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Posts posted by jwolfe

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I'm new here, and could really use some advice. I found a 2005 Boxster online on Autotrader that I am in the process of buying from a private seller. I am in TX, the seller in Florida. I am a first time car buyer (used public transport) so I am realizing that I dont know anything about buying a car out of state from a private dealer, much less a Boxster. I have yet to see the car in person. Only pictures.

    So far I have:

    1. Pulled the carfax (looks good, but I hear they are worthless)

    2. Called the bank of the first owner to see if the title was sold to the seller free and clear. Checks out fine.

    3. Contacted Mark's Autowerks in Florida regarding a PPI. Should be done this week.

    But somehow I feel like I am missing a whole chunk of important steps somewhere in-between. Or am I? I just need reassurance that I am not buying a lemon or setting myself up to be screwed because I was being rash. Any words of wisdom from you lot would sure be appreciated on the formal order of operations for buying a Boxster from a private seller out of state. Thanks in advance.

    While I haven't bought a used car in some time; I always ask the seller to " represent and warrant" critical items on the Bill of Sale ... for example : Seller represents and warrants that this vehicle has had no paint or body work and has never been in an accident. ... This will usually flush out the B.S.

  2. I have a 05 987 and I've noticed that when I'm in a tight turn (like when making a U-turn) the steering wheel kicks back and a "klunking" noise can be heard (in unison) coming from the wheel on the inside of the turn. It almost sounds like the wheel is catching on something over and over again. Any ideas? I'm guessing it's a suspension issue, but, I'm not sure.

    Thanks in advance,


    My 987 S does the same thing ... I've never been able to get a satisfactory answer ... I have 19" wheels, do you ?

  3. Hi all,

    I am in the process of trying to write a letter to Porsche AG and Navteq to see if any new MAP updates can be made available for the PCM2.1. Form what I have been able to find out so far, Navteq are held in an agreement by Porsche not to supply their maps directly to Porsche customers. Porsche seem reluctant to commission Navteq to produce any new map updates and so there have been no updates to the maps since 2006 (even the 2007 maps are 2006 date stamped on the software). Considering the map availability affects all porsche models (Cayenne , 997 , Boxster 987 and Cayman) fitted with the PCM 2.1 , I can only assume there is a very large customer base all wanting an update. If you own a 997, 987, or cayenne with PCM2.1 and would be interested in buying a map update please add your name to the list. Hopefully if I can get an idea of the number of people interested it may add weight to the argument.

    If you feel that you would not specify the navigation or PCM option on a new Porsche as a result of the availability issues with your current system , please vote YES in the third question.

  4. Hey guys.

    I purchased my 1st Porsche about a month ago, a 2008 Boxster S. It seems you get the bug to accessorize real quick.

    One of the updates I made was to change out the orange side marker lights to clear ones. On eBay I purchased a set of Porsche brand lights that were advertised as fitting the 997/987. Not knowing if there was a difference I ordered the parts and received 2 boxes marked p/n's 997-631-033-01 & 997-631-034-01. It took a couple of minutes to install and they snapped into place perfect, but they didn't look completely correct. The wheel lip area does not seem to be the same, the marker light looks to have a bit smaller wheel lip profile than the wheel lip itself.

    What's weird is on the backside of the marker light is both p/n's (997-631-034-01 & 987-631-034-01) but I would think that the 987 p/n marker light must have a different profile? Or is the 997 and 987 the same light? This is a US car.

    Maybe I need to stick to purchasing parts from a bonafide Porsche dealer.

  5. I need rear tires for my 2006 987S. Size is 265/35/19. In Michelin PS'2. Tire Rack is out of inventory. Is this a common problem?

    That's very interesting .... I have an '05 S with 19" Michelins ... the rack told me it was a proprietary tire & size and only could be bought through Porsche Dealers ( reeks of Restraint of Trade ) but they could sell me the fronts ? Said " no thanks " and called the Porsche dealer & got a quote ... then called a local tire dealer & his deal was better and he is local so I wanted to support him ... he said it would take a few days to get them but he " knew " he could get them ... that was a week ago Friday ... we'll see what we see on Monday ... I'll keep you posted.

    Well, here's the update: went to my local tire dealer today, after he called saying my tires were in ( I specified N-1 several times when placing the order ) I asked to see the tires & guess what ? ... right, not N-1's.

