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2008 Porsche Boxster repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (1%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (1%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (36%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (35%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 69 repairs.
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2008 Porsche Boxster repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (52%)

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Chart based on 60 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Porsche Boxster

Engine not specified

Porsche Boxster in Alabama, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2010
Jan 2010

3000 mi
coolant leak-replaced rad cap; when car sold leak had stopped 

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2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

295-horsepower 3.4L H6 6-speed manual RWD

Porsche Boxster in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2012
Sep 2009

6500 mi
radio fade 
Jul 2011

16100 mi

US $156
Replaced two blown fuses that caused all the gauges to light up like a christmas tree then drop to zero. This occurred 6 or 7 times while at speed. Radio also died and would not turn back on as the code was lost. Computer had 31 faults Replaced two blown fuses that caused all the gauges to light up like a christmas tree then drop to zero. This occurred 6 or 7 times while at speed. Radio also died and would not turn back on as the code was lost. Computer had 31 faults  
Sep 2011

17000 mi
Tire pressure sending unit in left rear tire failed 
Porsche Boxster in Delaware, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2014
Sep 2014

47000 mi

US $1300
Replaced 2 rear tire and the TPS system. 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2015
Dec 2013

14000 mi
Cam position sensor had a small oil leak. 
Porsche Boxster in South Africa
Jun 2014 - Jul 2018
Jun 2014

40300 mi

R 1
AOS replaced due to tear in rubber diaphragm. Self-diagnosed by high pitch screeching sound. 
Jul 2014

40500 mi

R 2300
Replaced two deflection/idler pulleys due to noise. Bearings were worn. Easy DIY. 
Mar 2015

44640 mi

R 15
Convertible Top pushrod snapped. Easy DIY repair. 
May 2015

45260 mi

R 200
Engine mount broken. DIY replacement. 
Oct 2015

47520 mi

R 6000
Water Pump needed replacing - was noisy. DIY replacement. 
Porsche Boxster in Georgia, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Nov 2013

27700 mi
Convertible top retraction arms broke. 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 2015
Nov 2009

23000 mi
Convertible top linkage broken. Door rattle lubricated and seems fixed 
Sep 2014

69000 mi

US $500
Oil air separator failed, previously failed at 42k 
Porsche Boxster in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - Apr 2012
May 2011

8000 mi
PSM failure and multiple error codes 
Porsche Boxster in Michigan, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2011
Oct 2010

21000 mi
Burned rubber smell from exhaust fans. Could not replicate at dealer. No fix. Has not occurred again. 
Porsche Boxster in Florida, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2018
Jan 2011

13000 mi
the navigation system was not showing the map properly Film wearing off shifter, ordered new shifter. 
Mar 2011

13000 mi
Electrical shorted after heavy rains. Electrical system acted up (tried to open top even though it was locked and other probs). Water intrusion into cabin. New shifter installed. 
Jan 2018

39000 mi

US $2900
The convertible top did not work. They had my car for almost 3 months before they could fix it. 
Porsche Boxster in Alabama, United States
Sep 2009 - Jul 2013
Jul 2010

10300 mi
Bad safety switch on the clutch. When the clutch was depresssed could not reliably start the car. 
Sep 2010

12000 mi
When top was down loud squeak from driver's door latch. 
Mar 2012

25000 mi
clutch switch failed this is the second defective switsh 
Jul 2012

27000 mi

US $91
Front hood latch switch inop replaced switch 
Sep 2012

29000 mi

US $156
Battery would not hold a charge had to be replaced. 
Porsche Boxster in Georgia, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2012
Jul 2011

38000 mi
Auxiliary air compressor inoperative (the one for filling a flat tire). 
Porsche Boxster in South Carolina, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2018
Aug 2011

21000 mi
Homelink which was working intermittently, failed completely.  
Mar 2012

30000 mi
key remote working inconsistently 
May 2012

31400 mi
key remote again working intermittently 
Jan 2017

33300 mi

US $700
Air/oil separator failed and had to be replaced. 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2018
Feb 2012

10000 mi
Dealer replaced convertible top motor and other components. 
Feb 2013

11200 mi

US $1100
Replaced water pump. 
Feb 2014

13000 mi

US $1600
Replaced battery Replaced tire pressure monitoring system wheel sensors. 
Dec 2016

18000 mi

US $400
Convertible top repaired. Parts of the mechanism (elastic straps) were replaced. 

