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Posts posted by nightghost

  1. What the hell is the little part on the passenger side of the front bumper? I looks like a little pitot tube with a wire off the back of it. Anyone?

    That's the outside air thermometer to tell you what the temperature is that you read on your OBC.

    :clapping: No wonder I had no idea what it was, OBC isn't turned on in mine! Thanks!

    it would help if you have a pic but there something you could pull to access the fuel tank manually

  2. No you aren't...

    The conversion you suggest is complicated by the differing engine control electronics. A 2.7 to 3.2 is easy compared to this.

    So the very fact that you are asking such basic questions says to me that you aren't experienced enough to pull off this swap. Can be done? Yes. Easy? Not at all. Cheap, no because of the eGas (3.2) versus non-eGas (2.5).

    Be content with having a great handling car with adequate horsepower to get you in trouble. If you want more, buy a S model. Having had a '99 base 2.5 TIP and a '01 S 3.2 TIP, the difference in most driving daily driver situations is not that significant. I'd be just as happy to have my '99 back (totaled).

    ~40 hours for an experienced mechanic who had all the parts on hand and no problems with used parts...that translates to $4k plus parts.

    my mechanic is doing all the work but I just to know how much the whole thing cost and will the tip handel the 3.2 engine.

  3. Hello there

    I have

    97 986 with 83700 mile and tip transsy

    I am doing 3.2 conversion and I Need to know all parts that I need ( the major one) and how many hours to complete the conversion. if you guys know how much the conversion cost that would be great.

    Fly wheel is not coming from the engine and the torque converter is also is not coming out so I would have to buy a new one.

    I also want to now if my tiptronic transsy with 30 k mile would handle the torque and what modification need to be done to it.

  4. I'm pretty much with Chris on this with the following comments....

    I've heard of 180k plus Boxsters.

    2.5 engines are fairly available with mid-level mileage. 2.5 Boxsters in a serious accident get totalled, not rebuilt. Thus used engines are available.

    There are engine rebuilders.

    So could a 97-99 Boxster be kept running to 300k .... sure. Assuming you want to forgo the latest from the P-car marketeers.

    I think it will be less than 50 percent. I knew guys who had to change their engines few times. if you want your enigne to last long you are gona have to drive ur porsche like any normal car. no high speed runs no over taking. most 2.5 engines start knocking after 80k-140k.

  5. I would recommend you to get a extended warranty .

    They will charge you $1800 for 2 years and every garage visit you pay $100 only even if you car need a new transsy or engine.

    For me after I had my transsy replaced. I bought extended warranty. And guess what !!!!!

    2 000 more and my engine is gone.

  6. For my base, I bought from Harvey the stainless ones with the small Porsche colored emblem. Easy to install, fit perfectly, looked even better than I expected. Absolutely classy.

    I now have an S which came with Porsche provided sill guards. Much prefered Harveys.

    Came promptly, very well packaged (in a tube) and with instructions. Be sure and get the right one on the right side ... etc.

    Around $75 if I recall correctly.

    I think there is this guy in ebay that would make you illuminated door sills for about $100 and you could wright anything you want with any font. I am pretty sure you could get the same font as the ome .

  7. Have a '97 Boxster I bought new. It now has 62k miles. Recently the starter has been making noise. It sounds like it is not disengaging as quickly as it should when the engine starts. It doesn't happen all the time, probably 1 out of 2 starts. Anybody replace their starter? I bought a used starter from a junkyard but I have heard it is a bear to get to. Any experience out there? Mark near Chicago.

    take a look at the old post see if the problem been corverd before.

    if its the metalic sound when the car start then its normal.if its something else then you might have a problem with the starter.

    I don't know if I helped at all but all I know is that all boxster model make weried sound when its start(sometimes) and its been coverd in many posts.

  8. thats why I want to do it ASAP

    my last reading was last monday when my check engine light flashed I took the car to mechanic to check it. thats why I am good with anything more than 83000-85000 .if you guy know any one who would like to have the one that has 81000 and give me his +83k then I am fine with it.

