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I used Goo Gone recently on the bumper on my 2001 speed yellow 986 to remove adhesive left over from packing tape that held the temporary license in place. It worked like a charm and had absolutely no noticeable effect on the paint. I'd highly recommend it, although, as the label says, I'd also highly recommend trying it on an inconspicuous area first. Better safe than sorry. -k. -_-
Running wheels with non-stock widths (such as 17x8.5 fronts) would knock you out of the stock class in SCCA and PCA autocross, wouldn't it? If you're new, you're probably not that concerned about it, but just thought it might bear consideration.
With the "911", there's no actual external numbering that indicates what generation of car is underneath. Wikipedia provides a pretty good reference to telling them apart, so do those Porsche or 911 coffee table books you see on the bargain shelves at the book store. :) The differences can be a little subtle sometimes, and for any particular car, they can be more than that. (Is that a 930, or a 911 with a factory whale-tail? etc., etc.) The 924/944/968 have labels on the rear of the car, as do the 914 and the 928. The 986 and 987 are both just labeled Boxster/Boxster S. The 986 has the "egg yolk" style headlights and the 987 has the newer lights that look more like the older lights. If you don't know how to tell the cars apart, Wikipedia is more your friend than Porsche. :D
I don't know...I've not "lost it" in my Boxster, but I can make the PSM kick in at will. You can, for instance, a. Drop the clutch in first, or actually even when shifting to second, if you get on the gas a little first. That'll spin both back wheels and cause the PSM to step in. b. Floor the gas while turning. When leaving a stop light and turning left, for instance. The back end will rotate a little bit before PSM steps in, but if you turn PSM off, you can spin around in circles, supposing you don't like your tires. I think letting the PSM step in is a mark of shame, but I'd rather have it there and not need it than need it and not have it. Same reason I keep a jimmy hat in the door pocket. :P
FWIW, I generally fill up with 10% ethanol (it's what's at the shell stations, maybe everywhere here), and I haven't seen that at all. You could use an OBD II scanner, or get someone else to, to pull the fault codes; that's probably your best starting point in any case.
I am totally and completely in love the PSM on my 2001 2.7. My last mid-engined car (a 91 MR-2), I spun out and totalled getting on the throttle too quick exiting a flyover (it was actually the panic lift that killed me). PSM would have saved my *** there, and although the Boxster has rear suspension that mitigates lift rotation, it's still going to be a problem with any mid- or rear-engined car. Not only that, but PSM will also keep you from spinning your tires (much) on launch, and help you get the power down better coming out of corners, where it works a lot like a limited slip diff. In my experience so far (I haven't had my car long), turning the PSM off can be fun and let you hang the tail way out there or exit a stop light in dramatic and smoky fashion, but I'll bet, short of *maybe* on the track, you'll be faster with it. Even on the track, you're generally not going to run more than the 5-7 degrees of slip you get even with PSM on, if you're Doing it Right. I'd say definitely, definitely, definitely get it. It could save your car, or even your life.
Delusionary replied to alfic's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Possibly both. :) My 986 fan comes quite a bit since I got it. It seems to me the 996 would probably have a lot better heat dissipation in the engine compartment with the open rear deck lid. I'll have check that heat sensor though.
I don't even think you can replace the entire grill. As I understand it, the air vents were moved and reshaped for the facelift in 2003. It seems to me, though, that putting a screen behind the earlier intake wouldn't be too hard. It looks to me like the earlier intake strakes were thicker, though, and since they're black instead of color-coded, a screen would probably be harder to see than on the later cars. I think the earlier cars (but not the earliest ones) had an intake snorkel to deal with the whole a-flaming-cigarette-lights-the-air-filter-on-fire issue, and also to avoid sucking water into the engine. On a related note, I've had my car for five weeks, about two of them drivable, and I gotta say, those vents appear to be a lot more important and functional than they were on, say, my old MR-2. Judging by the amount of rainwater grime and road filth they collect, they seem to be pulling in a lot of air. On the MR-2 I don't think the intake was actually sealed to the left side, and the right side was just a screen with no fan behind it, so that probably explains it all. I love my car.
FWIW, I've been keeping a running total on my 2001 2.7 whenever I fill up, and I've gotten between 20 and 22.8 MPG each time. Of course, most of my mileage is either city or, uh, enthusiastic. :D