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Old 10-08-2019, 12:17 PM   #1
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New guy here!

Hi Everybody!

My name is George and I just got a 2001 Boxster S. It's a bit neglected (ok, a lot) from the previous owner and I plan on fixing things up to enjoy it. Well, I guess I got no choice since I don't think I can smog it with the SAI code (P0410, P1411, and P0153) I have now. I bought this knowing there are many issues but will address them as time permits. Here's the list of things need fixing:

- Top won't go down (convertible transmission I think, had a difficult time taking the triangle arm out so I can lower the top and get it into service mode).
- the passenger window regulator is broken
- oxidized paint
- the brake wear indicator is on
- the bottom of the engine is wet
- broken CV boot (discovered a couple of days ago)
-worned out tires need replacing

I'm sure there are more but that'll keep me busy for a while. Plus I don't think the PO did any maintenance other than changing oil. The good thing is the engine feels good and strong and the transmission shifts smooth. Hopefully, after fixing all the maintenance item it would run good as new.

I've been reading a lot here and am very impressed with the willingness and openness of sharing knowledge on this site. I'm hoping to contribute wherever I can. Looking forward to chatting with you all.


ps. here's a not so good pic of the car.

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Old 10-08-2019, 02:50 PM   #2
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Welcome, George!

You're going to enjoy wrenching upon your new ride. I'm curious to know from where is that wetness emanating. Keep us posted.

The codes, I believe, are oxygen sensor related... and the SAI. Best wishes on the repair. Shouldn't be a biggy.

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Old 10-08-2019, 05:45 PM   #3
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Looks nice! I love the older-style look much better.
Also, who doesn't love a good project?
'97 - Silver (rebuilt/stripping)
'99 - Black (rebuilt/sold)
'01 S - Rainforest Green (daily)
'03 S - Orient Red (sold)
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome guys!

It's funny when my son said "ah, the smell of Porsche...", I'm thinking in my head, um...that's the motor oil you're smelling...and maybe the old carpet.

I think the wetness is coming from leaky spark plug tubes (I hope that was it). Just got that replaced this weekend. It was a pain to do and every single tube has a unique challenge. I don't know how you guys do things so fast! But after the passenger side, I'm getting the hang of it. The hardest part is to push in the tube and get that pop with the o ring. Between using a 24mm socket, a pry bar and a hammer got the leverage I need to push them in.

I got most of the dirt off the front of the engine. Will continue to clean it and hopefully will get that shiny engine look from the bottom soon.

Definitely be keeping you guys up to date.


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