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  1. Thanks for the advice. I am looking at all options. When you talk about 911 with warranties are you talking about aftermarket warranties? Or are you talking about buying from a dealer and getting a Porsche warranty? The only way I'd buy another Porsche, assuming I sell the boxster as is, is with a warranty as well.
  2. The mechanic I'm dealing with (not my regular mechanic) does a lot of performance engine work and has done several switches in past. His estimate not including clutch materials if required is about 3K for the labor all in. He just did an 02 (non variocam plus) 3.2 into a 99 boxster and it took him 32 hours labor. He's thinking he can cut about three hours off that given that he just did one and can be more efficient this time. Shop time is $99 an hour. In both cases egas to no egas. Could get a 2.5 dropped in for 1K-1200 less likely due to simpler job. 2.5's are just as expensive to b
  3. Thanks. Very interesting and great photos. I'm just about to pull the trigger on an '05 3.2 for my car. Mechanic has done a number of replacements and is confident that he can make it all work like new. Has a fix for the variocam plus and the egas to wire etc. Just doing a bit more homework before I make the plunge.
  4. Thanks for the responses guys. Yes I did mean the IMS, not the rear main seal. Sorry for the typo. It is my understanding that while the IMS problem wasn't solved in later years, I thought that they had done some improvements somewhere around '02. Something about beefing up the bolt that shears off the end. This is the reason I was looking at newer motors. Psychologically, I have a very hard time putting the same motor with the exact same defect in my car. So are the newer motors, while still not perfect, better? Or I am looking at the same odds regardless of what engine I put in? I
  5. Thanks for the responses guys. Yes I did mean the IMS, not the rear main seal. Sorry for the typo. It is my understanding that while the IMS problem wasn't solved in later years, I thought that they had done some improvements somewhere around '02. Something about beefing up the bolt that shears off the end. This is the reason I was looking at newer motors. Psychologically, I have a very hard time putting the same motor with the exact same defect in my car. So are the newer motors, while still not perfect, better? Or I am looking at the same odds regardless of what engine I put in? I
  6. Hello All. New poster here with a big decision to make. I own a 99 boxster 5 spd with just under 90,000 miles. I bought the car used with 84K on it. The car was impeccably maintained at the dealer and had all scheduled services and then some. I live in San Jose. I'm just getting to really enjoy the car since I've only put 6K on it or so. Last week with no warning the engine failed. Sounds like the infamous rms failure. I have the car at my mechanic now and am trying to decide what to do. A crate motor is out of the question due to age and maileage of the car and total cost of redo.
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