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

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-23-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Florida
Posts: 6
Garage
Ims problems

Just purchased a 2003 with 25k miles. Like new all original.
Question is the IMS problem exclusive to the S model? Or common to the the base as well. I have tiptronic auto transmission.
Car seems right, no funny noises, it has been well maintained, and not abused.
Owner never drove it in rain.
Any advice for what to watch out for would be appreciated.
Wizzard1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2016, 07:11 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Giller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Listowel, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,120
Search my friend. Search. There are hundreds of threads on here already talking about the 'dreaded' IMS. Just type in IMS and you will have all the reading and fear-mongering you can handle!
__________________
2011 Boxster 987.2 Arctic silver / Black leather, PDK with Sports Chrono Package Plus
Giller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2016, 09:13 AM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: It's a kind of magic.....
Posts: 5,101
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wizzard1 View Post
Just purchased a 2003 with 25k miles. Like new all original.
Question is the IMS problem exclusive to the S model? Or common to the the base as well. I have tiptronic auto transmission.
Car seems right, no funny noises, it has been well maintained, and not abused.
Owner never drove it in rain.
Any advice for what to watch out for would be appreciated.
The best advice anyone can give you is to research this issue and learn the ins and outs of how to correctly address it. In simple terms, any M96/87 engine equipped car is at some level of risk of suffering a catastrophic engine failure as the direct result of the factory IMS bearing. Engine or transmission type do not matter, only which type of IMS bearing the car carries matters.
__________________
Anything really new is invented only in one’s youth. Later, one becomes more experienced, more famous – and more stupid.” - Albert Einstein
JFP in PA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2016, 12:47 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Sanford NC
Posts: 2,319
And your year ('03) probably (because the engine could have been replaced) has the worst design and the highest probability of failure based on Porsche admitted statistics but you can't tell for sure until the trans is removed and the exterior of the IMS mounting is viewed.

Wonderful cars. Owned one with the same bearing. But knew that expensive failure could happen.
mikefocke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2016, 05:24 AM   #5
Project Addicted
 
jcslocum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Eastern Shore, MD
Posts: 623
Has anyone tried pulling out the CPS and trying to get a boroscope in there to see the IMS flange to determine bearing type??

__________________
______
Jon
1966 912, 1976 911
1986 944, 2000 Boxster
jcslocum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2016, 06:54 AM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: It's a kind of magic.....
Posts: 5,101
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcslocum View Post
Has anyone tried pulling out the CPS and trying to get a boroscope in there to see the IMS flange to determine bearing type??

There is not enough room between the back of the flywheel and the flange to even get the smallest bore scope in there. Believe me, those of us that have to do this have tried every imaginable way to circumvent pulling the car apart; however, nothing else has worked.

If you ever have a chance to examine an installed IMS Solution, you will quickly see what the problem is.
__________________
Anything really new is invented only in one’s youth. Later, one becomes more experienced, more famous – and more stupid.” - Albert Einstein
JFP in PA 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 11:29 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