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Old 11-17-2008, 08:10 AM   #1
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Just Bought a 2005 Boxter S And Have No Service Manual a Couple of Questions

First, wow what a car. I am going to get soooo many tickets.

It is sooo fun to drive. But I bought it used and it has no service manual so I have a couple of questions if ya'll don't mind.

What is the button that has picture of a key on in it in the middle of the dash? Also how do you use the headlight sprayer?
It has a xm but cannot figure out how change the source button on the stereo?
How do you check the oil?
And how much $$$ and how often do change the oil?

Sorry for so many questions i am going to order a owners manual but would like to know a few things before it gets here.

One more question some time the rear deck isn't flush when you close the top and other times it is. Is that normal or should I take it in for warranty work.

Thanks for all the help please answer as many questions as you know. What a car. Vette smetts. This sucker corners like a Julia Roberts saided it is like it is on rails.

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Old 11-17-2008, 08:34 AM   #2
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I am going to get soooo many tickets.

Invest in a Valentine One radar detector. Best $400 you will ever spend and it pays for itself in two months. And ignore Jeph and others on this board that say that Escorts are better... they have no experience with a V1 so they haven't a leg on which to stand.

But I bought it used and it has no service manual

Order one through Sunset Imports. It has so much good info in it that you really should have one as the owner of the car.

What is the button that has picture of a key on in it in the middle of the dash?


If it's the same as mine, it's the central locking feature. Try it.


Also how do you use the headlight sprayer?

I think you pull back on the headlight stalk when the lights are on or push it toward the front of the car... but you will find it totally messes up your clean car and is a total waste of a feature.

It has a xm but cannot figure out how change the source button on the stereo?

You're on your own with this one. I've no idea.

How do you check the oil?

There is no dip stick, but you have a dash indicator that is actually quite accurate if you use it the right way.

1. Car must be level. Turn key to ACC and then watch it count down.
2. Check it first thing in the morning or after the motor has been shut off for at least 30 minutes to an hour. There's 9 friggin' quarts of oil in the motor that has to drain into the bottom to get an accurate reading.
3. Each digital bar between the lines represents about a cup of synthetic Mobil 1 oil. Anywhere in that range is fine, but most guys like it closer to the top... but NEVER over the top. Overfilling is really damaging on our cars.

It will also check your oil level at fill ups if you turn it to the ACC, but this is rarely accurate because the motor is still full of oil and hasn't had the time to drain into the bottom.

And how much $$$ and how often do change the oil?

Oil changes can cost as little as $100 if you do it yourself (and you should learn because it's super easy and fun) or as much as $250 if you take it to the stealership. Frankly, I wouldn't pay more than $125 to have it done, which is what my indy mechanic charges. The cost is high because you have so much Mobil 1 oil to buy.

Although somewhat of a debate on this forum, most guys change their oil every 7,500 to 10k miles, even though you could go 12k between changes. Or, once a year if it's a garage queen. I change mine annually which works out to be 7500 miles.

One more question some time the rear deck isn't flush when you close the top and other times it is. Is that normal or should I take it in for warranty work.

If the spoiler does not fully retract, there maybe a motor going out on it and if you have some factory warranty, get it into the stealership and make them fix it.

As soon as you can, join PCA, find your local chapter, and get to their next meeting to meet other Pcar owners. Great bunch of people and not stuck up like one might think... and sign up for a high speed DE as soon as you can. That's where you'll really learn to drive your car fast and you don't need a radar detector on the track!

Hope this info helps. Hey, where in TX do you live anyway?
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:45 AM   #3
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I live in Corpus Christi. I bought the car in Houston for 33.4k with 21000 miles is that a good deal it looked good when i checked nada. I am already a track junkie with a sportbike. Go to MSR H all the time and TWS sometimes. I really want to take the car to the twisted sisters. But I will do a trackday with it what do they charge for cars? On a bike it cost me between $130 - $200.

Will definetely buy a V1 they are the best you are right.

