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Hi

I have a problem with my 2000, 2.7l boxster. It has a manual transmission and the first gehr keeps pooping out.

When driving in first gehr and reffing up the ger wont stay in unless I hold the gear stick pushed forward. I have been twice at my local Porsche garage and once they fixed the transmisson wires and the second time the replaced the engine bearing, but it hasnt solved the problem. There is no strange sound from the gearbox and it drives well as long as you hold the gear stick pushed forward.

I was wondering weather any of you have an idea on this problem or will I have to change the entire gearbox?

I am happy for any suggestions. Please help.

Thanks

Gregor

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Hi

I have a problem with my 2000, 2.7l boxster. It has a manual transmission and the first gehr keeps pooping out.

When driving in first gehr and reffing up the ger wont stay in unless I hold the gear stick pushed forward. I have been twice at my local Porsche garage and once they fixed the transmisson wires and the second time the replaced the engine bearing, but it hasnt solved the problem. There is no strange sound from the gearbox and it drives well as long as you hold the gear stick pushed forward.

I was wondering weather any of you have an idea on this problem or will I have to change the entire gearbox?

I am happy for any suggestions. Please help.

Thanks

Gregor

HI Gregor,

sorry you are having problems. the people on this forum are very knowledgeable and helpful and you should get some good suggestions. I have owned Porsches continuously since 1977, rebuilt a couple from the ground up. I now have a 2000 Boxter S that I bought new. It has quite a few mods on it and I like it better than any Porche I've had. Anyway, I have had no problem such as you're describing on this car but I have had it on two prior Porsches. both times, it turned out to be the actual shift linkage. Once, on a 914-6 the shift rod was actually bent and once on a 951 (awesome car, but life's too short to drive a hard top. :D ) the linkage was contacting a bracket in the tunnel. In both cases, adjustment fixed the problem. It is definitely worth looking at from that perspective. before you tear into the transmission itself. I know that this is just kind of generic advice but I hope it helps, and good luck.

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Thanks for your answer.

At the Porsche garage they said that they have fixed the shift linkage and the probelem should have been resolved. It was a little better but this couldnt fix it.

It just cost me 350€...haha what a waste.

Did they not drive it after they "fixed it"? Assumming they didn't, you might do well to get a second opinion. Probably all they did was check all the linkages, I can think of much short of a bum 1st gear. Somtimes bad stychros can will do that. A bad 1st gear sychro though should make it grind like 'ell" if you down-shift into it.

Regards, PK

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Take it back to the repair shop and tell 'em to fix it as they obviously did not fix it the first time. If they guarantee their work and the reason you brought it in for repairs is clearly stated on the work order than they didn't fix. So they get to keep trying on their dime until they get it right. If they refuse, and its a Porsche dealer you take it to next level with Porshce and have them give it a try. If it's not tell everyone you know the name of the shop so they can avoid them.

As for what it might be, if it's not the transmission its the linkage or somewhere in the shifter and cable connections themselves. Could very well be worn bushings or cable connections in the shifter but, one would think the shop you took it to would check that. If your handy, remove the center console and have a look. The shifter mechanism and it's related parts are clearly visible once the console is removed. You're looking for excess play in the mechanism itself or the cables. These units are made or plastic and prone to breaking. Replacing it is fairly straight forward and you can get a good used shifter assembly on ebay or from a reputable salvage yard for next to nothing. Search any Porsche forum for a DYI on a short shifter install and you can find out how to remove and replace the console and shifter assembly if the shifter is bad.

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