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Old June 8th, 2008, 10:11 PM   #1
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Clicking sound

Hi all,

I am looking to buy a 1999 Boxster.
And came across one with Slate Grey on Light Grey... 60K miles, major service is not done yet. It is very clean, very nice condition. I love the car.

And when I test drove the car yesterday, the engine is pretty strong, and responsive. However, there was one thing bothering me.... around the speed of 35mph, I heard some clicking sounds, the sound was not fast, maybe 1 click per second, and they were gone at the 40mph. If I slow down, I will hear them again. The clicks were not loud at all. I tried to find the source... didn't see anything obvious. They were like something hitting the body panel.

The sound came from behind the seats and from the left side. I really love the car. However, it is just bothering me. And I don't want to take chances.

PPI was not an issue before... but when I told the seller that if they can fix the clicking sound, I am willing to buy it from them at their price. For some reason, they don't want to deal with it.... want to sell it "As is" now. They said it will be too much for them to get it to my mechanics for PPI.

I know it will be hard to imagine the clicking sound from what I write here. But if you come across something similar, please share the info with me. .... If it sounds like something not very major. I will see if they can do the PPI, without fixing the clicking sound.

What do you guys think?

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Old June 9th, 2008, 06:32 AM   #2
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I will see if they can do the PPI, without fixing the clicking sound.

What do you guys think?
YOU have to do the PPI.
The Inspector works for you, not the seller.
You will get a report on the car's condition, including the clicking sound.
Most inspectors will give you an estimate of the repair costs for any issues they find.
Based on that report you decide if it's worth it for you to buy the car and fix it, or to wait for another one.
Good luck.
Happy Boxstering,
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Old June 9th, 2008, 07:39 AM   #3
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Clemson,
get Mark to do the PPI for you, end of story.
the clicking could be something as simple as a brake pad sensor dragging at a certain speed, but it could also be something much more $$$$
there are too many '97-99 Boxsters out there for very good prices to settle for one that the seller does not want a PPI.
What does he know that you don't?
you will never know until your shop (Sportech?) checks it out for YOU.
If the seller doesn't want to let you get a PPI, tell him thanks and run away.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 07:40 AM   #4
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Agree...

I've been there and regretted it. Don't buy if seller says no to inspection.

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Old June 9th, 2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, I will keep you guys update on the PPI report and purchase.

Dan, new ride? sweet!!!

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Old June 9th, 2008, 02:15 PM   #6
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The current owner will bring the boxster to Mark (Ken's Sportech) on Wednesday morning. Getting one step closer to become a Boxster owner.
Really hoping that the clicking sound is non-issue.

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Old June 9th, 2008, 02:28 PM   #7
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Nice Clemson,
Mark knows his Boxsters, just like 914s.

Good luck on the PPI, hopefully nothing major is found. Looks like a nice car.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 02:42 PM   #8
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Nice Clemson,
Mark knows his Boxsters, just like 914s.

Good luck on the PPI, hopefully nothing major is found. Looks like a nice car.
Dan,

I really hope for the best from the PPI report too.


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Old June 11th, 2008, 02:34 PM   #9
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The car gone thru the PPI at Sportech this morning. However, Mark didn't notice the clicking sound

new finding...
- Front brake rotors and pads are almost done. ~$550
- Remote are not working with the only key (and one was missing) ~$275
- front sway bar wear at the rubber(?) very minor

known issues...
- 60K service is due (~$800)
- clicking sound intermitten (???)

Other good finding
- Good compressions from all 6 cyl
- Top is working well
- Frame is clean and straight

Well, I am going to offer my final price, $15,300. Hope the seller is taking it.

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Soon to be a Boxster driver
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