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pvaughan

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  1. I had a CEL issue on my 99 Boxster awhile back so I looked into getting a code reader. At the time, I read online that most auto parts stores will let you use theirs in their parking free of charge. I decided to get my own since I figured I'd be using it more than the one time. I picked one up from Sears for around $150 or so. I don't do much tooling beyond brakes on my car but it is nice to know what I'm in for when I take it to the shop. I live in Scripps Ranch and work in Del Mar. You're more than welcome to stop by with your car some time. We can plug it in and read the codes.
  2. This is fantastic! It's great to hear how well these cars can perform. I am a believer in preventative maintenance. The simple things like oil changes, filters, etc. Take care of your baby and it will give you many years and miles of joy. Congrats! -pvaughan
  3. I am looking to hear from other high mileage owners. How many miles does your Boxster have and what have you put into it to keep it going. I purchased a MY99 Boxster used from a dealer in 2004 with 30k miles on it. It has been great. Aside from routine maintenance (tires, brakes, rotors, etc.) I have only had to have it in the shop one time for CEL gremlins which turned out to be MAF and low radiator fluid. Today it is in the shop for the 90k service. It is also getting a new clutch, front brakes & rotors, and front engine mount. I'm looking to 100k and beyond! Happy motoring!
  4. I popped off my shifter knob and used a grinder to lop off 1" of my stem. I then matched the notches so the shifter knob would seat correctly. Popped the shifter knob back on and now I have a "short shifter". No muss, no fuss. It shifts the same as it did before. I've even considered taking another 1" off the stem but the leather shroud is pretty bunched up as it is now. To do it I draped off the interior of the car with about four layers of thick canvas drop cloth. Be sure to monitor where your sparks are being sent. I burned through a couple layers of the drop cloth pretty easily.
  5. I replaced my whole system. It wasn't that tricky. I would highly recommend not trying to run new wire to the doors. It's impossible. Just tap into the existing wiring. Even if you don't have door speakers now, most likely, the wiring harness at the door has all the wiring in place. Typically, it is done that way so that if you want the upgraded stereo system the dealer can add it quickly by adding the speakers to the doors because the wiring is already in place. One thing to note: when you open the door there is corrugated rubber sleeve that houses all the wiring running from the car
  6. Dig a little deeper in the DIY forum here. There is a lot of info on brakes. Also, check out this post: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=6864 and this link: www.bombaydigital.com/boxster/projects/brakes/ Good luck with your project. I did mine and it was pretty easy. You can read about my experience in the post above. Later, -pvaughan
  7. OK. I just have to tell this story. I was once young, broke and eager to do my own oil change in order to save twenty dollars. So I went down to the local auto shop, bought the oil, filter, drain pan and headed home. I backed the car out of the garage at my condo so that is straddled the swale of the driveway gutter and I could easily slide underneath it. I proceeded to remove the drain plug with my rachet and removed all the oil from the car. It went swimmingly and I was very proud of myself. Until I tried removing the old oil filter. I tried with all my might. I tried everythi
  8. I am having a similar problemwith my MY99. The left headlight is dim. No low beam. I'd like to chanee the bulb but I'm not seeing how get to it. Any advice? Thanks in advance. -pvaughan
  9. I saw a Cayman S in the showroom the other day. I love the lines on the body. The rear quarter panels flare out smiliar to a wide body 911. I also like the air intake ports on the Cayman. I was wondering if you could swap rear quarter panels. I think the wide body stance would look great on a Boxster. I think the air intake could be worked out fairly easily. The real concern would be if the two trunks were cut differently. Just a thought. Later, -pvaughan
  10. AaronHurd - I did a full brake job on my MY99 Boxster. I got the pads, rotors and sensors from All German Parts (www.allgermanparts.com). They have package deals offered on eBay. That is what TP is showing. Here is a link to a package for the rears - http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-Box...itemZ7990787144 The rotors I purchased are canmium plated to prevent rust. The rears were US$270. I think the fronts were US$10 less. The rotors look good and the pads haven't made any noise. I have put about 500 miles on them. I stepped on them hard a couple times and they work great. They work
  11. Sorry for the delay in responding. I was was looking for the quote I received. I think I tossed it out. I forget exactly what they wanted to charge for the tank replacement. I think the parts were in the $300 range and the labor around $500. But really, I'm guessing. The total quote was for the tank replacement and front pads and rotors. The total was either $1500 or $1700. Later, -pvaughan
  12. The rotor and pad package that I purchased off of eBay came with Textar pads. I like them. But I haven't done any comparisons either. Check out the digitalbombay site. I think he talks about the various manufacturers. I'm not sure who makes the OEM pads. Here is a link to the kit I bought on eBay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-Box...1QQcmdZViewItem Here is the link to digitalbombay. http://www.bombaydigital.com/boxster/projects/brakes/ Good luck, -pvaughan
