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Porsche Boxster, Convertible
Jun 29, 2011 (6:10 am)
I am close to "pulling the trigger" on an 03 boxster S with 49000 miles. Any input on whether I should do this or not please let me know. I appreciate any honest feedback on any issues that I should look out for. I have owned a BMW in the past and did not have an issue with a "german born" car.
#24 of 32 porsche 2007 boxster
Aug 24, 2011 (12:33 am)
I'm thinking of buying a 2007 boxster (11000 miles). By this year and model, has Porsche taken care of the ims problem? It's the one thing holding me back. I guess I've been rather spoiled having had a Z-3 for the last ten years that hasn't given me a bit of trouble. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
#25 of 32 Re: Thinking of buying a Porsche? Read this and think again! [mholzner]
Mar 07, 2013 (9:06 am)
Do you have any update to your 1999 Boxster? What have you done since then? Were you able to get any kind of resolution from Porsche? I also saw a class action law suit might be happening...
#26 of 32 Re: Thinking of buying a Porsche? Read this and think again! [seanbeck]
Mar 07, 2013 (9:26 am)
Porsche had no intention of doing anything. They told me that I bought the car used and it was out of warranty, and that they don't see why they should do anything. Case closed. I guess they don't usually deal with people that actually have a budget ....
I traded the car in at a different dealership not letting them know anything about the issue, and their Porsche certified mechanic didn't spot it. I almost felt bad; almost. I'm driving a BMW now, and so far the experience is very different.
#27 of 32 Re: Thinking of buying a Porsche? Read this and think again! [mholzner]
Mar 07, 2013 (10:36 am)
I am glad you were able to get rid of it before it got worse...I am sure the dealer you've traded it in can rebuild and upgrade Boxster and sell it at hefty profit ..if that makes you feel any better.
This whole handling of the IMS issue is bad for Porsche, ...for sure they lost your business forever, I'm sure.
I myself own 2001 Boxster S and am getting increasingly concerned about a potential IMS failure. I travel often and drive very little as it has only ~16K miles on it. I'm pondering whether I should sell it or not...
Thanks for sharing your experience.
#28 of 32 Re: Thinking of buying a Porsche? Read this and think again! [seanbeck]
Mar 08, 2013 (2:03 pm)
If you like the car and want to keep it for a while, why not just install the LN Engineering upgrade?
#29 of 32 Thanks a lot people
Apr 15, 2013 (1:11 pm)
Thanks for all the information, I was very close to buying a 2001 Boxer convertible with 56K miles. My wife and I took the car out and just loved it. But after reading the reports on the engine and the expense involved with maintance we have deceided against it and instead will look for another make of automobile.. It is sad that Porsche will not stand behind its owners. In checking for buying an extended warranty this beautiful car does not qualify so I'm sure it will be sent to the auction. Thanks again people for your honest input . You have saved this Senior citizen and his wife a lot of money... Blessings to you.
#30 of 32 Re: Thanks a lot people [abrams1]
May 16, 2013 (9:45 pm)
How many people who actually own a Porsche with IMS failure?
I am sure there are a few out there but the forum make it sound worst than what it is.
I have had a few Porsche.
my Porsche mechanic is doing about 1 pre buy inspection for Porsche every week. He is working on many Porsche also. He have not seen 1 with IMS failure yet.
#31 of 32 Re: Thanks a lot people [tleco]
Oct 20, 2013 (9:31 am)
Everything I've read estimates the failure rate to be something like 5%. I've been looking at buying a 996, and the IMS problem is definitely reflected in the prices, along with the looks that many don't like. $15k for a 911!! Anyway, there is an IMS retrofit on the market that supposedly fixes the problem.
As to the original story, the car in question is worth far more than nothing. Parted out could net you more than a complete functioning vehicle. There are also plenty of mechanics who love to buy it and shove a junk yard m96 into it.
#32 of 32 Do not buy a used Porsche
Dec 09, 2013 (11:17 am)
I feel very stupid. I just bought a used Carrear and now I find out about this ims problem. I am selling this thing ASAP. I will never think about buying a Porsche product again.