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Old September 26th, 2008, 06:15 PM   #1
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987 hardtop on the way

The site keeps reminding me that I haven't posted for a while. Since I had nothing Boxster-related more interesting to report than that I love driving my base 987, here is this:

Today, for the second time and at a different dealership, I asked for a best price on a new Porsche hardtop for my Boxster. Watch what you wish for! They quoted me an out-the-door price that was equal to the other dealership's discounted price before tax. I said "Thank you very much. I would like one, please."

So on Tuesday I will have the new hardtop fitted on my Boxster. I already own the rolling cart (putting the cart before the horse, so to speak, I'd bought it just after getting this Boxster, since it was on sale.) I will get the hardtop fitted, test it for a few days, then uninstall it at home until the rain starts ("the rain" is California dialect for "winter", if you didn't know.)

I will report and post photos when the hardtop is installed.

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Old September 26th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #2
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welcome back snaxster. we definitely need the pics.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 09:22 PM   #3
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Hey, baxter thanks!

Have no fear, the pics will be here (if and when the hardtop arrives.)

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Old September 27th, 2008, 08:24 AM   #4
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That's great!
I've never seen a 987 with a hardtop.
Waiting for the pix.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 08:47 AM   #5
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Thanks, Pedro. I hadn't seen one either, until yesterday. There was a customer's RS-60 Spyder with a hardtop mounted, parked in the service entrance. That's what reminded me to ask for the low price.

Though I didn't study the Spyder's hardtop closely, I recall being struck by the fin-like ridges that ran the length of it. Overall, it seemed to have been redesigned for better aerodynamics.

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Old October 6th, 2008, 06:49 PM   #6
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Okay — here are a few photos. I don't like them, but they're all we're getting for now. In preparation for the winter, for about four hours today I cleaned, polished, de-greased, and waxed my Boxster's paint, and dressed its exterior rubber and black plastic bits. And I am beat!

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When the tech first fitted the hardtop, he found the passenger side locking pin was defective. They said this was the second defective one they had seen in a new 987 hardtop. Waiting for a replacement ordered under parts warranty, I drove with the hardtop installed with only one locking pin. There was some creaking underway, as they said there would be.

When the replacement locking pin arrived, they installed it and re-installed the hardtop. This time, after the repair, the tech walked me through putting the hardtop on the Boxster and taking it off. Folks, you yourself must practice doing this with someone experienced at least once.

After my few days running the hardtop, I had reported a perceived increase in wind roar at the top edge of the driver side window. The tech made adjustments to address this, but explained to me that the fitment process involves compromising between the ideal lateral position of the windows (which techs can change) for the soft top and for the hardtop. He opined that it is better to favor the position for the soft top.

This was a tech I had worked with before. He is a fitment and gremlin specialist, and this dealership assigns him to esoteric problems; creaking, whistling, weirdness with electrics, and so on. I must say, he has gotten the good results in my P-cars. He did with my Boxster this time: the driver side window wind roar is gone.

My early impressions of the 987 hardtop are:

It's a good piece. It is quiet, warm, light and (I must believe) slippery. But when the road is rutted, as so much of our fine infrastructure is, the hardtop makes thunking sounds. Oh, well. At least it kind of makes the car feel more raw and old school.

I like it!

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Old October 8th, 2008, 01:14 PM   #7
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I really like my hard top a lot also. I like the look and the feel of the car with it on. My biggest problem is that I almost never "need" it. Last winter there was not a single month w/o top down weather, so I didn't put it on.

I think I will get a hoist so I'll be more likely to put on/off just for days at a time. Altho my wife does her side very well.

I use the wall mount rack with the Porsche crest cover. Very decorative in my otherwise unfashionable garage.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:57 PM   #8
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Hi, Mike. Yeah, using the hardtop is something of a commitment for me. I don't have a wife. I don't even have a garage!

I figure that while I'm still in California, I'll leave the hardtop on during the part of the "winter" when it's raining every day. And when I move to the Northeast, it'll be the hardtop and winter tires for, say, mid-November through mid-March.

If you get the hoist, please post photos of it.

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Old October 3rd, 2013, 07:41 PM   #9
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Cool question about hardtop cost

Hello,
I am just curious how much did they quote you for a 987 hardtop. I can not find any of them for less than $2000. Have any idea where I can purchase it used i dont care, it can be from a 2005-2007.

Thanks.













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The site keeps reminding me that I haven't posted for a while. Since I had nothing Boxster-related more interesting to report than that I love driving my base 987, here is this:

Today, for the second time and at a different dealership, I asked for a best price on a new Porsche hardtop for my Boxster. Watch what you wish for! They quoted me an out-the-door price that was equal to the other dealership's discounted price before tax. I said "Thank you very much. I would like one, please."

So on Tuesday I will have the new hardtop fitted on my Boxster. I already own the rolling cart (putting the cart before the horse, so to speak, I'd bought it just after getting this Boxster, since it was on sale.) I will get the hardtop fitted, test it for a few days, then uninstall it at home until the rain starts ("the rain" is California dialect for "winter", if you didn't know.)

I will report and post photos when the hardtop is installed.

Best,

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