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Old 02-18-2008, 07:31 AM   #1
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A little help in Berkeley, please...

Long-time lurker here. SWIMBO and I took our '01 Boxster S to visit her nephew at UC Berkeley yesterday and had some problem with coolant I hope is only a blown head gasket.
I am wondering if anyone here might have a recommendation for a repair shop in the Berkeley east bay area. I don't wanna have to tow back to Sacramento.
Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-18-2008, 07:47 AM   #2
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Hey Jim,
Sorry to hear...but what exactly happened??

Anyway, here's a listing: http://986forum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=135837#post135837

If none of those shops are close to where you are, maybe one of the members can chime in. It'll give me a chance to update the list to include that area as well.

Good luck and keep us posted!!
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:22 AM   #3
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We had a 75k dealer service (in Roseville, no complaints) about 2,ooo miles ago, and shortly after we bought the car. I don't drive it a lot (cause I don't drive alot anyway). Some short amount of driving ago, the red light next to the temp gauge began to blink. Blinked a little while and then stopped. Looking in the owner's manual, I learned I needed to add coolant and I did and the problem went away. For a while. Mind you, the guage never showed any change in operating temperature. I wasn't too worried.
Yesterday, right at the freeway offramp into B'zerkeley, I hit something I didn't see in the road, no idea what it was but hit hard enough I pulled into a gas station and peered best I could underneath and didn't see anything untoward. I decided to check the coolant. The car still didn't show any signs of overheating, but as we got back on the road, little red oil can icon lit up. We were only a block or so from our destination and looking for a parking spot when the temp gauge went all the way to hot and that red indicator came on.
About thirty seconds after that I heard a muffled pop from behind me and the engines died. White smoke. Oil filler cap blown off and ugly emulsified oil splashed around in the corner...

Thanks again for the link.

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