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#522 of 926 Re: Long-term Boxster Experience (long) [yellowcar]
Nov 14, 2005 (5:20 pm)
I have long been a fan of Porsche, finally got to buy a 1997 Boxster with only 28,000 miles. I have named it after my dad who past on the day after I bought the car, that's where the name 'Al' in FastAl comes from.
I am ready to take Albert in for a 30,000 service. What is your advice on wheather I should take it to a dealer or a Porsche specialist who is not a dealer?
The service price is about $700 more at the dealer. This is assuming that Albert doesn't need any other repair or replacements of parts, just oil change. Please advise.
#523 of 926 Re: Porsche Boxster S hardtop [dc881]
Nov 14, 2005 (5:24 pm)
I have a 97 hardtop. It's great. I love it. I think it's totally worth the money.
#524 of 926 Re: New engine, 3000 miles How to value? [gem76]
Nov 14, 2005 (6:56 pm)
From which company did you purchase your extended warranty? Or was it the certified preowned warranty from Porsche? If it was the third party warranty, did you have any problems having repairs covered?
#525 of 926 Re: Long-term Boxster Experience (long) [fastal]
Nov 15, 2005 (9:10 am)
Glad your dream finally came true! As part of your decision process, consider this question: when was the last time this car was seen by a factory trained service tech? I think your car came with a 24-month warranty, so is it possible it has not been back to a dealership for 5 or 6 years?
My personal preference is to stick with my dealer for a variety of reasons, in no particular order:
Loyalty/Relationship - recall my comments on the water pump? I doubt an independent would/could have pulled this off. I have dealt with the same service advisor for 4 years.
Training - the service advisors and techs are factory certified. They will also look for items that need attention that I may not have identified. I am not looking to cut corners on a car I will own a long time.
Convenience - my dealership is reasonably close to home and I always get a late-model loaner, usually a new VW Passat. No hassles with arranging a ride to/from work. Hours are 7:00 to 7:00. Scheduling the appointment is never an issue.
Cost - This will be on a case-by-case basis. When I needed rear brakes, a highly regarded independent in Dallas was just as expensive as my dealer, and no loan car. Yes, I considered this route just as you are. Discount coupons from my dealer arrive in the mail every so often, usually 15% on parts and/or service.
Parts - usually on-hand, no delays in job turnaround.
Enjoy the ride!!! I hope you are in an area with a lot of top-down opportunities.
#526 of 926 Navigation System
Nov 16, 2005 (8:50 pm)
I wanted to post more on what I have found out about my 2005 Boxster Navigation system. If your Boxster is a late model 2005 or 2006 you will have a different navigation system. This system will have a different DVD software system and will have a much more inclusive map database. The one on my early 05 has software that comes directly from NAVTEQ and is sadly lacking in completeness. After some conversations with my Dealership and following their advice and calling NAVTEQ I finally called Porsche directly and tried to talk to my Manafuacturers Rep for this area. I was told they had no way to get hold of him and I could not talk to him. I finally convinced them to take my number and have him call me. A few days after this conversation I recieved a call from my dealership service manager who had the Manufacturers Rep in his office. The information they gave me was 1. The later model system was a different system and the DVD from it would not work in the earlier one. 2. The manufacturers rep was not sure if the later hardware was compatible with the earlier 05 wireing. I am still waiting for them to research this. 3. They are trying to find out when the maps with the earlier version are going to be updated. (It is interesting that they have to find out when the earlier maps are going to be updated. The maps with the late model 2005 and 2006 are also from NAVTEQ but are more complete.)I would advise anyone looking at buying a new 2005 boxster with the navigation system to investigate further. If the DVD has to be mailed to you from NAVTEQ after you purchased the car it is the earlier model verstion. If the map is available with the car when you purchase it, it is the later version. If it is the earlier version, Unless you live near a major metropolitan area, you might or might not have maps of the region around where you live. (see my earlier post.) This is an expensive option for something you cannot have any trust to perform when you need it.
#527 of 926 Temp Readings
Nov 18, 2005 (12:51 am)
My 2000 boxter has been great so far.. but i noticed even after i put the 2005 model coolent system in.. the temp gauge reading is still going past the midpoint.. is this normal???? i live in California, but the weather has cooled, yet still it goes above the midpt...i asked the dealer but got no exact answer back.. they said that as long as it doesn't go past the 250 point im ok... but i just want to make sure every else see's the same temp reading. PLUS i notice that when i drive sometimes and pick up speed i smell a faint metal burning smell?? is that normal sinse its a mid engine car and the engine is right in back?? PLEase HELP thank you
#528 of 926 Boxster in Canada/US
Nov 20, 2005 (9:15 pm)
I've driven the new boxster and I am completely sold. My only problem is the disparity in the Canadian vs. US pricing. Are their any Canadians out there that have recently purchased a new porsche stateside and brought the car into Canada? My canadian dealership wasn't very warm to the idea of servicing an American boxster.
#529 of 926 Temp Readings
Dec 05, 2005 (9:48 pm)
Still wondering if anyone sees the same temp reading on their boxter. I have a 2000 boxster and the temp reading goes between 180 and 250 a bit over the middle line. Is that normal for the boxster. Also notice a metal burning smell when i pick up a little more speed. COuld that be my clutch.. am i not clutching right or is that the engine smell... Normal or not normal??? please help
#530 of 926 Re: Navigation System [gemini5362]
Dec 06, 2005 (11:35 pm)
Does anyone have any idea of how to have the navigation system work without having the radio on at the same time? Sometimes I would like to have only the navigation system on WITHOUT the radio playing in between the times that the directions are given. Is there a way to do this? I've already set it so that the radio mutes whenever directions are being given but is there a way to just have the radio off altogether?