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Hi everybody,

I am a romanian happy owner of a 2005 987 Boxster with 35.000 Km. I have bought it with 30.000 Km from Germany. There are two things that I don`t know. How many kilometers do the tires and brake pads need until being changed? The car wasn`t drove in a sport way so the tires are looking good and I supose the brake pads are not very used either.

I am waiting for your opinions.

Thank you.

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Congratulations on your new Boxster!

Tire wear depends on your specific tires/wheels, driving style, proper alignment, the kinds of roads you drive on, and keeping the tires correctly inflated and balanced. With lots of spirited canyon driving, I get about 27+K miles (43+K Km) on my rear tires, a bit more on the front, on my 986, which is a lot compared to many. 987s should do a little better. Some people report rear tires worn out in as little as 10K miles (16K Km). Rear tires wear a lot faster than front ones, because that's where the power is put down on the road and they carry more weight. Your tires have wear bars to show when they need to be replaced, or use a tire depth gauge to measure how much tread is left. I usually get an alignment ever two or so years.

Same story on brake pads - it all depends. I have over 60K miles (96K Km) on my original brake pads and they have a lot of material left. It's a manual transmission. My wife's 997 Carrera goes through front brake pads about every 30K miles; it's a tiptronic and she does more stop-and-go driving. Brake pads wear out faster on tips than manual transmissions. Front brake pads wear about twice as fast as rear ones. Rotors typically last about twice as long as brake pads. As with tires, you can measure your brake pads and rotors to see how much you have left before they are worn out.

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Congratulations on your new Boxster!

Tire wear depends on your specific tires/wheels, driving style, proper alignment, the kinds of roads you drive on, and keeping the tires correctly inflated and balanced. With lots of spirited canyon driving, I get about 27+K miles (43+K Km) on my rear tires, a bit more on the front, on my 986, which is a lot compared to many. 987s should do a little better. Some people report rear tires worn out in as little as 10K miles (16K Km). Rear tires wear a lot faster than front ones, because that's where the power is put down on the road and they carry more weight. Your tires have wear bars to show when they need to be replaced, or use a tire depth gauge to measure how much tread is left. I usually get an alignment ever two or so years.

Same story on brake pads - it all depends. I have over 60K miles (96K Km) on my original brake pads and they have a lot of material left. It's a manual transmission. My wife's 997 Carrera goes through front brake pads about every 30K miles; it's a tiptronic and she does more stop-and-go driving. Brake pads wear out faster on tips than manual transmissions. Front brake pads wear about twice as fast as rear ones. Rotors typically last about twice as long as brake pads. As with tires, you can measure your brake pads and rotors to see how much you have left before they are worn out.

Thank you for the informations; I can drive it safely some K km until I have to visit a sevice!

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