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Old 01-10-2011, 06:50 AM   #1
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Smile long lived Boxster engine survey

Well there seems to be plenty of discussion and surveys on blown-up Boxster engines. How about some talk and a survey on some good exp. I have a 120000 mile "97" that is still going strong. Anyone else?

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Well there seems to be plenty of discussion and surveys on blown-up Boxster engines. How about some talk and a survey on some good exp. I have a 120000 mile "97" that is still going strong. Anyone else?
My car is 11 years old (99), has 59k miles, and is in great shape overall. It seems to me that mileage doesn't play that big a role in the engine failures we hear about....nor does oil type, driving style (though lugging the engine alot may exacerbate it and perhaps extensive track use as well), etc.

In other forums/engines, those types of engine failures are known as "manufacturers defects", since there isn't much you can do to prevent it except replace it and it seems to strike at random.

What I've found interesting is that it doesn't show up in any of the big surveys AFAIK. From Consumer Reports to TrueDelta, and everywhere in between, you don't see long-term boxster owners reporting it that frequently when mass-surveyed.

And I compare that to the early boxster engine problems, which DID show up in surveys.

I'm not saying its not a problem, I'm just saying it's hard to gauge the true extent. Once you become "sensitive" to hearing something and are on a forum where people tend to report it, it's very hard to stay objective.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:36 AM   #3
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I have a 97 as well with 72k on the clock. Looking to get several more miles/years out of it. Hopefully the next 72k are as fun as the first 72k.
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Mine went almost 140k before dying on the race track.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:22 PM   #9
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One of our members who lives in Livermore, Ca has about 235,000 on his Boxster. Pedro of Pedro's Garage in Florida had about 200,000 on his before it failed.
Let's hear from some others with long- toothed Boxsters.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:11 PM   #10
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I have a 1998 Base with 130K. The engine and trans. are running very well. Over all the car is in great shape. We just got back from a 2500 mile road trip. I found a nice empty road in NV and got it up to 153. Steady and solid as a rock.

On our trip we bought a 2000 S with 48K miles. I have the twins in the garage. At the moment, I think the '98 is in just as a good condition as the 2000. To the unfamiliar eye, you can't tell them apart.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:37 AM   #12
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:13 AM   #13
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Smile my 98

my boxie has 97,842 miles on the clock and is still running strong...even though the floorboard under my drivers seat got wet yesterday...dang!!! it's starting okay...just didn't once this morning.
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Not much help here...my '02 Box S broke the 19k mile barrier this fall before winter hibernation; I'll break into the twenties come late spring!

FWIW, I plan to replace the original water pump and look really hard at my IMS bearing if ANY foreign material finds its way to my sump.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:56 PM   #15
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87,000 on my '99. Running fine.

208,000 on a friends '98 with no problems. Though he did have a trans problem around 150K.
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I have a 2000 2.7 daily driver...winter included. The car now has 215,000 kms and absolutely no problems. I change the oil every 5000-7000 kms and NEVER full load or over 3000 rpm until the operating temp has been reached. The car also sees the track a few times every summer... and sees upwards of 160km/hr every day...I race FF1600 as a hobby...

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What is preferred prior to warm-up? Under 3,000k or 4,000k RPMs?
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I try not to exceed 3000rpm until warm.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:09 AM   #19
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