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    2005 Boxster<br />2009 Cayenne<br />1992 Previa

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  1. June 30, 2014 Hello Forum: I don’t know a lot of technical stuff about Boxsters so I leave that to my Porsche service technicians. I do know that I really enjoy driving my Boxster and I certainly don’t want it to outlive me. Unfortunately my Boxster is in full agreement with my view on life. I experienced an IMS failure a few weeks ago apparently due to a broken center intermediate shaft assembly bolt caused by its weak design (http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/14-ENGINE-Intermediate_Shaft_Bearing/14-ENGINE-Intermediate_Shaft_Bearing.htm). So as expected, the engine oil made a mess on the parking lot and the engine was destroyed. For everyone that has not yet experienced an IMS failure, here is what I found important in my recent experience that could help you decide upon the level of anxiety that you may wish to inflict upon yourselves prior to your impending IMS failure: Educate yourself and read up on the IMS Class Action Settlement. http://www.imsporschesettlement.com/ Check to see if your VIN number is covered “Class” vehicle. In my case, it appears that they did not go by engine serial number to determine a “Class” vehicle. http://www.imsporschesettlement.com/faqs/#qq5 Figure out how much money you will receive for your IMS failure depending on the mileage and purchase type. http://www.imsporschesettlement.com/faqs/#qq8 When your IMS fails, see your Porsche dealer, after they have qualified you, fill out the claim form from and wait. In my case, my used 2005 Boxster S with a qualifying VIN number with 64K miles and with a certified pre-owned certificate was 100% covered. I got lucky because the replacement cost for this engine was a little north of $20K. I am also lucky that the failure occurred after the January 30, 2014 class action settlement date so my repair cost reimbursement was not affected by the class action appeal. I would say that anybody with a used Boxster with a qualifying VIN number with 50K to 90K miles and with a certified pre owned is looking pretty good; other pre owned Boxsters - not so good; higher mileage new Boxster purchaser - so so. I just drove the Boxster home today after waiting 6 weeks for a new engine. It has a newer engine with, I assume, the larger non removable IMS bearing and the beefed up intermediate shaft assembly bolt. I am sure that at some point in time this IMS too will fail. When it does, it will be time to scrap the car. Until then, I will continue to drive my Boxster to its ultimate destruction so that it will not outlive me.
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