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Old 12-15-2018, 09:33 AM   #1
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2001 boxster s ims bearing question

I have a 2001 boxster s that was mfg in April 2001, can anyone tell me if this has the single or double row ims bearing

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If I remember correctly it is single. I chose 1997 to get the double .

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I have a 2001 boxster s that was mfg in April 2001, can anyone tell me if this has the single or double row ims bearing
2001 was a transitional year, there is NO WAY to know which style is in the car without taking it apart and looking. There has been a lot of nonsense published on the web about how to tell what it is (Mfg. date, VIN, engine numbers, etc.), all of which have proved useless.
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As JFP said, you can tell once the transmission is separated from the engine. And only then. Especially for the transition years. He has done hundreds.

Porsche, being a small manufacturer and used to building cars in small quantities, had this habit of reaching into the parts bin and using whatever was handy. And keeping no records. They are better now.

Replacement engine, rebuild engine, original engine. What it is is a guess until you are looking at the tell tale part.

Wonderful cars. And engines. But no engine or car is perfect.

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2001 was a transitional year, there is NO WAY to know which style is in the car without taking it apart and looking.
Is it the same situation with 2005's?

What about 2006 MY?
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Is it the same situation with 2005's?

What about 2006 MY?
2005 is also a transitional year (single row to non serviceable IMS), which can only be determined by visual inspection.

2006 to 2008 is the non serviceable bearings.
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2006 to 2008 is the non serviceable bearings.
Yes, and that takes away the option to make the concern go away preemptively. OTOH, the newer larger bearing on the 987.1 supposedly has a much lower failure rate. JPF, I'm new here on the Forum, and I suspect that this has been discussed ad nauseum, but would you be comfortable buying a 2006 -2008? I'm asking because I'm in the market for an S, no particular year, but probably prefer '03 - '04, or maybe '05.
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Yes, and that takes away the option to make the concern go away preemptively. OTOH, the newer larger bearing on the 987.1 supposedly has a much lower failure rate. JPF, I'm new here on the Forum, and I suspect that this has been discussed ad nauseum, but would you be comfortable buying a 2006 -2008? I'm asking because I'm in the market for an S, no particular year, but probably prefer '03 - '04, or maybe '05.
The failure rate for the 06-08 is extremely low. On the LN site the question was posed and was basically answered with a “don”t worry about it”. Overall the general numbers for FAILURE are low as well. But, something to consider for sure.

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