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I bought my boxster in March and have never had any problems with it. I have a 2000 (non S) with 46k miles.

When I was driving home from work yesterday (about 3 miles) and as I accelerating out of a stop all of a sudden it seemed like the clutch wasn't engaged (car seemed like it would move forward)...I'm sorry I can't explain it any better than that. I immediatley pushed in the clutch and my dashboard lit up like a christmas tree!! Almost every light on the dash glowed. The car never died. I attempted to put in back into gear right away and it seemed to be a little jumpy. So I coasted in neutral for about 20 seconds and put it back into 2nd and it was fine for the ride home.

About 20 minutes after I got safely home, I jumped into the car to head to the gym...and this time it did the same thing except it happened about a block from my house. This time I shut off the car and tried to re-start. It took a few tries but it fired up again but I was too nervous to actually drive to the gym, so I took her back home. And she's been in the garage ever since.

I've read through so many posts now trying to find something similar. I'm thinking maybe it's an air flow problem or a MAF I'm hoping that it's not a clutch problem, but the though has crossed my mind.

I appologize for the long post, but I need a starting off point so I can drive my baby again.

My fiance is thinking it might be a vacuum leak somewhere but I'm not so sure.

Any help you can give is greatly appreciated!!!


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Hm, if every light on the dash lit up, that sounds more like an electrical problem. Possibly a faulty dashpod? The whole gear thing is a little weird though. You need to have your fault codes read (either buy an OBD-II code reader or have a dealer read the codes and give you a printout) to see if anything was logged. Post the codes here are we can try and help you. If there are no codes, you should probably have a dealer diagnose it. Without physically seeing the car it would be difficult to diagnose - unless someone else has had this issue...

Jeff/Loren - you guys might have seen this before...?



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Hm, or maybe you just lost power? So there might have been no issue with the actual gears? Ignition switch sounds like a possibility - maybe when you pushed the clutch in you engaged the clutch safety switch (i.e. the switch that "clicks" when you press the clutch down so you can start the car), and because of some electrical fault somewhere else (perhaps the ignition), that caused all your lights to come on in pre-start mode? Either way, I doubt it's an air flow, MAF or vacuum leak - the dash lights would not all light up for that...



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