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Porsche Boxster and Boxster S



  • zainazaina Posts: 5
    DONT fix it yourself. This is a factory defect. Report it, take it back, they need to fix it for free. The wind deflector should not vibrate what so ever, not even a bit. Not even when your driving at 200 KM!! take it back and report it, coz if you mess around with it they'll blame you for the issue.

    if by any chance your hearing a metallic virbation from behind and you mistook it for the wind deflector, then i know for a fact that the previous boxsters (2006 and 2007) have a defect and they occasionally make that noise when you first start accellerating, and i beleiev there was a peice they decided to add on all new cars after their first service. But I am sure the 2009 should have this issue resolved already.
  • tomk17tomk17 Posts: 135
    The fix is 2-3 small pieces of weather-strip foam with a sticky side. That's what they will do a the dealer for no cost like another posted suggests. Bring it in if you want, or save time, get some of this 1/4" foam strip stuff yourself. Put a 1" piece on the 2 sides and the bottom to tighten it up a bit. Worked for me for 2 years.
  • The internet can be a scary place especially if your researching reviews on a car. I interested in buying a 03' Boxster S - it has 60,000 miles and the dealer is willing to throw in a 12-month bumper to bumper warranty. I'm still hesitant just because of everything I'm hearing with the engine issues.... Is there a particular model VIN that the issue are more common? The price is comparable to Edmunds pricing, just cautious about the expense of a Porsche, which I've dreamed of owning since I was a kid.... You all seem to know the car, what should I look out for, how long does the clutch last, expected what does or will need? for that 60,000 of a car?
  • There are now aftermarket solutions for the IMS deficiency in the M96 Porsche engine. I have an older air-cooled 911 and would like to purchase a used Boxster for a daily driver, but like so many hear have been concerned about the longevity of the motor. The aftermarket IMS fix is probably a $1,000 or more upgrade, but it replaces the existing bearing with a new, more robust unit. If I do decide to buy a used Boxster, I will consider this to be a necessary investment in the car and won't drive it until the upgrade is complete. You can find more info by doing a search on LN Engineering or Flat Six Innovations. There have been several articles published on them in various Porsche enthusiasts magazines.

    I totally love my old 911. It's as much a hobby to work on as drive. I need greater reliability and affordability in my daily driver, but the Boxster is alluring enough that I could deal with some pain....just not blown engine pain. Note: The IMS is not the only engine issue with the M96.

    We need a car designed and engineered in europe and built in asia. Americans are building better cars these days, but think asia still has the edge.
  • I am looking at a used 2003 Boxster S with 70K and the IMS has already been fixed at about 56K. Does anyone know what the odds are for another failure if this has been fixed once? My assumption would be that they upgraded/corrected the problem and it might be safe to buy this car? Thanks
  • I'm thinking of selling my '05 Boxster S and am wondering what I could expect to get for it in a private sale. It's Seal Grey with sand interior and grey top, 12K miles, 6-spd, pristine condition, always garaged and dealer serviced, little rain, no snow, never raced. Options include bi-xenons, navigation, heated seats, Bose/windstop. MSRP $60,600. Any ideas on price would be appreciated.
  • $9995... :P

    Now, let me give you my shipping information.... lol..

    j/k.. sounds like a really nice car..

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  • If I remember right, $9995 is what they charge for the leather-trimmed fuse box cover on the option list. :)
  • LOL... not far off, I bet..

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  • I've followed used Boxster pricing for a while. I think your car would be a good deal at $25000. There is a Boxster S in Florida at a dealer for $27K.
  • raw5raw5 Posts: 2
    Did you ever get a resposne to this inquiry? I am in the same situation with my 02 Boxster...need a new rear window after 7 years of use.
    RAW5 in San Diego.
  • raw5raw5 Posts: 2
    Did you get an answer? I too have the same problem
    RAW5 in San Diego
  • das10das10 Posts: 2
    How did you convince PNA to repair the engine at no charge?
  • foxyesqfoxyesq Posts: 26
    I am considering purchasing a roadster as a "weekend" car this spring. I have narrowed it down to two cars - a new 370Z roadster or a Porsche Approved Boxster (2007-08 or an older Boxster S). Both the 370Z and Boxster have similar performance (both way more than I will ever demand) and are about the same price to purchase. While there "is no substitute" for a Porsche, I am concerned about the IMS issues and cost of ownership -- specifically the cost of maintaining the car. Since this will be a luxury purchase, I really don't want any hassles.

    I have been a life-long Z fan and am leaning that way. I also think that the Z will be more reliable and less to maintain. However, I can't ignore the fact that a well-equipt Z comes close to new Porsche territory and costs more than a low mileage Boxster with a great warranty.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • If you were picking coupes between the Z and a Cayman, it would be a tougher choice...

    But, roadsters? Might as well get the car that was built to be a droptop in the first place....

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  • longislander1longislander1 Posts: 111
    I dont' know where you are in your purchase, but one reason that you can buy a low-mileage Boxster for less than a new Z is Porsche's infamous M96 engines. If you go to the Porsche enthusiast sites (and another forum right on here), you can find story after story about low-mileage engine failures, and -- in many cases for cars out of warranty -- Porsche's refusal to pick up part or any of the tab for the replacement engine that can run $15K or more. These engines are in cars produced from 1997 through 2008. Because of this blot on Porsche's record, you will find Boxsters selling for less (as a % of MSRP) than their otherwise inferior competition, such as Audi TT, BMW Z4, etc. Porsche owners have been made to suffer, either in high repair bills or low resale value, with the company apparently taking little responsibility and designing the defect out of the engine for '09. It's something to think about before considering a Porsche purchase. Do you want to buy from a manufacturer that might leave you high and dry? Think about it: if you negotiate a good price on a Porsche and are later stuck with a $15K repair bill, have you really gotten a bargain?
  • jhowiebjhowieb Posts: 1
    I am purchasing a 99 Boxter and would like to find a good mechanic in the Kansas City area. Does anyone know of one?
  • I have owned a 2003 Boxter since 2006 and I am looking for a newer model since I have over 85,000 miles on her.
    I have had NO problems with this car other than a electrical failure that cost me $500.00. I have driven the car from Houston to Seattle and through out the west coast and have loved the experience of owning one. Go for the Porsche you will love it.
  • 2003 boxster s ,recently rear trunk pops open whenever car is running, anybody out there know of any solutions? thanx for the help
  • fantomfantom Posts: 211
    Me too....the engine issue referred to is, at most, one half of one percent, with causes unknown. The poster is an infamous whiner.
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