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#3 of 31 Buyer beware when it comes to IMS failure
Oct 02, 2009 (7:02 am)
This is a worthwhile forum for anyone wanting to purchase a Porsche built from 1997 through 2008 that contains the infamous M96 engine subject to IMS failure. I have read many such episodes as the one posted above. I have read two episodes where owners had this happen on two different cars that they owned. I have read an account of a failure as low as 6,000 miles. I have read another where the owner had the failure on a crowded high-speed freeway and was lucky to get the car to the side of the road without being killed. An owner in Toronto bought an '05 Boxster just out of warranty and had the problem soon after he bought the car. He's trying to pull together a class action suit against Porsche. I recall reading about an owner in Britain who won a case against Porsche. The judge said that Porsche should be building engines that go 200,000 miles, not the crap that ends up in an IMS failure.
From the accounts I've read, Porsche replaces the defective engine with a rebuilt one if your car is still under warranty. If your car is slightly out of warranty and the dealer service manager likes the color of your tie that day, Porsche may throw in only a few thousand dollars and you're stuck with the rest. And if you're like the poster above, you're simply stuck. Boxsters have been subject to some real head-spinning depreciation already, so when you add on the bill for an engine replacement, it's a major financial hit. A lot of people will have to pay more for a new engine than their car is worth.
Because Porsche has not addressed this issue publicly and will not grant potential victims an extended warranty or a free mechanical fix of the problem, many otherwise good used cars are now tainted. It is certainly affecting resale value. If you want to read more, just Google "Porsche" and "engine failure" or go to sites like rennlist.com or ppbb.com. After you do the free registration on the sites, you can search for engine failure information and find plenty of hair-raising stories.
My advice to owners looking for a Porsche built with the M96 engine: buy a Corvette. The folks at Chevy look like customer service gurus compared to the people at Porsche, where the attitude is that -- for $50,000 or more -- you should consider yourself privileged just to own one of their defective products.
#4 of 31 Re: Buyer beware when it comes to IMS failure [longislander1]
Oct 02, 2009 (7:52 am)
I couldn't agree more. Not that a Corvette would be my first choice, but Porsche needs to be taught a lesson.
To top it off, get this: I had a Porsche staff member reply to one of my posts about this issue in another forum, basically telling me to suck it up. If I REALLY love the car, I shut up and pay.
The reason I know it was a Porsche employee is, because the post had details about my claim that I never mentioned in the forum, so only I and the Porsche employees that worked on my claim had that knowledge. The person claimed to be a Willi x, but turned out to be lady with the name Heather.
I was speechless when I read the post.
#6 of 31 2003 Boxster new engine
Nov 30, 2009 (10:16 pm)
About 1 1/2 years ago, my Boxster's engine had the same intermediate shaft problem other Boxsters have. I had my car towed to the local Porsche dealer and they agreed to replace the entire engine under warranty. Not only did they complete the job with $0 out of my pocket, but they gave me a 2 year warranty at no additional charge. My car had only 22K miles and I didn't drive her too hard. I have hit 155 mph and she felt good. I don't think I was abusing her, Porsches are suppose to go fast! If this would've happened out of warranty, my dealer told me that Porsche would've paid for 1/2 the repair $15K including labor or $7,500 out of pocket. That's a lot of money and I'm glad the engine blew while it was under warranty. The dealer told me the engine they put in had been upgraded and should not throw the shaft through the side of the block, like this one did. I love my Boxster and I'm glad the dealer took care of me, unlike Mitsubishi and their EVO problems.
#7 of 31 Re: 2003 Boxster new engine [dic_camarillo]
Jan 25, 2010 (5:54 pm)
Same thing happened to me, however the car's warranty had expired. The cost is prohibitive to me. Porsche offered nothing, not even willing to split the cost. Where is your dealer?
Feb 28, 2010 (7:56 pm)
That's really unfortunate. I am a much bigger fan of the newer Porsches than I am of the older ones, but that's just me. The newer Boxter's are pretty tempting with the additional HP that has been brought up to 310hp. If they were just 200lbs lighter, they would be pretty awesome cars, but I suppose that's why they make aftermarket CF products.