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Old 07-19-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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IMS Story. a HAPPY ONE !

Seeing my 01 S on this flatbed was actually a GOOD thing.
It meant it was on its way to get the LN Engineering IMS upgrade. I've owned
it for 2 1/2 years. Was a CPO car with 2 years/24K miles when I bought it. Bought
an extended warranty when it expired with the intent of getting the upgrade done
this summer. Last few months I did not enjoy driving it at all. I made the analogy
at one point it was as if someone was in the passenger seat holding a gun to my head.
Yeah I had the aftermarket warranty, but if the IMS caused the engine to go, I wasn't
looking forward to the inevitable war that was going to be waged in order for them to
cover it. I have AAA. I said I have the money now to get this done. With
my luck she woulda blew on the way to the Porsche Specialist. So what did I do ?
I had it flatbedded over there at no charge. Was this close. Wasn't gonna risk it now.
Happy to report she's done and back on the road and am back to enjoying driving it. Which is why I bought her in the 1st place !








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Old 07-19-2011, 11:35 AM   #2
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Love your analogy.

Enjoy driving alone!
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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When you say "it was this close", do you mean the bearing they took out was bad? Single or double row? How bad was it, lots of play, seals disintegrated, chewed up balls?
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Actually I meant I was "this close" to getting the upgrade done. I didn't want to
risk it happening while I was driving to the Porsche shop. I didn't ask the condition
of the bearing. I didn't want to know. I had thought about that. By asking about it
I guess I could have provided information to others about its condition, helping them
make their own upgrade decisions I guess. I just looked at it from the perspective that I was getting it done so it didn't matter at that point. BTW 68K miles on the
car. Didn't wanna risk it any more.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:12 PM   #5
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It was the double row style. My guess is that the seal was probably in good shape with just a little bit of play. But don't know for sure. I can email my shop and ask
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Please, inquiring minds (well, paranoid in my case) want to know.
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I thought '99 was the last year for double row IMS bearings - am I wrong?
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I thought '99 was the last year for double row IMS bearings - am I wrong?
Yes.

http://www.lnengineering.com/ims.html
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Seeing my 01 S on this flatbed was actually a GOOD thing.
It meant it was on its way to get the LN Engineering IMS upgrade. I've owned
it for 2 1/2 years. Was a CPO car with 2 years/24K miles when I bought it. Bought
an extended warranty when it expired with the intent of getting the upgrade done
this summer. Last few months I did not enjoy driving it at all. I made the analogy
at one point it was as if someone was in the passenger seat holding a gun to my head.
Yeah I had the aftermarket warranty, but if the IMS caused the engine to go, I wasn't
looking forward to the inevitable war that was going to be waged in order for them to
cover it. I have AAA. I said I have the money now to get this done. With
my luck she woulda blew on the way to the Porsche Specialist. So what did I do ?
I had it flatbedded over there at no charge. Was this close. Wasn't gonna risk it now.
Happy to report she's done and back on the road and am back to enjoying driving it. Which is why I bought her in the 1st place !






How far away is your car from the shop? Seems kind of extreme to have it flatbedded if it's not failing.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:42 AM   #11
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I.M.S paranoia to the extreme !!!! no worries now you better drive it like you stole it.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:48 AM   #12
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Thanks for the tip Paul. Hopefully I won't have to flatbed her again !

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