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Old March 14th, 2017, 06:56 AM   #1
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1997 Porsche Boxster, New Owner.

Hello everyone, I am new to Porsche and to this blog. I just purchased this as a fun vehicle for my lovely wife and I. The car has 110,000 miles and appears to be in a great shape and runs great.

I would like to do some basic maintenance myself like oil change and air filter however, I can not find the recommended part numbers of the oil filer and other related parts for this car.

Is Mobil 1 synthetic 0W40 a correct oil to use?

If you guys/gals could help me with the maintenance part numbers it would be much appreciated.

Here is some basic information on the car.
1997 boxster black 5 speed all leather with heated seats.

It has some ( what I consider minor challenges) ebrake button gets stock and I have to wiggle it to make it pop back out.
Ignition key does not return to its normal operating position after the car starts and I have to nudge it a little to have my light to come on.

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Sooo any information or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you again.

Over and out

Ed
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Old March 15th, 2017, 06:17 PM   #2
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Replace the ignition switch.

Oil and Filter Replacement
with part numbers.

Mobile 1 0-40 is a Porsche recommended oil. But there are online wars about the best oil.
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Old March 16th, 2017, 03:48 AM   #3
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Replace the ignition switch.

Oil and Filter Replacement
with part numbers.

Mobile 1 0-40 is a Porsche recommended oil. But there are online wars about the best oil.


Thank you sir. What about the oil filter part number?
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Old March 16th, 2017, 01:34 PM   #4
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Great looking car! I love the early Boxsters. Has the IMS bearing been replaced?


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Old March 18th, 2017, 11:08 AM   #5
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Thank you sir. What about the oil filter part number?
Listed in the almost first line of the above link.

Porsche part numbers are available in a document called the PET that is available if you poke around the Porsche web site. http://www.porsche.com/all/media/pdf...SA_KATALOG.pdf
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Old March 18th, 2017, 06:11 PM   #6
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Great looking car! I love the early Boxsters. Has the IMS bearing been replaced?


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Thank you.
I don not know if the ims bearing has been replaced . I will ask the previous owner and will let you know.
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Old March 19th, 2017, 07:05 AM   #7
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Thank you.
I don not know if the ims bearing has been replaced . I will ask the previous owner and will let you know.


My understanding is IMS replacement can cost as much as $3,000, but adds a lot to the value of an early Boxster. As one Porsche master mechanic said "it's not a matter of whether or not it will fail but a matter of when." Anyway, I know you will enjoy that beautiful Boxster. Oh - and google "Boxster Summit" - might be something you would be interested in.


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Old March 19th, 2017, 09:03 AM   #8
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Well thank you. I will investigate further sir. I appreciate your help
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Old March 19th, 2017, 09:06 AM   #9
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Listed in the almost first line of the above link.



Porsche part numbers are available in a document called the PET that is available if you poke around the Porsche web site. http://www.porsche.com/all/media/pdf...SA_KATALOG.pdf


Hi mikefocke. Thank you for the link. The link that you posted has a 2004 model year. Mine is 1997. Is it the same or could you get me the link for my model year.

I could not locate the information for 1997 on that website. Thank you for your help sir.
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Old March 19th, 2017, 03:57 PM   #10
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The info as I read it is for a pre 2004 car though the part number for a 2004 is mentioned in one paragraph. I'd wager someone has even posted directions on this forum as the ignition switch is a common problem especially if your key ring has lots of keys and stuff on it. Search is your friend. All forums have such a feature.
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