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Old 09-09-2018, 02:53 PM   #1
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WTB: Boxster S with bad motor

Greeting everyone,

Been a while since i've visited, hope you have all been well.

Am interested in a new project car, thinking cheap swap project this time as I keep getting requests for budget LS swaps. Yes I said LS swap so if that is against your Porsche religion then don't sell me your car

Interested in a car with a bad motor/ IMS issues etc. Prefer a straight non-wrecked car but minor accidents may be ok.
Let me know what you've got!
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Doubling down, I like it! My car could have been a candidate for you but now my engine is getting rebuilt. Did you ever sell your original LS Boxster?
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Old 09-09-2018, 04:58 PM   #3
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Do a cayman!

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Old 09-09-2018, 06:27 PM   #4
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This one might be a good candidate - 911 cab.
Not in your neck of the woods, tho.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/d/mechanic-special-1999-porsche/6686737350.html
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Greeting everyone,

Been a while since i've visited, hope you have all been well.

Am interested in a new project car, thinking cheap swap project this time as I keep getting requests for budget LS swaps. Yes I said LS swap so if that is against your Porsche religion then don't sell me your car

Interested in a car with a bad motor/ IMS issues etc. Prefer a straight non-wrecked car but minor accidents may be ok.
Let me know what you've got!
Thanks
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Contract Jake Raby -- he's in your neck of the woods -- there maybe clients of his that decide not to fix their engines, and he'd know of folks looking to just dispose of the car.

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Hi:

My car is heading for 'bad motor' land, but it's not there yet. From the diagnostics, it looks like its time for a rebuild before the motor grenades - P1341 and black plastic pieces in the sump. My wrench turning skills are not up to the job.

Check this forum link out and let me know if you're interested: 01S - SEMI Roller for Sale

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Old 09-12-2018, 08:46 AM   #8
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Here's another one in the SF Bay Area... Looks very clean...

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/d/2000-porsche-boxster/6695559487.html
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:23 PM   #9
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Damn i see why you want to do a boxster vs cayman they are MUCH cheaper...

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Old 09-14-2018, 05:36 PM   #10
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Doubling down, I like it! My car could have been a candidate for you but now my engine is getting rebuilt. Did you ever sell your original LS Boxster?
Haha yeah doubling down because even though I spent way more then originally planned it is a great car! One of the best I have ever driven. I did sell the original car to a gentleman in Wisconsin who I believe is lurking around these forums somewhere although not sure if he has ever posted. I need to touch base with him and see how he is liking the car!

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Yes as you pointed out further down the line here, Caymans are not really reasonably priced when compared to Boxsters!

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This one might be a good candidate - 911 cab.
Not in your neck of the woods, tho.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/d/mechanic-special-1999-porsche/6686737350.html
Thanks for the lead, that is very well priced! A 911 would probably be the smarter build but to be honest I think the Boxster is a much better balanced car! Still may give them a call though!
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Contract Jake Raby -- he's in your neck of the woods -- there maybe clients of his that decide not to fix their engines, and he'd know of folks looking to just dispose of the car.

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Yeah if all else fails I may do that but I'm sure he would rather talk them into a $20K rebuild

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Hi:

My car is heading for 'bad motor' land, but it's not there yet. From the diagnostics, it looks like its time for a rebuild before the motor grenades - P1341 and black plastic pieces in the sump. My wrench turning skills are not up to the job.

Check this forum link out and let me know if you're interested: 01S - SEMI Roller for Sale

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Thom
Definitely interested but would like to know more about it, the Craigslist link in the post is expired - please send more details!
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How far from Home are you willing to consider?
I like road trips so I'm willing to consider just about anything as long as it does not involve importing from overseas
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Here's another one in the SF Bay Area... Looks very clean...

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/d/2000-porsche-boxster/6695559487.html
DANG! I REALLY don't want a black on black car as summers here suck bad enough, but DAMN thats a pretty good deal! Maybe a wrap and an interior swap
Thanks for the lead!
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Yessir! I'm figuring to find a decent complete Boxster in the $3-5K range as where Caymans didn't have nearly as high of an engine failure rate and you'll be lucky to find a cheap one $10k+

I appreciate all the replies, definitely keep em coming!
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Here's a Cayman.

