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½cwt
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:28 am    Post subject: Boxster Newbie Reply with quote

Got a company car a several months ago and finally got round to selling my 61 plate diesel golf. Been browsing Autotrader since with the thought of an engine format/size I'd not had before (Had straight 4 & 6, V6 and Flat 4 - 5 Subaru turbos of various sorts) and a budget of £5k. It was looking like being an Audi S4 of some sort, then Boxsters started pinging up which I didn't think were in budget. Even better when 3 different 3.2 S cars came up. Went out to see what looked like the best, stack of service history, pretty much immaculate paint for 19 years old.
Only a couple of faults, cruise not working (brake or clutch pedal switch), no gas in AC (a condenser with a hole in it I imagine at this stage) and no reverse lights (gearbox switch). From reading the forums looks like I can tackle most on this with my DIY skills.

£4750 later its sitting on my drive. Biggest surprise was the insurance at less than £200 so scarily I must now be a responsible adult in someone's eyes at least.

Never thought I'd be a Porsche owner.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome

Great choice of porsche! They say thats the entry point into the marque, but between you and me the 986 S is one of the best sports cars ever made, better than most 911s (Turbo and GT cars excluded). The design is finally becoming appreciated too.

Hope you enjoy it!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome.

What he said ^^^^

Have recently bought a 986 Boxster S after following (and only just keeping up with in my 997) Ragpicker up and down the mountains in his on a recent Euro trip. Wonderful cars.

I had to replace the reversing light switch too. It's a simple job but made hard by location. If you're lucky you can simply remove the old one and replace with everything else in-situ. On mine the previous owner had helpfully rounded over the old one so the exhaust had to come off to get to it. Easy DIY although I did get a local specialist (Porsche Torque in Uxbridge) to remove the exhaust because they made light work of the inevitable rusted exhaust bolts/brackets which would have taken me much longer.
 
  
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½cwt
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the welcome.

The other good thing is it had a replacement clutch, RMS and release bearing and all 4 CV rubbers only 4k miles ago but 7 years!!) Previous user obviously didn't use it much but kept it in a garage and still serviced it every 12 months. Crazily he bought a 996 Carrera 2 from the dealer he traded the Boxster to. Guess there will be a seldom used 996 on the market in about 7 years time!

I'll get round to pictures when I take it somewhere picturesque.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple of little tips which you might already be aware of :

Check for damp carpets behind and under the seats which might point to blocked drain holes. The alarm unit is under the passenger seat and if it gets wet it's an expensive fix.

Also check for damp carpet in the rear trunk - the coolant expansion bottle can crack and leak.

Don't forget the "Boxster chop" if you've got the plastic rear screen to make sure it doesn't crack in cold weather.
 
  
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½cwt
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pleased to report it is 100% dry and no hint of water ingress. My wife has a VW EOS that had blocked drains at the front and a folded over drain channel in the roof panel, so all too familiar with damp musty cars whilst sorting that one out - thankfully all DIY innovation and persistence and a coule of tips from a Master Mechanic at VW so no cost.

Coolant was low when I picked it up so I'll keep an eye out for a leak if the level drops again.

Thanks for the 'chop' tip; though how to do that and hold the switch whilst the roof is folding. I'll try and work it out or phone a friend...
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boxster chop - yeah you have to do it in 2 stages if you're alone. Bring the roof back until the front edge is about 30 cm from the top of the windscreen. Get out, chop the screen to fold it neatly, then get back in and finish the operation.

Or change for a glass roof version (http://www.carhood.com/porsche/ http://www.car-hood.co.uk/986-boxster-glass-upgrade-h809)
 
  
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½cwt
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it had a glass one as it has a heated window switch and connector... I think she who must be obeyed might not go for that cost so soon after getting the car. Give it a couple of winters methinks.

Also planning to get a half car cover as it will be sheltered but outside. This is more of an investment than a cost as it will protect the car and even a high spec one is only 20% of the cost of a new hood. Wink
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the heated window switch not for when the hardtop is fitted. Should also operate the heated mirrors if they still work. That's how it is on the 996.

