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To while away the 5 months between now and delivery in April, I want to read the owner's manual for my new, as yet not built, 2019 718 Boxter. In spite of much searching, all I can find is the Porche on-line manual that includes mostly videos. I would much prefer it simple PDF format so I can load it on my iPad, silently read the detail, and avoid the sometimes situational difficulty in watching videos when others are around also watching video (e.g. TV).



Where can I find the 2019 718 Boxter manual in downloadable PDF format?
 

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Hi! Still no website where to download the manual in PDF? The Good to Know app I think is just a summary of the whole manual. I'd like to have it full.
 

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The Good To Know app has a section titled something like "All Content". It is not videos. It is html-like text with pictures that is pretty much identical to the hard-copy manual, at least for my 2018.
 

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Recently I wrote Porsche proclaiming my dissatisfaction with them concerning the 2017-2019 Cayman Owners Manual not being available in PDF form. Here is their reply:
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"Thank you for contacting Porsche Cars North America in regard to your Cayman and the Owner's Manual.

We appreciate your feedback on the iManuals website, and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please know, while we do not have PDF versions available, you can now access the owners manual from the Porsche Good to Know app. It is available for free in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

If you have any additional questions, we welcome you to contact us by email or by calling 1-800-PORSCHE. We are available Monday through Friday, 8AM to 9PM EST.
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I DO NOT believe there is not a PDF of this file, it HAD to have been put into text somewhere. This is just plain silly. I'm disappointed in Porsche and that is something I thought would never happen.

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Recently I wrote Porsche proclaiming my dissatisfaction with them concerning the 2017-2019 Cayman Owners Manual not being available in PDF form. Here is their reply:
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"Thank you for contacting Porsche Cars North America in regard to your Cayman and the Owner's Manual.

We appreciate your feedback on the iManuals website, and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please know, while we do not have PDF versions available, you can now access the owners manual from the Porsche Good to Know app. It is available for free in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

If you have any additional questions, we welcome you to contact us by email or by calling 1-800-PORSCHE. We are available Monday through Friday, 8AM to 9PM EST.
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I DO NOT believe there is not a PDF of this file, it HAD to have been put into text somewhere. This is just plain silly. I'm disappointed in Porsche and that is something I thought would never happen.

Have you hugged your Porsche today? (it won't catch or transmit anything but fun)
Unless you specifically want the PDF for some purpose other than to simply read it, eg, to print a second copy, give the app a try. As others have mentioned above, the "Functions in Detail" section is a faithful reproduction of the Owner's Manual that comes with the car. The benefits are it fits on a phone, and is quite a bit simpler to navigate.
 

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As others have mentioned above, the "Functions in Detail" section is a faithful reproduction of the Owner's Manual that comes with the car. The benefits are it fits on a phone, and is quite a bit simpler to navigate.
If more people used its feedback panel at the bottom asking for a search button then maybe a resulting searchable whole would be much more useful.

PostEdit: my bad, didn't back out far enough to see the search box at the very top.
 

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If more people used its feedback panel at the bottom asking for a search button then maybe a resulting searchable whole would be much more useful.

PostEdit: my bad, didn't back out far enough to see the search box at the very top.
And the search box is one way the app makes it easier to navigate the manual than the hardcopy. That and the hyperlinks.
 

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Yes, I tend to look around myself and THEN try a search. I was looking for the usual search button in the top status bar at the current reading location. Didn't immediately think of leaving what I was reading and backing out all the way to the start. Now I know... but I'll still keep sending in feedback reports asking for an actual per page search button AOT the generic scattergun search box facility at the front. Horses for courses so to speak. FWIW I'd discounted the front page stuff as just more videos - just saying;-)
 

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The manual used to be available online. So Porsche is stating it's available on your phone now via an app? That's nice, but I would like to access it via my desktop and laptop. I wish they would put it back on the website.
 

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I don't read on my phone when I can easily read on a laptop or tablet, and that's the point - Why won't Porsche release it. And the reply from them 'we don't have it in pdf' is a big fat lie. The C8 manual is all over the place.
 

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it in pdf' is a big fat lie. The C8 manual is all over the place.
What does the C8 manual have to do with whether Porsche chooses not to offer a pdf of the 718 manual?
 

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And the reply from them 'we don't have it in pdf' is a big fat lie.
Before I took delivery of my 718 Boxster I read quite a bit in the then available online manual to get acquainted with the car on beforehand.
I would also have preferred a PDF, but as I remember the online manual it worked more as an online directory with lots of crosslinking hyperlinks to different sections than an actual "flat" PDF file, so when Porsche says they don't have it as a PDF I actually believe them.
Besides the once available online manual and the very similar manual available in the "Good to know" app, Porsche would very likely only have used the "manual-data" for printing the hard-copy manuals, and I highly doubt that PDF files are involved in this process.
 

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Before I took delivery of my 718 Boxster I read quite a bit in the then available online manual to get acquainted with the car on beforehand.
I would also have preferred a PDF, but as I remember the online manual it worked more as an online directory with lots of crosslinking hyperlinks to different sections than an actual "flat" PDF file, so when Porsche says they don't have it as a PDF I actually believe them.
Besides the once available online manual and the very similar manual available in the "Good to know" app, Porsche would very likely only have used the "manual-data" for printing the hard-copy manuals, and I highly doubt that PDF files are involved in this process.
May I politely beg to differ ...on a point. It would be highly unusual nowadays for PDFs NOT to be involved in some way. If not being the actual transport mechanism to the printing imagesetters, direct-to-print mechanisms and the on-line web site servers. I agree with Bill H ...though would use a more politic terminology:) My inclination is that by keeping the manual 'on-line' accessed by known (ie signed in users) Porsche derive considerable hidden marketing data on what is being searched, read and when. This is not possible after letting a discrete PDF instance out into the wild.
 

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I went to look for the online manual the other day and discovered it was taken down. This must have happened fairly recently. I have used it many times before to quickly search for answers on the car's operation. I haven't tried the app yet, but really would prefer to read it on a large monitor instead of a small phone screen. Why Porsche would do this is a mystery to me. Perhaps they are trying to somehow monetize the manual by obtaining user or marketing data. Whatever the reason, it's defintely a step backwards in ease of use for the owner.
 
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