The manual transmission is on its way out in today’s automotive world. The reason for this is largely due to the fact that automatic transmissions have become quicker and sales of cars with manual transmissions have plummeted.
The dual clutch transmission has allowed for an automatic (or semi-automatic) to be faster than a traditional manual transmission. Porsche makes one of the best dual clutch transmissions available with their PDK.
The 986 generation Porsche Boxster is possibly the best value in the current sports car market. This will likely be the case for the next 5-10 years, but the 987 Boxster and Cayman are starting to get down to the extreme bargain level.
The 987 Boxster represents a big update for the roadster. One big styling update is the use of more rounded headlights, replacing the controversial fried egg headlights.
If you have a 996 variant of the 911, 986 or 987 Porsche Boxster or a 987 Cayman, then there is a good chance that at some point you will need to replace the ignition switch. The good news is the job is fairly easy and the part is inexpensive.
The symptoms of a failing ignition switch can be many, but they include difficulty in turning the key to start the car and difficulty in removing or inserting the key. A failing switch can also cause some strange electrical issues.
The mid-engined Porsche Boxster is a very practical sports car. It features two trunks and Porsche thought through just about everything. This includes making maintenance fairly easy. Including making it easy to change the serpentine belt. Unlike some other cars with the engine in the middle (like the Ferrari F355), Porsche doesn’t require that the engine get removed.
Below are the steps to change the serpentine belt in a Porsche Boxster or Cayman. We did this on a 986 Boxster, but the steps should be similar on the 987 Boxster / Cayman and even the 981 Boxster / Cayman.
I was recently approached by a coworker asking if I knew if a taller person can drive a Porsche 356 comfortably. He is about 6’4” tall and enjoys motorcycles and wants to get into sports cars. He is hoping to purchase a classic 356 coupe.
He mentioned that he wasn’t sure if such a small car would fit him. He knows that I’ve had the chance to drive all of Porsche’s modern sports car lineup and that my daily driver is an early Porsche Boxster. His opinion of the Boxster is that he definitely couldn’t fit into it, but this is all based on the outside appearance and not sitting inside.