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Everything posted by jfoxny

  1. Great, thanks. Just to confirm, the buttons on the key head are the same for the 987 Boxster and the 997 cabriolet, right?
  2. I bought a new key for my 987.1 a while back. It's one of the new style keys and I like it much more than the originals which felt pretty cheap to me. Anyways, I am selling the 987 and buying a 997.1 cab. My question is, can the 987 key be "reprogrammed" for thd new car? The key was not cheap and I'd like to keep it for the new car. Thanks in advance, Jason
  3. Thanks for the response, Loren. I've had the car now for two years. I purchased it with about 30k miles on the clock and it's now at about 45k. In that time I've had an oil change, clutch replaced, RMS leak repaired, and the 40k mile maintenance done. I'd imagine the only one of those services that could possibly include a brake fluid change would be the 40k maintenance. So, If the 40k maintenance doesn't include a brake fluid change then I don't know when the last time that was done would be. Is it time? Jason
  4. I've noticed the last few times that I've taken the car (2005 987) out that the brakes are becoming harder to push. Braking is taking longer than it feels like it should. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Jason
  5. I always have to press the homelink button a few times before the garage door opens. Sometimes I have to hold it down for a few seconds, sometimes I don't. I'm not sure why, but, it's consistently inconsistent. At first I didn't think the programming worked but for me this is just how it is. Not sure if it's my garage door opener or the car though. Jason
  6. I'm looking at a non-CPO 2008 Cayenne being sold by an independent dealer. I thought I read somewhere that you can have a used car CPOed by Porsche even if it's being sold by a non-Porsche dealer. Is there any truth to that? If so, what's the process/cost like? Thanks in advance, Jason
  7. I stopped by the dealer today for something and while I was there I asked them to look at it. They said it's definitely not supposed to look like that but they were puzzled by how it could have happened. I'll have to take it to a body shop to have them look at it. To answer your question, I did buy the car used, but, I've had it for a year and never noticed this (even though I've jacked the car up and changed the tires myself). There doesn't appear to be a "point of impact." just a nice, smooth dent. Anyone have any ideas on how this could have happened? Jason
  8. I was sitting outside of my car (2005 987) today and noticed something odd. The panel underneath the door is bent upwards in an arc underneath the driver's side door (see attachment). There is no matching arc on the passenger's side. So, I'm wondering, is this supposed to look like this or is this damaged? Thanks in advance, Jason
  9. The verdict is the battery is bad. Not sure why they did not properly tested it the first time I brought it to their attention! Thanks again for the replies. Jason
  10. At the dealer now. They said they just "hot charged" the battery last time because it only looked "low" to them. Hopefully they will actually fix the problem this time! Thanks for the help, Jason
  11. Thanks, Loren. I'll have to jump start the car to get it going again in order to do this test. I read elsewhere that going through this battery drain => jump start => batter drain => jump start process too many times can damage the electronics due to the repeated fluctuation of current through the system. Any truth to that? Should I be concerned? Thanks again, Jason
  12. Humm... car won't start again. The dealer told me they tested the battery and it was "fine." If the battery was toast wouldn't the dealer have been able to tell that? Does that indicate an alternator issue? If it were the alternator, though, wouldn't I have not been able to start the car to drive back from the dealer since it sat turned for an hour or so after only being driven for 15-20 minutes post-jump-start? Jason
  13. I just checked the manual and while you are correct about the lights turning of in 30 seconds this last note seems a bit contradictory (specifically the last part about the possibility of "battery discharge.")... If the lights go out in 30 seconds why would you then need to be "warned" that they are on? I'm going on a long trip this weekend, so it would be good to know if there is something wrong before I go. I'll take the jump pack with me just in case, but, can anyone clarify this? Thanks, Jason
  14. Jumped the car with a jump pack this morning and took it into the dealer. The dealer said the batter is fine. When I got home and pulled the car into the garage I noticed that my lights were on in the "Home" position. Since I didn't turn them on today I must have left them on the last time I drove the car (which was over the weekend)!! DOH!! :oops: Thanks for the replies, Jason
  15. Thanks for the reply. I went out and bought a jump pack because I can't get jumper cables to the car based on where it is right now and cannot easily move it. I'm charging up the jump pack now and hopefully I can jump the car in the morning. I actually have an appointment at the dealer in the AM, so, I'll have them replace the battery if that's the issue. Fingers crossed! Thanks again, Jason
  16. The OUTSIDE marking simply indicates that that is the outside tirewall, i.e., the wall that faces outward when mounted on your rim. If the tire is "directional" then it should also have an arrow indicating the rotational direction (which is not the same as the outside sidewall). If your tires are directional then there is a distinct LEFT and a RIGHT tire and they cannot be swapped. I am running Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetrical tires which do not have a directional tread and therefore if I wanted I could swap the left front wheel with the right one. My Mich. Alpine winter tires are directional and therefore I cannot swap the left and right wheel. Hope that makes sense. I would look at the outside sidewall on your tires for the directional arrow just to be sure. The arrow should be facing the front of the car on both tires. Again, I have the same car and you should not experience any shimmy even at speeds over 80 MPH. Something is wrong. Hope you find your problem! Jason PS - I'm attaching a picture of my Mich. Alpin winter tires that shows the directional arrow (top of the picture). The arrow should be facing forward when the tire is mounted on the car so this is a picture of a driver side tire.
