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MY 03 PORSCHE BOXSTER OVERHEATS AND LOSES COOLANT, WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT?

PORSCHE BOXSTER OVERHEATS AND LOSES COOLANT, WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT? IT WILL LEAK OUT THE BACK BUT IM NOT SURE IF THATS THE OVERFLOW LOCAL GARAGE SAY ITS NOT LOSING PRESSURE? THEY THINK IT MUGHT BE BLO...

Luggage Compartment

I am getting an oily substance leaking into my "tire filling compressor" storage area in my luggage compartment. Any idea what this leak may be from??

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1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 996

Hi, um, I'm in the market for a 911 Carrera 996, and I was concerned about a couple of points. One is the lifespan of the car, and of the steptronic automatic transmission. In addition, where to get ...

Should I Buy? Porsche 944

I have the opportunity to purchase a 1987 Porsche 944, 43,600 miles, automatic, looks to be in excellent condition. The guy is asking 6,500. Is that reasonable? I'm hoping to get him down to 4,000 or ...

Piston Failure- No 2 Piston Small Crack On Top

Hello. My Cayenne diesel has 130000 km on clock. Bought new and with complete Porsche service record. Injectors are OK. Do you know of similar problems in the VW group with these 3 litre diesel engin...

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Porsche Overview

The origins of Porsche reach back more than a century, to the year of 1900, when a vehicle called the Lohner-Porsche electric car was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show. It was the first in a long line of vehicles, leading up to the current year, that would bear the Porsche name.
That first vehicle at the Paris Auto Show was equipped with wheel hub motors devised by a young German engineer named Ferdinand Porsche. Porsche's legendary career would continue into the 1920s, when he developed the Mercedes SS and SSK supercharged sports car, and into the 1930s, when he designed and produced the first Volkswagens.
After the war, Porsche's son, also named Ferdinand but called Ferry, first envisioned a car that would carry the Porsche badge. The result, introduced in the late 1940s, was the Porsche 356. Essentially, the 356 was Ferry's two-seat version of the Volkswagen Beetle, which had been designed by his father. It proved to be so popular that it was sold into the early 1960s.
Ferry followed that with the 500 Spyder, which was produced through the 1950s, and the 911 sport coupe, which made its debut in 1964. The 911 was originally conceived as a four-seat follow-up to the 356, but Ferry Porsche eventually decided to make it a two-seater with an air-cooled rear engine, just like the Beetle, although with larger dimensions, more interior room, and more power than the 356. The 911 was an instant hit. In 1970, a turbocharged version of the 911 was introduced, and the 911 continues in production to this day.
Other models followed the introduction of the 911 in the 1960s. The 912, for example, made its debut in 1965 as a replacement for the 356. In an effort to make it affordable, it was built on the 911's platform but used the four-cylinder engine from the 356. The 914 mid-engined sports car replaced the 912 in the late 1960s.
The 924 and the 928 followed in the 1970s, while the 944 made its debut in 1982. Also produced for a short run in the late 1980s was the high-performance, all-wheel-drive 959, which was a precursor of the Carrera.
Introduced in 1992, the 968 was actually a continuation of the 944, which itself was a continuation of the 924. The two-seat, open-top Boxster roadster was added to Porsche's lineup in 1997 as the automaker's entry-level vehicle, while the Cayenne SUV made its debut in 2003.

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