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Old 03-10-2019, 02:53 PM   #1
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Worth the repair, or let it go?

Hello all,

I've got a 99 boxster, 5 speed, with just over 145k. I've been putting some serious time and effort into the car, which I only purchased 10 months ago for $7k. As its so recent, I'm not emotionally invested in the car, so I'm looking at what is the logical thing to do.

I recently had a major intermix issue. I replaced the oil cooler, flushed the coolant several times with DI water, and changed the oil. It does not seem to have made much of a difference. Last night I was driving it for the first time in about 6 weeks, and coming off throttle to idle in neutral it would die. The RPMs would just fall straight to zero unless I gave it some gas.

I spent today cleaning the throttle body, intake plenum, and idle control valve, and they were gummed up pretty bad and soaked in intermix oil. I suspect now I need to change the AOS.

Basivally I'm at the point where I need to decide if this car is worth putting more time and effort into or passing along. I've already got about 2k into tires, plugs, coils, shifter, cooler and other various parts.

So, think an AOS would do it, maybe its old intermix in there? Or is it rebuild time?


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Old 03-10-2019, 04:03 PM   #2
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You probably have a cracked head. How handy are you? Can you pull motor and remove head? If so, do it. If you have to take to a shop, sell as a roller
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:52 PM   #3
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Value is in the eye of the beholder. While at some point prices might tick up for the 986 the cars will never be a profitable, or break even proposition. So, like all old cars, there comes a time to make those kinds of decisions. These are the last of the true analog sports cars IMO and have some “value” as such... or sell as a roller, it will probably become a track car, and buy something else.
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:18 AM   #4
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Value is in the eye of the beholder. While at some point prices might tick up for the 986 the cars will never be a profitable, or break even proposition. So, like all old cars, there comes a time to make those kinds of decisions. These are the last of the true analog sports cars IMO and have some “value” as such... or sell as a roller, it will probably become a track car, and buy something else.
I bought my 99 for $5k, put $2,500 into it for initial repairs, then bought new tires, another set of headlights and drove it for 2 years. Last year, the engine had a terminal event. I spent $3,500 on another motor, plus another $500 of pieces parts and tools to remove/replace the engine. Will I ever get the investment back in $$$'s, no, but I sure enjoy driving with the top down year round while reading about all the folks that have to park their cars for the winter.

Now my 66 912, that's another story for another forum.

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