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Old 02-20-2019, 02:54 AM   #1
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So I took the leap and purchased my first Porsche. A 2003 986 2.7L with 40k miles. Really excited about my purchase. Still cannot get over how smooth these cars drive and accelerate. Doing the normal fine tune detailing that one would do with a newly purchased used car, but mechanically, I want to make sure it run great for many years down the road. This car already had the IMS retrofitted, along with a clutch and main seal. The question I have is on other components - water pumps, alternator, drive belt, oil/water separator, etc... all of the areas I have read about. Do I slowly replace as budget allows, or wait until the need? I welcome any comments you might have. BTW, I am living in Orlando Florida
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:57 AM   #2
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Welcome & great looking Boxster.

If this is your first Porsche, you'll find parts are going to be expensive, esp compared to Japanese cars. No need to throw $$$ at stuff that doesn't need replacing. Change the oil. Inspect the serp belt and replace if it looks cracked. Change plugs and coils if you don't know their history. Then save a $1000 for the items that will crop up that you didn't expect. Many items will give you a hint they're failing - the water pump will drip and you'll smell antifreeze, the AOS will leave soot in the exhaust tip and will consume a bit of oil, etc. If this is not your daily driver, you should be able to catch these items as they start to fail and fix them on your schedule.
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Welcome and great pics!

I am of the same frame of mind - repair/replace when something breaks. Boxster's are generally pretty reliable but parts and labor can be expensive when the time comes. With only 40K miles, your car shouldn't need much at all in the near term. Check the date codes on the tires, do the standard maintenance, and drive it like it was intended to be driven.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:08 AM   #4
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Is she going to be DIY or shop maintenance/repair car?
For the most part, parts are going to have to be ordered and shipped, so your transportation dependence plays a part as to doing preventative replacement (AOS, WP, Coolant tank, ENDLESS LIST, etc) or waiting till issues crop up. I have to say for my 55k miles (some daily driver) she just worked. A couple replacements were have to's (Coolant tank, evap system for inspection). Others like the AOS, WP were preventative (Originals were in perfectly good working order).

Just drive it. You seem to have a really nice low mileage car with some of the big ticket items done

Also things like pads, tires, oil, belts, plugs well they are maintenance items like any other car so you can inspect and follow the recommend schedules (except oil - don't get the forum started)
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:55 AM   #5
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thanks for the replys so far. I am going to drive the car as much as possible... I am not one to let things sit. I would like to do some of the maintenance myself, but also have a good shop that is ready to take my money at any time Prior to this, I had endless air cooled VW's so working on cars is an enjoyable experience for me. the heavy lifting would be left to my local shop.
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:21 AM   #6
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Check the maintenance requirements at 40K miles and go from there.
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Sounds like it has been maintained and you know its history.

How long ago was the 30k service done? Brake fluid change is the concern.

Last oil change?

You didn't mention tires so check their pressure and the date on the sidewall and the tread depth.

Drive it. Pay attention to service intervals. Change the oil at least twice as often and the manual suggests. Depending on the brand of IMS bearing, follow the bearing manufacturer's suggestion.

And most of all, enjoy it.
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