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2000 Boxster S, with 60,000 miles. Stock, except for EVO intake, PSS9s, and track tires. About 25 DE track events, all in the Texas heat, during the last 3 years. Rarely driven on the street over the past 2 years. Never had any engine problems. Never had a leaky RMS. Drove the car as fast as I could on every lap. Redline before every shift (never did a clutch yet either).

Last event, while coming off the fastest sweeper and on to the fastest straight at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, TX, I noticed the car was slightly low on power. Before I could even think about it, I heard a "clunk" and the engine lost all power.

After cooling down for an hour or so, the engine started, but with a nasty rod knocking kind of sound.

Not sure what caused the failure, but I must say I never babied the car (why own one if you're going to drive it like the family grocery-getter?).

Now I'm looking for a great deal on a Porsche crate motor. Anyone have any suggestions as to the best place to find a deal?


Near Dallas, TX

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Sorry to hear about the engine failure , but it sounds like you were having a pretty good time when it went south. You might consider contacting Kenn Young(parts manager) at Hennessy Porsche 1-800-471-0911, email: kyoung@hennessyporsche.com

No affiliation, just satisfied customer. He's given me great pricing throughout the years and knows the mark well. :cheers:

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Sounds like really you got quite a long time out of it.

When you beat on a race motor generally they don't last 3 years of racing. A full year from a race motor is pretty good. Generally we rebuild a normal race motor every year so you start fresh in the spring.

You kept racing on it and eventually it poped, which is pretty good. It was totally stock, but should probablly have had a stock re-build after at least two years to freshen up everything. No big deal tho.

Pick up a new crate motor, this time however, pull it after 2 years and give it a once over. A few thousand bux and you'll be back on again.

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Have you ever heard about Copart. (www.copart.com).

You can buy a damaged or totaled car for really really cheap, take what you need and send rest of it to the junkyard.

The only problem is you need a dealer who will buy it for you.

Sometimes you can get front damaged (not to bad) Boxster for couple hundreds dollars.

Go to body shops and ask if anybody has access to that auction.

Good Luck.

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