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  1. Same problem. Mine was a faulty coolant cap. If its a steady stream from the right rear area there is a good chance this is your issue
  2. I've been driving with an RMS leak for 6 years. It has only seeped a little at a time and I keep up with my maintenance like clockwork, everything much earlier than recommended by Porsche. Anyway, I have only driven my Boxster about 20K in those years but surprisingly no issues. I refrained from driving it much for a long time but finally decided that I needed to start having fun with it. I would like to fix it but shortly after I identified the leak I had quit my corporate career and bought a business. I now have 3 and made a decision that they were more important so all my cash goes to them. I hope to have it replaced by the end of the year and am crossing my fingers it will not become catastophic. Anyway, my Indy initially told me not to freak out about it however I have gone far far longer than he recommended to go. As far as pricing is concerned, Jake Raby (who is the Man!) quoted me $3500.00 for the IMS, RMS, Clutch, Labor. Dealer type prices but I would never have to worry again. I am planning on taking it to him, plus I live about 10 miles away from his facility so that means a lot as well. Best of luck to you.
  3. Sorry to hear about your Boxster. I hope to not see that day for many years. When I do I hope to take it as well as you did. Best of luck with your next vehicle.
  4. Absolutely. The people are just as amazing as the cars.
  5. I have a similar issue as well that started yesterday. 02 Boxster. Front trunk will not open with either method and it too is sporadic.
  6. It's kind of like buying a new car, it's all about features. I hear tons of people who prefer the Escort. I however like the V1 because of the arrows. Either way you go I think you will be happy.
  7. On most cars there is a Shift Interlock. Not sure what Porsche calls it. It is usually a 'trigger' located near the top of the brake pedal. Keeps people from accidentally knocking the gearshift into neutral and risking damage or rolling down a hill. This is why you need to put your foot on the brake before shifting. If this piece goes bad it is common to get symptoms like you have (even though it seems like pressing harder on the shift button helps). I hope it ends up being an easy fix for you whatever it is.
  8. The leather will gradually get softer again, with the use of a good leather conditioner it will be quicker and better (less chance of premature cracking). I would be more worried about the seat foam being ruined, hard, full of mildew etc. It can sometimes take several days for the foam to dry out even though on the surface it feels dry. Fans, lysol, open top in the garage, etc will help. With all due respect, being that this is at least the second time this has happened to you, you might want to find the hack that places a plastic/tupperware container around the PCM under the driver's seat. You are fortunate that your car still starts and performs properly. Best of luck to you.
  9. It's probably your catalytic converters and exhaust shields cooling down. If it sounds kind of like hitting a tin can with a hammer a bunch of times that is normal. If it is more than that you may have an issue. My bet is that you are fine.
  10. This hose also appears to be leaking oil and based on its pattern I do not believe it to be from the RMS (although mine is leaking a little). It is at the rear of the engine below almost anything else. Does anyone know what this is and where is goes?
  11. Do you only smell it on startup or all the time? There is a chance it is your fuel cap if it is at startup.
  12. Luckily its an easy fix. All you need is a new coolant tank cap.
  13. I'm not a Tech but it sounds to me like you may have not tightened/connected something completely when installing the AOS or perhaps there is a hole/leak in one of the tubes or connectors. Also on the first sound file there is a dip in the idle that would indicate the system does not have the proper vaccuum (unless you were barely moving the throttle.) Maybe it came a little loose while driving the past two weeks.
  14. Nope, unfortunately they generally do not share records. You may find a few dealers out there willing to work with you or other shops but it is few and far between.
  15. When you heard it were you driving by a building or a guard rail? I have a mysterious noise too -sounds kind of like exhaust wanting to come out but being blocked. More of a pressured whooshing than a hissing but perhaps we are hearing the same. I don't hear it at idle either or unless I am passing by something and getting reverberation from it. Does this describe what you are experiencing?
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