Thanks for the answers btw.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:32 AM   #4
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Boxxerbill, congrats on the new car!

You can have a dealership program the central locking features several different ways on the 987. For example, it can be automatic and even speed dependant.

I have my oil changed yearly, just prior to winter storage. I buy the oil (approx. $80 for Red Line 5W40) and the dealerships does the rest- labor, filter, crush ring ($150). I drive about 8,000 miles per driving season.

The rear trunk has two large black rubber bump-stops that screw in & out. These may need to be adjusted so your trunk lid closes better.

There is a seperate button on the stalk for the headlight washers. Right side stalk. Also, for about every 6th time you wash the windshield, the headlights will automatically be washed too. I forget the exact number of cycles.
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I live in Corpus Christi. I bought the car in Houston for 33.4k with 21000 miles is that a good deal it looked good when i checked nada. I am already a track junkie with a sportbike. Go to MSR H all the time and TWS sometimes. I really want to take the car to the twisted sisters. But I will do a trackday with it what do they charge for cars? On a bike it cost me between $130 - $200.
I have a rental house in Corpus. My wife grew up there.

DE's in my region are $265 at Texas World Speedway. We run clockwise I think.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:21 AM   #6
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Boxxerbill, congrats on the new car!

The rear trunk has two large black rubber bump-stops that screw in & out. These may need to be adjusted so your trunk lid closes better.

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It isn't on the trunk it is on the metal piece(part of the top) that closes where the center brake light is. It ain't flush sometimes when the top is down like maybe the cloth part ain't folding right. . There is a 1/4 inch gap on the drivers side where it is flush on the right side. Does that make sense?

Thanks for the rest of the answers.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:29 AM   #7
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It isn't on the trunk it is on the metal piece(part of the top) that closes where the center brake light is. It ain't flush sometimes when the top is down like maybe the cloth part ain't folding right. . There is a 1/4 inch gap on the drivers side where it is flush on the right side. Does that make sense?

Thanks for the rest of the answers.
That's more of an issue. Go to the dealership since you are under warranty. Don't operate the top until fixed.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:56 AM   #8
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It isn't on the trunk it is on the metal piece(part of the top) that closes where the center brake light is. It ain't flush sometimes when the top is down like maybe the cloth part ain't folding right. . There is a 1/4 inch gap on the drivers side where it is flush on the right side. Does that make sense?
That piece is what we call the top "clam shell." The fact that it doesn't go all the way down on one side now and then is a serious top-timing issue. Bill's advice is spot-on. Get the car to a dealership for warranty work ASAP.

When you pick the car up, raise and lower the top a half dozen times to ensure they actually fixed it right.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:32 PM   #9
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That piece is what we call the top "clam shell." The fact that it doesn't go all the way down on one side now and then is a serious top-timing issue. Bill's advice is spot-on. Get the car to a dealership for warranty work ASAP.

When you pick the car up, raise and lower the top a half dozen times to ensure they actually fixed it right.
Thanks will do I have an appointment in the morning. Also do you know if the laptimer gauge is suppose to be lit up with the headlights at night or not?

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do you know if the laptimer gauge is suppose to be lit up with the headlights at night or not?

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That's part of the Sport Chrono. It only lights up when you are actually using the timing device.

Are you using the "Sport" funtion button part of Sport Chrono?
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That's part of the Sport Chrono. It only lights up when you are actually using the timing device.

Are you using the "Sport" funtion button part of Sport Chrono?

Oh, I have pushed the button a couple of times but I don't really know if I felt the difference isn't it suppose to lower the car 10cm or something like that?
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Oh, I have pushed the button a couple of times but I don't really know if I felt the difference isn't it suppose to lower the car 10cm or something like that?
LOL. That's funny. You really need an Owner's Manual.

Only cars with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Managment) came 10 mm (not cm!) lower. And it is a perm ride height. It does not go up & down.