    He ( a Michelin dealer ) got on the phone with Michelin whilst I went outside & called PCNA ( they are very helpfull ) on returning I learned that they had located the rears ( no problem getting the fronts ) at a Porsche dealer in another state... they would hold them for 30 minutes ! ( PCNA, by the way, basically said that N-1 was the only way to go ) so, the saga continues :lol:

  6. I need rear tires for my 2006 987S. Size is 265/35/19. In Michelin PS'2. Tire Rack is out of inventory. Is this a common problem?

    That's very interesting .... I have an '05 S with 19" Michelins ... the rack told me it was a proprietary tire & size and only could be bought through Porsche Dealers ( reeks of Restraint of Trade ) but they could sell me the fronts ? Said " no thanks " and called the Porsche dealer & got a quote ... then called a local tire dealer & his deal was better and he is local so I wanted to support him ... he said it would take a few days to get them but he " knew " he could get them ... that was a week ago Friday ... we'll see what we see on Monday ... I'll keep you posted.

  7. I had the dealer do my install ( was worried about warranty issues ) and we decided that the ipod didn't need to be inside the car ... I bought a second ipod to use on my boat & when travelling, at home etc., so the ipod in the Porsche resides right next to the cd changer & is only accessed when I need to do a sync to update. This has worked out fine & was a much easier install.

  8. I've noticed each time I've washed my car for the last 2 years, that the right front wheel has about 10 times as much brake dust as the left front & the rears have almost none ... mentioned to the mechanic at the dealership & got a blank stare .. like, " why would you care ? "

    Actually, I do care and am wondering if anyone else has noticed this phenomenon .. my car is an '05 987S with aboth 10,500 miles ... Thanks

  9. Berty is from the UK and despite being on the UK Boxster boards for years they do things I still do not fully understand.

    They use their registration year to id the car. So if you have a model year 2005 987 and register it in December 2004, then they sometimes call it a 2004 987. In the US we would call it a 2005 no matter when it was registered.

    Tool Pants, you win the prize for the best answer .... that explains it all ... Thanks for the enlightenment.

  10. Strangely they released this hard top for the 986 first ! Not cheap and made of carbon fibre rather than aluminium like the OEM hardtop. Looks good ,but a bit of a pain to keep removing the boot lid when you want to fit it.

    I'm curious about your car .. I thought that '05 was the first year for the 987 ... you describe yours as an '04 with LHD ... was it a Euro delivery ? Any idea how many '04's were designated as 987's ? .. Just curious.

  11. You're welcome and thankyou for your positive comments.

    I am only trying to assist other Porsche owners ( I have an older oil cooled 911 myself) get the information we all want.

    Feel like I've contacted you before, but, can't find any info. I have a 2005 987 S and am interested in the cd's for the shop manual. Can you provide copies ? and how do I go about purchasing ?

    Feel free to E-Mail me at jwolfe@goeaston.net. Thanks

  12. I'm looking for a used boxter and noticed black and basalt black. Is the basalt a metallic? Does it look black or a dark grey? Havent had the chance to get by a porsche dealership to look yet.

    Basalt Black has a heavy metallic content ... not sure if I'd call it dark gray, but, it is not jet black by any means. I had a 968 cab that was that color ... I loved it ... my wife hated it ... just a matter of personal taste ... you'll need to check it out ... neither basalt or black look good when dirty ... I washed my 968 cab every day ... my arctic silver 987 S gets washed once a week and always looks good ... but, never as good as a freshly washed & waxed black car ... good luck.

  13. I've been under the impression that 2005 was the first model year for the 987 series .. yet I see posts referring to earlier years with the 987 designation ... can anyone enlighten me ?? Thanks.

    I was talking to a Porsche salesman recently who said that special 987 launch editions were introduced late 04 which were highly spec'd and all in arctic silver.

    Thanks for the responses .. Mine is an '05 987 S ... saw a post that referred to an '04 987 ... sounds like your salesman was right .. although, even if released in '04, I would have thought they would have titled as an '05

  14. I'm getting frustrated waiting for the Dension / DICE / "Group Buy" hookup for replacing the CD player with an ipod.

    Has anyone out there purchased & installed, or, had installed, the NAV-TV setup being sold on e-bay ???

    If so would greatly appreciate feedback.

