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Expensive Porsche Boxster repairs by problem area

Engine (52%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (12%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 351 repairs.
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Porsche Boxster repair cost distribution

$2500+ (35%)

$1000 - $2499 (65%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 234 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

255-horsepower 2.9L H6 6-speed manual RWD

41000 mi

US $250
Needed battery replacement. 
43000 mi

US $1054
One of the shifter cable linkages broke and left me in 3rd gear 

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2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

295-horsepower 3.4L H6 6-speed manual RWD

47000 mi

US $1300
Replaced 2 rear tire and the TPS system. 
40500 mi

R 2300
Replaced two deflection/idler pulleys due to noise. Bearings were worn. Easy DIY. 
45260 mi

R 200
Engine mount broken. DIY replacement. 
47520 mi

R 6000
Water Pump needed replacing - was noisy. DIY replacement. 
11200 mi

US $1100
Replaced water pump. 
13000 mi

US $1600
Replaced battery Replaced tire pressure monitoring system wheel sensors. 
18000 mi

US $400
Convertible top repaired. Parts of the mechanism (elastic straps) were replaced. 
39000 mi

US $2900
The convertible top did not work. They had my car for almost 3 months before they could fix it. 

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2008 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

245-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

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. 
40500 mi

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 
51200 mi

US $750
Gasket leak; not repaired properly on last visit. 

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2007 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

295-horsepower 3.4L H6 6-speed manual RWD

27900 mi

C $1100
Tire pressure monitors needed replaced. 
47000 mi

US $380
Trim piece around middle front bumper air port fell off and was lost - for the second time! 
54000 mi

US $320
Left headlight washer detached and drained washer reservoir, leaving no fluid for windshield wash. 
55000 mi

US $700
Starter motor Bendix drive failed to disengage completely for several seconds after starting, causing noise. Potential to get worse and never disengage over time. Had to replace starter. 
62000 mi

US $370
Clunking in front suspension when going over bumps. Dealer says this is wear of tie rod after hard cornering. Replaced right side tie rod (only). 
69000 mi

US $700
Clinking noise when going over bumps. Previous repair by dealer (replace right tie rod) in Nov '11 did not make a difference. Independent shop replaced sway bar bushings and drop links: symptom now fully cured. 
80800 mi

US $950
One or more ignition coils failed - rough running and Check Engine warning. Dealer claims this is a normal wear item. All six ignition coils replaced. 
82500 mi

US $2300
Parking brake seemed to be partly engaged even though no warning light or odd handle position. Squealing and (eventually) clunking. Excessive wear wore down drum/rotor. $900 for parking brake, $1200 for required rear brake job. 
97500 mi

US $1200
Replaced condenser. This is the second time is seems to have been punctured by road debris Passenger down auto-up did not work, which means the window stayed open after raising the convertible top. AM radio weak reception: suspect loose antenna or antenna amplifier. Dealer did a partial diagnosis but recommended not proceeding due to cost. Dealer also opined that maybe the radio was fine (owner does not agree). Squealing sound on left turns - not related to brakes. Dealer partially disassembled system, recommended against repair due to cost of further disassembly. 
110000 mi

US $550
Oil separator failed, causing oil to be drawn in to engine intake. Caused severe hesitation and stalling. Replaced separator and cleaned intake. 
111000 mi

US $300
Microswitch in driver's door malfunctioning caused window to not retract when closing door. Microswitch replaced for parts cost only since last repair trip diagnosed problem but it took weeks to get the new part. 
122500 mi

US $1100
Water pump started leaking. Had to tow to garage and replace water pump. 
130000 mi

US $140
Right front fog light was retaining water splash. Replaced. 
133000 mi

US $1700
Replace clutch kit (Disc, pressure plate, springs, lever, etc). Not sure what actually failed: the clutch wouldn't disengage unless the pedal was depressed all the way to the floor, and I feared it would stop disengaging altogether. Clutch wear was within a reasonable period (90,000 miles) so I just attribute it to normal wear. 
142000 mi

US $800
Soft top did not settle in to channels when raised. Dealer replaced several interior cloth pieces and elastic. I have no idea why this took over two weeks. 
52000 mi

US $3200
Clutch pedal developed odd "fluttering" feeling. Diagnosed as bad Throw-out bearing - replaced. Clutch friction material and flywheel were out of spec and were replaced too. 
57000 mi

