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1999 Boxster 2.7, Viola Metallic


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I brought this 1999 Boxster home last weekend - it's my first Porsche, having never owned one previously

 

Since my Mk8 Golf R order is delayed until March 2022 at the earliest due to factory order backlog, I was looking around to see what to run over the winter. There wasn't much taking my fancy with plenty used cars having inflated values, even at the lower end of the price range, with plenty being poor quality also.

 

I remembered that a good friend of mine recently bought a garage in Kingussie in the Highlands of Scotland after the previous owner retired and that he'd had a couple of winterised cars for sale recently. A couple of questions about what stock he had or knew of led to this most inappropriate spec of winter car, his own Boxster 2.7 that he'd bought earlier this year. One of his side plans for the business is to build up a fleet of good quality classic convertibles for hire (such as Porsche Boxster, Alfa Spider, etc) so he assures me he wants to buy this back when I'm finished with it. 😀

 

It was serviced last week with no issues, and so the deal was finalised with my friend to buy it from him. First Porsche for me, having never bit the bullet before. Seems to have a good history, 6 previous owners and strong mechanically and he's had it up on the ramp several times himself to check over the underside and engine for leaks, etc.

 

Finished in Viola Metallic, it's an October 1999 registered MY2000 Finland built 2.7, 5 speed manual with couple of subtle exterior mods such as the later front & rear lights to lose the ambers, a heated glass rear screen and fitted with 18" Turbo wheels rather than the 19" shown in one picture when he bought it from the previous owner. He'd already fitted some 18" Bridgestone Blizzak tyres in preparation for the Highland winters. Otherwise, it's as Porsche intended.

 

I understand that the colour is quite rare only being used for 3 model years at extra cost over and above metallic/pearl and it should clean up really nice when machine polished. Definitely prefer the later style lights with Viola, rather than amber, when looking at other early Viola cars

 

I believe it's only got one key and the CDR32 dot matrix display is beginning to pixelate, so will investigate options to repair or replace. Have also ordered a Chinese Bluetooth adaptor to plug into the CD/Aux connector to allow streaming/calls to go through the head unit. Other than that, just plan to polish & keep it clean, scrub & proof the hood and sell it back to him in the spring in at least good as condition as it is now.


It was a memorable first journey back in the car, driving back through the Highlands of Scotland and across the Cockbridge to Tomintoul road/The Lecht Ski centre - high, twisty road which is usually one of the first to close in the UK with bad weather!

 

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Was going to change the headlamp bulbs to something brighter and modern, but can't find the headlamp removal tool that's supposed to be in the toolkit.   Oh well. time for a spin before suns

I think it's great - goes from black, to dark blue, to purple then violet depending on the sun!    

Before the heavy rain started a couple of days ago, I'd been able to spend the afternoon just giving it a quick scrub and clean - the hood looked clean from a distance but had dirt and bird markings o

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After one week, it's apparent that the Boxster runs sweet. Partial main dealer/specialist and independent service history over the years, but big ticket items like clutch, radiators, etc have been done.For a 22 year old car, it's in good condition - quick jet wash after getting home, and it definitely needs a machine polish but the colour really is nice in the metal.

 

First job when home was to poke around in the drain holes front and rear - just as well really, as whilst two were clear, drivers side front and passenger rear were partially clogged, so a root around with a wire pipe cleaner did the trick - I'd rather not pay for a new ECU when the rain water finds its way to the ECU under passenger seat.

 

Everything else works fine apart from the LCD display on the radio is beyond salvage - have found a new panel on eBay Germany which is on it's way to me now, as well as an aftermarket Bluetooth adaptor to plug into the Aux socket in lieu of a CD autochanger. Also, passenger seat electric backrest doesn't work either so will check fuses/relays and cabling another day

 

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Before the heavy rain started a couple of days ago, I'd been able to spend the afternoon just giving it a quick scrub and clean - the hood looked clean from a distance but had dirt and bird markings on it. A (relatively) quick snow foam bath, de-tar and hood scrub yielded some good results - when the weather improves, I plan to give it a machine polish and a decent hard wax coating for the winter weather

 

Also organised a cheap emergency key from a supplier mentioned in a Porsche forum which was delivered very promptly - I need to wait for the new V5 before my local OPC will agree to order a proper second key, which I know isn't cheap but I'd rather spend a little now to prevent any pain down the line. They've signed me up for the Classic Register at least to sooth the pain with some discount!

 

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1 hour ago, JonnyG said:

Looking good !  ... might be worth getting some good protection on the hood (if not done already) ready for Winter 👍

 

  

 

Yeah, I bought some hood protectant stuff that ought to repel water quite easily - just waiting for a dry day to apply it.

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Progress with the head unit - fitted a Chinese made Bluetooth adaptor that arrived this morning. Literally plug and play by removing the CD changer preparation plug and swapping in the Bluetooth connection. Quick search on the phone for Bluetooth connections, paired the phone and I can now stream calls and music direct to the headunit :)

 

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We'll see how this goes, but if I can find a Bluetooth & DAB stereo at a reasonable price that looks period and suits the look of the dash, may replace it.

 

I also managed to temporarily fix the display panel which was all pixelated - I noticed that some of the pins on the back were slightly bent and dirty so wondered if it was a perhaps down to a dodgy pin or two. Wipe down with alcohol wipes and some gentle leverage has given me back a working display (for now anyway) - it's a bit flaky though and I have a new one on the way already from eBay Germany

 

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Your Boxster looks very nice.  The color is striking.  Don't think I've seen once like that here in the States.  I bought my '03 in 2014 with circa 25K miles.  It now has 38K and has proved a wonderful companion to the three Rs I've had during that time (MK6, MK7, MK7.5).  Annual maintenance isn't cheap, but having a competent independent mechanic go over it once a year seems to keep it fit and trouble-free.  I wish you similar luck with yours.

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Had a bit of spare time today, so blitzed the car panels with the machine polisher - the paint is seriously hard and not easy to get results, but with a bit of effort and a mix of compounds & pads, I think the results are more than acceptable for a 22 year old car - there are still a few deeper marks and chips that just aren't possible to fix.

 

Rain started before I had the opportunity to wax it, but will try later this week

 

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5 hours ago, Cogito said:

Your Boxster looks very nice.  The color is striking.  Don't think I've seen once like that here in the States.  I bought my '03 in 2014 with circa 25K miles.  It now has 38K and has proved a wonderful companion to the three Rs I've had during that time (MK6, MK7, MK7.5).  Annual maintenance isn't cheap, but having a competent independent mechanic go over it once a year seems to keep it fit and trouble-free.  I wish you similar luck with yours.

 

 

 

Thanks - this is now on 83k miles but has a good history of main dealer, specialists and independents over the years - quite a comprehensive folder of receipts and orders to show what has been done and when.

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Candles upgraded today to some 200% brighter Halfords H7 - went for the budget upgrade. Dead easy to remove the headlamps with the correct tool, so 5 minute job per side to swap in new H7s all round

 

Fabsil waterproofing for the roof applied last Sunday is doing a sterling job too.

 

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Not much to report back on over the Christmas period - had some great drives on quiet roads.

 

Had the rear wheels checked out for balancing/buckles after a random vibration at speed at the rear - all tyres & wheel seem to check out OK. Hasn't reoccured, so probably a missing weight

 

Wax coatings are still holding up really well, and took the opportunity to replace the cabin filter which has clearly seen better days - refreshing to have a 2 minute job to change it, and not having to dismantle glove boxes and half the interior trim of modern cars!

 

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