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Help - Boxster purchase

timchilli

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Hi,

Just wondering if I can get your opinion on a Boxster I'm thinking of buying.

It's an 07 plate with 38k miles on the clock. I've run the chassis number through the Porsche system and have found that it's had a number of minor repairs (sparks, tail light, tyres, hood mechanism, etc.), but it's also had the intermediate seal problem fixed about 4 years ago.

I've read about the IMS problem, and just want to know if it's likely to recur.

The car hasn't had a Porsche approved service since 2009, and I'm not wanting to buy a Boxster that's going to cause me a headache in costs should something go wrong.

What do you guys think?


Tim
 
The IMS is a known issue. Do you know who supposedly fixed/upgraded the IMS bearing?

Having spoken to a few specialists recently they've all said none of the cars they've upgraded the IMS bearing to have encountered the IMS problem again so there is some reassurance about it.

I would recommend you get a PPI/111 point check before you buy the car to ensure anything expensive bills can be captured before purchase.
 
Thanks very much for your time, Zantaz.

Zantaz said:
The IMS is a known issue. Do you know who supposedly fixed/upgraded the IMS bearing?

Not sure, but I don't think it was a Porsche approved garage. It may well have been an RMS problem that was fixed, as surely an IMS failure requires MAJOR work that'd show on the car history.

Zantaz said:
I would recommend you get a PPI/111 point check before you buy the car to ensure anything expensive bills can be captured before purchase.
Sorry to sound naive (I've never bought a used car before, and the seller is about 200 miles away), but how would I practically arrange this - call a local garage and get them along to the test drive so they can look at the car?
 
Hi Tim - welcome to 911uk. :bye:

Whereabouts are you, and whereabouts is the car? We probably know of the best 'local' garages to do a PPI.

Can't you find anything nearer? Whenever I glance at the classifieds, it always seems to be full of Boxsters.
 
orangecurry said:
Hi Tim - welcome to 911uk. :bye:

Whereabouts are you, and whereabouts is the car? We probably know of the best 'local' garages to do a PPI.

Can't you find anything nearer? Whenever I glance at the classifieds, it always seems to be full of Boxsters.
Thanks, OC.

I'm in Glasgow and the car is in Doncaster.
 
timchilli said:
Not sure, but I don't think it was a Porsche approved garage. It may well have been an RMS problem that was fixed, as surely an IMS failure requires MAJOR work that'd show on the car history.

Provenance is important and having receipts from the specialist who carried out the repair would enable you to contact them verify what was done. Any major work carried out by the OPC would be recorded, if done by a specialist the I doubt it would be recorded, you'd need receipts.

timchilli said:
Sorry to sound naive (I've never bought a used car before, and the seller is about 200 miles away), but how would I practically arrange this - call a local garage and get them along to the test drive so they can look at the car?

I'd give Peter Morgan a call. He's widely regarded and can do a mobile visit. There are probably specialists close to the cars location, I suggest using this forum to find them. Is there anything specific with this Boxster that interests you? Id have thought you could find closer to your location which would make both test driving and inspection easier.

Good luck :thumb:
 
timchilli said:
Hi,

Just wondering if I can get your opinion on a Boxster I'm thinking of buying.

It's an 07 plate with 38k miles on the clock. I've run the chassis number through the Porsche system and have found that it's had a number of minor repairs (sparks, tail light, tyres, hood mechanism, etc.), but it's also had the intermediate seal problem fixed about 4 years ago.

I've read about the IMS problem, and just want to know if it's likely to recur.

The car hasn't had a Porsche approved service since 2009, and I'm not wanting to buy a Boxster that's going to cause me a headache in costs should something go wrong.

What do you guys think?


Tim

How do you run the VIN through the Porsche System Tim? I assume at a dealer?
 
Zantaz said:
I'd give Peter Morgan a call. He's widely regarded and can do a mobile visit. There are probably specialists close to the cars location, I suggest using this forum to find them. Is there anything specific with this Boxster that interests you? Id have thought you could find closer to your location which would make both test driving and inspection easier.
Thanks, Zantaz. I'll definitely contact Peter Morgan for a Pre Purchase Inspection.

As for the car itself, there's not many being sold in Scotland at the moment for a decent price (considering age, mileage, etc.), so I decided to cast my net further. It's a pain in the rear to have to travel 200 miles just to test drive a car I might not even buy, but it does look like decent value for money.

Tim
 
timchilli said:
Zantaz said:
I'd give Peter Morgan a call. He's widely regarded and can do a mobile visit. There are probably specialists close to the cars location, I suggest using this forum to find them. Is there anything specific with this Boxster that interests you? Id have thought you could find closer to your location which would make both test driving and inspection easier.
Thanks, Zantaz. I'll definitely contact Peter Morgan for a Pre Purchase Inspection.

As for the car itself, there's not many being sold in Scotland at the moment for a decent price (considering age, mileage, etc.), so I decided to cast my net further. It's a pain in the rear to have to travel 200 miles just to test drive a car I might not even buy, but it does look like decent value for money.

Tim

That's fair enough, I see no issue with travelling to see a car if its good value.A PPI is definitely a good starting point.

Good luck and if you do go through with it feel free to post a picture of your P&J
 

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