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Are any model year 996s more prone to RMS/IMS failure than others?

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In my case I bought a 2-owner 996 and I'm not able to find out if my car has had the IMS/RMS redone as the dealer insists that previous owners' records are confidential. I wish I Porsche would release repair histories to new owners so we have a record of past recalls, warranty repairs, etc.


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I think individual cars are either prone or not. Mine has had both RMS and IMS fixed twice and my guess is they will both need fixing again. If I was in the market for a a 996 right now, I would be looking for one that has some miles on it and has never had a leak.

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RMS and IMS are very different problems.

The RMS can leak, and can be eesily replaced. It also does not lead to major engine failures, just a little oil seepijng out. Usually the replacement of the RMS will solve the problem, although some cases are so out of spec that it never goes away.

The IMS is very different. Yes sometimes there is an oil leak, but this is not a major deal. It is when the IMS fails all together, from either the bearing failing or the bolts on the cap failing, that it is a catastrophic failure and requires a new engine.

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