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Few issues on my "new" 2000 Boxster S

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I recently bought a 2000 Boxster S. When I went to look at it, I had sensory overload. I immediately fell in love with the thought of having a Porsche. When I test drove it, it was crisp and strong.

However, after I bought it and the adrenaline settled down, I noticed a few issues:

  • It GRINDS into second gear when the car is cold and only rarely when it is at operating temperature.
  • The left headlight bracket is missing.
  • While driving, there is a strange noise in the front right wheel (almost like a wheel out of balance/out of round).

I looked up the underlying causes of these issues and I am SICK TO MY STOMACH. Seems that I bought me a huge hole in my pocket.

I replaced the transmission fluid, but the 2nd gear shifting issue still remains. From what I can see on the web, it seems that a new transmission or rebuild are my only options. Wow $3500!!!!

When I grab the left front wheel and move it, there is a definite wiggle. Seems like I need either a new front end or at least an overhaul. Control arms & Tie-Rods = $1000!!!!

I know you guys are probably sick of hearing about the 2nd gear issue. Is there anything else that I can try before the tranny rebuild?

BTW, I am a newbie here. Included is a picture of my (sick) baby.


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Nothing can fix a worn syncro but replacement. I would source a used gearbox as an option. I personally would be more concerned about the free play in the front suspension, you need to have this properly inspected.

A PPI could have saved you your money.

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