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2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

245-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
May 2012

28100 mi
Faulty oil-level sensor. Corrected with software re-flash. 

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2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

245-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

7100 mi
Convertible top. Convertible Top repair 
Porsche Boxster in Texas, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

37000 mi

US $448
Ignition coils. Degradation of parts but not failure and it was cheaper to replace during the routine service then wait until failure. 
Jan 2016

US $4000
slight oil leak, shipping car overseas wanted gasket replaced at this time; added clutch replacement;  horn replacement (electrical short)-could have gone a year without repair but since I am moving overseas had the repair done; NO NOISE 
Nov 2016

51200 mi

US $750
Gasket leak; not repaired properly on last visit. 
Porsche Boxster in New York, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

53000 mi

US $600
Air oil seperator 
Porsche Boxster in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2018 - Jan 2020
Apr 2018

35340 mi

C $80
Replaced one support rod for the motorized convertible top. The plastic end was broken and the rod itself was bent. Replacement was an easy bolt-in DIY repair. 
Porsche Boxster in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2009 - Apr 2016
Nov 2010

10200 mi
Cupholder door would not open reliabliy  Passenger seatbelt twisted and damaged seat trim due to way it hung against seat. Likely manufacturing defect. Dealer backed into car at shop, causing damage to front bumper. Replaced and repainted by dealer. 
Porsche Boxster in Indiana, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2017
Aug 2015

21900 mi

US $300
Convertible top - edge of cloth top closed outside the lip of the frame when putting the top up. Replaced strap that properly aligns the two parts. 
Porsche Boxster in Nevada, United States
Sep 2009 - May 2013
Apr 2010

12200 mi
small stress crack in instrument cluster plastic cover 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2016
Jan 2012 Airbag light came on and I had it repaired. 
Jul 2012

27000 mi
Problem with the convertible top not closing properly. It was not fitting into the trim(track) on one side as it closed. 
Apr 2014

34200 mi

US $614
Airbag warning light was on. This was due to low voltage probably when changing battery.  Also, driver side door handle was broken. 
Aug 2014

35000 mi
Convertable top not fitting in "track" when closing. 
Sep 2014

36000 mi
Problem w/ convertable top not fitting in track. This was due to broken strap. Dealer replaced strap as this was repaired previously. Dealer do not charge for this follow up repair. 
Apr 2015

38200 mi

US $140
The convertable top was not fitting into the "track" on the drivers side when closing. This had previously happened on passenger side. There seems to be a problem with interior straps that hold the top in place upon closure. They get worn. 
Jul 2015

39000 mi

US $100
One of the "transmissions" that powers the convertable broke down. It needed to be replaced. 
Jan 2016

38700 mi

US $100
The bushing on the front suspension was worn out and needed to be replaced. 
Porsche Boxster in Florida, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2018
Jun 2011

17000 mi
after replacing two rear tires, tire pressure gauge in factory computer monitor system works erratically, most recently not working at all. I am going to schedule another visit. was advised might need sensors or sensor batteries  
Nov 2011

18700 mi
Dealer replaced 2 tires. After, tire pressure warning would activate in error. Dealer said needed new sensor. Sensor replaced. Light came on again today. Dealer had me reset settings. Outcome uncertain. They shoulda reset when part replaced 
Jul 2012

23000 mi

US $195
Car was in for routine oil change etc. Dealer reported two cells dead in battery. Wanted $350 to replace it. I went to an independent tire shop and got new battery for $195. 
Mar 2013

26000 mi

US $593
three tire pressure sensors failed so TPC not working. Cost $593 to replace. The fourth one failed a year or so earlier and was replaced under factory warranty. The dealer tells me these are routine battery lives--approx 4 years 
Dec 2015

34000 mi

US $175
Had to replace battery. 
Jun 2016

38000 mi

US $23
cable holding gas cap to car broke. required replacement of cap and cable. 
Porsche Boxster in Michigan, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2018
May 2016

29000 mi

US $100
Oil level sensor gave false low-level reading. Shop "re-flashed" the affected electronic component and correct level was then displayed. Since then the sensor has displayed some minor variations in oil level. 
Porsche Boxster in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2015
Jun 2013

13000 mi

US $500
Convertible top mechanism failed, the plastic link ends connecting motor actuator to top bows broke in both L & R sides. Additional parts broken found by dealer. 

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2008 Porsche Boxster 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

Porsche Boxster in Virginia, United States
Dec 2009 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

57000 mi

US $1300
Replace clutch 

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