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Old 08-12-2018, 10:02 AM   #1
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Buying Boxster out of state. Transport or no?

Hi I'm in a pretty limited market in Las Vegas as far as 986 boxsters go. I'm willing to go to LA or Arizona to pick one up. I'm just worried about driving one with a single-row bearing hundreds of miles (300 or so) all the way home. Would you all personally take the risk or transport it with a shipping company/auto-transport trailer?
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Hi I'm in a pretty limited market in Las Vegas as far as 986 boxsters go. I'm willing to go to LA or Arizona to pick one up. I'm just worried about driving one with a single-row bearing hundreds of miles (300 or so) all the way home. Would you all personally take the risk or transport it with a shipping company/auto-transport trailer?
I've had great success shipping cars. The best experience I've had was when I used Jay at imoveauto. It's a good option.

However: being in Vegas, I'd point you at this car (not mine, but in my market)
just up the road from you in Sal Lake CIty area.

I wouldn't hesitate for a moment driving this car to Vegas. and the IMS has been done.
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I drove my 2003 standard from LA to indy after driving the west coast. It has been perfect over the 10k miles that I have owned it. If you buy a car that is well maintained just drive it and enjoy.
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I bought mine in Florida and drove it home to Michigan. I have driven another 10000 plus since all on the original single row ims bearing. If I ever have to replace the clutch I will think about changing out the bearing. In the meantime I will just enjoy driving this little speedster. At 8 percent failer rate this boxster is a minor risk compared to some of the other things I do on a daily basis. I'd buy it if you like it and take the long way home. If you're going to worry about some hyped up mechanical issue maybe look for a Miata or something
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Iíd either ship it or do the IMS near where youíre purchasing it. It wonít be an enjoyable drive if youíre worried about it.
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Drive it home with the top down and enjoy it.

I've bought three of my Boxsters out of state. I live in SW Oklahoma. The first Boxster was in Tucson, another in Phoenix, the third in San Antonio.

Buy a one way ticket, throw together an overnight bag with a couple changes of clothes and a big stack of CD's. Get ready to have a fun road trip.

Drive home and enjoy the car. I had a good road trip with each one and the three of them have turned out to be my favorite Boxsters in my fleet.

Don't overthink things about these cars. Maintain them, drive them and enjoy them! They're not delicate little flowers.

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Hi I'm in a pretty limited market in Las Vegas as far as 986 boxsters go. I'm willing to go to LA or Arizona to pick one up. I'm just worried about driving one with a single-row bearing hundreds of miles (300 or so) all the way home. Would you all personally take the risk or transport it with a shipping company/auto-transport trailer?
Going to sound mean here Sorry!
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If you can't enjoy driving the car for 4-5 hours from LA to Vegas get a different car.
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Tick ... tick.... tick..... LOL Ya gotta love it.

Drive that car home!!!!!!
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Drive it home with the top down and enjoy it.

I've bought three of my Boxsters out of state. I live in SW Oklahoma. The first Boxster was in Tucson, another in Phoenix, the third in San Antonio.

Buy a one way ticket, throw together an overnight bag with a couple changes of clothes and a big stack of CD's. Get ready to have a fun road trip.

Drive home and enjoy the car. I had a good road trip with each one and the three of them have turned out to be my favorite Boxsters in my fleet.

Don't overthink things about these cars. Maintain them, drive them and enjoy them! They're not delicate little flowers.

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Top down through Las Vegas in this season? Better bring lots of sunblock lol
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I shipped mine from Southern CA to Houston with a shipping company. I would have preferred to drive it back but I didn't have the time to take off. So I shipped it. The costs was reasonable but I used an open carrier and the car got pretty dusty. They picked it up the day after I arranged for shipping and had it in my hands a few days later. Piece of cake.

And don't fear driving it. It's just a car and one that likes to be driven.
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I've had great success shipping cars. The best experience I've had was when I used Jay at imoveauto. It's a good option.

However: being in Vegas, I'd point you at this car (not mine, but in my market)
just up the road from you in Sal Lake CIty area.

I wouldn't hesitate for a moment driving this car to Vegas. and the IMS has been done.
Go buy this one...
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Drive. The chances of a failure in 300 miles is slim. Can me made infinitesimal with a PPI that includes and oil filter examination. Not saying don't do the IMS when you get home, just not a big risk in 300 miles.
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I've had great success shipping cars. The best experience I've had was when I used Jay at imoveauto. It's a good option.



However: being in Vegas, I'd point you at this car (not mine, but in my market)

just up the road from you in Sal Lake CIty area.



I wouldn't hesitate for a moment driving this car to Vegas. and the IMS has been done.


Does it say IMS is done? Am I just missing something? 8k is not a bad deal if it has, but Iíd search for one with fewer miles, personally.


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Old 08-13-2018, 11:32 AM   #16
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Going to sound mean here Sorry!
Don't buy a 986 if your that scared to drive it
That was my thought too. Not trying to be mean either but the IMS is not the only possible failure. I drove my single row home from Atlanta to Fort Worth 5 years ago and it is still going on itís original bearing. Buy it, drive it, enjoy it
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My new Boxster was about 100 miles away, so I rented a Uhaul car transporter, attached it to the back of my truck, drove the combo to meet the new car, did a test drive, liked what I saw, and took the Boxster home on the back of the transporter.
This was the easiest / cheapest way to get there, test it out, and get it back...

For a Boxster 300 miles away, I would do a ton of homework and then buy a one-way plane ticket and drive it home. If you are not so time sensitive you could also go the car transporter route - this just gives you more flexibility if you don't like the Boxster - you still have a way to get home if you decide you don't want it...
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I also agree with the "it's not a time bomb" comment. I purchased a 2004 S w/ ~47K miles and drove it for another 1K miles before having the RMS leak fixed (dealer comp'd) and only did the IMS bearing because the engine was out on someone else's dime. The original IMSB was in perfect shape (I kept it).

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Go get it! I just flew to LA and drove 1900 miles back to San Antonio it was great!
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Possibly unpopular opinion: I would imagine that a Boxster that has not been driven recently is at a far higher risk for immediate IMS failure than one that gets driven.

Lubrication is huge preventative measure against IMS. When a car has been a garage queen, that lubrication is going to be less effective, at least at first.

Also, the metal is going to be at a higher risk to heat damage affecting it upon expansion.

I donít think itís a dealbreaker, but I think itís a reasonable concern.


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