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  1. UPDATE: I received a new revision 4 version of the coolant cap for $25 delivered from Sunset Imports (they are great). I installed the cap and after a few days of perfectly normal/spirited driving I have yet to have another boil over. So far, so good. My next move is to flush and replace the poorly mixed coolant. I'll report back in a week or so to confirm that the car has made it past this drama. Thanks for all the assistance! Regards, Trevor in Austin
  2. I was out with my wife in our 2003 Boxster with 79,250 miles yesterday driving to three locations each about 10 miles apart. We were late to the first appointment and we took a back way with winding roads. It was a beautiful day and we made good time. It was the second nice drive on windy roads for me of the day. The car was running great. When we pulled up to the last location my wife notice a bunch of fluid pooling at the curb. Sure enough, coolant was boiling over and running down the overflow tube. I popped the engine cover and couldn't see anything wrong. 20 minutes later there
  3. Thanks JFP! You nailed it. I looked under the water pump and sure enough there was the smallest amount of dried gunk where it would run down; nothing like what you have in your photo, but enough to confirm a leak. And sure enough, when I took the belt off I could sense the smallest amount of play in the water pump axle. So, my next step is buying a new water pump and gasket. I am also considering a lower temp thermostat. I've read on this forum that non-OEM water pumps are a very bad idea. Are any of the water pumps listed on this Ebay page worth buying? Would Sunset Imports have OEM
  4. I have a 2003 Boxster with 77,653 miles. I am the third owner and this Tiptronic Porsche was brand new in late December 2002. It is my daily driver and most of its miles are on the highway. It hasn't been tracked. Roughly two weeks ago the coolant temperature blinking light came on for roughly a minute. It has come on once since then. Each time the engine temperature was perfectly fine throughout the 1 1/2 trip. I did not until today check the coolant level (my bad) and now see that the fluid is well below the minimum level but can be seen when looking down through the opening. On th
  5. Thanks for this post Loren! One thing that I will mention to help others is that there are two tabs (#3 in the diagram), one centered just over each vent louver. This was tough for me to tell until I had it all apart.
  6. Roger Beasley Porsche in Austin worked on my car this morning and the new key fobs are programmed and working. The lead tech shared that all four program slots were taken in the control unit, likely meaning that one of the two earlier owners had likely lost keys or had this same issue. The service manager had shared that if the lights on the keys are working but not unlocking the doors there wasn't a way to re-sync the original keys. So, $289 later ($67 for half hour of labors and $222 for two keys) I'm back to where I was earlier. On the bright side the dealership was nice enough to wash
  7. And my radio started working on its own four days later! No hiccups since on that front.
  8. I swung by the Austin dealership and learned they will need to charge me a 1/2 hour to read any error codes and try to resync my old fobs. Sunset Imports had the best price on key fobs so I ordered two to have on standby in case my old ones can't be mated. Hopefully, I will have this addressed on Friday. More to come...
  9. Thanks in advance for any and all advice! I've read too many posts related to remote key fobs failing. None of the posted fixes have solved my challenges. Bulleted out: Third owner of 2003 Boxster bought with 28,000 miles in August 2008. Both key fobs worked properly at time of purchase. Roughly 18 months later my wife's key fob stopped working.She drives the Porsche maybe 5% of the time it is driven. I read up on fixes but nothing worked. Didn't take to dealership as I expected a fix to be too expensive for value received. [*]One month ago my fob stopped working. Read even more post
  10. Thanks Richard for the expert advice. Digging around I found that Blaupankt makes two nice stereos with BlueTooth and iPod integration, the Toronto and the Los Angeles which doesn't seem to have made it to the US, yet. Both of these ship with the ISO connectors but aren't widely distributed in the US. Crutchfields had a nice Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994 -> http://signature.crutchfield.com/s_113KDCX994/Kenwood-Excelon-KDC-X994.html?tp=5684#reviewDynamicContent The only challenge is the gloss black finish isn't going to match the matte black I have currently. If any
  11. Would anyone know if the connectors on the Becker CDR-23 head unit are relatively standardized? And if not, does anyone know where I can buy adapters that would work with the connectors I would find on units I could buy from Crutchfields or someone similar? And does anyone have a suggestion for a great head unit that would work well in my Boxster? I do have two open cubbies. Thank in advance. Enjoy your weekend. I'm looking forward to handwashing and waxing my car this weekend. It's been way too long! -Trevor P.S. I can't imagine spending more than around $350ish.
  12. One follow on question upon further reflection. If my 2003 Boxster doesn't have an amplifier, CD changer, or PCM and the fiber optics weren't connected to anything, might I have simply replaced the head unit with an aftermarket stereo/amp that has better text integration with an iPod? All the postings about adding iPod integration led me to believe that the fiber optics are an integral part of the stereo and that is what led me to buy a Dension Gateway off Ebay. I could always resell the Dension and CDR-23 on Ebay and head in a different direction if that would get me the best setup for a r
  13. I dug around the forums and tutorials and couldn't find an answer to this question. I bought a used Dension Gateway off eBay and during a break from doing taxes this weekend installed the unit. I have a '03 Boxster that I bought used with a CDR-23 and no amplifier and no PCM. I was surprised when I pulled out the head unit there wasn't a complicated run of fiber optics going into the car, rather there was only a "u-turn" 5 inch loop of fiber. I went ahead and added the Dension as though it is a cd changer. I fully understand that the CDR-23 has to be activated to understand a CD changer
  14. Does anyone have experience with any of these fixes? I've already tried the Permatex one and it didn't stick for long. And does anyone know where I can replace the tabs that are missing? Thanks, Trevor
  15. I did extensive searching on the forum and couldn't find any information on this topic... I bought a used 2003 Boxster with 28K miles 1 1/2 years ago. I noticed that the rear defroster switch lights up but nothing happens. Inspecting the situation I saw two disconnected leads that lie in the well for the top. At first I looked for where they would connect to the car's wiring harness. And then it struck me that these wires were disconnected from the defroster grid and window itself. One lead has only a flat tab that must be half of the original tab that adhered to the window and the o
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