check below, production date is listed as June 20, 2005. Does it mean it's a MY or early 2005 model? Any difference aside the unknown IMS config? I assume this is a 987-1? 2) I'm also new to manual and have had a chance to practice on a friend's new 2014 VW GTI 6spd. The Porsche clutch seems heavier. Is this normal? Also, starting the vehicle seems to require a hard push on the clutch (almost a kick) and wondering if that's normal. 3) I will need to order a 2nd key and program it (if I buy this Boxster). What is the best way to go about it (can I find one on eBay and take it to dealer to program or is there an easier/cheaper alternative?). 4) Reading these forums always scare me on maint cost. I am considering a 36 months 30K miles warranty for $5k. Worth it? It is said to cover everything with $100 deduct and can be used at Porsche dealers. It has 68K miles and 3rd owner according to Carfax. Thank you and appreciate your time. Please look at the specs below and let me know your thoughts. 2005 Porsche Boxster Division: PCNA Commission #: 549198 Prod Month: 04/2005 VIN: WP0CA29815U712659 Price: $48,950.00 Exterior: Guards Red Interior: Black Standard Leather Warranty Start: June 20, 2005 Additional Equipment 342 Heated Front Seats 435 Sport Steering Wheel 446 Wheel Caps with Colored Crest 573 Automatic Climate Control AN Black Standard Leather G1 Guards Red P73 Bose System w/Windstop P74 Bi-Xenon Headlamp Package V9 Black Top