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About michaelwalker123

  • Birthday 05/11/1955

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  1. No Don. Never figured out the source since I am not fling to split the case. Will take my chances given I have CNA coverage and there appears to be a small failure rate on the M97 style IMS. Will drain the oil in 1000 mi to take another look.
  2. I have a CNA extended warranty on my 2006 Boxster S I purchased through CarMax when I purchased the car from them last year. I got this because of my concern over the IMS failures. My car had 38k on it at the time and I paid around $1600 for a 5 year 100K warranty with a $300 deductable-not too bad I think. Pretty much bumper to bumper coverage. I figured if that is who CarMax partners with they must be pretty good. I also turned up pretty good customer and independent ratings in my research. Exactly one year later I take my car into my Indy Porsche shop and get two calls. The first saying they suspect a cracked coolant reservoir that will cost $1000. The second call saying they they found a good number of metal shavings in the oil filter and they were suspecting a failing IMS! The shop contacted CNA and they said they would pay for the repairs 100%. Now after pulling the transmission and further investigation I was responsible to pay for if the diagnosis was wrong, it turned out it passed a leak test and the IMS was not failing. So, I can't tell you they would have been good to their word but I suspect they would have been. So far I am glad I bought the warranty. It has given me peace of mind and my experience has indicated they were willing to step up to covering some major repair costs. I would purchase from CNA again.
  3. The shop actually made me the offer I was going to propose above so everyone is happy! Amazing how that worked out.
  4. Thanks for the feedback Phillipj. To be fair, I read these threads a lot and consider myself fairly well informed so I always knew there was a chance they were wrong about not having the M97 'non upgradeable' bearing, but I feel they should bare the lions share. Their actual out of pocket costs are what they pay a mechanic for a day's work ($25-30/hr?) involved with this and not the billable shop rate ($140). That is the basis I plan to use. I will get back with the results of my discussions.
  5. I love it! I have had to worry about this for a week and rent a car to boot!
  6. Great news for me and all those other concerned 2006 Boxster owners, This was misdiagnosed as an IMS failure. When this started last week, the Indy Porsche shop checked with Porsche and claims they were told the s/n and build date (11/05) indicated it was the old single row M96 bearing. This added fuel to misdiagnosing a failing IMS bearing. Porsche actually sent them that type of IMS cover. However, when they dropped the trany, they found it was the new enhanced M97 double row version (unfortunatey cannot do the LN upgrade without cracking the case ). So the good news is it is not failing! :thumbup: The bad news is I am going to have some diagostic charges. Any ideas on what is fair considering they misdiagnosed this? :blush: Also, they have no explaination for the 1 mm ferous metal shavings they found in the filter. Any ideas? should I be concerned?
  7. Thanks for your replys 1schoir and Maurice. Then if I understand you correctly, going with the Porsche OEM solution would require removal and engine tear down and would therefore be more expensive than going with the LN solution on a 96M engine?
  8. Just got a call my my Indy Porsche mechanic who was doing my oil change on a 2006 BS with 45K miles. He found large metal shavings in the filter and he has diagnosed it as a failing IMS bearing. My build date was 11/05 so until we pull the transmission won't be able to tell which one it is. Fortunaely, I am covered by a CNA Extended Warranty with a $300 deductable so I should be covered for the most part. The preliminary response is they will cover it but need to do more diagnostics after they drop the tranny before I know for sure. I will most likely have to pay for the price differece between the LN ceramic bearing and the cost of the OEM bearing. Does anyone know the approximate difference in cost? Anyway, I am very lucky to have caught this before it blew up. I did not have any clue. There were no unusual sounds and no oil leaks. I am the second owner and was very concerned about the IMS issue even though all the maintenance was done correctly and the car appeared to be well cared for. That is why I purchased the extended warranty even after reading that many of them arent worth much because the don't pay. I will keep my fingers crossed but it looks good by their initial statements. Should I do any other preventive work while they are in there? I have Tiptronic transmission so no clutch work needed.
  9. I had the same problem on my 2006 Boxster S. Used a black permanent marker to fill in the white parts. Then touched it up with the lights on in the dark to go over imperfections. Even managed to retain the white shapes of the button icons. Not a perfect color match since the marker is slightly more shiney but still looks 100% better. You would'nt notice if you didn't do the repair yourself.
  10. Nice job Loren! Much easier to navigate and it has a great look and feel
  11. Thanks for the instruction help Loren. You are the man!
  12. I did a search and found it in the DIY Section under 'Porsche TSB" under pillar creak and found it there. Basically it involves getting felt tape and taping the section of the trim that interfaces with the windscreen
  13. I have a Boxster 987-1 with a frequent and annoying 'creak' when the car goes over bumps or flexes. I have searched this forum and found a TSB of how to deal with the noise but it does not tell you how to remove the A Pillar trim. The top portion is easy with removal of the visor but it is also secured somewhere below. Are there instructions for doing this anywhere or can someone provide instructions?
  14. Michael Happy to be able to oblige! P.M. SENT! Let me know if you need any assistance before or after the parts arrive ...these tops are terrific, but can be a royal PITA if one is not attuned to its weak points///\\\ Regards,, Maurice. Sorry Maurice but I was not able to find a PM from you-not is SPAM folder. Could you resend please? Thanks again, MW123
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