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Mike Focke's 

Porsche Boxster Web Pages Index 


 
I am no longer as active in the Boxster community as I once was and these pages are no longer as actively maintained. I have sold my car only because it was so seldom used and deserved a new home from someone who would appreciate it.

Good luck "E J" and, as of March 2015, Jason. 5 owners and 80k plus miles.

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Ask technical questions on one of the online forums

 as the collective wisdom is frequently

better than a single individual's. (see note 1)

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These pages are generally specific to the

Model 986 (1997-2004) Boxster 

and not the Model 987 (2005-2011). 

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Buying and Selling Thoughts

Tips on Buying a 1997-2004 (986) Boxster- Part 1 and read Part 2 also Modified 5/10/2009

Boxster Model Year to Model Year Changes  This goes in the middle of the buying tips articles to help you figure out what model years had significant changes and which didn't..

Tips on Buying A Boxster- Part 2 we'll assume you've already read part 1 Modified 2/18/2009

986 or 987?    New 3/18/2010

VIN and Option Decoding  (where was it built and what options came from the factory?)

The Pre-Purchase Inspection  Almost every used car purchase needs one

What Else To Buy From The Dealer

Extended Warranty?  Modified 3/1/2009

Ten Best, Ten Worst  Things about a Boxster (one person's opinion)

Problem Areas  No car is without some Modified 3/17/2012

The Boxster in Winter  It can be a 4 season car.  And how best to store it.

Tips On Selling a Boxster  Modified 8/9/2011

Prolonging the Life of your Boxster New 11/2/2009

Upgrades?

It Isn't Fast Enough? Modified 4/8/2009

Cup Holders  For the '97-'99 Boxsters without them

Replacement Bulbs for Headlights  Are they worth it?

Accident?

After A Bad Accident, What You Can Expect? Modified 5/4/2009

Towing a Boxster

Battery 

Boxster Batteries  Replacement batteries, battery maintainers, how to test them, etc Modified  4/4/2010

When Your Battery Is Dead  And you've locked the truck so you can't get to it Modified  5/10/2009

Fluids and Such

Approved Motor Oils Modified 3/7/2009

AntiFreeze for your Boxster

Oiled Air Filters Should you use one?

Tires

Buying Tires For A Boxster Modified 2/28/2009


Where To Go For Repairs and Maintenance

Dealer or Independent Mechanic for maintenance?

Northern Virginia and Maryland Porsche Repair Shops  Modified 10/20 2014



A Parts List (for free with diagrams)

A link to the official site for PETs for all models PDF format Modified 3/20/2010


Do It Yourself Maintenance

Accessing the engine bay from the top

The 986's Check Engine Light Modified 4/23/2009

Maintenance  How-to "do it yourself" links Modified 1/24/2009

Hacks   Links to small modifications which change the way the car looks or functions. Modified 2/17/2009

Maintenance Schedule For An '01

Specific Maintenance Do-It-Yourself Pages

Brake Rotors

What I Use To Maintain The Looks Of My Boxster

Ignition Switch Replacement  Erratic electricals? A How To.

Alternator Replacement 

Heater-A/C Blower  Removal and Replacement.

Broken Retainer Nuts for Visors or Center Latch Housing in Windshield Header

Cam Cover Leaks Modified 2/1/09

Replacing the Power Steering Fluid New 5/16//09

Radio Codes

Airbag Warning Light TSB  If you have repeated problems

Drains Diagram    Keep 'em clean and free flowing

Light Bulbs List

Fuse Box  Scan of the diagram that was inside the access hatch of my fuse box

Improving AM Radio Reception Get rid of the static

Painting your Calipers

What side is Bank 1? And where is cylinder #3? Modified 1/13/2010

Blown Engine Options

What can you do if your engine is blown? Modified 12/15/2014

IMS

IMS replacement kits Modified 4/14/2014

Pollution Control System Maintenance

Air Oil Separator Replacement  Huge cloud of white smoke?  A how to. Modified 1/10/2010

Mass Airflow Sensor  (MAF) ? Information on the Mass Air Flow Sensor and the Secondary Air Injection System Modified 4/9/2009

Oxygen Sensor  Part numbers and tips on where to buy and how to do it yourself. Save $440 each!

Throttle Body Cleaning  often cures rough idle (a direct link to Pedro's writeup)

HVAC

Undocumented A/C Diagnostics  They aren't just for displaying A/C parameters!


The Top

A sub-index of top related articles provided by Maurice

Lists of Links

Lists of Dismantlers, Salvage Yards, Parts Sources, Shippers  Wrecking yards specializing in porsche parts, upholstery vendors, after-market heated seats, parts lists, etc. Modified 10/2014

Manuals  Links to online manual sources


Communicating About The Boxster

Acronyms You'll Read  Modified 2/17/2017

Boxster Forums Links Modified 10/4/2014


Personal Boxster Stuff

My Porsche Pictures

My (2001 S) "Build Sheet"

Note 1: See "the Jury Theorem" of Nicolas de Condorcet ( an 18th century French philosopher) who posited that the decision made collectively by large groups of people were more likely to turn out correctly than decisions made by an individual especially in cases where each individual has only partial information as in the case where a single person has experience in only one aspect of the question..