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Everything posted by triguy46

  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.
  16. I just completed a day long driving school at Hallet Motor Raceway, driving spec Ford racers. I did however, drive the boxster over to the track. It was really, really fun, and a great learning experience. This is a pic of me getting ready for the last 30 minute lapping session.
  17. 2003 Boxster, 38K miles, I've owned it for 3 months. The owners maint. book is signed off by the Porsche dealership in Wichita for the 30000K service, but that was 18 months ago. Right off, I've changed the oil and filter, and air filter. I've hooked up the Durametric an have no codes, only 58 ignitions at redline, about 40 above redline, so not obviously abused. Here's my strategy, at least what I've done with many other cars with pasts unknown: take care of the little stuff that can shut you down away from home. In this case, a 6 year old vehicle with no details known, I plan on: Replace serpentine belt Replace radiator hoses and flush radiator Replace brake fluid Change spark plugs Check oil fill vacuum to determine status of AOS Please advise if you feel any of these are a waste of time, and any glaring omissions. With only 38000 miles under normal use (about 2 years for me), I wouldn't do all of this. But this car is 6 years old and somethings age regardless of use. I welcome your comments and thank you in advance.
  18. And it is a really cool tool. I have no codes identified. It has had only 38 ignitions above red line and that was 120 or so hours ago. Its had only 2300 or so ignitions at red line, and those were over 500 hours ago. B) Pretty cool.
  19. Have been reading about the use of this tool here on the site, and have been to the website. Stupid question: Where does it plug into on my 2003 Boxster?
  20. Sorry, just did a search and found much discussion on this. Thanks, and my apologies.
  21. 2003, 6 years, 139,000 miles...never had an issue with the engine or performance. Regular maintenance. Best car I've ever owned... Bill B) DING DING DING DING That is the correct answer I needed to hear!!! Thanks :P :P :P :P It is certainly the best car I've ever owned!
  22. We're talking 986s, though- they're not exclusive cars anymore, they're squarely in the price range of anyone with more than a fast food job. You can buy a 99 or 00 for less than it costs for a dealer engine replacement, and that's pretty damned devastating to most Boxster owners. It's equivalent to a $15k repair on a Toyota Yaris. I'd hope anyone buying a Porsche does so with the understanding that parts are 3x more expensive than for a mainstream car and a trip to the dealer's repair bay is going to set you back $1000 before they even turn the car off, but the engine failures that do occur go way above and beyond the basic Porsche tax. You're right, for the age and miles, the cost was very reasonable. Even more so when compared to what some pay for behemoth pick ups.
  23. VWs don't usually cost $15k to repair if a seal lets go, though... The cost of the repair doesn't matter in this discussion or my response in my opinion. Each car and each vehicle should have a sliding scale of the economics of the buyer. I am on the lower end of income for a newer Porsche owner but as a solid DIY'r I'm willing to take that chance. A $1000 engine repair is just as devistating for the average Vw owner as a $5000 repair for a newer porsche owner. I agree with your comment about the Miata comment but I'll take it a step further. If you do decide to buy a Porsche, you need to do your research and understand it's not a cheap car to own especially if someone is not a DIY'r. Those who bought such w/o research may deserve the surprises they may receive. Yep. I'm prepared to maintain this car. Ironically I'm not a materialistic person and do not obsess over 'things', so think I can handle this.
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