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    2016 Prius Three
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    Honda S2000
  1. Hi,I've searched various threads, and from what I can see, the brake fluid flush is a "standard", old-fashioned brake-bleed.I haven't seen any mention of the ABS pump, and whether there are any special steps necessary to bleed the fluid from the ABS pump. I once had a BMW motorcycle with electric servo power brakes. There was an entire special sequence and routine to properly bleed the various circuits.Is there anything that should be done with the Boxster as part of the brake fluid flush to accommodate the ABS system?I have a 2009 Boxster S, if that matters.Thanks in advance for your advice!Eric
  2. Hi,So I was cleaning today, and was trying furiously (with one hand twisted one way, the other twisted another way) to remove one of the grommets/body drains from the front of my 2009 Boxster S. In spite (because) of all my efforts, I ended up pressing the grommet down through, into the hole. I don't know where it went, and can't get any sense for exactly what it went into. It sort of seems like there's a whole bunch of empty, wide open space down there.This is the one in the front, on the right (passenger's) side, immediately adjacent to the battery. Here is a picture.My question: Is this anything to be worried about? Do I need to find a way to get to it? Is there any damage it could do floating down around the area into which it fell? Does it serve a significant and important function that I should at least procure and install another?Many thanks in advance to all the 987 gurus here!I've attached a picture for reference...
  3. I was pointed to this for some explanation... http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_147726881751512&key=f098e831f6d63d7cc7bab6d6c8f80611&libId=iunbpefe01013y1k000DAmy7hqotk&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.planet-9.com%2F987-cayman-and-boxster-electronics%2F161386-aftermarket-item.html&v=1&out=https%3A%2F%2Fm.reddit.com%2Fr%2Fwhatisthisthing%2Fcomments%2F3b11dy%2Fanyone_know_what_these_buttons_do_or_really_how%2F%3Futm_source%3Dmweb_redirect%26compact%3Dtruep&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.planet-9.com%2Fsearch.php%3Fsearchid%3D5822625&title=Boxster S Aftermarket Item%3F&txt=https%3A%2F%2Fm.reddit.com%2Fr%2Fwhatisthisthi...%26amp%3Bcompact%3Dtruep I've since pulled this from my car...
  4. Hi, I just bought a wonderful 2009 Boxster S. I've looked through the manuals, but can't find any mention, description, or illustration of the attached. The light in the center glows blue on and off. Has anyone seen this before? Any ideas what it might be? and/or how to use it? Its at the left side of the dash, right next to the Light Switch. I'm convinced that it has something to do with the phone, blue-tooth connection. By the way, the car has PCM 3, with Navigation and bluetooth, and universal audio connections, with the Bose premium audio... Thanks in advance for any guidance...
  5. Hi All, I'm Boxster shopping, and have stumbled upon what looks like a great deal: a 2010 Boxster S with 30,000 miles for 28k. Based on the selling dealership, I believe it will have a flood salvage title. Although this is a bit outside my original budget, I can't help but give this some consideration. From what ive read, the single largest boxster issue is the IMS bearing. If I've understood correctly, the 2010 engine eliminated the IMS. Is that right? I've been looking through the forum for any pervasive issues with the 2010, and I'm not seeing any. Should i I take this to suggest that's lot of the kinks are well worked out in 2010? of course, I'm going to have my local independent garage do a PPI, but I'd appreciate any words of wisdom the group may have about this contemplated purchase - specificially if there are any showstoppers to be concerned about. Its a 6 speed manual, btw. Many thanks, Eric.
  6. Thanks ttocs. Based on your and Loren's comments, I guess that 2004 S is going to be the way to go. I had my first test drive last night: a 1999 Base. I loved it. It was a great deal, and may be where I end up. However, I'll be driving a 2002 S tonight, and a couple of 2004Ss over the weekend. I believe that going as new as possible is probably the best. Some of these have already sorted out the IMS - I agree. I wouldn't proceed without having this done. However, I really liked the pictures of the 2005 interior - it looked much more modern than the 2004. (Not that there's anything wrong with the 2004 - the 2005 just looked "fresher", and the materials a bit more "premium" than the 2004). But, the IMS bearing design is a no-go for me. If only I could find a 2005 in my price range that was assured to have the older, serviceable bearing design... I think it'll be a 2004 (or older) for me... Glad to hear that
  7. For the collective benefit of others that may be in the same dilemma, here is Loren's PM response: 1. Yes, for the most part. Any 2005 year normally aspirated Porsche is potentially a IMS failure. I would suggest you keep looking and perhaps a newer car that fits your budget and likes. 2. No real way to tell from engine number as a good number of engines have been replaced and or retrofitted. 3. No dealers are still subject to taking what the factory delivers. We have former Porsche factory employees that are moderators here. They will tell you that at that time there were mixed parts used for engine assembly - so they built what they had. That is part of what makes 2005 and early 2006 cars a crapshoot.
  8. Loren: Many Many thanks for your immediate response!! Actually, this one was slightly above my budget, so my focus will have to be upon 2004s - and considering the status of IMS bearing replacement/retrofit. As always, the wallet drives the bus!
  9. Hi, I'm new here and am frantically researching everything I can in anticipation of purchasing my first Porsche (a Boxster S) I have separetly sent this as a message to Loren, as he appears to be the ultimate guru here - but I welcome the collective expertise of the board: I am a prospective Porsche Boxster buyer, and have found one with which (at least from the ad) I have fallen in love. Here is a link to the vehicle: https://porscheofcliftonpark.com/inventory/Porsche+Boxster+Mechanicville+New+York+2005+Midnight+Blue+Metallic+772769 I welcome any comments, thoughts, or suggestions. However, my specific question is with regard to the IMS bearing. From the information that I've tried to force-feed myself over the last few days - I understand that the early boxsters (up to MY2004) all included a serviceable (without engine teardown) IMS bearing. The later (MY2006-2009) included an IMS bearing that was not serviceable (without tearing down the engine). From what I understand, MY2005 is a bit of a middle ground, and that some engines could have the earlier design and others have the later design. Applying my engineering intuition (for whatever that's worth) - I believe that I would *much* prefer to have an earlier 2005 engine (with the serviceable IMS bearing). Perhaps to the extent of foregoing this 2005 S and looking for a 2004 S or earlier - I'd certainly welcome any comments on the comparison of the two as well. I understand that the certain way to determine which bearing is in an engine is to pull transmission and look. I also understand that another way *might* be to look at the Engine (not VIN) number. My internet research so far hasn't found specific clarity on this matter, however. I have a few questions that would benefit from your expertise: 1) Do you agree with my intuition? Is it foolish to focus upon purchasing a Boxster with the "early" bearing design that is serviceable? 2) Do you know/Can you advise about the ability to determine which bearing is used via Engine Number? (How certain is this method? What is the specific Engine Number cutoff above or below which a specific design is known to be used?) 3) Since it's being sold by a porsche dealer, I would expect that they *should* have access to the specific configuration information for the engine. Is there a specific request that I should make of them (a particular way to phrase the question). I thank you from the bottom of my heart for any clarity you can bring to this and help me decide if this 2005 is a good purchase decision for me.
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