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Dave S.

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    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2003 Boxster S
  • Former cars
    Triumph TR8, Triumph GT6, Lexus RX350, Jeep Rubicon Unlimited

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  1. My remote functions on my key stopped working for my car and all I had to do was lock and unlock it with the key in the door and it reset the car to respond to the key. I thought I read that after 5 days of inactivity, the car remote stops looking for the key until you go through this process. Dave
  2. I was using a small soft zippered CD case that was designed to hold about 6 CDs (without their jewel cases). I stored it in the driver's door pocket. It worked pretty well and you could even get about 12 CDs in it. Now I went with an Alpine Digital Media Player head unit in the dash and an amp in the front trunk so I don't have CD playing capability anymore just USB thumb drive or iPod, which pretty much allows me to have my entire music collection in the car and the head unit works like an iPod.
  3. I had a squeaky clutch pedal when I bought my Boxster. I shot a little WD40 up around the linkage above the clutch pedal and it completely went away. Took 30 seconds to fix it. Dave S.
  4. After listening to several speakers and also not wanting to spend a fortune on them, I decided on the Infinity 6020CS component speakers for my 03 Boxster S. They have a 6.5 inch mid-bass unit for the door and a separate tweeter that can be installed in the dash pod. I didn't have door speakers or an amp in mine to start with, and will also be upgrading the head unit to the Alpine CDA-105 at the end of the month and installing an Alpine MRP-F300 amp. I expect this to sound very good when finished. I like the 6020CS speakers because they don't take much power to drive, but according to all the reviews I read still carry good bass and are very crisp on the high end. Because of the low power requirements, they should work well with the factory amp and if you shop on-line, you can pick them up for around $100 for the pair. They sounded great in the store and received very good reviews on-line. From other Boxster forums I understand that for folks who already have door speakers, modifying to 6.5 inch is a very popular and pretty simple upgrade.
  5. From everything I've read it sounds like most people have to replace the rears twice for every set of fronts. Its probably the best combination of economics and safety to replace the the rears now with a similar tire as the fronts and then next year when they are both completely worn out, replace both with a set that fits your needs. When I bought my '03 Boxster S last October the rear Dunlop SP Sport tires were completely bald and I had the same decision to face. I may have have made the wrong choice but I wanted a little more mileage out of the tires and I never plan to track it. I also live in the mountains of Colorado so you never know when you could run into a little snow, even in the summer, so I didn't want an ultra-performance tire. I went with Bridgstone Potenza RE960AS tires on the rear. I didn't notice any handling issues with the way I drive, but I don't really push the car's handling to the limits. So.. Contrary to all the good advice on this board, I'm running Dunlop SP Sport 9090's on the fronts and the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS' in the rear for this season. I may consider replacing the fronts with the corresponding Bridgestone Potenza AS tires sometime this summer. The risk I run is that in an emergency situation, or bad weather I could end up with the front tires handling a little differently from the rears. I am aware of this risk and at least for the weather issue, plan to take it down a notch until I really understand how the car will handle with this combination. On dry roads I have not noticed any bad handling characteristics so far, but of course I didn't really have anything to compare to, since the rear Dunlops were really worn out when I bought it. I believe the Dunlops on my car are not as high performance of a tire as the PS2's on your car, so your handling differential could be greater than what I have experienced. I just couldn't buy a tire that I can't drive in heavy rain or light snow where I live. I've talked to other Porsche owners who have to replace their tires every 3,000 - 6,000 miles and I also wanted something that would last at least 3 times longer than that.
  6. I have participated in several British car shows with my TR8 and my advice is to just enjoy the show. At "people's choice" events often the folks who are most active in their car clubs will win regardless of the condition of their car. You can't let it bother you if your votes don't beat a clearly less pristine car. It's always fun to see the other cars and participate in the show as long as you have the right expectations.
  7. Heated seats were a must-have option for me. I live in Colorado and we use the car for mountain touring in the summer. We like to have the top down, but the temperature changes so dramatically when you climb that the heated seats really make it a lot more comfortable. I have been thinking about adding heated seats to my open top Jeep as we take it to even more extreme altitudes. There are a lot of kits out there that are pretty easily installed under the seat cover. The electrical connections are pretty straight forward, and an interior shop could pretty easily install the heating elements for you if you didn't want to mess with removing and installing the seat covers.
  8. Thanks for the replys. The ultimate cupholder looks like it would work, but it is kind of pricey. I may take Cassie's advice and buy a couple. I figured that Porsche offered a special cup to fit their "special" cup holder size. Of course it would probably cost as much anyway ;-). One nice thing about the factory cup holder in the 03 model, is that the dash vents blow right onto your cup. On a cold day a while ago, I had the top down and the heat cranking and it kept the cup so hot that you couldn't touch the metal parts of it. Kind of a neat feature to keep your coffee warm. Dave S.
  9. When I bought my 2003 Boxster S last October, I was kidding my wife that I need to upgrade my old Triumph with a car that was made after cup holders were invented (air bags are nice too). Now she has a laugh about the Boxster because I can't find a cup that will actually stay in the larger of the two cup holders. At first I didn't realize that they were different sizes and then going around a corner my cup went tumbling out onto her legs - luckily for me it was pretty much empty. Why the heck Porsche would make such a crappy cup holder and go the extra mile to make sure they make one of them so big it won't actually hang onto a cup is beyond me. So my question is, has anyone found a cup that will actually stay in the larger holder on an 03 Boxster? Dave S.
  10. I too am new to owning a Boxster this year, but I have stored Triumph sports cars, motorcycles and Jeeps every winter since the late 1970's. My advice is: 1. Best to remove the battery from the vehicle and charge it every month during the winter 2. If you don't want to remove it, get a float charger and hook it up and let it maintain the battery charge while in the vehicle 3. Don't start the vehicle up on any regular interval while it is stored. Unless you actually drive it and get everything up to full operating temp. You will do more damage to everything by occasionally starting it up as this condition creates the most engine wear you will experience and will add moisture to the exhaust system. What ever you do, don't leave the battery in the vehicle and allow it to go completely dead. Not only will this damage the battery but it can also spread corrosion around the battery and also to switches and connections in your car's electrical system. Dave S.
  11. I have an independent shop add a custom clear bra to all my cars. I always get the entire front end including hood, fenders, headlights, fog lights, mirrors and front bumper protected for less than than the dealer price of just doing the hood. Find a good installer and your car will look like new forever. I just bought my 2003 Boxster S (14k miles and looks like brand new), and it came with a dealer-installed clear bra on the hood and front fenders, so I will be adding the bumper, headlight and foglight protection right away. Dave S.
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