  9. Mileage is stored in the instrument cluster. If you find a used cluster you can send the cluster to an aftermarket shop to set the miles to match your car.

    thanks tool pants

    do you know where can find that kind of service .I have found speedometer with 80000 and I want to set to 83000 cause last time I checked on porsche it was 82600.

  10. my whole speedometer and my cd player was stolen few days ago and I was woundering if I bought a used one would I be able to keep my orginal reading or is it going to be the same or is going to be different.cause if it is the same I will not look for used one that has milage from 83k-85k.

    please guys if you know about it let me know.





  11. Hi there

    I've just pick up a cheap set of litronic headlights on e-bay that came without any bulbs.

    My question is what bulbs do I need is it just a pair of xenons for the main beams i.e. can I use any of the bulbs I currently have in my stock head lamps? Or do I need lots of new bulbs? Where is the cheapest place to source them from?

    Also is there anything I need for retro fitting to my 99 Boxster? I don't need the headlamp wash or the levelling kit.

    Thanks for your help.


    Hey there

    for how much did you get the set?

  12. I think you should go for the boxster.

    just make sure you buy one with warranty. if it does not have warranty buy a extended one.

    If I were you .I would buy 97-99 for 14-15k and the spend the rest of the money on 3.4L 996 conversion.I think the 996 engine is alot better than the boxster 320hp in boxster thats mean 0-60 in less than 5s

    top speed of +180 mph .

    just make sure you buy one all the options.and check the car before you buy it.the most important thing is DO NOT BUY ONE WITH OUT WARRANT.

  13. hello there sorry to hear about ur problem.

    I had the same problem with tiptronic transy. I end up buying a used transsy.

    tell them to check for metal at the transy oil.

    if they found some metal parts then ur transy is going bad and need to be replaced.

    my car started grinding at 4th .and then it started to become worse and worse.

    I hope ur problem is different from the one I had ,casue the transy is not cheap :(


    thanks for the info. Here's what Im thinkin is the problem. After i had the problem, the car sat for almost a week and i drove it today. No problem at all for hrs. Then it started again. The last time i experienced these symptoms it was my clutch going bad in a 1988 honda accord. Same thing, third went first and so on. It's as though it is good for a few hrs, then starts to heat and slip. I'm getting it looked at tomorrow. thanks for you two that replied, i appreciate it. I'll keep ya posted. if i can afford internet after the repairs lol. thanks


    my car did the same . it runs fine but when it get heat it up to 180 the gear start to slip. I took my car to every porsche tech and they all told me the same thing.

    my transy is going bad and it need to be replaced .

    what you have to do now is stop driving the car and change the transy oil .this is not going to solve the problem but it is going make the car last longer before it start slipping. the cost of the transy oil change is 230.but I think you sould start looking for a used transy.

  14. Hi everone, hope you are all well.

    Just after some help / advice.

    I know this is gard to diagnose with out seeing / hearing the car, but wondered if there are any ideas that is might be or any tests I can do.

    Basically I am getting a knocking sound from the engine, it only seems to be at idle, and is more evident if you get on the floor and listen from under the car. Its kind of like the knocking noise you get when you start stalling the engine?

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Many thanks


    Hi there

    can you please tell us which year and what is the milage on your car and it will be better if you could record the sound and post it here

    thank you .

  15. From a boxster owner to another, spend the extra cash on the 3.4 motor if you can. You will enjoy your investment

    I think I will be going for the 3.4L engine.

    The only problem I could think off is the tiptronic transmission .

    Do you guys think it will be a problem with my transmission.

    Will it fit the new engine or not.

    I think cost of having my engine rebuilt will be vary close to upgrading my engine 3.4L and this is why I am doing it.

    I really don’t want to spend much money on the car cause I am buying a 996 4s or Merc CL55 ( I don’t now yet)

    So I want to do the swap with the least $$$$.

  16. My 2.5 engine is gone and I need to have it either rebuild or buy one from Porsche.

    I am thinking about 3.4 engine.

    Am I going to need a complete engine? Or is it just the motor?

    I have tipronic transy , is that going to be a problem? (if yes then what can I do about it)

    How much was the total cost for the swap?

    Where I can find the best deal on used 996 engine?

    Thank you all.





    80k mile

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