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Porsche Boxster Oil Change

By   July 31, 2016

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster

How much does a Porsche Boxster oil change cost? With the 986 generation prices falling as low as $5,000 for a higher mileage, but overall good car (even good early 987s can be found for around $15,000) many are interested in purchasing the roadster.

A ’99 Porsche Boxster oil change had been quoted to us for as much as $500. However, that is on the very high end with an average oil change cost of between $125 and $250 being more common. The reason we’ve been told that it is so expensive is that it is a mid-engine vehicle (claiming it is much more difficult), but is it really so difficult? Is it possible to save some cash by doing the work yourself? The answer to the first question is that it isn’t very difficult and to the second is yes, you can save quite a bit doing to work yourself (all the steps of which we will detail below). These should work for a 986 generation Boxster or a 987 generation Boxster / Cayman.

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How To Change Front Brake Pads In An Early Porsche Boxster

By   March 11, 2016

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster (986)

Early Porsche Boxsters (986) are now extremely affordable. Just how affordable? You can find plenty of early Boxsters for as low as $5,000 for a car in good condition.

With the mid-engined sports car being such a cheap Porsche many owners with lower budgets will be purchasing the vehicles (while they are less expensive to buy, they still have somewhat higher repair costs). In an effort to help keep more of these Boxsters on the road we will detail common maintenance procedures on the car over the coming months. This will show how easy (or hard in some cases) maintenance can be completed by an owner for a fraction of the cost.

Today we are going to give a detailed step by step guide about how to change the front brake pads on a 986 Boxster. The procedure will be similar on newer Boxsters, Caymans and 911s with some small changes depending on the model and year.

If you are going to change just your front brake pads make sure to measure your brake rotors and make sure they are within specifications. We’ll cover that in a future article about brake rotor replacement.

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How To Disable The Manual Skip Shift (CAGS) In Corvettes And Camaros For As Little As $7

By   November 12, 2015

Corvette C7 Z06 Interior

Corvette C7 Z06

If you own a newer Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro or some other V8 powered GM models equipped with a manual transmission then you have probably noticed that annoying skip shift “feature” (the official name is Computer Aided Gear Selection a.k.a. CAGS). For those unfamiliar with the feature, it causes the car to force you to shift from first gear all the way to fourth gear by locking you out of second and third gear. By having drivers skip gears when the engine isn’t pushed, it helps the vehicle get better fuel economy ratings by the EPA.

But, hey you bought a car with a big V8 and you want to go through all the gears like God intended. So, just how do you deactivate the skip shift “feature”? Well, for as little as $7 you can do a hack that will make an environmentalist near you cringe.

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How To Upgrade A Plastic Convertible Top To A Glass Top Yourself

By   September 14, 2015

Porsche Boxster (986) With Glass Convertible Top Upgrade

Porsche Boxster (986) With Glass Convertible Top Upgrade

If you have a convertible sports car with a plastic window then over time it will become yellow and eventually crack from exposure to the elements. This was the case with the top on our 1999 Porsche Boxster (986). The fix for the problem is to either sew in a new plastic window or to install a new top.

We went for the option of a new top and while we were at it we went for a top with a glass window. Part of the thinking for this is that to have a new plastic window sewn into the top was quoted to us between $250 and $500 for parts and labor. For just a bit more a glass top can be purchased and if you do the install yourself you can have a top with a window that will look good for much longer without paying the cost of labor.

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How To Do A Burnout Without Ruining Your Clutch

By   April 21, 2015

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Burnout

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat doing a Burnout

A burnout is a bit like a rite of automotive passage (especially for those driving an American Muscle car). To do one isn’t really all that hard with a good powerful machine. However, to do it without killing your clutch in the process is a whole different matter.

Most people that drive a manual car and do a burnout do it wrong and start damaging their clutch. This extra wear greatly reduces its life and a pricy repair often follows in the not too distant future.

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to find our how to avoid ruining the clutch on your pride and joy.

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