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View Poll Results: Has your Boxster sustained a IMS failure, requiring engine replacement?
No:1997-1999 MY 16 25.00%
Yes:1997-1999 MY 2 3.13%
Yes-multiple failures: 1997-1999 MY 0 0%
No: 2000-2004 MY 43 67.19%
Yes: 2000-20004 MY 4 6.25%
Yes-multiple failures: 2000-2004 MY 0 0%
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:12 AM   #41
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"What modifications? The only non-factory modification I have is secondary cat-bypass pipes. If you are suggesting cat bypass pipes would be a contributing factor toward an IMS failure I'd say you need to put down the crack pipe. It's bad for your health. "

Now I know why you suffered an IMS failure - cause you are a jerk!!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:19 AM   #42
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:05 AM   #43
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What modifications? The only non-factory modification I have is secondary cat-bypass pipes. If you are suggesting cat bypass pipes would be a contributing factor toward an IMS failure I'd say you need to put down the crack pipe. It's bad for your health.

I thought the fact that I put a smiley face on my original comment would ensure folks knew it was a joke. I guess porsche666 didn't see it that way. I'd hate to think my IMS failed because I'm a jerk.......we'll need to add that one to the pile though along with the oil used, how hard the car was driven, how many miles it has, etc. Beyond a somewhat bad design with a weak sealed bearing by Porsche I supposed it's as good a theory as anything else.

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Old 06-02-2010, 08:45 AM   #44
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I have a 140,000 miles and never had a problem. It's all about Karma.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:12 AM   #45
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Having read thousands of posts on the IMS and having sold any number of Boxsters over the years, my opinion is this:

Clearly Porsche had (or has) a design issue that they did not want to confront.

Sadly, many buyers have had to contend with the consequences of that decision.

Hey, I could be wrong.

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Old 06-02-2010, 10:09 AM   #46
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I have a 140,000 miles and never had a problem. It's all about Karma.

Wow, all these people that have had IMS failures simply have bad Karma. Porsche will be so relieved to know that the design of the bearing had nothing to do with it. This should save Porsche a ton of $$ on warranty and goodwill repairs!
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:14 AM   #47
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Everyone knows that Porsche owners are jerks and this is karma's way of evening up the score. If you have not trodden on the poor to get your precious Porsche then the IMS will be fine but if you did trample the less fortunate then you may even have multiple engine failures.

Is it too late to repent?
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:39 PM   #48
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:16 PM   #49
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I have a 140,000 miles and never had a problem. It's all about Karma.



Karma, huh? Your other posts certainly seem to ignore it:




" just bought my 1st 986, I am 70 Years old. It is stick shift. Hate it that the steering wheel does not tilt; makes it very hard to get leg (knee) under steering wheel and foot past clutch when getting into the car. Any suggestions?"

porsche666's response:

"Yes..... trade it in on a Cadillac. They have more room for a wheelchair."

Replying to jhandy's question regarding his car dying on the road:

"Aren't you a surgeon in Texas? Surely you can afford to buy a new car?"'t

porsche666's response at the top of this page:

"Now I know why you suffered an IMS failure - cause you are a jerk!!!"



Nice Karma ratio for only 8 posts.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:32 AM   #50
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I wouldn't be surprised if porsche666 used to "contribute" to this Forum under another handle......
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Bought a short block (81000 miles) to replace my wrecked block (86100 miles with a falled # 3 cylinder) only to find the block I bought had a failed IMS. Tore it down and am currently rebuilding it with a LS engineering IMS bearing. If i have another cylinder failure on this new engine I'm sending out the old block to have 'Nickies' put in. Getting tired of Boxster engine shortcomings.

PS -> Bought the short block from "Import Line Auto" in Brighton, Colorado and so far they have refused to take responsibility for selling me a crap block and are telling me it was fine when they sent it out. (was told it was a buildible block with no issues, the oil pan and oil filter full of metal was a sign for me that there was issues).

I recommend avoiding this company!
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:33 PM   #52
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I have a 99(2.5) with 140k, still going. I have not heard anyone talk of IMS failure at really high milage. is there a point at which it becomes fully lubricated?
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:47 AM   #53
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Having read thousands of posts on the IMS and having sold any number of Boxsters over the years, my opinion is this:

Clearly Porsche had (or has) a design issue that they did not want to confront.

Sadly, many buyers have had to contend with the consequences of that decision.

Hey, I could be wrong.

Why not buy an extended warr. I have one for my 1997 Boxster w/ 117000 miles that covers drive train 5 yrs 100000 miles for 875.00--Stop complaining and drive the hell out of it--
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Why not buy an extended warr. I have one for my 1997 Boxster w/ 117000 miles that covers drive train 5 yrs 100000 miles for 875.00--Stop complaining and drive the hell out of it--
Because most of them, by far, are not worth the paper they are written on...............everything is covered, right up until you file a claim...........
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IMS victims please complain to NHTSA

My apologies if you’ve seen this posting in other forums. I’m trying to raise awareness of this subject.
I have an 04 Boxster that had confirmed IMS failure last week at 58K miles. Dealer employees, including service managers, have admitted to me that they have a significant number of IMS failures in this engine, and didn’t deny that it should have been a recall. I didn’t know of this defect until it (probably) happened to me, and feel angry that Porsche sold me a car without revealing a fatal design flaw (sealed bearing with seal that fails in normal use, then relying on inadequate lubrication from crankcase oil splash).
When I called Porsche (1-800 Porsche), I was told there was no recall for the IMS defect because “the government orders recalls and they didn’t order a recall” for the IMS issue. Recalls are triggered by complaints to the NHTSA – not very many complaints, no recall. NHTSA complaints and investigations can be researched at their website: http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners . Between MY 2000 and 2005 there were only 6 IMS failures reported with std or S Boxsters. Brief internet searches reveal that the actual failure rate is certainly much higher than these numbers would suggest. Complaints can easily be filed at the NHTSA website. If everyone with IMS failures went to the NHTSA website and filed a complaint, perhaps an investigation and thus a recall might be triggered. I’m not sure if a recall could be ordered for cars this old, but at least the relevant government agency should adequately notified. If the government took action, Porsche would be forced to respond.

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Old 05-08-2011, 06:01 AM   #56
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if it is a 2.7L V6 you are in iminent failure mode.
chain guides or tensiors fail.
you won't even find used 2.7 engine's in the boneyard it is so common.
Frank, you do realize jojaankevin is a spammer
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Frank, you do realize jojaankevin is a spammer
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:20 PM   #59
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I have a 2003, 20100 miles and just did the LN Engineering install. The old IMS bearing was fine, showing no signs of wear. I did the install as a preventative measure.
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:56 AM   #60
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I have a 2003, 20100 miles and just did the LN Engineering install. The old IMS bearing was fine, showing no signs of wear. I did the install as a preventative measure.
Good day...
I have yet to see an extracted bearing that did not have some signs of wear after being disassembled and reviewed.. How deep did you look prior to coming to this conclusion?
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