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Old 12-12-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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This might be a really dumb question...

But why does nobody drive their boxsters in the winter? Are they more prone to break down? Or is it just because convertables are "fair weather cares"?

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Old 12-12-2010, 07:10 PM   #2
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Dude,

I drove my car through 3 Buffalo, NY winters. If I hadn't moved south I'd be doing it again. I know that others on here do the same. The cars handle just fine (and are actually quite fun) on a dedicated set of snows!
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Snow = salted roads
Salted roads = rust

Plus, people slide around on slick roads and Porsches are usually totaled with very little damage done to them compared to many other cars involved in fender benders.

There are lots of boxster owners who drive them all winter. However, given the garage space and an extra car, most would not if they had the choice.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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I'd drive mine in the winter. Luckily I have an Audi Quattro for the cold days. It is just more practical...

Earlier I used to drive my 911 in the winter with wintertires, fun and no problem!
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I think the reason for storage is some people don't use their cars as daily drivers. I for one don't, and because I don't my car stays cleaned, waxed, gassed, and ready to rock my world when I call (unlike my wife ).

I detail and work on my car during winter, nice to have the down time to fix long lead tasks (rework and paint on all four rims, total brake job[rotors, pads, lines, fluid], etc.) Boys and their toys.
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My wifes '98 is a daily driver. 127K trouble free miles so far. On snowy days I take it to work since my job is only 2 miles from the house and all side roads. On those snowy days, my wife takes the Explorer because she has to drive 15 miles each way and use the freeway.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:14 AM   #7
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My car is a daily commute and I have no problem with it during the winter. I live up in Seattle, WA. As well as the snow we've had some pretty dreadful rain. I recently had some Pilot Sport A/S Plus fitted on the car and it's been nothing but a dream to drive this winter. I'm yet to lose the rear end and I drive pretty spritedly. I hope these perform as well during the summer. As for cleaning the car, I seem to be washing it every week!
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Snow = salted roads
Salted roads = rust
Our cars use galvanized steel, as long as you spray the salt off on a regular basis there'll be zero rust.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:27 PM   #9
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I agree about the body being galvanised, but have you seen what the salt does to the underside bolts, hangers, clips, brake calipers / pistons etc. If you do your own maintenance, I found that you spent more time trying to release frozen & broken bolts than anything else

I saw an article in one of the UK Porsche magazines last month where there was a step by step procedure on how to replace the fuel lines that had rusted through...
And some other poor guy was asking where he could get the pipework for his rusted out power steering connection pieces! Now thats the downside of driving in winter.
When I worked in the UK, I found it was cheaper to buy an old clunker and lock your good car away 'till Spring is sprung.
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Salt is part of the reason I don't drive on snow and ice. The main reason is that I don't want to get creamed by some stupid cow in a minivan.
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Salt is part of the reason I don't drive on snow and ice. The main reason is that I don't want to get creamed by some stupid cow in a minivan.
Cows driving minivans eh. Is that legal in your part of the world??
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I'd sooner resort to hitchhiking, cross country skis or sled dogs for that matter, before I would subject my "garage princess" to any kind of snow or salt .
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"Cows driving minivans eh. Is that legal in your part of the world??"


Apparently, sadly, and unfortunately. They can frequently be spotted driving in heavy traffic while talking on their cell phones.
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Why no winter driving? No winter tires and 24" of snow in the last 48 hours. Correction... I have winter tires.... their on the DD.
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I am in Melbourne, Australia.

I drive my car daily all year.

We don't really make much distinction between winter and summer tires, or winter or summer oil here.
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I agree about the body being galvanised, but have you seen what the salt does to the underside bolts, hangers, clips, brake calipers / pistons etc. If you do your own maintenance, I found that you spent more time trying to release frozen & broken bolts than anything else

I saw an article in one of the UK Porsche magazines last month where there was a step by step procedure on how to replace the fuel lines that had rusted through...
And some other poor guy was asking where he could get the pipework for his rusted out power steering connection pieces! Now thats the downside of driving in winter.
When I worked in the UK, I found it was cheaper to buy an old clunker and lock your good car away 'till Spring is sprung.
I had no issue removing my stock exhaust 2 years ago after one winter season. In fact my friend was so surprised there were no rusted bolts and everything came off like butter.

Porsches older than 1988 do not use galvanized steel bodies.

Re: rusted fuel lines... hence why I said you need to spray the car & underbody as often as you can if you decide to drive it in the winter.

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+1 on the cows
I wouldn't want to leave it to chance that someone else
didn't put winter tires on their car. ..then slide into the boxster

#1 reason for me. --> ROCK CHIPS

I see the odd 911 or boxster on milder days but
up here. ..its truck territory during winter
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"Cows driving minivans eh. Is that legal in your part of the world??"
It sure is legal in India

On the galvanized body panels comment, I have a couple of rust spots on my 97 box about the size of a dime and a quarter. I've been meaning to do something about them but didn't want a hideous patch of whatever there that would be more noticeable. It's growing though.

I mention this because boxsters do rust. My car was originally a DD driven around in Salt Lake City, according to the title search I did before I purchased the car.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:49 AM   #20
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I don't understand the thinking behind owning a great car and not driving it everyday? Why on earth would someone own a Porsche and leave it in the garage to drive some other POS?

I bought my Boxster to drive every minute of every hour of everyday that is humanly possible. And when it wears out, I'll buy another one and do the same ad infinitum.

A Boxster isn't an appreciating asset. Driving a Boxster less might preserve some of the original value of the car (because Boxsters depreciate more on miles than years) but the value is still going down every year regardless of how many miles driven. For example, the difference between a 2000 Boxster with 100,000 miles ($10K) and a 2000 Boxster with 40,000 miles ($16K) is only about $6K - which is almost nothing compared to the original $48,000 price.

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