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Old 09-06-2023, 09:20 AM   #6681
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Road Trip

After purchasing our Boxster in June, we took it on it's first road trip this past weekend. We drove from Southeastern Michigan (Oakland County), to our condo at Boyne Highlands, in the northern lower peninsula. From there we drove north and crossed the straights of Mackinac, on the Mackinac bridge, to the U.P. (upper peninsula). We visited Whitefish Point, Whitefish Bay, and hiked at Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. Also, every year on Labor Day the Mackinac Bridge is closed to cars, from 6:30-noon and you can walk the bridge. There are usually 40,000 or so people who walk it. This was our first time, it was quite an experience. The bridge sways WAY more than you realize. People were walking like they were drunk.

The Boxster performed flawlessly and was much more comfortable on the long drive, than the NC Miata that it replaced.

Whitefish Bay



Mackinac Bridge in the background


Lower Falls



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Old 09-19-2023, 10:45 AM   #6682
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Went to "the ring"

Drove from Stockholm, Sweden down to Nordschleife, the car performed really good.

My first ever lap at the ring, the car is a lot better than me.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDAhx5Q8Hj4

The first laps I really focused on not missing any curves, there are a lot of them... When I see the film I realize that I really cannot shift properly, need to improve that.
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Old 09-19-2023, 11:19 AM   #6683
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Drove from Stockholm, Sweden down to Nordschleife, the car performed really good.

My first ever lap at the ring, the car is a lot better than me..

The first laps I really focused on not missing any curves, there are a lot of them... When I see the film I realize that I really cannot shift properly, need to improve that.
Very nice!
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Old 09-22-2023, 02:44 AM   #6684
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Very nice!
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Old 09-25-2023, 01:46 PM   #6685
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I finally got some suspension work done. I knew I had a loose front ball joint, sway bar link and tie rod end. Also had a lot of clunk from the rear. You can help find the bad parts by hitting things with a dead blow hammer while the car is off the ground.
So in went new front control arms, Links and tie rod end. I replaced the rear tracking arms. The difference is amazing. Even my passenger (wife) mentioned how good the car felt. I consider this a win!
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Old 09-30-2023, 03:32 PM   #6686
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Drove three and a half days with the wife to St. Louis, MO from Central CA. Went over the Sierra via Highway 88. Beautiful day to put the top down and go. Went as far as near Fallon before getting on I-80. Loved hitting the interstate and almost immediately greeted by an 80 MPH speed limit. Set the cruise control at near 90 and enjoyed the ride.

Spent the night in Wells, NV. Took off the next morning, got fuel. Love the prices and non-ethanol fuel. The stretch across the Great Salt Desert was some 50 miles of boring, but again at 90 mph. Going over the mountain east of SLC, near Park City, a series of 45 mph rated turns up and down the other side, easily done at 65-70.

Stopped for lunch in Evanston, Wy and filled up again, first time putting 93 octane in the Grey Seal. Stopped again for the evening in Cheyenne. Checked fuel mileage. Through Nevada - 26 mpg. Through Utah - 27+. Across Wyoming, 28+. All doing an average of 80+ mph. Fuel mileage dropped the last day, as we went down in elevation to about 500 ft as opposed to being at much higher altitude. So far a nice trip. Next week, coming back through the Southwest.via 44 and I-40 to Barstow and over the Tehachapi grade back into the Central Valley.
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Old 10-06-2023, 01:51 PM   #6687
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I let the granddaughters take the Boxster for a drive today...

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Old 10-09-2023, 11:33 AM   #6688
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Just returned from our roundtrip to St. Louis, MO from CA. The Grey Seal flew along wonderfully. Only one day en route we encountered rain for the first part of the day, but top down the rest of trip. Almost every day out was in the 70s-80s and clear. Some cross winds, especially out on the prairies, but simply putting the windows up helped.

Got an average of 28 MPG while often going 80+ MPH. Only exception was after fueling at a Shamrock station in Kansas City, KS, we got 22. That turned out to be the only bad load of fuel.

Having done this trip a number of times in other vehicles, this was easily the most enjoyable. Never once did I start to get drowsy, even on long boring stretches in the middle of nowhere.

Most entertaining was in the middle of Kansas, we stopped for lunch in a little town about an hour out of Didge City. After eating, went out to the car. A pair of older Mennonite sisters began asking about the car. They were fascinated with it. Then we got in and lowered the top. One of the sisters was so entertained, she walked over to look in the car. I offered to drive her around the block in it, which made her laugh. She said that would make the car too tempting. We left with a lot of smiles and waving.
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Old 11-15-2023, 10:31 PM   #6689
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Replaced all the struts on hood/trunk lid, got tired of holding them up in cold weather.

Thought my battery was going bad but picked up a 'battery minder,' it has a mode to desulfate tired batteries that seems to work pretty well. The battery tender jr I had before didn't want to even charge it.

Also ordered a fuel filler valve, hopefully when I install it I'll be able to fill the tank all the way again.
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Old 11-16-2023, 11:36 AM   #6690
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adjusted the hardtop so its much tighter to the body now, less noise and wind noise

also fixed the door flaps on the heater box yesterday.
had amazing heat today at my feet
it was a lot easier than i thought, went it from behind the radio and used HVA foil tape
couldn't do it in long strips like the youtube videos, so had to use much smaller 2"x3" strips
but got both doors covered and heat works great now
next project is to fix the double beep when i try to lock with remote
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Happy thanksgiving
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Happy thanksgiving
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