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Old 01-15-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
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Boxster with S-Car-Go built 3.8L

Interesting ad over on the PCA site. Curious to know if they get anything close to the asking price. At that money you can get into a nice 997S.

https://www.pca.org/classified-ad/305330
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You can almost get a moderately used 997 turbo.
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:57 AM   #3
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Just because that's what he has into it, including the purchase price........
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Wow! I'd like to see how much this actually sells for.
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Just because that's what he has into it, including the purchase price........
Not so, I know who this is and he bought the car new for $68K.
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Man o' man, that's a lot of cake! I recognize they've put a new motor and lots of other goodies in there, but that still seems a huge stretch to me.
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It's only $20K too high.
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It's only $20K too high.
I would take $28,K for mine, & it's not green!
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The ad does not describe the credentials of the engine builder. That would be the most important factor.
Second, how many hard miles on the car since the rebuild?
By comparison, Bill's car(BYprodriver) was built by an expert and has had a very long proving period. Just a pity it isn't green.
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Interesting ad over on the PCA site. Curious to know if they get anything close to the asking price. At that money you can get into a nice 997S.

https://www.pca.org/classified-ad/305330
Personally, I'd put more $$ dollar confidence in a quality rebuild (assuming the engine builder's reputation is A+) going into a Cayman/Boxster than a bone stock 996/997 for same money.
I'd also have questions about the state of the engine before the rebuild.
3K miles post surgery is barely out of the woods territory.

The problem here is that you really have to be in love with the 986 to go along with a $35-38K engine upgrade, assuming the donor car (with apparent supsension and exhaust mods) is worth ~$10K sans engine.
And you REALLY have to be in love with a green/space gray car for $48K...
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Personally, I'd put more $$ dollar confidence in a quality rebuild (assuming the engine builder's reputation is A+) going into a Cayman/Boxster than a bone stock 996/997 for same money.
I'd also have questions about the state of the engine before the rebuild.
3K miles post surgery is barely out of the woods territory.

The problem here is that you really have to be in love with the 986 to go along with a $35-38K engine upgrade, assuming the donor car (with apparent supsension and exhaust mods) is worth ~$10K sans engine.
And you REALLY have to be in love with a green/space gray car for $48K...
Yeah, I know quality engines can get expensive, but you are right - $35k+ for a new engine seems excessive...better have north of 400 ponies.

also, I didn't see anything about CA smog. He has plates on it. I don't know how he is getting away with that...
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If I recall it right (and my memory might be faulty) the engine went to Jake Raby for a 3.2 -> 3.8 rebuild after the engine threw a rod
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also, I didn't see anything about CA smog. He has plates on it. I don't know how he is getting away with that...
why wouldn't he pass CA smog? it's a bona fide 3.8 engine with the cat converters
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why wouldn't he pass CA smog? it's a bona fide 3.8 engine with the cat converters
Hummm...you must be new to CA :-)

You can't just go throw any old engine in a car out here! Yes, there are certain years you have some flexibility (OBD 1 cars, 1996 and older as well as 1974 and older cars), but certainly not in a 2000 boxster.

There may be an appeal process he went through or something, but a 3.8 has a different or tuned ECU that will throw a code on a smog machine most likely...
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If I recall it right (and my memory might be faulty) the engine went to Jake Raby for a 3.2 -> 3.8 rebuild after the engine threw a rod
What is the cost of that from Jake? Certainly under $35k, no?
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[QUOTE=Dlirium;432205]Hummm...you must be new to CA :-)

You can't just go throw any old engine in a car out here! Yes, there are certain years you have some flexibility (OBD 1 cars, 1996 and older as well as 1974 and older cars), but certainly not in a 2000 boxster.

There may be an appeal process he went through or something, but a 3.8 has a different or tuned ECU that will throw a code on a smog machine most likely...[/QUOTE]

Not yet but CA is working on that. Any M96 engine looks similir enough to the original that it will go undetected unless you take it to a dealer for smog check. $$$
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If I recall it right (and my memory might be faulty) the engine went to Jake Raby for a 3.2 -> 3.8 rebuild after the engine threw a rod
Chris if this is Mac's car, which I believe it is, then S-Car-Go did the work.
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Chris if this is Mac's car, which I believe it is, then S-Car-Go did the work.
Yes it's Mac's car, so I stand corrected
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If I recall it right (and my memory might be faulty) the engine went to Jake Raby for a 3.2 -> 3.8 rebuild after the engine threw a rod
Wrong. I've never seen that car, or engine. It also uses Pauter rods, I don't use Pauter rods. I also don't work with S Car Go..

Displacement alone means nothing. It's all in the combination.
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