  13. Since your brake wear dash light is on I would say do the brakes now. The pads are pretty well worn down by the time the sensor kicks in. Id say you have maybe 20-30 percent of pad left and now you are pressing the sensor into the rotor, which will damage the surface of the rotor. You can get a set of pads for less than $100 an axle. If you want to save some money you can skip the pad retainer kit. As I understand it, most dealers don't replace the spring clip and pin each time. But Porsche recommends that you do. When I did my rotors and pads I everything but flush the brake lines
  14. The following is what I posted on another topic thread. Should give you something to work with. ******* I just did a full brake job on my MY99 Boxster. I got the pads, rotors and sensors from All German Parts (www.allgermanparts.com). They have package deals offered on eBay. Here is a link to a package for the rears - http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-Box...itemZ7990787144 The rotor I purchased are canmium plated to prevent rust. The rears were US$270. I think the fronts were US$10 less. I have put about 300 miles on them and think they are great. The rotors look good and the pads
  15. Horrible news about your tank ToolPants. Sorry to hear. Glad you got a good deal on the tank though. You're right about the tire removal. I read somewhere that the best way to get to the clamps is by removing the rear tire. Hope the change out goes well for you. Good luck. Later, pvaughan
  16. Wow! Thanks for the input and advice from everyone. So, since I don't have a hot tub in the trunk and I no longer have the flashing warning light and my temperature stays consistently normal on both short and long drives, am I just being railroaded by the dealer? Were they just looking to get another chunk of cash from me assuming I'm ignorant? I would hope not. But it would seem so. I don't ever recall hearing of an automotive leak that simply clears up on its own. Generally, they get progressively worse. I will continue to monitor the water level and temp readings. If it seems a
  17. DG - I just did a full brake job on my MY99 Boxster. I got the pads, rotors and sensors from All German Parts (www.allgermanparts.com). They have package deals offered on eBay. Here is a link to a package for the rears - http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-Box...itemZ7990787144 The rotor I purchased are canmium plated to prevent rust. The rears were US$270. I think the fronts were US$10 less. I have put about 300 miles on them and think they are great. The rotors look good and the pads haven't made any noise. I haven't really stepped on the brake hard yet. I have wanted to let
  18. Thanks for the input. That was my thought a well but was told by both the service rep and the parts person at Sunset that I wouldn't necessarily see the leak in the truck. My concern is that it cracks at the firewall and there is something that I'm not going to know about or need another part for until I take the tank out. Thanks, -pvaughan
  19. I had been getting a flashing temperature light in my MY99 Boxster when I first started the car in the morning. If I turned the car off and then restarted it, it would go away. I took it in to the dealer for 45k mile service and told them about the flashing light. The service rep said it was probably a crack in the overflow reservoir. He said the sensor is sensitive enough that the light would come on if the car sensed ANY loss of coolant and that a leak from a hairline crack was enough to trigger the light to flash. He said I may or may not see any fluid on the ground because any leak r
  20. Coolant Overflow Reservior Crack I had been getting a flashing temperature light in my MY99 Boxster when I first started the car in the morning. If I turned the car off and then restarted it, it would go away. I took it in to the dealer for 45k mile service and told them about the flashing light. The service rep said it was probably a crack in the overflow reservoir. He said the sensor is sensitive enough that the light would come on if the car sensed ANY loss of coolant and that a leak from a hairline crack was enough to trigger the light to flash. He said I may or may
  21. One of the comments suggested painting the "hats". What part is the "hat" and what is the benefit.? Thanks in advance, -pvaughan
  22. Sorry. I should have added the following: MY99 2.5L Manual Transmission - 5 speed Left-hand drive Later, -pvaughan
  23. I have been getting the same flashing temp light on my Boxster. I had them check it yesterday when the car was at the dealer for the 45k mile service. The diagnosed it to be a crack in the overflow reservoir. Quote to replace was about $300 for the part(s) and $400 for the labor. I'm having it taken care of next week by a reputable local import shop for about $100 less. I had noticed some water under the car from time to time but, I'm talking maybe an ounce or two, tops. Nothing significant. I assumed it to be condensation off the air conditioner. I have no idea where that is in the
  24. Stop, stop, stop. Not good ideas and incorrect info all around. I have a MY99 Boxster. I cracked my window one cold evening when I decided to show someone how the roof goes down. The opening was about three inches long, going up and down, right in the middle of the window. I taped it off from the outside with some clear packaging tape. That worked until I got it replaced about a week later. In the meantime, it peeled and left goop all over the window and looked like crap. So stickers are not a solution. I talked to my service consultant at the local Porsche dealer. He said they
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