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Old 05-18-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I've been snooping around the forum for a little while now and decided it was finally time to post. I picked her up in March and have had a blast driving it ever since. I wasn't really looking to buy a car, but I saw this one and drove it with the top down and fell in love The car came with these wheels pictured (RPK-178, 19x8.5 +45 & 19.10.5 + 50). The previous owner even gave me the stock 17's and he had the hard top to boot! Additionally, aftermarket headers and exhaust were installed . I couldn't pass this up. I was also looking at the car and noticed that the headlights were already upgraded with the litronics ones, plus he had the clear style rears

Initially I was terrified of all the engine issues I had heard (she had 112k miles when I picked her up), but I figured what the hell. It wasn't without faults though. I had the ABS light on and immediately changed the brake switch under the pedal.

Within the first week of ownership, I had the IMS and RMS bearings replaced by Joe at Series 9 porsche near Daytona, FL. He also replaced the air/oil separator. I ordered spark plugs and the plastic inserts, new air and cabin filters, tranny fluid and a fuel filter. Those have all been replaced by me besides the fuel filter.

I have a few more projects that I will do but enough of the long post, here are the pics!

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Old 05-22-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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Welcome and congrats!
Sharp looking car you chose there. Looks like you also took care of the largest angst item in the car too (IMSB).
Put the top down, add some sunshine and enjoy.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:55 PM   #3
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She is a beauty! Welcome to the forum!
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:55 AM   #4
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Just join the forum. I too have a 2001 Boxster S that I bought in Feb 2013. It had 57,000k when i bought it from the original owner. It now has just over 80,000 miles and I have been enjoying this car ever since. I too was shocked to learn about the IMS problems with these cars shortly after making the purchase. Fortunately, I have not had a problem with mine so far. However, I have replaced the water pump, thermostat/housing and drive belt about a year ago. I've been doing all the simple maintenance on the car that I'm able to do now that I have the time.

Great that you took care of the biggest problem IMS/RMS on your car and hope you never have any recurring problems. I have elected to wait until I need a new clutch and will consider doing it at that time.

I've been looking into the Class Action Lawsuit and recent settlement about the IMS and also curious to know if I could or would qualify for compensation if I ever have a IMS failure. Found out a couple of things;

1) to qualify your car must be less than ten years old and have less than 130,000 miles.

2) Surprisingly, found that the IMS installed in my car was not covered although it is a 2001 Boxster S. My car was assembled in July of 2000 in Finland and for reasons unknown is not included. Don't know if this is a positive for me at this point since my Boxster is 14 years old now and would not be covered anyway. I'm still researching some of the reasons why and trying to find reason of this. If anyone out there has any information, comments on reason why I would appreciate it.

You may already know of the Lawsuit and settlement but if you don't and would like more info these are the links:

IMS Porsche Settlement Class Action Lawsuit Information Center | IMS Porsche Settlement
Settlement Information

The website list all the VIN #s that apply in this Lawsuit in case anyone wants to know.

I'm about to change the fuel filter, spark plugs and CV boots (a very common problem on these cars) which is going to be a real challenge for me but must be done. I'm looking at possibly replacing both drive shaft and entire assembly. I strongly recommend that you inspect the CV boots on your car.

I really enjoy and love driving my "01 Boxster S. However, to be completely honest, if I new about the IMS problems before, I don't think I would have bought the car. Or, if I was well informed as I am now, I would have negotiated the cost of installing the IMS LN Retrofit.

I would truly appreciate any feedback or advice on any of the repair work that I mentioned above that I will be doing or will be required to do in the future.


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