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Old 11-27-2008, 02:30 PM   #1
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Tail light broken, dealer asks 300$

Hey all,

My dealer found out a broken tail light I have which is not covered under warranty.

I am looking for a cheaper replacement but I was also wondering if 987 style tail lights fit the 986. Perhaps all red like Cayman Design Edition 1 and RS60 have....

I know the actual tail lights wont directly fit but is there any aftermarket that have made some?

Otherwise I would have to replace with OEM. Car is a BoxsterS 2004 tail lights are half red half clear.

Thanks!

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Old 11-27-2008, 03:30 PM   #2
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aBsOlUt,

Suncoast or Sunset Imports will definitely have an OE replacement for a lot less. There may even be cheaper sources suggested by others.

I also believe you can get an all red replacement and any of them are simple to install.

What exactly did they find broken?

Best of luck.

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http://e-partssales.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=P&Product_Code=kit00004490068&Category_Code=986lights
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:30 PM   #3
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Porsche dealers, sadly this wont be the last time you are offered anal sex......You might also try LA Dismantlers and ebay..
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:55 PM   #4
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Porsche dealers, sadly this wont be the last time you are offered anal sex.....
And without a kiss or a lobster dinner or flowers.

Sheesh I hate Porsche dealership's parts departments and service areas. 200% over retail on many items. Really!

Sunset Porsche in Oregon will sell you a replacement lamp for 15% over hard cost.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:33 PM   #5
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+1 for Sunset for a MUCH better price on the OEM replacement. It's an easy install too that you can do yourself. If you don't feel up to it, just take it to a local mechanic. They can install a new light housing in 10 minutes at most using just one tool.

For the aftermarket options check out eBay for your best prices and selection.

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Old 11-28-2008, 02:33 AM   #6
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Just had new deambered lights installed at Suncoast in Sarasota, Florida. $186 for the lights and $50 for installation. I got the half clear and half red lights, but the clear part looks a little smoked. Looks nice. They do sell the all red lights.

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Old 11-28-2008, 08:41 AM   #7
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They are a simple DIY to replace and plentiful on the net. Here is an example:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-Boxster-986-Tail-Light-Red-Clear_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1205Q7c66Q3 a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3286Q 2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem220316978766QQitemZ2203169787 66QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/PORSCHE-BOXSTER-LEFT-TAIL-LIGHT_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1205Q7c66Q3 a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3286Q 2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem320315066649QQitemZ3203150666 49QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

I changed out my amber for the half red/clear and took the time to wax the area around the tail lights. I think it still took me less than a half hour.
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:20 PM   #8
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Everyone,

Thanks for the responses. It just the right tail light and it has a relatively big crack n the red part. I dont want the rain etc to make it worse so I wanted to replace it quickly.

I will consider the online options for sure compared to what my stealer is asking me!

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Old 11-29-2008, 07:42 AM   #9
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Whatever you do, don't buy the cheap aftermarket tail lights...you'll only be wasting your money. Stick with OEM.
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:35 PM   #10
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Here are some replace light options:

http://e-partssales.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=P&Category_Code=986lights

I would guess that the $300 price was not that far out-of-line considering parts are about $200. So, they added about $100 for labor. Most labor rates at the dealership exceed $200 per hour. Not cheap, but not completely outrages either, IMHO.

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