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Bad News For Boxsters

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I just wanted to let all those people know that my 2.5 Boxster engine went a few weeks ago :( :( :( :( :angry:

I have had the car about 10 months and it has done 50k miles.

It was my pride and joy and something i had strived for since a little boy.

The engine started to make a very small intermittent noise, i thought nothing of it and got a new fan belt fitted and got a dreaded call from the garage.

The noise was awful and sounded like metal to metal contact!!!!

It turns out the bearing on the intermediate shaft had gone and contaminated the whole engine!!!!

I'm gutted and very disappointed.

So my reccommendation is get your warranty up to date!!!!

Yours very gutted

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That really sux. Sorry to hear about that. Now, how old is your car and is that the original engine? Have you ever complained to the dealer at all about any leaks or strange engine mishaps? If so, you could write PCNA and push a warranty issue to get your engine replaced. Good luck. :(

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The car is a 1998 2.5 with full service history but well out of warranty!!

They garage that diagnosed the problem had a car with 20k miles with the same problem!!

I never drove it hard and looked after it very carefully.

I am now doubting whether i will ever buy another Porsche!!!


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A 3.4 conversion would no doubt be fun, but if you can't afford that, I found a place that has used Boxster engines:


Also ask the nearest Porsche dealer if they know someone that's selling a used 2.5. If your dealer doesn't know anyone, you can ask mine. It's Suncoast Porsche in Sarasota, FL, (941) 923-1700, ask for Gordon and tell him Tom Balfe sent you (my last name is pronounced with a silent "e"). Gordon usually has a line on something.

If those ideas don't work, try Dave White in Tampa, FL, I heard from Gordon that they do the 3.4 conversions and might have a 2.5 lying around, their phone # is (813) 874-1911. Dave White is an autosports and racing specialist, they've been in business 25 years.

I wish you the best of luck getting your baby back on the road!



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  • 2 weeks later...

Scott, I see you are from England, so if you are looking for a replacement or upgrade, here is a company that may be able to help.

9M Racing

They do a 3.2 S engine for £~4K so may be worth getting in touch.

Hope your back on the road soon!

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Hey Scott,

I noticed your service history is OK (hopefully at an official PORSCHE-dealership ??) and this is then a quite important detail !

In my opinion the defect you experienced is not driver related. Did you put an official claim (i.e. no verbal 'bla bla' but in writing) to the Porsche head office in England (in case the dealer might be reluctant to do it himself or if you have the impression he wants to send you home with a complicated technical story)?

Mind that a dealer is most likely NOT interested in performing warranty jobs since he will then be paid by the car maker at 'cost price' and he has no benefit on the sale of parts required for the repair either...

The dealer/garage told you they had a similar case on a car with lower mileage. This is a very weak comment from their side which in first place should make them react towards Porsche and not leave the case in your hands only !

The fact is that (you) the driver has no knobs nor cables to cause such a damage and an engine speed overrun would cause other damages. There is great chance that the problem might be caused by a 'hidden material or assembly failure'.

Mind that if you convert to a 3.4L engine you risk to loose any commercial intervention by Porsche in case of future breakdowns, even on other parts of the car (e.g. gearbox, axles, ABS, etc.).

Please keep us posted through the forum, I am very interested about the outcome.

Good luck !


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