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rdougan

New Porsche Boxster Owner - some questions

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I recently bought a used 2001 Porsche Boxster S, 91k miles in California (where I live).

It was fairly cheap, but as a result of that, I am having some issues.

I have searched the forums and found some information, but nothing directly relating to these issues:

  • The central locking does not work. Pressing the lock butting on the key fob does nothing; if i press it twice/three times, the horn beeps twice, but nothing happens. Pressing the lock button inside the car does nothing. Locking the drivers side door locks the door, but not both doors. I am going to remove the drivers seat tomorrow and check the fuse in the alarm box. There does not seem to be any dampness around there, however.
  • Neither electric windows work. The buttons seem to be a little sticky so im unsure if it is the buttons or the windows themselves. When I open/close the doors, the windows do lower/raise a little as they should.
  • The clutch is slipping in high gears. Lame. In my old Nissan 240sx this was an expensive fix. I'm sure for the Porsche it'll be worse.. Estimates? I presume I need to fix the IMS issue at the same time..
  • The roof opening/closing is intermittent. It would not work earlier, and bashing the panel a little and then trying again fixed it. However it still randomly stops working sometimes. Parking light is on.
  • The passenger seat electric reclining adjuster button works going back, but not forward. It doesn't seem to push forward at all. :/
  • The two alarm sensors where the convertible "Push" lever is have no covers; is this correct?

Long list... Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Robert

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Electrical gremlins are always impossible to diagnose. Make sure to check all the relays and fuse located on the drivers side as a first step. Inspect if there are any sign of corrosion or water stains/damage. Also, inspect under both drivers side and passenger seat for wet carpet of sign of water. If there are sign of corrosion in the fuse/relay box the this car might have been in a flood.

How does the car drive and run?

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Electrical gremlins are always impossible to diagnose. Make sure to check all the relays and fuse located on the drivers side as a first step. Inspect if there are any sign of corrosion or water stains/damage. Also, inspect under both drivers side and passenger seat for wet carpet of sign of water. If there are sign of corrosion in the fuse/relay box the this car might have been in a flood.

How does the car drive and run?

All the fuses are fine, I'm not sure how to check the relays?

I also removed the drivers seat and checked the fuse in the alarm box; it was fine. There was no sign of water damage or even dampness.

I removed the window switches and cleaned them up with electrical spray but still no luck. The connections looked fine but I have no way to check if the switches actually work. Should the heated seat switches work in place for the window switches?

The car runs great and drives great, other than the clutch which will be fixed in the next few weeks.

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