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Jay H

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  1. BoxstaNZ Thank you for your reply and your input on the newer Boxsters. I'm still sorting out an oil leak with my local dealer on my 2002 (it's under warranty) and need to get that fixed before I sell mine. From the very few 987's that I've driven, it seems to be the typical Porsche way of making improvements applies to the 987's. Nothing major has changed, but all the small little things seem to add up to improve the car over the previous generations. There are several 2008's around on dealer lots that are new cars... It's temping due to the low pricing on these cars, but none of the
  2. It's my understanding that once you remove the plastic shield that allows you access to the cabin filter, you'll notice that the filter has no cover. It just sits in it's housing without anything covering it. It's easy to swap out as well due to this fact. Hope this helps, Jay 02 986 90 911 84 911
  3. I did this on my wife's (long gone) '04 PT Cruiser. The oil pump on that motor emptied 4.5 quarts of the 5.0 quart capacity of the oil system in about 3 seconds. Amazing efficiency of the motor to lose all it's oil in mere seconds. The stain on my driveway lasted a good 3 months too. My kids learned/heard new words that they shouldn't ever use until they are at least 18. Made for good conversations and ribbing from my idoit brother-in-laws. F, was I pissed when I did that... Jay 02 986
  4. I did the LCD replacement from the eBay vendor. It takes about a 1/2 hour sitting at your kitchen table or work bench. Super easy and really cheap as compared with a new Porsche ventilation control. The fonts and display graphics are different from the factory display, but it shows the exact same information and is amost a bit more legible to my eyes. This one is a no brainer if you don't care about having the exact same symbols on your ventilation display. There are plenty of good non N rated tires that fit Boxsters. It's usually a safe bet to go with N rated tires, but you can find decent
  5. I'm putting a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus on my '02 base Boxster on Friday. My experience with cheaper tires is that they are typically O.K. until you get 5000 to 7000 miles on them. Flat spotting and balance issues sometimes come into play. I've had enough Khumo tires that did this that I've learned to just pony up for the Michelin's (or your other favorite high end brand) and be done with it. Though, I'm pretty picky about my cars - some say obsessive - and my stuff has to run like new all of the time. I've got a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season on the car right now (came on t
  6. That seems to be very typical Porsche behavior. Quietly modify the offending part, then release only that part. I just had my RMS replaced. I was led to believe Porsche is on their 4th revision of that seal... I'll bet that in time, we'll see the 2006 - 2008 Boxsters as extremely reliable cars with this new IMS bearing update...
  7. I'm really late to the party here, but I have Goodyear F1 All Seasons too (Boxster S sizes) with about 6/32nd of tread left in the rear and 7/32nds of tread depth in the front (new tread depth is 10/32nds). They are insanely loud on most surfaces at this point. I'm trying my best to leave them on until they really wear out, but the noise is quite annoying...
  8. Your tires require some break in before they deliver max performance. This article at the Tire Rack may explain why the tires performed like they did. I'd recommend breaking in these tires at moderate levels before going 90 mph at 35 degrees... Breaking In Tires
  9. I have a set of Goodyear F1 All Season tires on my base Boxster in the 205/50/17 and 255/40/17 sizes. The rears are nearing the end of their useful life and are getting quite noisy. Traction levels are still very high and wet weather driving is still exceptional. However, you may wish to avoid the F1 AS's since they do generate a pretty good noise level after they wear a bit. I'm running a set of Bridgestone 760's on my '84 911. Quite quiet, handle well and are reasonably priced. Due to their very quiet nature, they may be of interest to you. I probably will switch to those on my Boxst
  10. I check the mpg at every fill up on my 2002. In winter with very cold temps and winter blended fuel, I was seeing 22-23 mpg on average. After I changed the air filter shortly after I got the car (the original filter was still in the car with a 2002 date code), I instantly noted a 1 mpg increase in mpg. Same driving, same cold *&^% weather, but I was averaging 23 to 24 mpg. Once the weather warmed up earlier in March, I was up to 26-27 mpg.
  11. Very good point. I do have small kids yet, so I agree that the 2006 or newer is pretty much mandatory for me. I test drove the 2005 S I mentioned above just because it was 5 miles from my house and at a used car lot.