    Seems like the Dension product has been " in final testing " and " negotiations for a group buy " for a couple of months ( at least ) and I'm skeptical that it works properly ... & therefore am leery ( sp ? ) of the NAV-TV product.

    Appreciate any and all comments.

  15. I have a Porsche 987 CD that has a few Computer and cel phone applications related to the 987.

    Here is a link to the SPORT CRONO for your PC...


    There are screen savers, ringtones, icons, and more on the CD and I do have the 987/987C workshop manuals too...

    I'd be interested in the workshop manuals .... if they are, in fact, for the 987 & 987 S ..... what's a 987C ???

    Have the screensaver .... used to have the sport chrono, but, it caused problems with my laptop & I got rid of it ( rather the computer tech did ) ... may have been a bad download ?

  16. Just read about this somewhere else ... apparently there is a drain ( maybe one on each side ) under the hood somewhere around the base of the windshield that drains away excess water from the windshield ... this had clogged, and the water found it's way to the passenger side rug and drenched it.

    I would find that drain hole & depending on what you find ( I haven't looked yet ) either snake it or blow it out. Good Luck !

  17. Hi I am new to the site. I have a 2000 Boxster S 3.2 and I don't know if it is a 987 or 986. How can I tell.

    thanks so much

    All Boxsters prior to 2005 were of the 986 series .... the 987 series began production with the 2005 model year.

    Welcome to the site & enjoy your new ride !!

  18. Hi Guys, just a quick questions which you can delete after if you need to.

    What does a 1999 Boxster S fall under - 986 or 987?

    A '99 Boxster S would be a 986 ... the 987 series begins with the 2005 model year and is the designation whether the car is an S model or not e.g. there would be 2005 987's and 2005 987 S's .... hope this answers your question

  19. Greetings from Down Under! I posted the following on the PCGB forum, but got no specific replies:

    I see there is a MOST bus Ipod adpater available now, and it is not from Denison. Has anyone attempted installation of the Monster ICruze? It doesn't list Porsche in its configurator, but as its M Bus based I thought it might work

    Perhaps the Monster brand is more well known in the US, anyway, if anyone has tried this I would like to know.

    I've not heard of it but, Im also looking for a better way to use my ipod in my 987S ... currently using the gizmo that plugs in the 12 volt outlet and uses FM .... if I can find anything I'll post here.

  20. My sales professional said the 19" weren't gonna be good for the 987 and 987s. First of all, it will make it a bit too sticky. He also said that I would probably regret getting the 19" simply for looks because I will be sacrificing much of my comfort on my ride. It would be a bit TOO BUMPY and HARD and the car is more balanced on 18". Any input? I like the 19" carrera S for looks.

    I have a 987 S with the 19" carrera S wheels ......... can't speak to the 18" wheels ... although I do remember driving a Boxster with 18" wheels when I was shopping but, don't really recall a noticeable difference .... I wasn't trying to compare wheel sizes per se

    The car rides a bit stiff .... after all, it is a Porsche not a Lincoln ..... " a bit too sticky " ??.. not sure what the saleman means there, but, the car corners as good or better than anything I've driven ( I'm 59 and have had lots of fun cars over the years )

    I'm glad I have the 19'" wheels and tires .... maybe if I decide to get winter tires, I'll try the 18" ... for this winter, the car is put up in the garage, as I am living on my sailboat for 8 or 9 months ..... sure miss driving the Boxster .... rented a Ford Taurus yesterday .... this should be a driving experience !!!

    Go for the 19" and enjoy driving a really sweet car .... you won't notice the bumps ... you'll be having too much fun taking corners at speeds you thought impossible !!!

  21. Received the part from Seat Belts in California today & it does indeed work !!

    Contact Trampas at ( 805 ) 528-7888 Ext. 111 or E-Mail him at TRAMPAS@PEPARTS.com ask for part # REPA ... Good Luck !

    Hey, Oli ...

    I've got a guy sending me a male recepticle that he thinks will work to de-activate the seatbelt gong ... if it works, I'll report back ... this will, obviously, also disable the dashboard warning & still entails sticking this object in the recepticle ... but, will be handy for those times jockeying cars around the lot, or working on the car with the ignition swith on.

    Then, when ready to roll, just pop it out & replace with seat/shoulder belt !!!

    Hi jwolfe,

    ok, very good, Let me know when you have the solution!



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