US $140
Passenger window would not drop far enough to clear top. Replaced window regulator with cheap aftermarket unit. Now it does not drop quickly enough indicating too much slack in cables. In other words, the aftermarket regulator is junk. 
60000 mi

US $3200
Water leaked into interior and damaged 2 computers under the passenger seat requiring replacement. The computer working the top malfunctioned and caused damage to 2 control rods in the top assembly 
26660 mi

$1800
Horn replacement 

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2007 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

295-horsepower 3.4L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

64500 mi

US $1000
Air Oil Separator (AOS) bad. Replaced AOS. "TPC inactive" message and tire icon on display. Problem: one (or more) of the tire pressure sensor batteries went dead. Sensor unit replaced in each tire 

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2007 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

245-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

36000 mi

US $1400
Water pump and related pulleys worn and replaced 
46000 mi

US $1200
repair leaking valve covers 
44020 mi

C $3100
replaced Rear main engine seal, intermediate shaft bearing seal, dual mass clutch plate plus clutch assembly replaced rear tires 
28600 mi

US $125
Convertible top needed new elastic bands to close properly. 
32000 mi

US $550
door handle stopped working 
35000 mi

US $350
convertible top stopped working 
36000 mi

US $1200
water pump failed & leaked 
45000 mi

US $850
Convertible top binding. New elastic straps sewn on both sides. Slight clicking noise heard at slow speed. Replaced right rear control arm. 
46500 mi

US $300
Amplifier 
56000 mi

US $1100
Front pads and rotors needed replacing 
58000 mi

US $2300
Rear pads and rotors 
61000 mi

US $450
Replace battery 
30200 mi

US $1016
Coolant temp sensor replaced. Oil level sensor replaced. For entire repair trip parts cost was $143, the rest was labor. Door handle replaced. It would not retract properly. A spring was apparently missing.  
39000 mi

US $500
replaced pulley bearings for belt. 
40300 mi

US $1165
replaced water pump due to a bad bearing that resulted in a high pitch whine. bearing on alternator replaced. 
43000 mi

US $312
Connecters for retractable top were broken. The plastic connector and the rods they connected were replaced. 
51000 mi

US $900
Replace battery. Replaced micro switch for front hood latch 
60800 mi

US $2100
$2100 charge is for 60k service and replacement of RH front and rear axle trailing arms, bushings in the arms were worn out doue to rough road conditions 
79000 mi

US $19580
80,000 service Replaced front motor mount Replace coolant temp sensor 
101300 mi

US $600
Air pressure sensors died. Porsche dealer said that batteries are non replaceable and last 7 to 10 years. No word of this in maintenance manual. 

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2006 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

280-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

70000 mi

US $2000
Damaged plastic hose that drains water under convertible top trays. Leaks water into passenger footwell and damages rear control module. 
58000 mi

US $1400
Replaced cracked coolant overflow tank 
72200 mi

US $3100
replace clutch and dual-mass flywheel, change transmission fluid 

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2006 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

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

31200 mi

US $2000
broken air oil separator. replaced myself (dealer wanted to charge $1,300). still smoking, dealer replaced mass air sensor, cleaned intake etc to the tune of an additional $1,600 

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2006 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

240-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

80300 mi

US $1900
Broken front left spring 
91000 mi

US $1200
Tire pressure sensors needed replacement 
56000 mi

US $1400
Rear plastic window developed major cracks. Replaced with glass window new top. 
57000 mi

US $200
Visor cover broke 
62000 mi

US $1400
Water pump seized causing the belt to be thrown off (according to the dealer) I am unconvinced that the water pump was truly defective, but have no proof. 
34100 mi

C $1280
bad cell in battery 
63252 mi

US $8058
IMS bearing knocking. Debris in oil. Found noise from bell housing area. R&R transmission to inspect. Reinstall transmission and replace motor. 
80200 mi

US $1835
Replaced clutch. I thought it was going to turn out to be a mechanical failure (clutch pedal pulsated) but ended up being just worn down. Replaced it and smooth as silk now.  
47000 mi

US $2500
Water pump 
30000 mi

US $500
Fuel tank gauge not working reliably. 
37300 mi

US $876
occasionally smokes on startup. tested air/oil separator. convertible top misaligned. driver side door handle broken. 
40000 mi

US $1300
Replaced power steering pump. 
41000 mi

US $1100
Replaced water pump 
40300 mi

C $300
front trunk latch sensor faulty, caused warning light even though latch securely closed - assembly replaced 
47120 mi

