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Old 09-25-2005, 09:03 PM   #1
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Extended Warranty for a 97

Hi! How are you all doing? I've been following this forum for several months now and I'm proud to say that I'm an owner of a 1997 Porsche Boxster (37k miles) with sport package. So far, I'm enjoying every minute of driving it and it always bring a smile on my face whenever I open my garage door. The car when I got it 6 months ago was in pristine condition for its age. The exterior is in excellent shape matching the interior leather upholstery (boxster red) where the driver's seat is still developing it's patina. Currently, I haven't had any problem with the car so far. The engine is solid and pulls really well. What a blast to drive on a weekend afternoon with the top down along the 101 in Ventura area here in CA. Although I might say, my Toyota Solara V6 scoots at the same rate as my boxster LOL!

However, there's some concern about engine failure with the 996/986. I was just wondering if any of you were able to avail an extended warranty for an 8 year old boxster. I read some posts here i.e. randallneighbour's comment that he couldn't find one for his'. I'm fortunate to get ahold myself a workshop manual disc and as most people here would say, its definitely not for the DIY'er. I myself am confident of working with the clutch, suspension work and the like but an engine failure caused by crankshaft giving out etc. Don't want to spend 9 grand for a newer engine and install if ever. Any input would greatly be appreciated.

I'll try to include a picture from recent german autofest in Ventura (since this is my 1st ever post). Thanks to all of you for making this forum worthwhile, learned a lot from this!


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Old 09-26-2005, 05:40 AM   #2
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Don't know of any aftermarket warranty that can help you.

Keep the oil in the engine fresh (I rec change oil and filter every 7500 and use M1 for sure) keep other fluids fresh and use M1 synthetic there too (for example in the trans). Coolant, etc all should be clean etc.


If your engine runs fine now, I say simply lavish prev. maint. on the car and enjoy!

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Old 09-26-2005, 06:49 AM   #3
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Hi,

I agree w/ BruceLee, follow his advice. But, FYI, a new (newly reconditioned) engine can be had from Porsche for under $5k w/ warranty. Instead of buying a Warranty, which would almost certainly cost you $100-$150/mo., put the same amount aside every month in a separate bank account. This way, you will be essentially providing your own Warranty, avoid the mark-up, and in very little time, you'll have the funds necessary to do the repair if needed, but if you've gone 37k mi. without it, your odds of having one of the good Blocks is rising exponentially. Most (but unfortunately not all) RMS Failures are seen well before this.

BTW, there is a DIY procedure for replacing the RMS in situ. If you are confident enough to tackle the Clutch, this procedure is surely within your capability. Hope this helps...

Happy Motoring!...Jim'99
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Old 09-26-2005, 07:25 AM   #4
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Jim provides sage advice!

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Old 10-01-2005, 12:10 AM   #5
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Hi to all! I apologize for the lateness of my reply. I would like to thank you guys for the good remarks. I guess saving up money for future repairs beyond my capability would be the best bet. And yes, I'll enjoy every moment I use the car! Aren't we are all lucky to have one of the best road going cars around!!!

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