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    2006 Boxster S
  1. Hi Quadgirl, I normally get around 14litres/100kms which I think is around 20mpg. That's a mix of city & suburban driving.
  2. Folks, Does anybody have some insights into how much a track day/advanced driver training course is likely to take out of my brakes and tyres? My 2006 Boxster S has 19" Continental sportcontact II's - fairly new... less than 3000kms on them. Cheers, Dave
  3. I would be surprised if a cruising noise was the oil pump release valve. I had that problem addressed earlier this year, but it was a very noticeable noise as you moved through 1800 RPM. The fix moved it up to about 3000 RPM and made the noise much less noticeable. Wvicary - I only got my car early this year; like you I noticed all the little clicking/tapping/whirring noises for a while (even thought about adding sound insulation to the firewall). My suggestion; drive with the hood down as often as possible - the clicks fade away and the great note takes over.
  4. OK... so it seems that the overwhelming vote is in favour of the battery trickle charger/conditioner.... the local dealer has them in stock. Now for the next question..... when it is plugged in to the cigarette lighter can you run the cord under the seal with the door closed or do you have to leave the window down a crack and run it out the window? My preference would be to leave the car locked, alarmed with windows up.... we have some big hairy spiders in Australia which scare the cr@p out of you if the crawl out from the dash while you are driving along
  5. Thanks all for your responses; FYI, below is the response I got from the dealership ( decent guys, always willing to help).... "The battery in your car will be just over three years old if it is the original one.It is not unusual to replace a battery after three years,however any less than three years I think would be a little disappointing.Mostly the battery wont last much beyond four years.I dont think there is any need for a trickle charger given your pattern of use." I'm in two minds about the trickle charger...... might get a local price on it just for the sake of keeping the new battery in pristine condition
  6. Hi, I have had my 2006 Boxster S manual since January. Bought it 'Porsche approved'. Car has just under 40,000kms on the clock. Last week the battery died - it was the original factory battery. My question; is 2 years/40,000kms about normal for a battery in this car? For the last four months I have only been driving it on weekends, so I am wondering whether I need a trickle charger. Thanks, Dave
  7. Thanks to all - had this fixed on my 2006 Boxster S last week; no complaints from the dealer here in Melbourne, Australia. The service guy said they new all about the problem and fixed it for anybody that bothered to complain. I was paranoid for a day, thinking they had just made the noise quieter and had shifted it to 3000 RPM, but a quick search tells me this is actually the change over point for the twin cams. Apparently I can avoid this noise by never driving under 3000 RPM :D
  8. Henry, Out of interest - where were you parked when your car was damaged? Sounds like somewhere I want to avoid. Good luck with the respray....
  9. Henry, Assuming your insurance is paying for it I would talk to the guys at Porsche Centre Melbourne. The weekend before I was due to pick up my car from them (Xmas '07) somebody jumped the fence in the yard and ran over a whole bunch of cars (mine included). They trucked the car off to their panel beater and it came back in absolute mint condition.... the panel beater called out a number of areas that I hadn't spotted and repaired those along with the more obvious dents. The only problem with such a good respray is that every new stone chip upsets me..... Hope this helps.... Dave
  10. Thanks 1schoir - I wonder how good a job the Dynamat did? I have heard it lets the exhaust note through while damping the higher frequencies. And as for White987S - Ah, the Buick - you American's do love a good boat...... Cheers... from the land down under
  11. After years of looking I have bought myself a 2006 Boxster S. I love the sound of the car when the roof is down, but am not so mad on the engine/drivetrain whine when the roof is up. Has anyone had any success adding sound insulation to quiten the cabin with the roof up?
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