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About vabeach

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    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2005 Boxster S 987
  1. If something cost $100 Audi dollars, plan to spend $200 Porsche dollars...or more. A dealership will charge $200+ for an oil change. Sure, you can do this yourself too. Tires. A good set, with mounting & balance will be over $2,000. I would guess your car insurance will be over $4,000/year. The insurance could be a problem due to your age. Here in Virginia, and me in my 60's, my insurance for my '05 987-S is only $55 more than my Acura MDX.
  2. Has anyone tried installing one of these units? How complicated? Dealer reprogramming required?
  3. Welcome onboard. You will enjoy your new baby. Where are you located?
  4. TomTom maps for the USA cover the entire country. They seem to update them about once a year. I think the last update for the entire country was about $45 - $50 for the download. Haven't had any problems at all with the hardware. The TomTom website offers a TomTom Home application for free which backs up everything on the unit, including POI's you add, Favorite locations, voices, etc. You can also program the unit from the website (with unit attached via USB). European maps are also offered... not sure of the cost, check their website.
  5. I use a TomTom in my daily travel, a Pontiac, and can update my USA maps directly from their website for far less cost. $800USD is just absurd <_< . It is not unreasonable to expect Porsche or any other supplier to offer something far more economic that having to purchase 22 country cd coverage when far less coverage is needed.
  6. Enjoy! Important to stay under 4k RPM for the first 2k miles.
  7. I use a TomTom mounted on the window. It seems as though all these units are now very similar and about the same price. Between Garmin and TomTom it is probably a toss-up. If purchasing today, I would buy the one that I could get the best deal on.
  8. Had our '05 987S out today in low 60 degree weather in southeastern Virginia. Windows were up, windstop screen in place, sun shining, and a great ride. I had my installed by the dealer after purchasing the car and glad I did. There is much information available on this site on how to do it as a DIY project. It's not rocket science and requires just a few tools and patience. Good luck with the new baby! :drive:
  9. What is the "Clean Sweep" all about? Like many others, I'm looking for an upgrade to the Becker in my 2005 S.
  10. My '05 987 came with a small box containing the four plastic fasteners shown in the above photo along with an installation diagram. You just invert the plates so that the screw is facing down and twist them into the carpet (two on each side) on the floor just in front of the seats. I don't have a P/N but bet you can easily get a set from your dealer.
  11. I have an '05 987 with standard radio head. Regret not getting Bose with rear speakers. While I am very interested in upgrading, I would not be interested in something sitting in the foot well, no matter how good it sounds. Live in Virginia, let me know if I can help.
  12. Recently picked up a screw in the tread of one wheel on my 987. I was able to limp into a local Sears store to get it patched without having to use the goo stuff. It is rather scary driving without a spare, especially on longer trips in suburban areas. If a spare is available for my '05 Boxster S I would be willing to give up the front trunk space for a little more peace of mind. Never knew it was an option. How much work to retrofit?
  13. I'm a new owner of a lapis blue 987 and think those pictures of the "speed humps" look outstanding. Like you, I am interested in availability and cost. How much did they sell for on previous models? How do they install?
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