C $1000
water pump replaced 
62000 mi

US $400
TPMS System failure. All 4 TPMS monitors within wheels failed at 61K miles 
65000 mi

US $1100
Condenser was punctured by a rock while driving on the interstate. 
78000 mi

US $250
Replaced broken transmission rods in convertible top assembly 
81000 mi

US $1000
Convertible top would not close. Top was completely out of alignment. Dealer removed and re-installed the top assembly curing problem. 
116000 mi

US $250
Boxster roof stress rod broke because the top tensioners had become loose over time (AGAIN). Curious if later 987's have the same problem. 
122000 mi

US $800
Pads and rotors worn. 

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2005 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

280-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

59000 mi

US $375
AOS failed. Parts ordered and repair done. 
65600 mi

US $800
Passenger seat stopped working and would not move. 
87500 mi

US $300
Apparently a drain under the seat plugged up and the controller under the driver's seat got wet and malfunctioned. The repair shop is still trying to get the needed part. 
88000 mi

US $500
Took car to a different shop. They found a leak in the A pillar on drivers side and fixed problem 
93000 mi

US $180
Replaced rear bushings 
105000 mi

US $1600
broken top starter replaced 
48000 mi

US $150
Airbag light was on AGAIN!! Buckles had been replaced previously on both seats to address the known electrical contact problems. On this trip we finally installed a new wiring harness and the issue is resolved for now. 
51000 mi

US $800
Front right radiator developed a leak and needed to be replaced. 
67300 mi

US $1700
Seal on front left strut blew. Lost all fluid. Opted to replace entire suspension with ROW M030 kit which also included upgraded sway bars. Parts roughly $1100, labor another $600 
68000 mi

US $350
Water pump went bad. Leaking around shaft seal. Bought new pump and low temp thermostat and replaced myself. Car could not be driven home as leak was significant. Got my trailer and towed it home. 
18000 mi

US $2100
Scheduled maintenance, First set of 4 new Bridgestone tires, Oil,Lube & filter, Wiper blades, head light adjustment. 
78000 mi

US $1700
failure of seal on water pump - coolant leak MAF sensor failure. New part installed, faulty. 2nd new MAF installed, fine. All corrected while car was still in shop. 
88000 mi

US $400
Cracked coolant overflow tank replaced. Replaced brake light sensor. 
88300 mi

US $275
Failed voltage regulator. Part ordered from Pelican and installed by local indy shop. 
78000 mi

US $300
Passenger door latch sometimes failed to auto-lower the window. Replaced faulty door latch. 
78000 mi

US $2000
Losing coolant and significant coolant condensation around coolant reservoir area. Shop replaced the coolant reservoir and cap. It did not address the reported problem. Shop later found one of coolant pipe was blocked and clear it. 
79000 mi

US $3000
Shop could not determine the problem with cooling system, and it recommended to add a 3rd front radiator. Shop also replaced various couplings and tubes. After spending ~$4k, the cooling system seems to improve slightly. AOS replaced 
70000 mi

US $1500
New clutch 
35000 mi

US $1500
Replaced coils. Car ran poorly when cold. 
79400 mi

US $1200
Alternator pulley 
84000 mi

US $300
Engine Failure! 
53700 mi

US $250
Worn out seat belt retractor 
55200 mi

US $1980
CV joints leaking oil. CV joints rebuilt. 
62000 mi

US $4800
Steering fluid leak, new new steering rack Cracked water pump Broken oil separator 
72000 mi

US $1500
Transmission for convertible motor rebuilt to stop grinding noise 
34720 mi

C $1000
Real main seal leak, not yet fixed. 

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2005 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

280-horsepower 3.2L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

46000 mi

US $2500
Rebuilt torque converter that was slipping around 2k rpm. 
47000 mi

US $1600
Leaking high pressure power steering line 

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2005 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

240-horsepower 2.7L H6 6-speed manual RWD

72300 mi

US $2200
Shifter cable failed; upon replacement it was also determined that the transmission had jammed internally and was stuck in gear. 

