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Thanks for the info. I just ordered a 2011 Boxster last week without the Sport Design Package. The main reason I didn't go that way is because I too liked the older package. The new Sport Design just does not seem to be as pleasing to my eye. Incidentally, Napleton Porsche put together the best deal. I had one local dealer who wanted full MSRP and then tried to under-price the trade-in of my 2007 Cayman S by about $2K. Some of these guys are sharks. It will be mfg in Feb for March-April delivery. Since the crappy weather is upon us I don't mind the wait.
I am considering ordering a 2011 Boxster S and one of the options that I am thinking about is the XAL SportDesign Package, which is described as a new front apron, with spoiler lip and an auto extending rear spoiler. I have seen a few Boxsters with this option and they look good. The one thing that concerns me is that Porsche warns that this option "substantially reduces entry angle to gradients" and that the option "slightly lowers the front end". I live in Chicago and occassionally encounter potholes and steep entry ramps, but this has never been a problem with my Cayman S. Can anyone enlighten me about just how much the front end is lowered with this option? I would be grateful if someone with the XAL package could measure the ground clearance so I could compare it to my Cayman. Any other comments about this particular option would also be welcome, either pro or con. This is one of the more expensive options ($4,900) and I want to make sure that I don't destroy it on the streets of Chicago.
When this happens to me, I just remove the key and put it back in again. That always works. I can't say if I take my foot off the clutch but I probably do that too. There is something about the system that requires you to do everything all over again, beginning with the reinsertion of the key.
Did you drive the car after the warning indication? I noticed that whenever I disconnect my battery, at the next startup I get a warning PSM system being inoperative. Once I drive the car less than 100 yards, the warning turns off.
Thanks Tool Pants I just spent about an hour trying to get behind the fender panel to find the release on the right side, as it was in the Boxster. So they switched sides to make it more difficult for us. This is great info, thanks a load. DANNOV
As a former Boxster owner, I know that this subject has been covered thoroughly on this forum. But I am now a Cayman owner. Does the Cayman have the same emergency hood release behind the right front fender liner like the Boxster? I did a search and I can't find any postings about this with regard to the Cayman, but there are numerous postings for the Boxster. I looked at the right front fender liner and I don't have a clue as to how to get it loose, I can't find any fastners, etc. Do you just use a lot of muscle and just pull it away? It seems to be securely fastened. Is there a hood release behind that liner? The reason I am asking this question is that when my Cayman goes into winter storage I plan to turn off the battery with one of those battery disconnect switches that cuts off the ground to the battery. I would prefer to use a charger to keep the battery fresh but that is not possible in my parking space. If I absentmindedly close the hood to the point of locking, I want to be able to open it again. I am not sure if using the jumper in the fuse box as outlined in the manual will work if the battery is disconnected at the ground. Am I correct?
For those of you who read Road and Track magazine, I suggest that you read the "Side Glances" column by Peter Egan in the December issue. The article contains some perspective comments about Boxsters from a very interesting and entertaining car writer.
I put Michelin PS2 tires on my 2003 Boxster S, repacing Bridgestone SO3. It made a world of difference on the track. What a great tire! I am very happy with the changeover. Also, the Michelins seem quieter on the road. They are not cheap but well worth the price.
Thanks!! I'll try it tonight. :cheers: Be careful with the emergency release. The first time I pulled mine, it broke and my dealer had a heck of a time getting a replacement. Be gentle with it. Be aware that you can get the gas door to lockup if you let the car stand inactive until the the system automatically shuts the battery down (that is about 7 days of inactivity). When this occcurs the fob does not work and you have to use the key to unlock the car. If you open the door with the key and start up, and then stop for gas, the gas door will still be locked. To get the gas door unlocked you have to lock the car again by pressing the button on the key fob. When you unlock the car using the fob, the gas door is now open. That does not sound like your problem but this little gas door quirk is a good thing to know.
Just look at the bulkhead just behind the battery and you will see the large rubber grommet, you may have to loosen the battery mount and move it over slightly. Just push a metal rod through the grommet and then look under the dash to see where it comes out.
insite If I read you correctly you are now using 32 psi cold on both front and rear, am I correct? After several track sessions my front tires look like your picture, using 30 font and 37 rear. I am going out this weekend and my try 32 psi cold all around, I would like to reduce the understeer.
Great writeup, I just have one question. I went to the website you referenced and it seems that the HID conversion uses only one HID bulb per side. I assume the HID is the high beam whlie the low beam is the regular halogen bulb. Is that correct?
Nice writeup; but, I am surprised by your tire pressures. You are using 35 psi front and 32 psi rear? I would think it would be the other way around, with more pressure in the rears, per the Porsche manual. I am on the track quite a bit with my 2003 Boxster S, and use 30 psi front and 37 psi rear. With these pressures the car understeers and I get much more front tire wear than on the rears. I am running Michelin PS2 tires, 225x17 and 255x17. Am I missing something by using this kind of setup. What is your logic for using more pressure upfront?