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Yeah, I went to the dealership today and there were two other cabs in there with the same dilemma. It has been raining quite a bit in NY, and it has taken it's toll on some other owners. Apparently insurance has covered the other two victims, and I will find out if my insurance company will come through soon. The damage on one of the other Porsches was over $9,000--the entire cabin was taken apart leaving the metal shell. I'm surprised the Porsche community doesn't expect more from their vehicles. I have owned other convertibles (Benz, Alfa, M3) and drainage was never an issue nor a maintenance item. I can't help but feel this isn't consistent with the ideals and price of our cars. Keep you all posted. Be well.
I haven't checked the "service booklet" yet, but I had no knowledge of my duty to check a drain valve that is found deep in the wheel well. If I am responsible for a maintenance of an item, they have the responsibility to make me aware of that item. Not to mention that the drainage set up defies logic. The placement of the drain, the likelihood of clog, and the proximity to sensitive components is negligent. I will keep the board posted. Thank you.
Scouser, Thank you for the information, unfortunately for me, I became aware of this issue too late. My 2006 Boxster S is now sitting in my garage suffering from a variety of problems...horn blaring, windows moving up and down by themselves, rear spoiler failing, break lights on continuously, etc. What's worse, is, the dealer is claiming the issue is not covered by the warranty. This sounds to me to be ridiculous. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you. Here's what I posted here last February. At the same time I also posted some details on the tools and tricks necessary to gain access to the rear quarter drain area, and to remove the front and rear seats .... so as to remove carpet for drying. Kim 2000 Cab Here is the lesson learned for you Cab owners: a small plastic drain tray runs along the side wall behind the inner upholstery panel beside each back seat. A right angle fitting leads from the low point, sideways through the inner body panel and into the void ahead of the rear tire. If you remove the rear wheel, then the forward side wheel well liner, all you see is the metal body panel right behind it. Almost at the bottom of the body panel is the outlet for the drain tube. The outlet itself is a simple plastic check valve with a rubber flapper valve about the size of a nickel. Therein lies the problem. The rubber was stiff with age, and gummed up about 90% with the same kind of crud you clean out of your gutters ... fine, wet, black gunk. When my car was out in the pouring rain at the airport for 2 days, the 10% drain capacity left was clearly not enough to handle the water flow, and a gallon or so ended up in my back seat floor. I pulled the flapper off, blew out the drain with air, then soaked the flapper in Lexol conditioner to soften it before reinstalling. Considered leaving the rubber flapper off, but was afraid that road debris might come in the other way to block it. Going to pull the driver's side wheel and liner tomorrow. My car has been kept in a garage ... no reason to suspect more than average debris in the drain. You Cab owners might wish to add this to your "check every now and then" list.
Hello all. I have been hit with the "top drainage" problem discussed in other threads. Simply put, the top rain drainage system has apparently become clogged resulting in a build up of water under the rear of the driver seat. It gets worse, while driving the electrical system went nuts (top opening, windows up and down, spoiler malfunction, etc.). The clog has resulted in various shorts of components positioned under the carpet behind the driver seat. Two (2) dealerships have denied this to be a warranty item. Am I nuts? Why would this not be covered? I appreciate any input as I am heading back to address this with the dealership now that I have the benefit of this forum. Thank you.