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2005 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

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

40300 mi

C $250
Convertible top when closing did not fit in channel on both sides. One side push rod for main bow replaced (broken) and other side adjusted 
44740 mi

C $100
Convertible pushrod broken and replaced. This is the second time this repair was done since I have owned the car, this time on the driver side, previously passenger side. This appears to be a weak part,otherwise car has been extra reliable. 
46500 mi

C $1193
Power top started making a grinding gear noise, was taken to dealer in May, top motor/transmission had broken a plastic or nylon part inside. New motor was ordered and installed in June. Also had oil change and inspection done at the same t. 
19000 mi

US $500
Faulty oil seal. Dealer had to pull transmission to fix. Warranty had expired 6 weeks earlier so Porsche gave 75/25 goodwill repair. 
34000 mi

US $450
Replace leaking water pump 
48500 mi

US $1400
Replaced alternator 
53000 mi

US $2100
Routine maintenance to replace spark plugs. After the repair, car had a "Service Now" warning light when I picked it up. Showed to dealer. They gave me a loaner and kept the car. Diagnosed that one of the new plugs and ignition coil were bad and replaced. Problem fixed. Decided my horn was bad as well.  

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2005 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

240-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

51200 mi

US $2006
While driving at a low speed, the engine suddenly had a rattling sound like a rock in a tin can. Intermediate shaft failure. 10 months past the warranty, Porsche provided a new engine for free, I had to pay for labor. 
34000 mi

US $7000
valve lifter failed causing abnormal engine sound. was able to drive to the dealer. the engine was rebuilt by porshe, $7,000 labor, $7,000 parts. Porsche paid for parts 
35000 mi

US $7500
IMS bearing seized, breaking the intermediate shaft. Total engine replacement with used engine. New clutch, IMS ceramic bearing retrofit, water pump, air/oil separator etc. 
36000 mi

US $9500
replaced complete engine 
103000 mi

US $8459
Blown motor. Factory defect. Slipped cylinder sleave. 
73000 mi

US $700
nyet. Just fixed the oil leak with a rubber/silicone camshaft seal. 
106000 mi

US $1000
Water pump broke 
106700 mi

US $400
Air oil separator broke; 
14296 mi

US $1093
Yearly Service. Replaced battery. Low Horn replaced. Fixed passenger side window switch - window did not drop when opening doors. Replaced brake fluid and cabin filter. Still under Porsche Certified Warranty. 
60000 mi

US $1500
Oil pan damaged 
78000 mi

US $100
check engine light on; fuel tank cap replaced. 
44000 mi

US $1300
Water pump leaking 
20460 mi

C $10000
engine failure..due to 1 cam lifter collapsing..premature wear..destroying lifter camshaft oil pumpos etc etc..still waiting for parts after 4 weeks 
99600 mi

US $1200
Replaced leaking water pump 
109000 mi

US $300
Replaced cup holder above glovebox. Trim covering cup holder "arms" would no longer close. 
66700 mi

US $200
Replaced Motor and Transmission Mounts 
84000 mi

US $2600
Replaced inner and outer boots and regressed joints. Replaced tension roller Replaced drivers side visor, mirror light inoperative, visor falls down. Homelink buttons replaced, buttons broken. Gas cap replaced. Tether was broken. Rear deck (trunk lid) shock replaced, would not hold up deck. 
102000 mi

US $1100
Alternator replaced and oil changed 
115000 mi

US $300
Replaced door sill trunk and frunk switches. 
42260 mi

C $1500
Convertible rooftop push rods and cable replaced also timing was adjusted. 

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2004 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

264-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

21000 mi

US $5000
Intermediate Shaft Failure 

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2004 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

264-horsepower 3.2L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

36132 mi

US $2976
The car was giving a Selector lever not engaged warning, and Lights were flashing d and 4 in instrument. The Gear shift mechanism was replaced. 

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2004 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

258-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

49000 mi

US $15000
Rod bearings failed. Detected by oil sample analysis. Cams scored. IMS bearing in early failure mode (full of oil). RMS leaking slightly. Replaced rod bearings, IMS bearing, RMS, precautionary replacement of clutch, water pump, thermostat 
77000 mi

US $196
Front trunk would not open. Replace actuator Driver side window did not dip. CV boots failed/replaced. 
79000 mi

US $750
CV joint boots torn. Replaced. 
93900 mi

US $500
Water pump mounting point was leaking. I chose to replace pump. The 90k mile service was about $3000 including the water pump. 
103000 mi

US $10000
02 sensors, plugs, AOS,AOL,  IMS bearing replacement of 6 year old replacement, front engine mount, oil and filters. The clutch and flywheel were also failing and were replaced.  
83000 mi

