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    Re: I Need Advice

    i recently had the rattling sound out of my tailpipe and now engine wont start. has anyone had the same problem? please help


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    Re: Boxster Motor Swap?

    My 1998 Boxster blew its engine a few months after I bought it, with 6700 miles on the engine. They replaced it under warranty with a "remanufactured" engine. I picked it up and headed straight to my friendly neighborhood BMW dealer, where I traded it on a 1998 M Roadster. Heck of a car, even if it lacked the handling finesse of a Porsche.

    If you can find a late-model M3 in your price range, or a good Z3/Z4, you will find them to be much more reliable than any Porsche. I've owned Porsche's and BMW's in equal numbers over the years, but no Porsche will ever darken my garage again. They're all about impressing people, not about reliability.

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    Re: Boxster Motor Swap?

    I am really amazed how many people has had so many problems with the Boxster and how I've been blessed so far with my 97 Boxster. It just turned 104k miles and still running very strong. The only discrepancy I've been having is with CD player which is now acting up by trying to play a CD without a CD in it and will kick in while listening to radio. Other than that, all works well.
    I feel so sorry for all of you who have endured all the headaches and frustration on a vehicle that is supposed to live up to its reputation and yet, you are ignored and not given the proper help, respect and service by Porsche representatives. For the sticker price of these vehicles, you would expect them to be reliable. Although I have been lucky with my Boxster, I don't think I would buy another one as a replacement, I think BMW will be the way to go especially since you don't hear of major mechanical problems as the Porsche Boxster has had.

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    Re: Boxster Motor Swap?

    I just had the engine warning light on and a misfire, oh no is this the end? does anyone know hwat could be wrong?
    I will let you know

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    Re: blown 1998 boxster engine

    What process did you take in order for the Porsche dealership to pay for 1/2 of the cost of a new engine? It looks like my 98 Boxster with 54K is leaking exhaust into the coolant, so my engine may be the next to go on the list of failed engines.

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    Re: Blown 99 Boxster Engine

    I will never buy another Porsche as long as I live, my 03 Boxster was towed into the Porsche specialist this morning following a breakdown on Sunday, ive just had a call to inform me its engine failure again!!! The engine was replaced at 13,000 mile by Porsche GB (good will claim) in May 2006 after the intermediate shaft disintegrated, I cannot believe this has happened again after another 17,000 mile. My options are to contact Porsche again or have a 2nd hand engine fitted via the specialist for about 2.5k. I cant see Porsche offering free gratis again so I may be better to cut ly losses get the 2nd hand engine then get rid of it fast. Trouble is what do you buy after driving a Porsche!! Am still trying to get my breath back at the momentand am driving dads car until the Boxsters fixed its a 15yr old vauxhall cavalier (with no street cred).

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    Re: ANOTHER 1999 Boxster -blown engine at 37K


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    Re: Blown 98 Boxster Engine

    About three monthes ago, I'm in Miami traffic going no more than 20 mph when I hear the horrible sound coming from my engine. I look out my rearview mirror and sure enough there is this huge cloud of white smoke behind me. I immediately pull over and see there is not only white smoke coming out of my exhaust, even flames. I have only owned this car for 8 monthes and am scared out of my mind!

    Sure enough, after having it towed to the Collection here in town, the engine is locked and there's nothing to do but replace it. They are not willing to help me out in the slightest bit by calling Porsche North America or anything. Honestly, I don't want to spend another dime on this car. I just want to get rid of it. Do you know where I can find people who are interested in purchasing a non-running 1998 Boxster? Anyone who would love a Porsche for a good price and is interested in rebuilding or purchasing a rebuilt engine?

    I just put had Lo-Jack installed, new tires, new convertible top...this is a ridiculously expensive car to mantain and I'm all out of money for this car.

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    Re: blown 1998 boxster engine


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    Re: blown 2001 boxster engine

    mdboxster how did it turn out with getting a new Engine paid for?

    2 days ago my 02 Boxster with 27K miles blew up with no warning. The dealer is pretty much no help and can't give me a reason why the engine is blown. He indicated that there is metal in the Oil Pan plus the Oil pump and Cam chain failed. He said that Porsche will not help because of the age of the car ( 6 years old )

    I just bought the car from a good friend of mine 2 weeks prior to the engine going to crap.

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    blown 1999 porsche boxster engine

    im driving on the highway as usual when i hear a little noise and suddenly my boxster comes to a hault...yes the mechanic said the engine blew...does n e one know where i can buy another engine for cheap??

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    Re: All these blown engines

    Bruce my man.........you are correct.

