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Old 03-19-2020, 07:52 PM   #1
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After about 7 months of searching for the right car to fill "that void," and here I am with an '03 986 S. Not as talented as some when it comes to DIY maintenance as some here, but so glad for the resources and information to learn from. Already want to at least clean out the radiators.

Owned a Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder back in 1997-2007. Call it a mid-life-crisis, call it realizing waiting any longer to drive something fun is stupid. Started by comparing what I assume are some of the usual suspects (370Z, Miata, Z4, BRZ, and of course Boxsters). Loved the profile of the 370Z, but mostly the hardtop, not the a convertible, which became a must-have. Z4 seemed to lack personality, storage, and community. I liked the Miata, but brother inherited one & I'm not a follower (but maybe for a RF - don't kick me off the board yet!).

The combination of timeless design, curves, power, mid-engine, the potential to maybe track someday, and community narrowed it down to a Boxster. Had to be manual. Had to be black. '02s-some '05s were in my price range. (Was hoping for tan interior, but hey, good to have something to look forward to on the next one!)

Quickly realized a private sale with good history was much safer than a dealer. I visited some that I immediately walked away from thanks to what I learned on forums.
PPI came back clean, but 1st hard drive revealed some oil at what looked like oil filler tube. Porsche Nashua, who performed the PPI, offered replacement of tube, AOS & filter case for parts only - no labor charge.

Now I'm practicing social distancing with the 2 seater whenever I can. Snapped this pic on the way home yesterday.



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Old 03-19-2020, 08:01 PM   #2
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Very nice! Well done!

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Old 03-20-2020, 02:35 AM   #3
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Nice looking car. Those are my favorite wheels.
Where in MA are you?
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Old 03-20-2020, 04:10 AM   #4
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Old 03-20-2020, 05:18 AM   #5
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Old 03-20-2020, 07:31 AM   #6
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Nice. Congrats and welcome to the club. As Anker said, join PCA and you can be assigned to the Northeast Region and meet both of us. Check out www.porschenet.com.
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Old 03-20-2020, 08:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for the warm welcome, all. The car was actually advertised here and on PCA Northeast, which is where I found it first. myoung73 took good care of it!

I was planning to attend the Newcomers event in Norwell this Sunday, but as we know, it was cancelled. I think we could have had the event without us leaving our cars. We could have had a conference call - hands-free of course! (I've digitally joined the northeast region forum and will keep an eye on events once we're through this horrible COVID-19 mess)

Allegro, I am located in Chelmsford, MA.
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Old 03-20-2020, 11:58 AM   #8
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Welcome from Andover!

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Old 03-20-2020, 06:14 PM   #9
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Welcome! Love the car looks great!
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Old 03-31-2020, 05:32 PM   #10
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Us Northwestern Boston Metro folks should organize a little social-distancing ride on a nice day. Let me know if you're up for it and we can pick a date/time/starting point.
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Old 04-01-2020, 09:13 AM   #11
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In Dracut here and would be up for this. I will probably be getting my car out of storage in the next couple of weeks.

Nice looking car!

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Old 04-01-2020, 04:24 PM   #12
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I’d be up for it if I can finish my maintenance punch list.
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Old 04-01-2020, 05:37 PM   #13
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Id be in as long as no one shames me for leaving my house


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