US $1700
Remove and replace transmission to replace shift shaft bushings and seals. Was leaking transmission fluid. Seeping oil at intermediate shaft seal. IMS retrofit proactively done while replacing intermediate shaft cover seal. More information: http://www.lnengineering.com/ims.html. 
89000 mi

US $700
Front motor mount worn out resulting in clunking and vibration. 
106000 mi

US $2200
Precat rattle. Required replacement of exhaust manifold since precat is built into it. No aftermarket available. 
116000 mi

US $500
Slightly higher idle (@ ~1k). Infrequent puffs of blue smoke on cold startup. Check engine light. Replaced air/oil separator to correct problem. 
117000 mi

US $2100
CEL thrown for catalytic converter failure. Replace catalytic converter. Part of exh manifold. 2 on car. Other one replaced 15 mo earlier. 
52000 mi

US $2000
Water pump pulley rattling, replaced pump 
59870 mi

US $500
Alternator Busted, New one installed 
29940 mi

C $2700
Right rear wheel bearing replaced 
47000 mi

US $800
Water pump was slightly leaking, replaced as preventative measure. 
65000 mi

US $1200
Rear control arms replaced; they were rattling and worn out. 
71000 mi

US $3500
RMS was leaking a small amount of oil. I had the IMS upgraded to the L&N dual row bearing(brand new version). At the same time, I elected to replace the clutch; Sachs. 4 CV boots were replaced. Two were badly cracked but I elected to replace all four due to their age. 
72000 mi

US $120
Replaced a worn out front engine mount. 
10000 mi

US $6507
Catastrophic engine failure due to intermediate shaft failure. Dealer confirmed; known problem but refused to fix b/c out of warranty & 2nd owner. My mechanic rebuilt engine & photodocumented for class-action suit investigation. 
13700 mi

US $110
Clip for guidewire for convertible softtop broke, causing tonneau cover to not close properly which caused scrape in paint on corner of cover and also blocked access to open trunk lid. Clip replaced, paint touched up. 

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2004 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

258-horsepower 3.2L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

105000 mi

US $500
Air oil separator replaced (original unit) 
110200 mi

US $1200
Replaced LCAs. Signs of wear at the right front bushing. 
115000 mi

US $2300
AT coolant valve Replaced axles 

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2004 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

228-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

60240 mi

C $1000
Changed motor carrier (mount) 
34300 mi

US $400
failed motormount - known weakness. Replaced with improved unit. PITA job. estimate is parts plus 5 hours of my time 
37300 mi

US $140
replaced (self) air-oil-seperator. Done at my convenience as it was slowly degrading. 
50900 mi

US $100
Airbag system failure. May be intermittent. Shop would replace clock spring and/or airbag. What i did is take everything apart, inspect, clean contacts, treat with contact treatment (cramolin) and put back together. Voila. 
51300 mi

US $100
Airbag failure again (porsche code 41). This time it was seatbelt latch connections, took apart and cleaned, success not confirmed. Might be a 3rd try. 
62000 mi

US $1100
Drive linkage (cables, ends) broke. Note this broke under heavy use and was mishandled. However, linkage showed significant wear so it would have eventually failed (maybe years later) 
27000 mi

US $3800
Fuel pump replacement, major maintenance, new rear tires 
27000 mi

US $1000
Bad power steering pump 
43000 mi

US $104
Numerous false warning llghts, instruments and radio stopped working, car otherwise ran fine, Problem could not be replicated by shop after full OBD scan, problem disappeared entirely, car has run fine ever since. 
52000 mi

US $300
Transponder on spare (valet) key became inop, needed to purchase new key head and reprogram all three of the car's keys. 
55000 mi

US $1500
Fault in instrument cluster caused battery to go flat overnight--some instrument lights stayed on even though ignition was off and car was locked. Valet key (which I use as an emergency key, taped behind the front license plate) went dead. Would not activate ignition. 
58000 mi

US $425
CEL on, found dry-rotted gas-cap seal and also had to replace a shut valve seal, then passed evap. test. 
72000 mi

US $600
Technician found two cracked ignition coils and replaced them. Total cost for the shop visit was $1.500, but cost of coils and labor was approx $600 of that. The rest was routine fluid, filters and sparkplugs replacement. 

