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Old 01-21-2008, 05:38 AM   #1
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Sold the 350Z and bought a 2000S, Lapis blue with tan interior. Its in pretty good shape and previous owner had it for 5 years with all records. Have a couple of questions and would appreciate any help; I live in North County San Diego.

I would like to recover the seats or purchase used ones. Presently they are manual models. If I could find them how complicated is it to upgrade to power and heated seats? Or easier just a reference on someone in my area that can recover them at a resonable cost.

A good mechanic in my area? I need to have the 60K service done.

It needs rear tires and presently it has the p-zeros on it. I want to autocross it a few weekends a year. Should I stick with this type and if i xcross how long will they last? Or I might go with autocross specific tires on the existing 18" turbo wheels and try to locate a used set-up with a different look for daily use?

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Old 01-21-2008, 05:46 AM   #2
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Here's my thoughts on tires and tracking solutions, plus other good comments. there are a LOT of threads on this forum re: tires.

Tires: Any better options than Michelin PS2 for my 2006 Boxster S?

congrats on the new car. Lapis blue with tan sounds gorgeous.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:04 AM   #3
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Congrats! Enjoy!

Here's a link the forum's listing of local mechanics:

Find your local mechanic/porsche specialist

I'm sure someone else can chime in for the seat question.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:36 AM   #4
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On the seats you have a few options. You can buy just the leather to recover the seats to get rid of the worn look, they go for about $700 on eBay.
To get power seats you need to replace the whole seat and as far as I know it is just a bolt on swap but you would have to figure out how to connect them to a power source. The heated seats are more complicated, you can buy seats with the heating element but then you will have to do quite a bit of wiring to make it work. You can check that out here:
1999 Ocean Blue Metallic Boxster - blueboxster.com

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Old 01-21-2008, 07:10 AM   #5
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I am not sure if this is still true, but i bought a set of full power seats for my 944, which stock only had partial power on the drivers side, and when i took out the original passenger's side seat there was already a connection wired from factory under the carpet so it was a diretct plug and play. I dunno, , but it might be worth a shot to check.
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:19 AM   #6
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I looked at recovering my seats and it was far too much cash IMO. So, I bought a pair of 8 way power seats out of a 2002 Carrera that was being gutted for the track. Paid $750 shipped from a performance company in CA.

The driver's seat had memory in it, as they all do (I think).This presented a real problem.

The passenger seat plugged right in and worked fine, taking a whopping ten minutes to do (removal of old seat and installation and bolt-down of new seat). Driver's seat would not move in any direction due to the electronics.

I believe someone on renntech has rewired their driver's seat to bypass the memory controls and make it work, but it was just too daunting a task for me. So, I removed the seat base, back insert and back surround from the new seat and put it on my old frame.

Seats look identical, but the passenger's side is full power and the driver's side is standard back tilt only... which is fine with me. No one drives the car but me and it never, ever moves. The wife, however, constantly fiddles with her seat position to remain comfortable on long trips and loves "her" new fully adjustable seat.

Replacing the worn, puked on, faded and sun dried seats in my car made the difference in selling it and keeping it for me. I highly recommend it as one of the best mods I have done thus far to my car.

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New motor, transmission, suspension, and on and on and on it goes...
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