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Went with the 2000 low miles engine from the east coast. Just decided to roll the dice on this one and did NOTHING to it, except an oil change. Now have 5k on it after running the crap out of it this summer and have had zero issues. I have begun to believe that problems with this engine are luck-of-the-draw. All of this stated, this vintage 996 is extremely affordable and if they have a failure you just have to not go crazy on your remedy. I heard of a guy putting a dealer engine in his '99 for $20k. And he could probably get 18k for the car.
danothemano replied to natzee's topic in DIY Articles - Boxster (986) - Common Fixes and RepairsJust did my horn fix tonight. Had a blown fuse and removed the bumper to replace the horns with $20 recycled from eBay. Took 20 minutes to remove bumber but the key is the 2 bolts that are behind the side marker light. One is obvious and the other is just behind the wheel well cover. Just peel it back and unscrew it. Put in the new horn and new fuse and that is really loud! Thought I was done until I pulled onto the street and the bushings were bad. So I also did the silicone repair. I got a T30 3 inch torx from Harbor Freight to take off the airbag screws. Yes, they are locktighted in there but break away easily enough...but it does take a little leverage to do so. I used regular silicone on both sides and it works great. NOTE: there is no particular need to disconnect the airbag connectors. just slightly awkward applying the silicone to the back bottom 2 but easy enough. Allow 2 hours for the horn replacement/front bumper removal and replacement. And allow 1.5 hours for the steering wheel silicone repair....But I was not in a particular hurry and it was my first time at each, which always takes longer, right? Thanks to all who furnished this info to my benefit.
Swapping 996 engine. Current engine a/c works well (cracked cylinder or head though). Would you leave the compressor in the car so not to break the coolant lines or just do the swap and recharge? New (used) engine shown below.
danothemano replied to BMUUM3's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I came extremely close to attempting this. Thankfully, I read this and other forums that made it clear that was the wrong way for me to go. Seems like the greatest challenge is the vario, with the wiring being different, different computer issues and so on. I ended up spending more for a 3.4 so I will have an easy swap. I have 2 engines and may have one for sale.
Hi, I am new here but have owned 4 911's and a 912 in the past. I have purchased a 1999 996 Coupe with intermix from a cracked head or cylinder and ended up with 2 used 3.4 engines and need to choose one. Long story short, the first one slipped away from me and then was offered back after I had bought the second. I liked the price and took it, so now I have 2 used 3.4's. I am doing the lne ims, rms, aos, water pump and anything else I see on the one I choose and will sell the other to recoup my cash. The original engine in the car with the crack has been sold. The first engine came from the east coast and I was told it had 28k from a wreck. Model year is 2000 and I have NO way to verify miles that I know of, unless the engine # can yield info. The second engine came from the west coast and has verified 72k from a 2001. Any ideas you have that might help in determining which one to use and which to sell are much appreciated.