How user-serviceable should a car be? Should special tools be required to perform basic tasks? If the car in question is a sporty car, should there be less effort on the manufacturer's part to ensure serviceability (because it's a "toy" and more likely to be owned by people with multiple cars) or more (because sporty cars tend to have longer in-service lifetimes and have a more self-service-oriented owner base)? After performing most of the 30,000-miles service on my 2004 Boxster S "Anniversary Edition", I believe I've become a little more passionate about my answers to the above questions. This is what Porsche recommends for the 30k on a Boxster:
- Oil and filter change, with Mobil 1 15-50
- Air filter
- Cabin air filter
- Fuel filter (with caveats, see below)
- Sparkplugs (really? At 30k????)
- Unplug subwoofer while removing the first of the three covers on top of the engine. Do not damage plug. Remember where plug goes, since that area is not visible when replacing the cover.
- Using a Philips head screwdriver, disassemble the air filter cover and filter mount, then work the old filter out sideways, being sure not to break the mouth of the air intake. The air filter arrangement on my car is the 987 filter arrangement, which flows much more air and sounds cool but which is more complex than the original.