BOXSTERHITS 100,000-MILES

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

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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

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