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Old 05-03-2012, 05:12 AM   #1
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What maintence should be done on my new car?

I purchased a 98 boxster a few months ago with 133,000 miles and have enjoyed every mile put on it (2400). I was planning on dumping it after a few months for another air cooled 911 but this thing is a lot of fun for what I paid so I'm going to keep it.

I now wonder what maintence I should be performing. The only thing I have done so far is change the oil/filter with a synthetic 15w/50 and replace the convertible top motor.

The previous owner:
1. new brake pads
2. New brake rotors
3. New canvas top
4. Repainted rear bumper (backed into something)
5. One wheel bearing
6. Front sway bar (oem parts)
7. 4 tires HTR Z II


So far I have ordered:
1. Oil/filters
2. Magnetic drain plug
3. Cabin air filter
4. Oem engine air filter
5. Fuel Filter
6. Spark Plugs
7. Belts

I have made a long list of other things I will do but my main questions are:
1. Is anything else immediately necessary
2. Am I just throwing money away on a car that is likely to die from one thing or another?

Thanks for the advice!

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Old 05-03-2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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Change the gear oil/tranny fluid, flush cooling system, flush the brakes, flush the PS fluid, oil all the pivots in the top mechanism.

Think about replacing the water pump. they don't last very long and when they go, the plastic impeler can fall apart and send pieces of plastic into thee head that can block coolant passages and lead to a cracked head. If you do replace the pump, then do the motor mount also, another component that wears out at your mileage which is really easy to change when you are doing the water pump.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:43 AM   #3
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I agree that you might want to do the motor mount, water pump and thermostat.

Somebody will no doubt suggest the IMS job, but I'd wait and do it with the clutch, if at all, if it were me.

All depends on what you paid for the car. If you picked it up for a song, then I'd take a more crash-and-burn approach, drive the crap out of it, and only fix what actually breaks. The problem with these cars is that one thing leads to another and, before you know it, you're in it for way more than you intended and have no hope of recovery if you sell it.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:02 AM   #4
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I absolutely ripped it.

Also came with a hard top

It is why I think I can justify throwing some money into it. I just want to make sure it's worth it before I do so.

Would like to do:
Water pump with low temp t-stat
Engine mount
Coolant
ROW M030 suspension kit
Wheel bearings
Pedro's brace
Exhaust (have headders in a box at home)
Suspension bushings


Good idea to flush other fluids too


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