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Old May 17th, 2006, 08:02 PM   #1
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New member- Carrera Vs Boxster s

I recently had some issues w/ my '88 911 cabrio carrera that I have owned for the last 5 years. Total maintainence = 4 oil changes and (1) porsche chip replacement for $150 including diagnostic to find the problem.

Seems now the car has some issues and I have it up for sale. Tomorrow I take possesion of an 01 boxster s w/ 31k miles and very clean. Did my carfax and drove the car for an hour or so prior to buying it. Checked a multitude of sources for prices, etc.

Are my expectations that the boxster should be as reliable (or more so) than an 88 Carrera? Having read many of the members postings on various repair issues and buying a car out of warranty, I am feeling a bit more vulnerable than I would have thought.

Regardless, I'm vey imprressed w/ the member help/ feedback. Hopefully, I won't be asking too many repair questions...?!!!
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Old May 17th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #2
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Welcome.

As with most car related forums it seems a significant number of posts center around the 'this broke' or 'something weird happened' type of post. The truth of the matter is though that the Boxster is pretty reliable for a performance car.

I bought my S back in 2000 and still thoroughly enjoy the car after 6 years. I've had my share of maintenance issues including 4 RMS replacements while under warranty. It's leaking oil again which means I need yet another RMS replaced though I plan to wait until I need a clutch of it actually starts to drip. The sad part is that I had it replaced at 45K miles right before the warranty expired and it was leaking again withing a few thousand miles but no longer under warranty.

The good news is that if you are a DIY type the Boxster is pretty easy to work on for normal maintenance stuff like oil changes and brakes.
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Old May 18th, 2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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Welcome. You will find the forum very imformative. I agree that most forums do center on lots of maintenance and breakage issues, but I know owners who have put many miles on their Boxster's without much drama except normal maintenance and wear and tear items. That being said, when I bought my 2000 w/28,000 and perfect upkeep by PO, I did research and buy a 4year/48,000 warranty. Cost was about $2500. I drive my Boxster about 8,000mi/year including autocrosses and plan a DE event every now and then. So, the warranty made sense. Again, welcome and enjoy your Boxster.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 06:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback!
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Old May 21st, 2006, 12:54 PM   #5
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Not trying to hijack this thread, but...

Tom, since you seem to be an RMS pro, do you know what the approx tab is to drop/reinstall the tranny (hours or $$)? I don't have any RMS problems (knock on wood), but am curious how much labor it would be do change the clutch and go to a lightweight flywheel "ahead of schedule". I assume a rear alignment would be necessary and separate.

Thanks!

Now, back on thread, no RMS, no coolant tank, no AOS, no slipped sleeve, no intermediate shaft failure, no porous block, or any of the more talked-about failures. I did have an oil fill tube leak which IMHO was a design defect and a PITA to replace. Overall, mine has been pretty darn reliable (still knocking on wood).
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Old May 21st, 2006, 04:24 PM   #6
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I think the R&R is about $800 as the dealers charge book rate which calls for quite a few hours. My recollection when talking to the techs is that they've got it down to where it an be done in under 4 hours on a manual transmission while a Tip take a bit longer due to the additional plumbing.

No alignment is needed as far as I know as they disconnect the half-shafts to drop the transmission and thus don't impact any of the suspension settings.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 03:57 PM   #7
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As with any used car ....

It is a crapshoot. You are buying at a discount and may have some uncertainty as to the prior owners maintenance and driving habits. So the variability of any used auto is potentially increased.

My experience with 2 Boxsters over 28 months has been no unscheduled maintenance except a $160 seat belt buckle replacement (known problem in an '01).

Having said that, I started mine up today and had an ovewhelming blast of blue smoke, far more than the normal for a flat-6. I moved it 40 feet and stopped and it was still pouring blue smoke. On later startup, and driving 20 miles, everything appeared absolutely normal. So maybe my luck is holding, or maybe it isn't.

Part of buying a car for 1/2 the price of the new one is taking the chance and forgoing the warranty.

I hope you have as good a luck and contuniue your love of P-cars.
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