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Old 03-01-2015, 11:56 AM   #1
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What $$ can i expect to get from a 2003 Boxster w/Blown Engine?

Thinking of just selling this car as is- it suffered a camshaft/lifter failure...little did i know, that i was buying a ticking time bomb..a car that has had IMS/RMS done already, had tons of records & meticulously maintained by previous owner ends up blowing on me after only 2,000 miles!

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http://986forum.com/forums/boxsters-sale-wanted/56040-2003-boxster-blown-engine-%246500-ca.html

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Old 03-01-2015, 12:44 PM   #2
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Like I'd emailed to you... The engine does not sound "blown". It has a common issue for the 2003 model year and has lost a camshaft/ lifter. This is a mechanical repair, but it does NOT mean that the engine has blown.

The nice cars are the ones that fail. Trust me.
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:09 PM   #3
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...The engine does not sound "blown". It has a common issue for the 2003 model year and has lost a camshaft/ lifter. ....
Does the repair basically entail replacing the head on that one side?
Looks like used ones run a bit under $1K, and I'd guess another $500 for misc new parts, bolts etc. ???

Edit: Nevermind this---->$6500 could be a great deal if that's the case. I was thinking it was an S model

Not saying, just wondering.

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Blue Book is around $10K. Any sane buyer will assume that the engine is completely destroyed. $4K-6K for a donor engine replacement. Buyer is taking all of the risk because there is often many more things wrong with a car when the engine doesn't run. Therefore expect $3000-$4500 for the rolling chassis with the damaged engine as-is. If you can get more, consider yourself lucky.
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:50 PM   #5
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...Therefore expect $3000-$4500 for the rolling chassis with the damaged engine as-is. If you can get more, consider yourself lucky.
Good point. To any sane buyer it is simply a roller with a bad motor. I was thinking of it as a known issue and limited damage.
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well maybe i should take on fixing it then- if i can get away with being all in for 4k after the fix i think i will go that route
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$4k? you could sell your core for $1k and get a 3.2 for $5k and have 50 more hp for same $?
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When this happened, were you driving aggressively or just normally and it went?
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When this happened, were you driving aggressively or just normally and it went?
very normal driving, nothing spirited what so ever..really a shame, totally shakes my confidence in the brand which i adore! however let me be fair and say i bought this car from a wholesaler at carmax to drive for a couple of months & resell, i drove it 2500 miles- it appeared to be very well taken care of and had stack of records- so maybe just maybe the previous owner beat the crap out of it- but then why would he have all records, car is almost spotless & IMS done

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And sometimes, things just break and we've no idea why. Fluke of nature.
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And sometimes, things just break and we've no idea why. Fluke of nature.
i guess so, just never thought i'd be one of those people experiencing a P-car blowing up on them
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i guess so, just never thought i'd be one of those people experiencing a P-car blowing up on them
Thats what they all say.

Including the guy that called me today with 9K miles on his car that he bought new and has "kept serviced".

You know how may times a year I hear that?? I've had 50 failure calls logged into my book since the first of the year. ( a few of them were turbos/ Gt3s, 3 were Cayennes and 4 of them are 9a1 engines, the rest were allM96/97) Not a single damn one came from an aircooled Porsche
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Thats what they all say.

Including the guy that called me today with 9K miles on his car that he bought new and has "kept serviced".

You know how may times a year I hear that?? I've had 50 failure calls logged into my book since the first of the year. ( a few of them were turbos/ Gt3s, 3 were Cayennes and 4 of them are 9a1 engines, the rest were allM96/97) Not a single damn one came from an aircooled Porsche
i'm seriously utterly disgusted, i always thought ok, IMS failure is the issue, and on my 911 i'll do the IMS when the clutch gets changed- Now i get this Boxster that HAD THE IMS DONE ALREADY AT YOUR SHOP and it gets a totally different failure i've never heard of, CAM SHAFT FAILURE...these cars are truly Pieces of garbage- how this could happen i dont even understand- As you know the previous owner of this car had tons of records and did everything to it including the ims...

I'm a Porshaphine & feel totally deceived

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