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2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

258-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

18500 mi

US $1040
Replaced Rear main seal---warranty 
32700 mi

US $347
Rear main seal replaced. Clutch bearing replaced. Extended warranty doesn't cover clutch parts. Horn replaced. 
36700 mi

US $100
CV Boots replaced Brake fluid leak fixed 
41000 mi

US $585
Fluid leak on seal. rear wheel bearing 
35000 mi

US $140000
engine seized. intermediate shaft broken. pistons and valves broken 
46300 mi

US $500
replace all four cv joint boots, balance front tires 
51000 mi

US $253
Replaced struts on front and rear storage compartments 
55000 mi

US $300
Headlights not operational. Problem solve and replace the common power supply switch for both headlights. 
57532 mi

US $1422
replaced left front upper strut mount bearing, replaced inner and outer cv boots 
59000 mi

US $577
replaced beverage holder ($500), new soft-top tension cable ($77) 
41000 mi

US $2400
Rear main seal (RMS) leaking again. Replacing the RMS requires removing the engine. This cost $1,200 in labor and $20 in parts.  The alternator also went out, cost $500 to replace.  Suspension boots and spark plugs were also replaced. 
66000 mi

US $350
Replaced second gear detent, popping out of gear 
74000 mi

US $3500
Replaced left rear wheel bearing due to wheel noise under load Clattering over bumps, replaced trailing arms Vibration in car at 3200 RPM, replaced engine mount 
97000 mi

US $800
Replaced leaking water pump, replaced thermostat at same time 
118300 mi

US $300
AOS Failed 
126000 mi

US $703
Replaced l/r CV boots and left axle assy 
141000 mi

US $1000
Could smell antifreeze and front window was fogging badly. Received a low coolant warning on start up that went away when car warmed up. Heater core was replaced. Small foam pieces were coming from dash vents. Common issue on 986 - diverter flap is foam padded and the foam deteriorates over time. Replaced foam and taped over it with duct tape while heater core was out. 
130500 mi

US $250
replace frunk latch Replace drivers side locking latch inside door (not handle) 
148000 mi

US $1400
small leak from brass bushing 
148000 mi

US $2300
motor mount - replaced with 987 version new Koni shocks and H&R springs 
149000 mi

US $9400
Cracked head: loss of coolant, no intermix of coolant and oil (coolant was being burned in cylinder). Installed used head. 
160000 mi

US $1000
Drivers side axle was replaced with OEM Replaced water pump at 65,000 miles 
163000 mi

US $600
Coolant fitting failed. Oil cooler oring leaking 
28500 mi

US $1600
RMS leak fixed 
40200 mi

US $5000
Bad rear wheel bearing 
54000 mi

US $200
Drivers door latch failed causing failure of window drop-down function to clear convertible top. 
77000 mi

US $800
CV joint boots were torn. Elected to replace both half shafts which cost slightly more than replacing only the boots. Rebuilt transmission, replaced clutch pressure plate, clutch disc, rear main seal, flywheel 
106000 mi

US $4550
Replaced rear main seal (slight leak between transmission and engine, $4000. Replaced water pump, $400. Replaced clutch cylinder, $150. 
69200 mi

US $1000
Oil separator valve. 
56000 mi

US $1100
60K maintenance (paid by owner). cv boots replaced. belt tensioner paid by cpo 
59000 mi

US $1100
Check Engine Light 
86000 mi

US $10000
Cracked head due to failed water pump. Trying to source new head. 
32000 mi

US $1700
rear cv boots 
35000 mi

US $400
Replaced turn signal stalk assembly. 

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2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

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

52000 mi

US $3000
Repaired faulty screen for heating and cooling controls and fan. 
54200 mi

US $2200
Water pump, constant burning smell in exhaust, panel lights constantly come on -- check engine, airbags, emissions -- some go off after a few months. Faulty panel?Need emissions check/engine lite on.Completely taken apart & put back.Problems 
58000 mi

US $2900
Check engine light for PO491 and PO492 - emissions = $900. Assumed oil leak. Took car apart. Found nothing. $2,000. Water pump = $900. The car is now for sale. Repairs are too expensive. Put 7K on it since I bought it with no dash lights on. 

