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Old 09-12-2019, 05:36 PM   #1
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Lost my engine today

2001 Boxster. Driving to Okteenerfest Porsche 914 event in NC. Almost there (10 miles out) and heard a rattle. Dash lit up, engine shut down and that was it. Just turned 68,000 miles. Don't know cause of failure yet. I'm suspecting IMS.

Oh well....probably sell as roller and look for a S
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Ouch. Bad day.
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:27 PM   #3
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I have an 01 986 too with 116k miles. I think the previous owner changes the IMS bearing but I never checked. Let us know what was the cause if you figure it out.
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Or you could pop an S motor in the "roller" you have
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Old 09-13-2019, 04:02 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about the car. That's a huge bummer.

If/when mine goes south... upgrade engine time. I believe if a car otherwise is in great condition mechanically... you're not going to get anything that will be less costly. Further, if the car appearance... the exterior... the interior... the acoutrements... knowbs... handles... buttons... you know, 8-9/10 showroom... just slap in a new engine.

I can hardly wait!
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Or you could pop an S motor in the "roller" you have
Yes. This. With an emphasis on "roller".
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2001 Boxster. Driving to Okteenerfest Porsche 914 event in NC. Almost there (10 miles out) and heard a rattle. Dash lit up, engine shut down and that was it. Just turned 68,000 miles. Don't know cause of failure yet. I'm suspecting IMS.

Oh well....probably sell as roller and look for a S
A 2001 base with a bad engine isn't worth much. Probably could break even if you dropped another used engine (with new IMS bearing and RMS) in.
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Or you could pop an S motor in the "roller" you have
2001 300 HP ready to go:

2001 3.6L Boxster engine for sale
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Car is in excellent condition (other than engine). It's been a regional PCA show winner.

Finding a good engine is the challenge. Might be better to take the hit and sell rather than spend money playing Russian roulette with a set engine.

I'm thinking over my options.....
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2001 300 HP ready to go:

2001 3.6L Boxster engine for sale
This, and you'd keep the car forever. It would be a keeper.
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2001 300 HP ready to go:

2001 3.6L Boxster engine for sale
This is the bullet proof answer to your prayers.
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This, and you'd keep the car forever. It would be a keeper.
I donít know...I think Iíd just save the $15k, sell the roller and invest the $17k-$18k in a later 987.
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I wish you were closer, sounds like it would be a good project car. (Which I really don't need.)
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That assumes that it was assembled correctly, installed correctly. The best of intentions sometimes don't turn out perfection.

I'd never say anything was bullet proof.
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This, and you'd keep the car forever. It would be a keeper.
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That is one properly built engine that will keep you smiling for many years
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I donít know...I think Iíd just save the $15k, sell the roller and invest the $17k-$18k in a later 987.
That's if you like the look. Personally, I'm not a fan of the side intakes shape of the 987. Something about the smaller side intakes of the 986 I like. So much so that' I've been eyeing that Joe Toth 986 side scoop for a year now. Almost ready to slap one on.

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Sorry to hear this. I am on Engine #5.

Buy an eBay replacement engine. Swap it in. You're at break even. Drive it for a year to earn out some of the investment. Then decide if you want a different car.
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That assumes that it was assembled correctly, installed correctly. The best of intentions sometimes don't turn out perfection.

I'd never say anything was bullet proof.
Yes you're right, nothing is bullet proof. It sounds like BYProdriver knows what he's doing he's been driving a near identical engine he also built for a few years.
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where are you in SC? I am moving to Boiling springs and I am bringing an extra 01 s motore that is complete, HAD THE IMS DONE.
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where are you in SC? I am moving to Boiling springs and I am bringing an extra 01 s motore that is complete, HAD THE IMS DONE.
columbia area
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