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

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-03-2015, 07:45 AM   #1
Registered User
GTA_G20's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: St Catherines, Ontario
Posts: 413
Buying used engine. Condition unknown

Looking for some advice. I currently have a boxster with what I assume to be a cracked cylinder head. Runs well but burning coolant.

Now I've sourced a parts car with flood damage 80,000 miles. The security unit under the drivers seat is corroded and the car won't start. If I jump the starter the engine will turn over but for electrical reasons won't start. Getting the car under $2000 if its a good idea or not is the question...

Any help appreciated thanks

2006 Audi A4 Avant 2.0t Quattro
1997 Boxster Glacier White w/facelift(gone but not forgotten)
2004 Boxster S 550 Spyder Anniversary Edition
GTA_G20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2015, 08:00 AM   #2
Registered User
seningen's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: austin
Posts: 758
Worse case -- you swap the heads and move on.

If you care -- there is probably $2k in other parts on the car.

Drivers: '08 Cayenne Turbo, 96 993 Çab/Tip (wife's) & '92 964 Cab
Race Cars: '75 911 RSR Clone & '99 Spec Boxster
seningen is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2015, 08:12 AM   #3
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Georgetown, SC
Posts: 210

If you have the time and know how.....DO IT. You can get your $2,000 back in let over parts sales once you are done..
Reebuck1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2015, 08:30 AM   #4
Registered User
The Radium King's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,987
time is the thing. and garage space. time and room to pull the car apart and troll the forums and swap sites selling your bits and pieces. otherwise, if you are in it for a cheap engine, you should determine if the engine is ok. depending on the year and size of the engine in the donor it will have typical failure modes; figure out what those failure modes are and determine if there are tests for them (even in a non-running engine) - check coolant, check oil filter, leak-down test, visual inspection (i.e., can you pull the transmission and eyeball the ims?).

otherwise, can you pull the clu and ecu out of your current car and plug it into the flood car long enough to get it running?

The Radium King is offline   Reply With Quote

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 10:09 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, 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