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  1. Just home from a 1200 mile trip in my 2003 Boxster, with 46K, from Oklahoma to Santa Fe. I had had some anxiety about this first long trip in it, but let me assure those reading here that it came off without a hitch. Got between 27 and 30 MPG. Most of drive was on I-40, drove sensibly for the most part 5-7 over posted speed. In New Mexico that is 75, so did a lot of miles in the low 80's. Only prob I noticed was the Garmin had me going about 2 mph slower than the digital speedo. Trip max speed was 98 mph, had a Camry and Accord pass me as I was doing 81 and just wanted to see how fast they were going. In preparation for the trip did an oil change, brake fluid flush, changed the belt. The only tools I took were those needed to change the belt, and the old one I took off. It was plenty comfortable for wife and me, plenty of room for bags. All in all a great road trip in a great road car.
  2. I haven't cleaned engine since I got car 12 months/6000 miles ago. Service history clean. Are links to search for on cleaning engine? :thankyou:
  3. Not burning oil, not leaking oil. Thanks :renntech:
  4. 2003 Boxster, 42,000 miles. No probs, no CEL history, scanned regularly no codes. Should I be concerned w/oil on the engine? I did tighten clamps.
  5. Thanks. That confirms my suspicions.
  6. Sensors yes? Sensors no? New ones, or existing, or just unhook them altogether? You might want to look at trygve instructions here: Boxster brake pad R/R Take care, :cheers: Roy T While you are at it....Change the brake fluid. Easy and really easy with these tools...All you really need is the tube with the valve. Start with Passenger rear, outside, inside, then drivers rear, outside, inside, passenger front outside, inside, drivers front, outside, inside. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=37201 http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=98864
  7. When I saw the caliper stays on, I assumed it would be easier than most of the cars I've done brakes on. Yes its easy. If you've ever changes pads before, your boxster should be a breeze. It takes me longer to jack the car and R&R the week then it does to change the pads.
  8. Looking around the web, it appears that changing the pads on a 2003 Boxster is quite easy. What's your opinion? Is it as easy as it appears? Any warnings/suggestions? thanks :D
  9. I just did this an hour ago and inspected the serpentine belt. All is fine. Access is easy, thanks all.
  10. I think the subject line says it all. Second, I have a battery maintainer with clips for the battery, could I just clip those to the battery leads while doing the change to maintain the current to whatever may need it? thanks!
  11. Gotcha. Thanks :D The thick carpet thing behind the seats comes off - it has 5 or soe of those flat plastic nuts along the top that need to be removed, and then it tucks in tightly on teh sides - you just pull it out. Once that is off, you will see the panel that removes. there are 10 or so screws around the perimeter, and then two nuts right in the middle where the transmission cables pass through. all 10mm if i remember correctly Move boths seats as far forward as possible and then lean them forward to get access to the panel.
  12. I've had the top cover off to change air filter and to nose around. Have read the DIYs on changing the serpentine belt and would like to open the front to inspect (2003 w/43K). Any trick to getting the front off? Can't see it mentioned anywhere. Top cover off first?
  13. Thanks to all for the positive support and encouragement. :D
  14. I would like to know if others have had good experience on long (650 miles one way) trips. Mine is 2003 w/42000 miles, no past probs or issues. I guess I feel more anxious about this than just climbing in the Honda for the trip.
  15. In Oklahoma, with days 100+ recently, 185 in traffic, down to 181 or so on the highway.
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