  17. I have the same car and it's definitely not normal even at speeds greater than 80mph. If your tires are directional make sure they put them on in the right direction (there will be an arrow on the sidewall to indicate which is which). I accidentally put my tires on backwards once and got the steering wheel shimmy. :-) A bent rim has also caused the shimmy in other cars that I've owned. Hope that helps, Jason
  18. I was out driving the car (2005 987 - 39k miles) over the weekend and all was fine. I just went into the garage to move it and it will not start. When I turn the key it sounds like it's going to start but then I just get a series of clicks and the headlights flash. The lights turn on, the PCM turns on, etc., so, I don't think it's the battery, but, I think I'll try to jump start it to rule that out. Any ideas or advice on how to further diagnose? Thanks in advance, Jason
  19. I have the Boxster S II wheels and have used Porsche's wheel cleaning kit which I bought from Pelican Parts. It comes with a couple of brush attachments that make getting to the small places a bit easier. However, you might be able to find cheaper solutions elsewhere but at least you know it won't damage your wheels. Jason
  20. Thanks for the information, Loren. I still wonder, though, how how many tires are tested and then rejected and which companies do not submit tires to Porsche for testing (if it works that way). I just bought a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetrics and from what I've read they are very similar to the often vaunted Michelin PS2s but are not N-spec. I wonder if they were tested and rejected or just not tested? I guess I'll never know. :-) Jason
  21. Regarding "N-spec" tires, any idea of the number/make of tires that Porsche tests and rejects? Do only certain brands submit tires to Prosche for testing and what exactly do those tests consist of? I'd really like to understand exactly what goes into getting a tire "N-spec'ed." Jason
  22. I finally decided to go mid-range and get the F1s based on favorable reviews comparing them to the PS2s. The F1s are not N-spec, but, neither are more expensive tires (even more $ than the PS2s) like ones from Perelli. My understanding of N-spec tires is that it means nothing more than the manufacturer submitted the tires to Porsche for testing and that Porsche "approved" them (the number as in N1,N2,..., NN just indicates the current iteration of the tire). It would be interesting to know which tires have been submitted to Porsche but not approved. My guess is that few manufacturer's submit tires to Porsche for review. Anyone have that dirt? Jason
  23. Wow, great deal as the PS2s are $1200 at TireRack (for 4) plus shipping and the dealer charges $160 to mount an balance the set of tires. Too bad I don't have a Costco near me. :-( I'll be putting the F1s on soon. We'll see how it goes! Thanks for the info. Jason
  24. I have the 18" Boxster S II wheels like you and think they look great. However, I also love the Sport Design look. I've never liked Chrome wheels as I think they are a bit garish. So, IMHO, stick with the Boxster S II or the Sport Design. Jason PS - I've read that people prefer the 18" wheels over the 19" wheels mainly due to ride comfort. I've never tried the 19" wheels myself, though, so I cannot speak from experience.
  25. Went with the Goodyear Eagle F1s. We'll see... Jason
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