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  1. This sounds so familiar to a problem I had a few years back. Turned out to be the starter but it happened on my Ferrari - not Porsche. It would only start with a jump. Looking at the voltage / electrical makes sense to me.
  2. Yes indeed - both my Boxster S and 911 Turbo have the same thing. About 3 MPH over actual speed. I took it into my dealer to fix and was told they had to be within 5 MPH - anything over / under they would fix. So I’ve just dealt with it. In my case it had nothing to do with tire size - all stock. I could see where that would affect it as well but a larger diameter would reduce the speed reading. I’ve just accepted probably all Porsche models around this period read higher than actual speed.
  3. Definitely not a dumb question... I know if you have a 2-seater then you still qualify for 3+ carpool lanes when driving with 2 occupants. Ultimately you'd run at 3+ to qualify for the more restricted HOV access requiring 3 or more occupants. Most HOV are 2+ so you're fine with that setting in those circumstances. One additional item to be aware of is tolls allowing non-HOV use for a fee; use the Mylar bag to prevent getting "dinged" on these for those running the original toll tag. (Seems like the "Flex" version is meant to prevent this.) Finally - keep an eye on your Fastrak statement
  4. After looking into the LS conversion, I've found it's only available for manual transmission and the cost is much more than anticipated. I spoke to Renegade Hybrids today and was told it's close to $30K for a turn key conversion but doesn't support tiptronic or PDK models - only manual transmission. That said - I have a tiptronic so I'm back to the IMS as a preventative measure and likely should have rushed to have it done back when the class action was settled. Oh well - if the new IMS from LN Engineering is indeed a 75K mile fix vs. the 24K-50K I had seen then it's a little more agreeable
  5. I'll dig around some more but wasn't able to verify Porsche confirming any numbers - the settlement was clear Porsche didn't agree with failure claims. Eisen v. Porsche Cars North America, Inc WWW.EISENIMSSETTLEMENT.COM Eisen v. Porsche Cars North America, Inc What concerns me is despite the retrofit - it sounds like an ongoing problem due to design and despite having a retrofit it could still happen. Seems a retrofit gives 24K-50K and has to be redone? Ultimately I'm not trying to be a jerk about this and feel Porsche burned a g
  6. Interesting - so 10-12% of all single row engines have had an IMS failure and 2-3% of dual row engines have also? I've seen references from a "Porsche enthusiast" that you may be getting this from and seem to see that as the accepted failure rate being repeated multiple times. (i.e. 90% survival rate to 90K miles) If you could help point to the data source(s) you're referencing I would appreciate it. Nobody is arguing it hasn't happened, however, it's still not clear to me as to why the disparity and demonstrated likelihood. If you go back to the original question - should one be concerned
  7. It seems like a pretty small percentage of people were ever actually affected and then some decided to fix it despite not actually even having a problem. I think you’re safe at 66K miles as I seem to recall the problem happening before that or considered you’re safe if you get past 50K miles. Ultimately it still seems a bit mysterious to me why some had it and strikes me as a low number with little predictive and or substantive data. When I first heard about the IMS bearing it really changed my perception of the car and Porsche for how they handled it. I’ve since calmed down bein
  8. I'm at 108K with zero problems of any significance on my 2003 Boxster S tiptronic. The headlight switch assembly has gone out twice now but that's the extent. I'm the original owner and don't think about getting rid of this car anytime in the future. It's a fun little car with 2x the miles of my 2004 911 turbo convertible. I used it as my primary commute vehicle following a second nasty motorcycle accident and now just for fun drives.
  9. When you say discharges steam - where do you observe that? Have you checked your oil to see if any discoloration? Anything on radiators or hoses showing possible leaks?
  10. I've never heard anything like that from mine. It's kind of hard to hear but sounds like it's right at the end of the video.
  11. Hmmmm - Audi had a recall a while back due to the part shorting out and replaced it with the newer module and a wiring harness to mate the old and new design. This probably explains why I can't find the Audi part any longer and perhaps Porsche didn't get the memo? I can still find the Porsche part all day long - just no Audi comparable; which makes sense to me now... Recall Number 06V198000 Recall Date 06/05/2006 Component ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Summary ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HALOGEN LOW
  12. Thank you - I've seen them cheaper but the identical Audi part was around $35 vs. $141. Doubtful but maybe mine will have the Audi part number on it somewhere so I'll check that too and post it if I'm able to locate it. It appears to be a common issue and remember the first time I had this problem - leaving the office late one night and my lights wouldn't turn on. I've seen suggestions about adding a relay to the wire because these go bad from the "arc" created on the terminals when power applied.
  13. I've included a picture as well. I know the part cross references to an Audi / VW part number; which is what I'm looking for... Many thanks! I've searched Google high and low and don't know why I'm not able to find it but had run across a post years ago when I last replaced it. I was able to find it again for my 996 TT when that one went out but can't seem to find it anymore and would rather not pay the Porsche premium price for a semi-generic part. Porsche part number 996-613-535-00
  14. Purchased my 2003 Boxster S (Tiptronic, Guards Red) new and it's just over 108K at the moment. Zero problems other than the headlight switch (need a replacement again). All service performed by dealer or my mechanic.
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