True, 100,000-miles isn’t the milestone that it once was for a car, but it’s still a relatively big deal for any car owner and a number that not many Boxsters will see, given that most are second cars. Brett is celebrating with even more miles
Winter is cruel to the Boxster. Its outdoor lifestyle exposes it to the worst of nature’s seasonal nastiness, and I can’t remember the last time that the hood actually felt dry. As a consequence mould and lichen have taken hold once more – mohair seems to make for fertile growing conditions – despite regular cleaning. Well, regular until the seemingly ceaseless rain and drizzle made washing the Boxster seem futile, at which stage the green menace put on a growth spurt.
Acting on advice I’d seen on the 986 forums – and because my local hardware store had it in stock – I bought a nonautomotive algae and mould cleaner that’s really for your garden path. But just before I was about to apply it I read the instructions and discovered a few obstacles: it works best when left on for 36 hours and temperatures are above 10°C, and conditions need to be dry. Guess I’ll have to chuck the bottle in the cupboard for a couple of months and then tackle the patio. Meanwhile I’ve been back in touch with Furniture Clinic whose hood restoration kit I used three years or so ago – the mould remover in the kit was the best I’ve come across, and I should just have ordered some online in the first place.
Although I may well have thought the same thing at the start of several previous years, I’m hoping to sort out more of the Boxster’s manifold woes during 2018. Editor Bennett’s enthusiasm for the CSF radiators he imported from the States has inspired me to look in that direction for a replacement for my leaking centre radiator, though Mr B recommends I should do the job properly and replace all three. He may have a point. Once the radiator issue is sorted I’m up for trying Evans Coolants’ waterless coolant, which is expensive stuff but very highly regarded in the specialist motor trade.
As well as being a dispenser of sound advice, Mr B is also a collector of redundant Porsche parts, most usefully, from my perspective, suspension components that will fit the Boxster. With remarkable largesse, he’s invited me to plunder his stash, so I need to find the Depressingly Long List of Jobs to be Done that PIE Performance prepared for me, and identify which suspension parts require replacement. I just hope I haven’t binned the list: out of sight, out of mind, and all that.
Not in any way essential, but I’m also considering a wheel change. A couple of years ago Jonathan Sage of Group 4 Wheels got in touch with news of deep dish Fuchs replicas he was developing for fitment on the likes of the Boxster and 996. I thought that the Boxster would look brilliant on a set of Fuchs and was getting excited about seeing the first prototype wheel when all went quiet from Jonathan. Turns out he was dealing with some major health issues, but now that he’s fully recovered he’s back on the case – he recently sent me some photographs of a batch of pre-production wheels and by the time you read this should be in possession of some fully finished items. Which has triggered in me a terrible case of ‘want’ when I should be concentrating on ‘need’ items.
A few weeks back the Boxster’s odometer flicked past 100,000 miles. Not a huge mileage by Porsche standards, but I still saw it as a bit of a milestone, so to speak. Psychologically 100,000 miles is a big deal, because you start to think that if ever you want to sell your car – not that I do – then a six-figure mileage will be off-putting to potential purchasers. So I’d found myself restricting trips in the Boxster in a bid to delay the inevitable. However, now that we’ve got there it’s a relief: I no longer care what the mileage is and am back in the habit of taking the car out at every opportunity.
One of my other jobs is as editor of 911&PW’S sister title, Total MX-5, and I’ve discovered that a surprising number of people have owned both a Boxster and an MX-5. Some of them are in the process of moving up from the talented little Mazda to the quicker, more sophisticated Porsche: others are heading in the other direction, preferring the MX-5’S low-speed agility and zest to the aloofness of the Boxster in everyday driving. With regards to that latter point, I understand what the Boxster doubters mean, but I’d argue that at modest pace the rewards of a 986 come from conducting it in a smooth, fluid fashion that makes you appreciate its chassis balance and grip. Okay, it’s not hugely thrilling to drive that way, but you do have to work to get it just-so, and there’s plenty of satisfaction in that. PW