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2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

228-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

44500 mi

US $210
Turn signal switch broken. Ordered new part on the internet and replaced it myself. 
47500 mi

US $3000
Replaced Clutch, throughout bearing etc. Also replaced rear engine seal. $1600. Steering rack leaking. Had to be replaced. $1400. 
52000 mi

US $238
Passenger window regulation replaced. Had mechanic come to house. Rebuild old regulator. (plastic 30 cent part) 
83000 mi

US $150
emission (fuel vapor) control valve for fuel tank failed. 
91000 mi

US $600
oil separator failed 
95000 mi

US $250
replace control arm (balljoint) and trailing arm 
88500 mi

US $139
replace headlight switch 
112000 mi

US $1700
both rear wheel bearing replaced and 4 wheel alignment 
26000 mi

US $600
Bad Wheel bearing 
41000 mi

US $750
motor for window was replaced 
57000 mi

US $100
Temperature regulator broke 
67200 mi

US $750
Rt. Window actuator replaced 
68000 mi

US $750
Replaced rear lower control arms 
82800 mi

US $1600
Front struts replaced 
91000 mi

US $2400
Struts and rear wheel bearing 
105000 mi

US $700
Replaced wheel bearings 
55000 mi

US $1500
Leaking RMS and IMS seals both replaced under warranty. Owner replaced worn clutch and flywheel both worn beyond repair or resurfacing. 
57000 mi

US $500
Rear spoiler had to be replaced 
69700 mi

US $400
Car is overheating. Water Pump failed and was replaced, overheating problem persisted. Still being diagnosed as to the original cause Air bubble in coolant system. System flushed. 
74000 mi

US $2400
Alternator failed. 
85000 mi

US $1200
Full suspension refresh. End links were on the way out (leaking their grease) and OEM shocks no longer met rebound requirements. Springs were sagging from fatigue. Worn bushings were also replaced at the time as they were found. 
94000 mi

US $300
Motor mount was hanging on by a thread. Could feel the motor shift in corners. Motor mount replaced with polyurethane mount for longevity. Mild increase in NVH. One transmission mount was leaking. Replaced both to be on the safe side. 
96000 mi

US $500
Chain guide on driver's side head lost a chunk which clogged the oil return port. Disassembly of cam shaft cover required to repair and replace. Oil pan removed to find plastic particulate. All chain guides replaced, chain tensioners replaced. 

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2002 Porsche Boxster

Engine not specified

65000 mi

US $2000
Alternator went out 

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2002 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

250-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

42000 mi

US $898
Ignition switch (mechanical tumbler) died, so car could not reliably be started, and lights did not work when running. Ignition switch module replaced (part was $525). Also oil change and brake fluid replacement. 
43000 mi

US $1580
First Catalytic converter on bank 1 was failing. As this is one piece with the headers, headers were replaced as well. Part cost $1295 
45000 mi

US $2817
Leaking power steering reservoir. 6 hours labor at $119/hr plus parts Independent shop 4 years ago changed rear rotors without using anti-seize compound for mounting caliper bolts. Bolts were seized and stripped the threads on the hub carriers. Required completely new hub carriers, bearings, speed sensors. 
49200 mi

US $637
Fuel level sender in gas tank stopped working. Diagnosed as faulty, and replaced. 1 trip to dealer for diagnosis (1 hour) and 1 trip for replacement after waiting 1 week for parts ($305). Works fine now. 
50175 mi

US $197
Power steering pump developed leak and failed. This had happened April 2011, as well. Fluid reservoir and high-pressure hose melted due to over-heating at the track. Problem repaired and under-drive pulley installed to prevent recurrence. Power steering pump reservoir again developed a leak while at the track (Watkins Glen). As it had been replaced previously 1 year ago, dealer replaced it under parts warranty. I paid for installation of underdrive pulley to prevent this. 
52000 mi

US $1120
Power steering high pressure lines to steering rack leaking. Needed to be replaced. 
56000 mi

US $321
Cracked U-joint boots leaking grease. Remove, replace, re-pack with grease. 
56000 mi

US $2891
Replaced clutch and flywheel. Worn clutch and throwout bearing. Replaced intermediate shaft bearing with upgraded part. Replaced rear main seal (2nd time). 
57000 mi

US $1203
Replaced rear sway-bar bushings and brackets after some bolts backed out and these fell off the car somewhere on the roads of upstate NY. Labor provided by myself. 
58000 mi

US $940
Replace immobilizer module under drivers seat after it got wet in downpour. Car would not start as anti theft unit was shorted out by water. 
62000 mi

