Thought that I would start a thread on my PCar journey and in particular the fun I have had with a Boxster
Always have enjoyed the Porsche marque and wanted one but like most finances, family etc got in the way. My wife organised a half day drive out of Sydney up the North coast in Boxster's and I had a ball. Talking with the guy who runs the drive days he basically said that you could pick up a Boxster for about the same money as a new Hyundai, running cost are about the same but they are a whole lot more fun. When I got back home did some research and found out that he was pretty much on the money.
So I looked around and ended up purchasing a base model 2004 Boxster with 50,000 km on the odometer that had the engine replaced by Porsche in Sydney at about the 38,000km mark.
First upgrade was the sound system. The basic unit was replaced by a double DIN Kenwood unit, 5 channel power amp, 6.5 inch door speakers (none to start with), new 1 inch tweeters and an 8 inch sub in the passenger foot well. Now if I want I can really crank the tunes.
Next was the exhaust. The stock Boxster sounds a bit like a wet fart. Initially had a custom system installed by an exhaust shop. This was then replaced by a full stainless 55 mm (up from stock 42mm) system. Headers and exhaust box by Gembella, 200 CEL cats from M&M Power out of Germany (as best I can research they OEM the Gembella gear).
This sounds fantastic and was exactly the sound that I was looking for. Short youtube clip so you can hear the difference.
Next up was to improve the look of the car.
First up was some decals on the bonnet and boot.
Then I was tossing up between some speedster humps or a hardtop. The speedster humps won out as I like the way they add some visual bulk to the centre of the car, particularly in profile.
Latest acquisition is some 996 GT3 sports (comfort) seats complete with Porsche crest . Will be fitting these in the next week or so.
After that I'm not sure what is next. Options that I am considering are:
a short shift
some decent tires might be the best VFM option
suspension mods but wouldn't want to make it to hard
Sprint Booster to improve accelerator response
Anyway will post as I go.