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05' Boxster ( no dip stick)

is this a reliable way to check the oil,all done buy computer or sensor,..with no back up like a dip stick,..I say its a bad idea,..just like the NO spare tire !!! Thanks frank
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This feature is not at all unusual. My 2001 Boxster used to have a manual dipstick and an electronic readout. Both were very close to each other in oil amount. My daughter's 2014 Audi Q5 has electronic readout only. I had to dig out the owner's manual to find out how to get the correct screen for oil quantity. I would think if there was low oil pressure and low quantity then a flashing oil symbol would come up.

I prefer a regular dipstick but it seems to be not unusual to have an electronic readout only on some cars. I don't see too many complaints about it so it seems to be the norm for many cars now.
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It is just so strange to trust electronics, but I guess the space shuttle had to,,,LOL Thanks Frank
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I think it's pretty easy to retrofit a dipstick to the 987.1s (not 3.4L). If you've got a 3.4L (like me) you're screwed. I think the early 3.2L and the 2.7L are good to go. I found instructions and parts needed online once.
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05's were built for rich folks than can't be bothered. I think I'd go with what "masraum" suggested. Or just trust the electronics. (What I'd probably do.)
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It is just so strange to trust electronics, but I guess the space shuttle had to,,,LOL Thanks Frank
And the shuttle is 50 year old technology.
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Be happy Porsches use electronic readouts. If they used a dip stick, Porsche would probably pull the VW / Audi plastic version off the parts shelf and use it rather than source their own. The VW / Audi version disintegrates into a million pieces after 8 yrs.
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WOW,..thats a shame,they have already hurt thier reputation enough.
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