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    Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
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    02 986S
    2000 GMC half ton

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  1. It would be a good time to consider getting the Bentley's repair manual, though Pedro's instructions are virtually the same as the manual. It's simple to do, but the vaccum is the best route as mentioned by 1schoir
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  3. Very nice man, thanks for sharing. It's a great addition to my favorite bookmarks. Out of curiosity, how were the lifters? any stuck? Again, awesome job and thanks for sharing. Jim You can tell right away just by touch. It is very loose. In this picture you can see the visual signs. Over time springs can become weak and break. Right now, as I wait out this cold weather, I'm trying to decide if I should go ahead and replace all of them, so there is an equal amount of presure across the board. -k
  4. Scratch X is a diminishing compound not a filler. A synthetic chamois isn't terrible for drying a car, so long as you don't have hard water and you wash thoroughly. If it's 10 years old it's time to buy a new one, regardless. :) ScratchX won't do anything but lay on filler without a lot of application and elbow grease. Get a real compound, it's easy to find them at the store. 3M rubbing compound is one that's widely available. Try a small spot, and if it works do the rest.
  5. It's not even 2/3 of a beer job. Like Phil said, it's cheap and simple to do. Beats having it break while you're driving.
  6. I do my changes at 8,000 kms, so about 5,000 miles. I also change the oil just before I put it away for the winter months. Use a fresh filter and crush ring. (I do anyways)
  7. It seems all the stuff aside from track events are Toronto-centric. Also, it seems to me that the UCR club caters more to the "wine spritzer" set. Little to no DIY articles in the club mag. I joined more for the Pano club mag than for the UCR. Wine tasting, How to catch a budgie (last months Provo mag) doesn't interest me at all. (I'm more of a redneck lol) Check out the Canadian section on Rennlist.com. It's more active and has some get-togethers etc. Jim
  8. Why wouldn't you pass? it's stock right? I get them to do a 2 stage test. (no rollers) My 02 passed 4 days ago. imho, I wouldn't put any of that crap in my tank.
  9. This site and a couple of others are great resources for DIYers. So far i've been able to do all my own stuff, mainly maintence stuff. In 3 years of ownership of my 02 S i've only had to do the dust boots on the half shafts and replace an alternator aside from regular maint. With proper homework on the Car you're considering buying it's not too bad. There are some good online places for ordering parts rather than having to pay dealership prices. If you are considering non oem parts do your homework. Ebay etc is full of chinese parts. Prices might be attractive but you are getting what you pay for. I don't want to turn you off but on the other hand you asked. ;) Sputter et. al., I did not mean to offend with that title post, however, I have heard the boxster referred to as the "PMP". It is the only one that's in my price range. It however is a nice car, and I believe it is the most affordable (modern) model out there. Still, in (Ontario) Canada, especially away from the GTA and Muskoka, it is a rarity to see a Boxster or any other Pcar. That definitely has some appeal to me. I would like to enjoy this car, but can't justify spending more than $1-2000 / year ( 7 months really of driving time) keeping it on the road. I do my own maintenance on my other vehicles, and this one will likely be the most expensive. If saving money sourcing out parts won't affect the driving experience, then I'd like to pursue that route. I only make a modest income, and taking it to an expensive shop is not an appealing option. I'm already setting aside $500/month to cover a 3% car loan (2-3 yrs) and insurance. I've done most of the service and repairs on our other vehicles, and would like to do the same with the boxster. For example, the current stable: 2000 Honda VFR800 - motorcycle : forks serviced, ohlins shock installed, new Clip ons, heated grips, coolant change, brake fluid change and pads have all been done by myself 2000 Honda CBR600f4 - trackbike : forks serviced, brakes changed and bled, track prepped were all done by myself; soon up for sale, as I don't use it enough 2002 Jetta 1.8T chipped - brakes all around, ignition coils, throttle body repair, strut mounts replaced -again all by myself 2003 Honda CRV - brakes all around, DRL relay refurbed, sway bar end links replaced - again, free labour 2004 Polaris Touring Snowmobile, - summerized, lubed, by myself If OEM parts fail, I usually shop around for a replacement. I mean, the OEM part wasn't that great to begin with - n'est pas? That is my thinking at least.
  10. I just use the digital gauge for kms. From what I know if you swap out the gauges you'll lose the actual milage reading of your car. The digital kms/miles window will pass the RIV inspection fwiw.
  11. With that subject header you likely just annoyed half the 986 owners. It's not a poor mans porsche. It's the only mid engine cab that porsche currently makes. Only the misinformed would make such a statement. Since you're asking, using discount china build parts is up to you, it's your car. Seriously, 100 dollar half shafts?. I guess you won't like to spend 80+ dollars to do your own oil changes every 5k. This car is not your hyndai, doing a proper job of your maintinance/repairs is going to cost money. You bought the wrong car to try and nickel and dime it. My overall sense of your post is that you bought the car just to claim "I own a Porsche" Good luck man.
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