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Old 04-10-2018, 04:24 PM   #1
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Some SOB is gonna buy this thinking it's an easy fix.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/d/2001-porsche-boxster/6556816430.html

Nice 2001 S, $3900 in Phoenix. Blown head gasket. Posted 4/9.


Sounds kinda like a nightmare for someone who can't do their own work. I could, fortunately I don't have the money (it's tax time!)

If I could, and I could afford a replacement engine, I'd probably offer about half what they're asking. Rest of the car, what you can see of it, looks nice. A nice project car for an engine upgrade.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:12 PM   #2
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Very seldom does the head gasket go in these cars. It's probably something else. If its intermix that has them thinking it's the head gasket it's probably a cracked head.
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:13 PM   #3
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Very seldom does the head gasket go in these cars. It's probably something else. If its intermix that has them thinking it's the head gasket it's probably a cracked head.
Or, something as simple as an oil cooler out of whack...
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Old 04-11-2018, 03:52 AM   #4
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If you look closely at some of the photos, the interior (seats, e-brake handle, etc....) look a little rough.
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the passenger seat actually has a large water stain on it. too bad it's really impossible to know what's wrong with it without a much more serious look. could be a great car to revive and refresh then drive the heck out of.
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Since I'm too far away to buy this car, if you are interested here is what you need to know: is it blowing white smoke which makes them believe it's the head gasket or is it water and oil mixed but no smoke? If the later, it is more likely the oil cooler. An easy 2 hour diy job. Could be a steal for someone willing to investigate. Cheers.
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Rule #1 when buying a non-running or barely running car: always assume the worst (needs replacement engine) unless you have proof otherwise (not a guess, or a hunch, or hope, or luck).

Rule #2 when buying a non-running or barely running car: its highly likely that there is more wrong than just the engine. Every 18 yr-old high performance sports car has things that needed repair when the engine stopped running.

Rule #3 when buying a non-running or barely running car: it is highly unlikely that you can swap the engine and fix whatever else is wrong and re-sell for profit that will in any way value the time it took to do the work. In other words, fixing it and re-selling will be a hobby project where someone else benefits from the hours that you donated for free.

Buy car = $3500
Replacement engine = $3000
60K major service parts (oil, filter, plugs, fuel filter, cabin filter, brake bleed, a/c recharge, coolant, trans fluid) = $400
Unknown repairs = $500
Total = $7,400 (best case)

Car is worth around $7500.

$100 for 40 hrs of work = $2.50/hr (or something else similarly small)

If you could get the car for $3000 AND have no unknown repairs, then your time might be worth about $20/hr. But the risk is huge - you'd end up losing money AND donating all of your time for free if just the clutch and DMFW needs replacement (both of which should probably be replaced while you have the engine out anyway).

The numbers just don't pencil out - this is why they often get parted out instead of repaired.
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