Oh and welcome to the forum. You're in the right place. thumbsup
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spiderlane
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

½cwt wrote:
I think it had a glass one as it has a heated window switch and connector... I think she who must be obeyed might not go for that cost so soon after getting the car. Give it a couple of winters methinks.


Ah yes, they all have that anyway - it's for the optional hard top.

Makes sense to live with it for a while and then get a feel for what upgrades you want to do (if any).

Looking forward to some pictures.

Cheers
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aye, there's a few well fettled boxsters on here now, thats for sure. Mine is a little rough around the edges compared to some (like Spiderlane and MJA911's) but mechanically it is in superb condition - see the link in my signature for a bit of a build thread Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome

I keep looking at Boxster's on eBay too thanks to RP wack

Grin

Tell us about your previous cars Dont know

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Car history is lengthy with a number of anonymous early cars, Got a Nova GSi in '91, then a Carlton 3000 GSI 24v in '93, Subaru Legacy Turbo in '94, Impreza Turbo (UK) in '96, had company cars form '98 to 2001 (Rover 600 tti - yes 200 brake with turbo like a switch on the front wheels- then Vectra SRi 2.5 V6). Got made redundant so picked up another Legacy in '01, then an import Impreza 5 door with a chip until a big end went 4 years later then a UK Impreza 5 door. Family needs and economy took over so A6 2.5 TDI in '06, Seat Toledo TDi Sport '09, Jetta 2.0 TDi SE '10, Seat Exeo (previous model Audi A4) TDi Sport in '12, Golf Match Tech TDi '15, sold this when I got company car again, now Boxster.

I have had a couple of interesting Porsche experiences, back in '94 I was driven back home (Northamptonshire) from a series of track events in France and Spain in a 993 RS. 12 hours flat including the ferry. Rained for 2 hours on the Autoroute and the rear Yokos were effectively slick.

Secondly I worked for PalmerSport for 3 and a bit years as the parts and stores manager so got to play in their modified 996 tiptronic Carreras that they had '05-07.

You asked for a history.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did...and thank you thumbsup

Now I would like to ask for pictures please Grin

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Welcome to the forum. Plenty of knowledge on here.



(Pics.....)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, pictures of a couple of the old cars on The 'Ring, oh and yes it is a genuine 427 Cobra behind me in the Carlton GSi… and a very bent PalmerSport 996 (not my doing...!) this one was rebuilt; the other one involved was a complete right off as it was hit midships and was further damaged in the rescue. No injuries though other than whiplash and pride.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not got the hang of pictures/attachements.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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½cwt
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the reason I got this thread going.

Took it out for a run on some more familiar roads. Could get into all sorts of details handling matters - oh go on then. Very Happy Nice to feel a more gentle front weight transfer on turn in and then the loading up of the outside rear as you apply power after the apex starting the push you straight. Very precise steering (getting used to more weight in it now) that gives feedback ont eh front contact patch that isn't contaminated by driving forces, only the cornering feel. Haven't had this since the Carlton pictured above but even that had a cast iron block in the nose and a longer wheelbase so less responsive (LSD did make it a laugh on tract, Melbourne Hairpin exit at Donington in particular.. Smile ). Going to take a bit of time to have confidence in getting close to the limit and tehn knowing what response and being pretty quick with it given the compact centre of mass and short wheelbase. Nice to have a transmission that responds well to heel toe changes, with the added bonus of a flat 6 sound track. That said slower changes are not recommended very baulky if the revs drop off. Just a reminder to all of you who may have been doing it for months or years what it feels like early on in the Boxster experience.

I guess its going to cost me a lot in fuel because as with the Carlton's variable intakes and the Subaru turbos, the engine noise is getting addictive and the steps around 3300 and then above 4000 in power delivery.

Am I boring you yet?

Anyway what you've been asking for: here's what all the fuss is about. A couple of pics from the dealer's advert on Autotrader that he passed on to me so no copyright alarms....
 



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