Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-27-2017, 08:47 AM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 76
Whats it Worth ?

My beautiful 02 Speed yellow S apparently needs a new or rebuilt motor. Started making terrible noises on Friday. Lots of metal in the pan per Porsche specialist. I had the IMS changed 4 years ago to the LN ceramic bearing so Im in shock about the motor. The car has 49K miles, Victor custom wheels, a lot of carbon fiber extras and looks better than new inside and out. Im not a mechanic and don't have the time or patience to rebuild it on my own, so Im probably just going to sell it as is. Its in Atlanta....What do you think its worth ? Again the car itself is better than new.......
nobrakes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2017, 10:07 AM   #2
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,220
Sorry to hear. Since you are in Atlanta, Jake Raby sometimes buys cars like yours and he is fairly close. FWIW there are lots of ways that the M96 engine can fail, like lots of other engines, so it may not have been caused by the LN IMS. Flat 6 Innovations has the laundry list on their website. You may do better by sourcing a used engine and paying someone to install it. Even if you install a new clutch, water pump, serpentine belt, spark plugs, coil packs and an IMS solution or ceramic upgrade. Plus you can then drive it again and keep it if it doesn't sell.
PaulE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2017, 11:25 AM   #3
Certified Boxster Addict
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,475
A used engine can be bought for $3000 and swapped in for an additional $1500. Total cost to get the car back on the road around $5K. (2002 Porsche Boxster 3.2L Engine $3000)

A Boxster rolling chassis is typically worth $3K-$4K. Yours might be worth a bit more but its hard to imagine a scenario where someone pays over $5K.

The primary reason for the low price of a rolling chassis is that there is a lot of risk in purchasing a car that doesn't run because there are a lot of components that can't be tested (like air conditioning, engine cooling, clutch, power steering, CEL's for O2 sensors/SAI/fuel system, etc, etc). Thus, the buyer has to take that risk into account and factor it into the purchase price.

And while you are likely a very honest person, this is a very real risk. In my personal experience, the Boxster that I bought with a failed engine cost me another $1,000 to fix things that the seller "promised and assured" me were in good working order. Lesson learned.
1999 996 C2 - sold - bought back - sold for more
1997 Spec Boxster BSR #254
1979 911 SC
POC Licensed DE/TT Instructor

Last edited by thstone; 11-27-2017 at 11:32 AM.
thstone is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:15 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page