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The following is from a similar discussion over on the Rennlist.com: >>I received a couple of responses on this, characteristic of which was this one from Steve Weiner at RennSport Systems. Since he replied to the public Racing list, I'm cross-posting his response here so you can also benefit from his input: -=-=-=-=-=-=-included bit-=-=-=-=- Be very careful about what you are buying; you do NOT want the Mobil 1, SM-rated 15w-50 stuff. That stuff lacks sufficient ZDDP to protect your motor. Mobil has reformulated this product and has released a non EP 15w-50 and its undergoing testing to see what its ZDDP content is. Once thats done, I'll post that here. Oils have truly changed over the past 2 years. All the formulations have been reconstituted to reduce ZDDP content to comply with the EPA laws that require extended cat life. This is NOT good for Porsche (or any other) engines over the long term and what was once OK, isn't anymore. Once things have settled a bit, I'll put some specific oil recommendations on my website. -=-=-=-=-=-=-end included bit-=-=-=- <<
Thanks for all the great insights, comments and suggestions! :D Excellent article - somehow I missed that one I was afraid to call the dealer to get an idea of installation cost, but did talk to two suspension shops in the area (Bagge in Culver City and Johnson Alignment in Torrance). Both looked up the book cost for the install and alignment, each said they could do it faster, and both said it would be a little over $600 including alignment. The most interesting comment from each was that they had more experience removing sport suspension setups than installing them, because most people find them too low and stiff for driving around here. The boss at Johnson recommended the Bilstein HD shocks instead of the stock Porsche ROW M030 ones. So far, that sounds like the most reasonable change from the stock Porsche ROW M030 setup I've heard. LemmyCaution - I know the streets around PdR are really bad (and getting worse!). How often do you bottom out on speed bumps, driveways, etc., and how much more noticeably harsher is the ride, compared to the stock suspension? Based on everyone's comments, it sounds like the ROW M030 setup is worthwhile for driving, but for housewives that bought a Boxster as a fashion accessory, it's way too much. If that is Steve Alercon's shop in torrance you are talking about, do what he says. He it the PCA/POC suspension guru widely recognized everywhere. He is a big time racer as well, which gives him hands-on insight to what setup he recommends. As far as personal experience, I have had my Carrera and 914 aligned by him. The difference, on Streets of Willow, was very noticeable and well worth it.
Ok, before I pull the trigger, let me state the question in no uncertain terms. On my 02 Boxster base with factory 17" wheels, can I just upsize the fronts to 225/45-17 and leave the rears at 255/40-17 without any ill effects? If not, what sizes other than stock would be acceptable. Please elaborate on any sited ill effects. TIA
Exactly to the point. Is a Boxster more likely to over- or understeer? In my short ownership experience, I have noticed a tendency to oversteer in turns, under aggressive power application. But that is different than properly setting up to enter and exit a turn at the highest speed. Also, if it turns out that a Boxster would benefit from more tire meat in the front, would 225's fit ok on stock 17" rims? TIA
Looks like Nexen doesn't make a size 205/50-17 to go on the front of my 02 Boxster base. What would be a better alternative, 215/45-17 or 225/45-17? Or should I stick with the stock size and pick a different brand of tire?
Once again, I agree. I have been burnt on bogus warranties in the past and hated it every time. But just to keep the discussion factual: My car, being a 2002, currently qualifies for the lower tier pricing because it's considered 4 or less model years old and has less than 50K miles. Once we roll into 2007, it will be considered as being 5 MYs old and no longer qualify.
Some additional info: - The warranty plan is for 4 years from the date of purchase or 75,000 miles total, whichever comes first. The current mileage is 21,000. - As far as service records, all that has been done so far is 3 oil changes, and a new battery from Porsche. It still has the original continental tires from the factory. - At the time of purchase, the PO took the car to a reputable independent Porsche service center and paid for air and cabin filter changes. He also picked up the tab for the PPI. I went there while the car was still on the lift and the shop owner personally reviewed the entire car, over and under, with me. They also hooked up the PST2 and read the fault code history and the log for STRESS incidents. Stress incidents were at ZERO. Just to put thing is perspective, he said that they typically see 3 figures. He also said that a 911 twin turbo they had recently inspected had over 4000 incidents logged. - The only issue he pointed out was minute oil seepage from the engine tranny interface and the right side of the engine, which he thought was no more significant than what they see on all Boxsters. This car is in as new condition. If money wasn't a little tight at the moment, I would have bought the warranty as extra insurance. I am paying quite a bit more for comprehensive coverage as opposed to carrying just liability! Well, I guess I have one more month to decide. :(
Mike, I agree with your perspective on extended warranties wholeheartedly; hence my statement in the original post, "- Generally speaking, I do not believe in extended warranties." However, with the most recent quote of $1,350 for MajorCare MBI over 4years/75,000 miles, that's roughly $1 a day for peace of mind. Given that exact figure, is that a good deal? I do agree that based on averages I will do better on my own. But, is a Boxster an average car to maintain? I am new to Boxsters and thought I should ask before making a decision, one way or the other. BTW, the warranty cost will just about double comes January 1st. Regards
I should clarify my concern with DIY. In case I end up submitting a claim, would they raise an issue with me having done my own oil and filter changes, brake pad replacement, etc? In other words, would they try to deny a claim because I don't have maintenance receipts from repair shops? Of course, I will save my receipts for parts purchases.
I have an 02 Boxster with 20K miles. I just got a quote from Warranty Direct for their basic coverage of 4 years/100KM, for ~$1850 with a $100 deductable. This is not their bumper-to-bumper plan! - I am mainly concerned with major engine/transmission failures in the future. - I have until year end 2006 to purchase this warranty. - I plan on doing all my own maintenance, and I am as good a DIY mechanic as can be reasonably expected (successful engine/tranny rebuilds under my belt). Is DIY a problem with extended warranty companies? - Generally speaking, I do not believe in extended warranties. - At this moment, money is tight but available. - But, this is a Boxster with potential for RMS leaks and engine replacements! Any caveats I should take into consideration prior to purchasing the extended warranty? Any and all input would be greatly appreciated. TIA
you will probably be able to see the frayed part of the cable, buy maybe not. if you can see it, it will be at one of the areas where the cable enters its protective sleeve. good luck! I don't mean to hi-jack this thread, but I have a question for insite. I recently bought a mint 02 Boxster with 20KM. It is absolutely in as new condition with very little use. However, ever since I got it, I have noticed a snapping sound in the passenger side window when it reached either limit. If I don't actuate the window for some time, anything longer that an hour, then it makes the sound when it reaches the top or bottom limit. Then it won't make the sound upon further cycling until it remain idle for some time again. Can you think of what might be the cause of this? Should I get in there and investigate? Thanks