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About cafulford

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    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2005 Porsche Boxster S
    2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
  • Future cars
    Cayman S, Boxster S
  • Former cars
    1997 BMW Z3, 2000 BMW Z3M (2)

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  1. I got very lucky. I was so worried about what I read about the IMS failures that I took out a engine/powertrain warranty for $1,600 when I bought the car. It took a month but the insurance company, Interstate, is paying $19,800 in total of which $17k is a brand new engine and the rest goes towards the labor. I will have some out of pocket but not much at all. I should be getting my car back this week. The IMS upgrade could not be done because this is a newer sealed bearing. The engine has a 2 year warranty on it so I plan on getting rid of the car by then and getting a newer one, 2009 or newer so I will never have to worry about this particular problem again. I was so disgusted with Porsche I sold my 2006 Cayenne Turbo S for no other reason than to not have another Porsche. In hindsight, I already miss the incredible power that had and probably should have slept on it but I was just so pissed at Porsche as many people who have had this happen to them have been, that I was seeing red. The fact that they knew about this and have not lived up to the reputation they have by recalling or in some way owning up to the problem, truly amazes me. The problem is, there cars are for the most part very reliable and a real blast to own. I had found LA Dismantlers and another place in NC called DC Auto I believe. I also spoke to Jake Ruby about rebuilding the engine. The issue I had was it was just not worth spending 20k out of pocket on a car that is only worth 25k anyways. I would probably have sold it for whatever I could have gotten and bought a 2009 or newer. Thanks to everyone for the advice through this whole thing... Charlie
  2. Hi, I want to thank everyone who responds in advance. I am really trying to figure out how to handle this. The story so far (condensed): - purchased 04 boxster S in October 2010 from reputable dealer (Weissach Autohaus in CT). The car had about 20,300 miles on it. - was VERY worried about ISM failure so I purchased 3 yr, 36 "power" warranty from Interstate (http://www.inds.com). - had oil changed 1 year later before winter and had mentioned a few drops of oil I saw on my garage floor to another very reputable Porsche place nearby. At this point it had maybe 23 or 24k miles on it. - they said there was a little seepage as there is on 90% of all Porsche's but no active leak. They mentioned it "could" be an IMS or rear main seal on the work order but with so little oil, they recommended not doing anything. - complete IMS failure at ~27,400 miles a month ago (August 2012). - INDC (insurance company) claim made. Of course, they are all weasels and they have delayed the process every step of the way. They first said it was the broken bolt on the "outside" of the IMS that caused the problem and because it was not an "internally lubricated part" that it was denied. - my porsche mechanic of 40 years vehemently denied it and showed them proof by taking it apart and referencing all the info on the web on this issue and they agreed to send their inspector back for a 2nd time. - this time they agreed and said they sent it to "upper" and they are "close" to approving the claim BUT they asked for maintenance records. My question is: because I technically did not have to have an oil change per porsche's recommended oil change interval and there was only a little over 7k miles driven and that was after 20k, should I even tell them about the oil change where the slight oil leak was mentioned or should I just not send them the record of the oil change? I don't want to add fuel to the fire so to speak but I also do not want to be dishonest by with holding information. Thanks! Charlie
  3. All, thanks for the replies. I really appreciate it. I actually looked into Goodwill but because I am not the original owner, I am the 2nd, they would not consider it. Interesting about the older years prior to 2005. I had not thought about that. Wouldn't I be giving up some horsepower though? I did not know the bearings were different in newer models...
  4. Well, it happened to me. What I was most concerned about and why I almost did not buy a Porsche. The IMS went and completely trashed the engine. As everyone here probably knows, 17k + labor for replacement from Porsche. I purchased a power warranty from Interstate National Dealer Services and after inspection they said because the external bolt that leads to the IMS bearing was broken off, that that was the problem and they do not cover it because it was not an internally lubricated part. I have the best Porsche mechanic in Southwest Virginia who has worked on well over 1000 Porsche engines and has over 40 years experience telling them otherwise. I sense I will have to get a lawyer involved. I write this only to let everyone know that all these aftermarket insurance companies are weasels and to avoid this one at all costs. But my question lies in my search for a less expensive alternative to a new Porsche engine. I am trying to do research on my own before I approach my mechanic. Are all of the engines from 2005 - 2008 interchangeable? In other words, can I take a 2008 Cayman S engine and drop it in without any issues in my 2005? I found several places on the web that sells engines and has various years available from 2005 - 2008 and they say they will fit unmodified. Obviously, if I can search fro 4 years of engines instead of 1, I will have a better chance of finding one. I also know the later the year the better chance of another engine failure happening because of the same IMS problem. Thanks so much in advance for your reply. I really appreciate it! A very sad Porsche owner at the moment, Charlie
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