    The majority of blown engines are for those who ignore oil gauges, coolant gauges, and those with no regard for a tachometer. All they want to hear is the throaty roar from the lone tailpipe. I have a 1999 with 30K miles. Drive it twice a week in Hawaii where I can't go 75 mph, let alone go through the gear box at 7000 rpm's every gear. I can however get to drive year round topless. The frequency does appear quite high for some, so this is not being discounted, especially if these blown engines have 7K, 11K, and 20K in miles.

    I did find out that a nut in the oil separator tank breaks off internally and this is alarming. This part is not part of an abusive driver. When this breaks off the engine seizes, oil leaks, and the bolt shavings distribute internally until the damage is done.

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    Re: blown 1999 boxster engine

    I have a 1999 Boxster with 30K miles. I've owned it for 24 months. The vehicle receives annual trips to the dealer for 10 quarts of synthetic Mobil One, a carbon air filter, new blades nad complete brake flush. I avoid having my right foot planted to the floor board and also avoid trying to see if I can rotate the rpm gauge. Additionally, I'm not in bumper to bumper traffic watching the coolant gauge creep over 210 every 5 minutes. The vehicle is an engineering marvel. The engine oil dip stick did not drop 1/100 of a millimeter over 1 year. These listed cases are extreme and alarming, so credence is due. Some are probably related to abuse and mechanical neglect. However, the low mile engine malfunctions are something to consider and not be taken lightly. I am however in Hawaii....which is the most ideal climate on the planet for sports cars. Never below 72 and never above 88. This means the car never over heats and the heater is never on.

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    Blown * boxster engine

    I have been comtemplating building my own EV.

    I currently drive a 350Z Roadster -- and just love driving
    roadsters.

    Even before I came across the topic of many blown boxster engines,
    I had figured the Boxster might make a good donor vehicle for
    my EV project.

    The Boxster has a curb weight 600lbs lighter than the 350Z,
    and heck of a lot better looks than a Z3.

    So the question I have is -- how do I get my hands on
    a Boxster with a blown engine -- that is otherwise in
    great shape?

    Otherwise -- I'm paying for an engine I'm only going to
    rip out.

    thanks,

    M

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    Re: Blown 99 Boxster Engine

    Intermediate shaft failed 25k miles.Yada yada engine failed.Porsche contacted.Waiting for reply.Porsche mechanic 20+ years exp.stated very common failure,factory corrected w/redesign bearing+shaft Late 04.

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    Re: Blown 98 Boxster Engine

    I feel sorry for you guys. I thought you had the great "German enginering". Well how come my $900 Suzuki (Geo) Metro is still running like a champ @ 170,000 miles, gets 45 MPG AND I can buy like 10 for the price of 1 Boxster!?

    I was once caught in the game of needing to have a nice car (911 Turbo) but then realized I have a large [Oops!].

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    Re: Blown 03 Boxster Engine Out of Warranty

    Hi,
    I just had the same thing happen to my 2003 Boxter S with 42 K miles. Past the warranty of 4 years by a year. Light flutter like noise and then just shut down. The dealer said that it was a cylinder 5 sleeve that let go and damaged the engine beyond repair.

    Porsche agreed to pay for a new engine but not the install cost. So I am looking at $3500.00 bill. They think I should be happy, but I am pissed. Why shoud I pay for what I believe is a defective engine. The web is loaded with these stories. I think this is more likely a deferred / managed and subsidized by the consumer slow recall.

    I asked the service guy at the dealer how I would know "it won't happen again" and he said that the engines have been modified to prevent this. Well, that was telling and marks the beginning of a hobby investigation.

    Anyone with any information, please share via my address normjr1@gmail.com.

    Thanks,
    Norm (a not so happy porsche owner).

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    Convertible top

    I Have a 1997 Boxter. As I was putting the top[ up a loud screeching noise occured and the top would not go up or down.

    I took it to my dealer and he explained that the top transmission was out of timing. That caused the ball stud and arm to break off.
    Replacement cost is $4000.00.Doesn't seem rite to me as we use a hard top during the winter,so the raising and lowering of the top is not that frequent.

    Has anyone had this problem?? Please let me know.

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    Re: Thinking about purchasing a 97 boxster

    I've owned a BMW 3 series for 8 years now. I've had a lot of problems. I have sorted most of them out and my car is in good condition. However, I was thinking about a used Porsche Boxter S next year. I'm glad I came to this board! I will not buy one of these cars only to have engine failure... I guess i'll go for a slightly used Z4M or Z4 3.0is.

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    Re: blown 1999 porsche boxster engine

    I am trying to get people together for legal action against Porsche concerning the IMS failures. Can you help
    Rich

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