Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Performance and Technical chat

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-28-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Lichfield, England
Posts: 6
Should I buy this Boxster S?

Hi there everyone.

I've been offered a 2002 (52 reg) Boxster S. Its the facelift model (must have been an early one) with the glass read screen, glovebox etc.

Its done 100,000 miles and has just had new rubber all round (850 worth) and a clutch 10,000 miles ago at 90,000 miles. The rear main seal was also replaced at this clutch change (which was in Dec 2008). He doesn't do many miles as you can tell!

The car is immaculate (really is) and I've been offered it for 7k if I want it.

The only thing that is holding me back at the moment is a noise the car makes when ticking over. I suppose (and hope) that I'm being paranoid that I'm hearing an intermediate shaft (or bearing) grumbling, but recorded a quick video of the sound to see what you kind people think.

20120828_1817261.mp4 video by jamesperks - Photobucket

I must say that the rythmic clonk-clonk-clonk-clonk noise in this video (which is the noise I'm worried about) seems MUCH MUCH louder than it sounds standing next to the car. I was standing chatting for ages before I noticed anything other than exhaust noise.

Any help very much appreciated.

James
perksy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 124
That doesn't sound so great but who knows. Find a good mechanic and pay for a PPI. You should do that regardless.
teleski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Skrapmot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bay Area California
Posts: 415
I don't like that sound at all, sound like metal hitting metal?
I would haul it down to good mechanic, see if they can come up with a plausible cause and a cost estimate , and then deduct the cost of fixing it from the price of the car, plus a little extra for your trouble, or walk away. You may end up getting someone to pay for an IMS fix on it if your lucky.
Skrapmot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2012, 01:54 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Australia- Brisbane
Posts: 47
Maybe drop the oil filter and have a peek.
howe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2012, 02:46 AM   #5
Registered User
 
tonycarreon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Frederick, MD
Posts: 1,396
when was the waterpump replaced?
__________________
"Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that's what gets you."
tonycarreon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2012, 04:15 AM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Frederick MD
Posts: 658
I speak from experience when I say that sure is a lot of car for 7k. I would have a pre-purchase inspection done and go from there.
shadrach74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2012, 05:06 AM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,655
I'd run, not walk if I hear that kind of sound on a used car, no matter how cheap it is.

Did anybody tell you how fragile our motors are and how expensive it is to fix Porsches? Go ahead, ask me how I know this.
ekam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2012, 05:52 AM   #8
Registered User
 
boxster6354's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Kingwood, TX
Posts: 445
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by ekam View Post
I'd run, not walk if I hear that kind of sound on a used car, no matter how cheap it is.

Did anybody tell you how fragile our motors are and how expensive it is to fix Porsches? Go ahead, ask me how I know this.
+1

There are so many others on the market to choose from.
boxster6354 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2012, 06:31 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Frederick MD
Posts: 658
Quote:
Originally Posted by ekam View Post
I'd run, not walk if I hear that kind of sound on a used car, no matter how cheap it is.

Did anybody tell you how fragile our motors are and how expensive it is to fix Porsches? Go ahead, ask me how I know this.
If it is possible that the noise is identifiable and the fix is reasonable why would you not investigate further? There should be little to no cost involved to the buyer. Clearly it's making an odd noise. I would assume that the seller acknowledges that fact and would be willing to have the issue identified and negotiate a solution. There are few 13 year old sports cars that are perfect. If you find one, expect to pay a huge premium. I cannot diagnose the problem from a youtube vid and I'm betting you can't either.

What if it's something as simple as a belt tensioner? or PS pump? Why run from what could be something simple until you're educated? Yes these cars have some unique weaknesses, but there are plenty of non P cars out there that don't have unique weaknesses that still make odd noises until the issue is diagnosed and fixed. Not to mention the fact that IMS failures can strike anywhere without warning. Just because a car sounds good does not mean that it is, and vice-versa.

Investigate and analyze...
shadrach74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 04:42 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: U/K
Posts: 4
Has the owner said they have heard it before does it change when Hot or cold when you press the clutch or load the car ie in gear and lift the clutch simple things will tell you more

Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
littlejohno43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 09:24 AM   #11
Registered User
 
Bruce Wayne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 303
Garage
hmmm sounds like a train !!

jake raby may have some idea, but it sounds a bit echo-ey like it's coming throught rear silencer. i went to look a at a 996 convertible a couple of weeks ago and walked on it as the seller wanted top dollar for it and it sounded like a suspected a failing IMS.. on tick over it made a slow clack---clack---clack which i suspected was the bearings flipping round the ball race cage.

THAT noise.. not sure on maybe due to the speakers .. perhasp Jake Raby can give some input or get it to a porker specialist to have a look at.

mine has 110 on it and it's quiet and smooth from cold and hot.
__________________
986 x2 6sp
2x Range Rover Vogue 4.6
2004 MX5 Sport 6speed Strato Blue (wifelet)
2x Range Rover Classic & CSK
Bruce Wayne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 01:59 PM   #12
Registered User
 
embryoguy@mac.com's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: pa
Posts: 416
that sounds horrible. doesn't matter how cosmetically nice it looks or the expensive additions if its not running. i agree with others, id look for another or have seller pay for its fix. mine sounds nothing like that. i would be paranoid if it did. the good thing is your not the owner
embryoguy@mac.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page