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/cto/d/2006-porsche-cayman-needs/6697637927.html
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:23 PM   #13
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Saw that one- its a tiptronic though. The harness and gauges and center console trim and pedals would have to be sourced from Porsche. That guy is dreaming btw that car wouls be 7k if a manual.

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I know you're looking for a Boxster S with bad motor so I'm gonna counter with a 2003 Boxster base w/ bad tiptronic transmission hahah! Supposedly the torque convertor has failed. The engine and all other components are still in great condition, AFAIK. Let me know if that is interesting to you at all; IDK much about LS swaps so if this car doesn't meet what you need, sorry!
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:47 PM   #15
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I don't have an 'S' but I have a 2006 that was just diagnosed with an engine failure. Are you still looking? Base/Blue/2006/ Minor scratches from original owner / No body damage / ~24k miles / Wife's vehicle. I only got to drive it to the gas station every fall to fill it up before storing for winter.
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:21 PM   #16
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Hey everyone,

I appreciate all the leads and offers! I have found my next project car, but unfortunately it is not a Boxster The good news is that it is still a Porsche!! I'll probably be doing some YouTube videos on it if anyone is interested, but this one is to nice to get the V8 treatment, I think. Without further delay, the next project is...

2004 Porsche 911 C2 convertible! So the project side of it is that the motor seems to have hand grenaded itself! The car itself is in very nice shape, only 39,600 miles on it, the only other down side is that it is an automatic, but that can be changed out easily enough!

Nothing is set in stone yet but after some research tonight it looks like the whole motor will have to come apart as I found the back of the IMS bearing in the transmission bell housing inspection port and dropped the oil filter and it looks like the lost city of gold in there~ So you never know, maybe I will stick a V8 in it

Since this is a Boxster forum i'll probably not post many updates here, maybe i'll post a thread over on Pelican, but either way i'll let you all know and will at least post a link to my first video of the series here so you know where to find my future videos.

Thanks again everyone and don't worry... i'll be back! Boxsters are just to much fun bang for the buck not to have one but I just couldn't pass up this deal so off to the 911 side I go for now!
Thanks!
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Did you buy the one from North Carolina? Silver one? I was looking at that one but his asking price of $8000 was way too high.

Are you sure it is easy to swap from auto to manual trans?

Also, if you need a 2004 3.6L engine with 35K miles, let me know. I have one available.
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:36 PM   #18
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Did you buy the one from North Carolina? Silver one? I was looking at that one but his asking price of $8000 was way too high.

Are you sure it is easy to swap from auto to manual trans?

Also, if you need a 2004 3.6L engine with 35K miles, let me know. I have one available.
Yup thats the one! He was negotiable on the price and the car is in very nice condition. If I can put a V8 in a Boxster swapping a auto to manual transmission is no problem. All it takes is parts. Cars were designed for both so just need things like clutch pedal assembly, hydraulics & lines, shifter, not sure if you have to swap the whole center console or just the shifter insert... Instrument cluster, obviously clutch, flywheel etc., then you just re-route a few coolant hoses. I don't think you need to swap the engine ECU although I haven't fully researched it.

Send me a PM on the engine you have and how much you are asking. My plan is to rebuild what is in there as from what I can tell other the the IMS bearing completely shredding itself I think the motor is OK. ECU showed no codes at all for misfires or anything. What I think happened is that this is one of those IMS bearings that never made any noise, just ripped itself apart until the nut/bolt on the back of the bearing broke off, dropped into the bell housing and hit the torque converter, which I believe is the "noise" the guy hear when he shut it off. Of course at that point the bearing had just come apart and started pissing oil all over which earned it a tow to the mechanic who basically threw the worst case scenario at the guy which immediately scared him. I doesn't even look like they took the filter off before they deemed it dead.

You never know though, it may be completely trashed in there. Luckily I know a guy who can rebuild these if needed, he is going to be at our shop tomorrow so i'll let him know what I found and see what he says. Still gotta get the motor out first but other project have been more pressing. Once my master bathroom is done then i'll be full tilt on the 911!
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I may have a candidate for you - an 02 Base (I just noticed the "S" in your post though), 160K, nearing engine-disaster land, not sure if I want to keep it or not.
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