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New member 2000 Guards Red/tan Boxster

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I've always wanted a red Porsche and I just bought a red/tan 2000 2.7 with 56,000 miles. Got it for $15,000, but it needs some love, the previous owner obviously couldn't afford to up keep the car and/or was just a slob. Service on the car was done, but it has some issues.

First the good...

-Got it cheap.

-Right color

-New leatherette seat upohlstery

-New top

-No engine leaks

-Drives strong and straight

-Suspension tight

-Pretty floor mats :lol:

-No squeaks or rattles

Now the bad...

-Miss matched tires (good excuse to get a set of RT615's or try Kumho's new MX replacement )

-Had front bumper, fender and L headlight replaced after an accident. (Repair looks clean, but the R headlight is yellow and the L is pretty. Can the old one be cleaned up? If not it looks like Automobile Atlanta sells them for $375. How can I keep the new ones from discoloring?) restored it myself, hard to tell the new from the old now.

-The drivers side door appears to be set to far to the rear and it is causing the seals to squeek like crazy. (I siliconed them and adjusted the door at the latch and it made it much better, but not acceptable. How do you adjust the doors at the hinge side? I don't see how) fixed with just adjusting the latch ring

-The tan color on the door passenger panel and dash is fading in a couple of spots and the door card has a cigarettle burn. (Is there a way to recolor the door cards and dash or possible cover them in leather? Wonder how much that would cost?) Found a new door card for $135 and scrubbed and conditioned the dash, looks good as new. Clean the carpets too.

-The top refuses to go up and down unless I open and close the rear trunk. (any suggestions?) Oops, appearantly you have to have the e brake up to open and close :oops:

-window switches are difficult to push down (replacement switches are $34, no big deal)

-have to shut the front trunk 3-4 times and it repeatedly unlatches itself while driving until it finally catches (any suggestions?)

-Front bumper cover needs to be repainted, a few chips and a small outward crease in rear trunk from closing it when to full. (I have a friend with a body shop who will do the work for beer and cost of paint.

-foam is shooting out of the ac/heater vents ( I found the thread on fixing this )

Initial impressions

Worst shifter I have every used, will be adding a short shifter asap.

Good acceleration and economy (last car was a 330whp/400wtq Subaru STi fully prepped for ax and track days. It was brutal accelerating, riding, handing and a lot of fun, but sucked gas, cost $40,000 prepped, insurance was double that of the Boxster and got 12 mpg. :eek: The Boxster is more relaxed and enjoyable to drive)

Handles and rides well, though I haven't pushed it due to the mismatched tires.


Initial plans are to get the car up to snuff with tires, 60,000 mile service, paint/body including door adjusted and I want to get the interior looking really good. Then a sportier muffler ( suggestions wanted, just don't want any drone while at cruising speeds ), drop in foam filter, Boxster S front sway, Koni DA inserts if they will fit and factory optional springs if they were available in 2000 for the 2.7 and an extra set of wheels with V710's. I'll autocross it for a couple of years until I get a new race car, then I'll do a 3.4l swap.

Any comments would be welcome, please let me know what you think.


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Welcome to the forum! :)

Enjoy your ride! Looks like you've already been bitten by the bug!

Best Regards,


BTW, sent you a message!

Thanks for the welcome. I PM'd you back. I spent all day killing rattles. The car is rock solid, no squeeks on even the bumpiest roads. :thumbup:

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Welcome! Sounds like you have your work cut out for you, but everything that you describe is relatively minor and will not be prohibitively expensive to fix, both in terms of $$$ and time.

Read up on the effect of aftermarket air filters on the CEL. Some say it causes the CEL to light up, others have had no problems. CEL's are annoying.

Get a Bentley manual and a Durametric unit. Both will prove invaluable.

Most of all, enjoy your new Boxster to the hilt, and in good health!

Regards, Maurice.

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Congrats on the new car!

Guards Red and Beige are a great color combo.

There are no inexpensive Porsches. Especially the ones you buy for "cheap".

I know Porsches aren't cheap, but I do most of my own mechanical work and the cars runs very strong. I've been sorting through the car the last week and the car is mechanically very sound. The rest is minor appearance stuff that I will fix as I get to it. Very enjoyable little car.

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Wow, small welcome wagon. Updated OP. I'm slowly getting everything up to snuff. Have to take the drivers side door panel off tomorrow due to something coming loose and causing the window to go up and down on its own when I shut the door. I can hear it scrapping against the window when it goes up and down. I thing the regulator is going too, the window only drops 1/8 inch and hits the top frame on both opening and closing. I love owning a sports car again, something to fix daily. :wrench: :lol:

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Was looking for a nice red/tan S myself a couple years back. I've owned numerous black/black or red/black 911s and wanted something a little different for a change and knew a black interior would not be best with a cabriolet. Well, got part of my wish with Savana interior, but ended up black again on the outside! Have a great time with your new ride and enjoy it every chance you get.

BTW, add pictures...


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