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Old 09-24-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Angry Need Help with diagnose, car looses power

I recently purchased a 2006 Boxster with less than 50,000 miles. I had it checked by a reliable mechanic. He said the car was perfect, but after I purchased it I discovered at times the car lost power, like it ran out of gas. It seems to happen the most when I initially step on the gas. I have taken it to the garage, and they couldn't make it do it. But as soon as I left it did it again. Two different garages have put scopes on the car and nothing shows up. I am frustrated beyond belief, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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Need more info before we can even begin to provide help... when / under what conditions does it lose power (i.e. hard acceleration, gear, speed, full or 1/2 throttle, etc.)? Any work done recently? Assume someone scanned for pending codes via OBDII? And likewise presume condition is not occurring b/c you hit rev-limiter, correct?
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:04 PM   #3
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under what conditions does it lose power (i.e. hard acceleration, gear, speed, full or 1/2 throttle, etc.)? Only on take off. I almost never exhilarate hard so its with moderate acceleration. It seems that the only time it does it, is when I start to exhilarate.

Any work done recently? No

Assume someone scanned for pending codes via OBDII? And likewise presume condition is not occurring b/c you hit rev-limiter, correct? Two different garages put a computer on the car. They both said there were no bad codes or something like that.

And likewise presume condition is not occurring b/c you hit rev-limiter, correct?

As you know I am new to the forum, so maybe I did not post the request the correct way. It is happening now, everyday I drive it. I don't understand b/c you hit rev-limiter
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #4
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From the limited info available, I'd venture to say that it sounds like a fuel delivery issue. Components to check are the fuel filter and/or fuel pump. But could also be several other things like a MAF. If the car is experiencing the problem consistently, return to the mechanic for further diagnosis.
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
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Terry - you really must take the car to a REPUTABLE Porsche shop or main dealer and leave the car with them to diagnose the fault. A standard (non Porsche) OBD reader will not be able to track down certain problems.
As the others have said, it could be something simple like a fuel pump or spark plug / coil pack but without knowing what the Duramatric / PIWIS tester reads, you will be chasing your tail....
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Thanks for the advise, I will take it to the dealer. If anyone knows who the best is in San Diego I would appreciate the advise
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Go to the General Discussions part of the Forum and select "Find your local mechanic/porsche specialist" sticky @ the top of the page.

Its surprising what you can find on here if you look....
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Thanks

Thanks I appreciate your help
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Before you take it to another mechanic. I would test your MAF. I had one go bad a long time ago and what you are experiencing was one of the symptoms.

When starting off from a dead stop like from a stop light, The car wanted to fall right on it's face like the gas had cut off. I would have to rev it and feather the gas just to get moving. It was very unnerving as I was always afraid I would get into a situation where I needed to gun it and the car would simply not move or die on me.

It ended up being a bad MAF even though I never got a CEL as an indication it was bad. Once I replaced it, my troubles went away.

To test it simply unplug it and drive the car, this will cause the ECU to go into a default map and take the MAF out of the equation if it is in fact the issue.

May or may not be your issue but at least it's a cheap check that you can do yourself and save the mechanic's bill.
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