Sport Chrono heightens the engagement point for PSM (Porsche Stability Management). In other words, in "sport" mode you can get a little more sideways. Sport Chrono also enhances throttle response.
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LOL. That's funny. You really need an Owner's Manual.

Only cars with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Managment) came 10 mm (not cm!) lower. And it is a perm ride height. It does not go up & down.

Sport Chrono heightens the engagement point for PSM (Porsche Stability Management). In other words, in "sport" mode you can get a little more sideways. Sport Chrono also enhances throttle response.
LOL yea i need to read it. I read something on some review and either the guy wrote it wrong or I took it the wrong way. But I did know it mm instead of cm I just screwed up typing that.

so it sound like the sport is just kind of between PSM and no PSM. Is that a fair interpetation? I don't see what the difference is other than the throttle response.
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"This sucker corners like a Julia Roberts saided it is like it is on rails."

In the show Pretty Women, Jasen Alexanders car was a Lotus Esprit Turbo. Sweet ride with nice lines, sort of reminds me of a Delorian but it wasn't a Boxster. BTW it only had 210hp.
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First, wow what a car. I am going to get soooo many tickets.

It is sooo fun to drive. But I bought it used and it has no service manual so I have a couple of questions if ya'll don't mind.

What is the button that has picture of a key on in it in the middle of the dash? Also how do you use the headlight sprayer?
It has a xm but cannot figure out how change the source button on the stereo?
How do you check the oil?
And how much $$$ and how often do change the oil?

Sorry for so many questions i am going to order a owners manual but would like to know a few things before it gets here.

One more question some time the rear deck isn't flush when you close the top and other times it is. Is that normal or should I take it in for warranty work.

Thanks for all the help please answer as many questions as you know. What a car. Vette smetts. This sucker corners like a Julia Roberts saided it is like it is on rails.
I strongly suggest you go over to Renntech.org and become a member. You can download the owner's manual and other very useful documents in pdf format.
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"This sucker corners like a Julia Roberts saided it is like it is on rails."

In the show Pretty Women, Jasen Alexanders car was a Lotus Esprit Turbo. Sweet ride with nice lines, sort of reminds me of a Delorian but it wasn't a Boxster. BTW it only had 210hp.
There was only one Esprit model in the US in 1989-1990, the intercooled SE made 264bhp, and did 0-60 in about 5 seconds. By the way, it was the car Richard Gere drove, not J.A. The car was the only good part of that movie.

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"This sucker corners like a Julia Roberts saided it is like it is on rails."

In the show Pretty Women, Jasen Alexanders car was a Lotus Esprit Turbo. Sweet ride with nice lines, sort of reminds me of a Delorian but it wasn't a Boxster. BTW it only had 210hp.
Oh I knew it wasn't a boxter. I just like the rail line.

Went to porshe this morning and found out it was the mesh roll bar piece and the middle glass piece were causing it to not to close properly with the top down. Good news got those parts I thought I was missing bad news wasn't covered under warranty. He also showed me stuff about the headlight tool, tires fix kit and the where the lug key was. It was worth a $100. Man this car is FUN!!!
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Went to porshe this morning and found out it was the mesh roll bar piece and the middle glass piece were causing it to not to close properly with the top down.
Glad you got it fixed, but I don't see how these parts were involved in the issue.
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It ain't flush sometimes when the top is down like maybe the cloth part ain't folding right.
Congrats on your new car. I love your enthusiasm!

Y'all say "ain't" in Corpus Christi? I thought that was just a SE region thing. I moved to Atlanta from Big D and got coached on how to interpret Georgians, "ain't" being one of the words in that new dictionary.
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Glad you got it fixed, but I don't see how these parts were involved in the issue.
I have no idea. Like I said it was a used car and maybe the owner tried putting those pieces under the top which was really stupid but the mechanic was super nice found it and only charged me and hour and showed me how to do everything on the car and replace a faulty bulb in the side lights. No warranty since the previous only was stupid.

yea, I have said "ain't" all my life I thought it was just a texan southern thing.

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