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Old 06-12-2018, 09:29 PM
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I've done a search on "workshop manual" and didn't pick up anything recent.

I'm a DIY mechanic with a new to me '99 2.5 manual and am looking for a good workshop manual (I'll buy the Pelican book and the Bentley manual).

Google brought up lots of PDF offers which look dodgy. Are they?
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by John McM View Post
I've done a search on "workshop manual" and didn't pick up anything recent.

I'm a DIY mechanic with a new to me '99 2.5 manual and am looking for a good workshop manual (I'll buy the Pelican book and the Bentley manual).

Google brought up lots of PDF offers which look dodgy. Are they?
Years ago I found a link to download both the 996 and 986 factory manuals in digital form. (PDF's.) The PDF's were not quite complete but what was there was useful. If you can find a link to download the PDF's I'd recommend you download them even if the PDF's may not be complete.

Don't recall if this the link but check it out:

https://workshop-manuals.com/porsche/

Whether or not I would pay for a set of manuals on CD/DVD I can't say for sure, but I might be tempted if the price was not too high.

Sorry to report that not too long ago, since I no longer own a Boxster, I recently gave a printed set of manuals (60lbs worth) away to another owner.
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Look for the Bentley Manual.
Bentley manuals are quite good.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by John McM View Post
I've done a search on "workshop manual" and didn't pick up anything recent.

I'm a DIY mechanic with a new to me '99 2.5 manual and am looking for a good workshop manual (I'll buy the Pelican book and the Bentley manual).

Google brought up lots of PDF offers which look dodgy. Are they?
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The Pelican book is excellent and the photos are extremely helpful. The Pelican book covers all the things that are commonly in need of repair. The Bentley manual does cover some things that are not in the Pelican book.
If you have both you will have most everything you'll likely need.
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Second the good reviews of the Bentley Boxster manual. Mine was dogeared from all the use I gave it.

Never bought the Pelican book so I have no experience with that.
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John,
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Thanks everyone. That's exactly what I was looking for, especially the links that Doug sent.

I have done a full engine rebuild on my 964 so I'm not a complete novice mechanic but I'm back to square one here as shown by my second key not working and setting the alarm off. Baby steps towards building a Spec Boxster racer.
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I bought one of those digital downloads on Ebay. Really cheap, like $10 and worth about that. Poorly done and seems to be missing stuff. And I guess I'm used to American and Japanese manuals, whose organization isn't a puzzle. I've gotten by with the downloaded manual. Wayne R. Dempsey's "101 Projects for the Porsche Boxster" is a really good deal and is very helpful. Good quality print & binding job and really nice pictures. Between Bentley and Wayne Dempsey, you pretty much have everything you need.

A lot of the wiring connectors are like finger puzzles. And I haven't found anything anywhere that helps figure them out.

BTW, Wayne is a presence on these Pelican sponsored forums, a very knowledgeable and helpful man! I think he's the guy behind all the wonderful how to writeups on the Pelican site.

And there are volumes of info at your finger tips on the internet!
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