Since its introduction in 1997, the
Porsche Boxster has earned itself a reputation as one of the world’s
best sports cars. Building upon Porsche’s nearly 40 years of
experience building production and race cars, the Boxster has been
designed and improved over the years to a state of near perfection.
It has also garnered a huge, loyal following of people who love to
drive them. Boxster owners tend to adore their cars and also enjoy
restoring, modifying, and maintaining them to perfection. If you’re
one of these people, this book was written especially for you.
Information is the key to success in
any project or endeavor. Without the proper knowledge, you can make
costly mistakes and waste your time as you trudge through the
learning process. The projects in this book aim to eliminate any
guesswork that you may have while working on your Boxster. My
slogan has always been, “Let me make the mistakes and warn you about
them, so you won’t do the same.” Believe me, I’ve made many
mistakes and learned the hard way the best and worst way to repair,
restore, and modify these cars. My lessons, as well as the lessons
learned by the expert mechanics I’ve consulted with, are compiled
here for you.
Who am I? I am the owner of one of the largest European online
PelicanParts.com. I designed and built Pelican Parts especially
for the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mechanics who love to work on their own
cars – people just like me. Our website has hundreds of Porsche
technical articles that are the foundation for most of the projects
in this book. If you like what you see in this book, then you will
definitely enjoy more of the same at our website,
The projects in this book are written
in a format and style that should empower anyone to work on his or
her car. One of the principal drawbacks to owning a Porsche is the
high cost of maintaining it. You can literally save thousands of
dollars in mechanic’s costs simply by performing the work
yourself. It is the goal of this book to get more people out working
on their Boxsters - it’s too much fun not to! Plus, when you
personally complete a job on your Boxster, you get the added
satisfaction of having done it yourself. Working on your own car
can give you that emotional attachment to your Boxster that is
common with Porsche owners.
This book is divided into 11 sections,
each focusing on a particular system of the Porsche Boxster. The
“backyard” mechanic can perform almost all of the projects contained
within these pages over a weekend or two. In an attempt to appeal
to everyone, some of the projects are basic, and some are more
advanced. Some of the projects are simply overviews of systems
found on the 3-Series. For example, Project 18, which covers
superchargers and turbochargers, is simply meant to give you an
inside look into what happens when you take your engine’s
performance to the next level.
Most projects follow a distinct how-to
format. Step-by-step instructions tell you how to perform the
job, what tools to use, and what costly mistakes to avoid. The
photos that accompany the projects tell a story of their own. I’ve
spread hints and tips throughout each project, so make sure that you
read all the text and captions in the photos before you start.
In addition to this book, I’ve also
created a bonus website that contains additional information and
photos that I didn’t have room to publish here in print. This bonus
content is available for free at the main website for this book,
www.101projects.com. In addition, I’ve setup the site with a
discussion forum so that you can ask questions and get feedback
regarding any of the projects in the book. You can often find
myself and many other Boxster experts there, ready to share
knowledge and exchange ideas.
Please don’t be afraid to get this
book dirty - take it with you underneath the car. Get it greasy.
Compare the pictures in the book to your own car. Follow along step
by step as you tear into each project. If this book gets dirty, then
I will sleep well at night knowing that it’s being put to good use.
While this book is a great guide for
determining what upgrades and maintenance you need to perform on
your Boxster, it’s not meant to be the only book for your car.
Limited by a fixed page count, I can’t provide the detailed
diagrams, torque settings, and factory procedures that are
documented in the original factory workshop manuals. If you are
planning to work on your own car, I recommend that you invest as
much as you can in books and information that will help you
along the way. Make sure that you review the Information Resources
section in the next section of this book for my recommendations of
the best places to find additional technical information for the
This book is not meant to be read from
cover to cover, but is designed to be flipped through so that you
can get an idea of what projects interest you for your Boxster.
I’ve structured the projects so that you can simply open up the book
and start working on your car. I do recommend, however, that you
read the “Tools of the Trade” section in the first part of
the book, and also Project 1, “Jacking Up Your Car,” before
you start working on any of the projects.
One of the features in this book that
I have taken special care with is the index. I find it especially
frustrating when a good book has a lousy index, where you can’t find
anything useful. For that reason, I’ve personally indexed the book
according unique words found within each project, and also listed
each index item under multiple names. This way, if there are
different names for a part or procedure, it will still be easy to
locate it within the body of the text. For example, brake discs are
listed as both brake discs and brake rotors, as they are sometimes
called. Please feel free to use the index as one of your primary
guides to the book.
Finally, remember that safety
should be your Number One concern. It’s very easy to get so
intimately involved with working on your Boxster that you forget how
fragile and vulnerable the human body can be. Have patience, and
think about every action you make. Think ahead as to what might
happen if you slip, or if something breaks. Using your head a little
will go a long way toward protecting yourself.
I hope you enjoy the book, as I have
spent a long time compiling this information and filtering it so
that it’s easy to understand and follow. If you have any feedback
or questions for me, you can contact me at
this page. Enjoy!