  12. You also need to check those oil lines on the right side of the car to insure neither line has been crushed. Even a small looking crimp in those hard oil lines will impede oil flow and affect the flow of oil to the front cooler. The external oil thermostat is located in front of the rear passenger side wheel. At this age and mileage, I wouldn't be surprised if that oil thermostat is no longer working properly. Or, you could have both a crimped line and a non functioning external oil thermostat. Once the car is warm, feel those lines on the bottom of the car, closer to the front of the ca
  13. A quick update... I drove the 2005 S on Friday. It was a cold day, about 38 degrees F, so I didn't want to push too hard in the corners with the summer only tires on this car. Other than the cosmetic issues and the rear tire wear that I noted in previous posts, this car seemed to be in pretty good working order. As all of you have said, the increase in the audible portion of the engine is fantastic. Of course the S is faster than my aging '02, but for everyday driving as a commuter car, it probably wouldn't do much to improve my drive. With the 18's, the car road very similar to my car
  14. Agreed. I bought a 1984 Carrera 3 years ago sight unseen from the Philly area (800 miles away) and had it shipped home. My 964 comes from North Carolina. My only issue is that I wish to trade the '02 Boxster, so private party sales are a bit more difficult unless I want to finance the new car until the old car is sold. Then there is the time it takes to sell a car privately (which I don't really wish to deal with), sales tax implications, etc. It was my understanding that Porsche did another upgrade in 2006 to the IMS...?
  15. Bob, I agree that the pricing seems a tad high and at 8500 miles, I would expect this car to have a few less flaws. However, there are so few 987s around in my area that I think the lack of competition drives prices higher than what is probably the norms in CA, FL or the east coast. I'm still going to take a spin in it tomorrow. I'm in no rush, so time is on my side...
  16. Thanks to everyone that has offered their opinion and experience. I appreciate all the input and have listened to your advice. I looked at a 2005 "S" today with 8500 miles. 2 months of factory warranty left, needs rear tires, seems to be washed with sandpaper, some decent scratches in the driver's door, no records, but interior is like new. I do agree with renzop that it's not good to let these cars sit...and this car may be too low of mileage for it's age. Local used car dealer has this one and he's not moving much from ~$33k on the price. I'll try to drive on Friday to see what I think as
  17. White987S, thanks for your explanation of why an "S" might be warranted. Renzop: I also appreciate your feedback and first hand experience on PASM. Even my relatively "weak" 217 hp '02 seems to be plenty for the street, so an "S" might not be worth the slight premium, though there doesn't seem to be huge pricing gaps between a base car and an S if you compare the same year and same mileage. However, there sure seems to be pricing difference between the sub 10,000 mile cars and stuff with 20-25k miles on them. They tank quite a bit once they hit 20,000 miles...$5,000 or so is what I'm s
  18. Thanks to everyone for their replies. I appreciate the feedback. White, I'd be interested to hear your reasoning behind your statement.
  19. Greetings to all. I currently have a 2002 base Boxster and have been looking at nearly new 987 non S cars (2007 & 2008's). My '02 runs well and drives great for an aging sports car. I use it for every day commuting all year round. I enjoy the looks of the newer generation and while I have yet to drive a 987, I'm wondering about some items on the newer car and if it's worth it to upgrade. There are very few base 987's in my area to test drive other than one or two at the dealers and I'm avoiding the trip to the dealer at this point in order not to be pestered too much by sales staf
  20. Have you taken delivery of your '09 yet? If so, how long was the wait from dealer order to arrival?
  21. Yep, I just replaced my screen in November and it was plug and play. For the budget conscious, it's a really good way to go. If you want the display to be stock, then this option isn't the best.
  22. Keep in mind you can order a replacement LCD screen for your ventilation control unit from eBay vendors for about $52. You have to disassemble the control unit, but the replacement is easy (even for an idiot like me) and the new display works well.
  23. I'm expecting a boat load of parts for my '84 911 next week from Sunset. They are BY FAR the cheapest place I've found for OEM stuff. Great service and their prices can't be beat. Thanks for the tip on Mobil 1 0W-40! I'll be getting my next oil change stuff from them!
  24. Those rims on a black car are hot. I'm taking off the 16" winter rims and tires and putting on the 17" 'S' rims tomorrow. I can't wait for warmer weather!! Jay 02 986 90 964 84 911
  25. I'm a very critical listener and haven't found much in the way of modern automotive speakers that sound balanced and don't rip your head off from over emphasized metal tweets. It seems most manufactures are going to metal tweeters and other odd components in order to have higher power handling to minimize warranty claims from blowing drivers. I still can't understand why one would want to listen to metal as a source of reproducing music. But, that's just my opinion and doesn't mean much. I've used Hertz speakers with great results. Being a European speaker manufacturer, they tend to drop rig
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