US $15800
Engine blew at Watkins Glen. Dropped a valve, possibly con rod. NOT due to over-rev. Not a reliable car, even given track use. Every moving part except for rods, pistons and camshafts replaced, plus oil cooler, air-oil separator, water and oil pump. 
65000 mi

US $475
Cracked and leaking CV boots on left half shaft. Replacing entire half shaft was $70 more than doing just the boots, at 65,000 mi., so replaced unit. 
81000 mi

US $900
Alternator not charging. Replaced alternator. Idler pulley, tensioner pulley, serpentine belt 
88000 mi

US $2200
clutch, flywheel 
56000 mi

US $20000
IMS bearing died and took entire engine with it. Car is a piece of junk. Will NEVER own another Porsche! Watch out if you are looking to buy one...worst car ever owned. They are cheap for a reason - they are junk! "Perfection" my butt! 
14000 mi

US $9500
Catastrophic engine failure at 14,011 miles. Internal engine problem called a 'slipped sleeve' caused piston/cylinder #3 to destruct. Appears to be a manufacturing defect but no assistance from Porsche. 
45000 mi

US $100
both rear cv joint replacement, oil leak horn replacement 
61000 mi

US $9000
valve sticking, timing chain failure motor mount failure IMS failure 
72000 mi

US $700
Replaced starter 
83000 mi

US $1000
Hose to water pump ruptured. Will replace water pump also since original is on borrows time at 83k miles. 
83000 mi

US $2700
Steering pump replaced. Possibly related to track use, as this places more stress on the pump. Installed underdrive pulley with new pumpt to reduce chance this will happen again. 
49000 mi

US $2000
Wheel bearing,  torn cv boots, 
93000 mi

C $2600
main seal, clutch and bearing seal 
72000 mi

US $1200
Rebuilt entire suspension (struts, sway bars, springs), as the struts were shot (one leaking). Upgraded to ROW M030. 
74000 mi

US $120
Replaced door latch assembly with micro switch 
75000 mi

US $200
Torn inner CV boots on both sides. Second time (first at 35K) 
65100 mi

C $10000
Engine cylinder cracked. Common for boxsters. Dont ever buy this car, they are unreliable. 
36000 mi

US $3300
Oil leak---RMS replaced.  Upon disassembly for Problem 1(RMS), mechanic said flywheel wobbly and clutch worn. Had both replaced.  
41000 mi

US $550
Airbag warning light. Diagnose problem. Order seatbelt buckle and wiring harness. Driver seat heater not functioning. Heater element ordered. Parts installed - seatbelt buckle and wiring harness. Driver seat heater element installed. 
60000 mi

US $1303
At hwy speed RPMs would drop suddenly, no throttle response. To shoulder, restart after 30 secs. 3x in 200 mile trip. Enroute to repair shop, 2x, 2nd time required tow (1/4 mile, ugh). Fuel pump, relay, oil separator. 700 miles, all good. 

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2002 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

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

60000 mi

US $1000
Vacuum reserve leak, new tank installed. Routine AC evacuation and recharge. 
63000 mi

US $1800
Mass air flow sensor replacement, air oil separator replacement 
55600 mi

US $1400
Replace water pump, thermostat 
62000 mi

US $500
replace ignition switch 
90520 mi

C $1500
Loud thump going over bumps. Two issues were repaired. New CV joints (all 4) were installed along with both rear control arms. 
52000 mi

US $200
repair broken pop out cup holder 
85000 mi

US $4500
AIR OIL SEPERATOR FAILED. CAR BLEW GOBS OF SMOKE AND HYDROLOCKED THE MOTOR.  

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2002 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

217-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

48100 mi

US $2800
Engine rear main seal leak. Replace rear main seal, LN engineering IMS bearing upgrade (original bearing badly worn), clutch work + transmission input shaft seal. Brake/clutch fluid flush. Replaced air to oil separator, all tubes (leak) + spark plugs. Engine rear main seal leak. Replace rear main seal, LN engineering IMS bearing upgrade, clutch work + transmission input shaft seal. Brake/clutch fluid flush. Air to oil separator replacement. Replace all tubes (leak) + all 6 spark plug 
49000 mi

US $400
Rear window cracked. The plastic gets old and brittle. It was colder night (temperature was around 55F) and I opened the top.  My keyless entry remote also does not work (pretty common issue with the circuit board inside the key fob goes bad). I have no plan on fixing them (dealer want $250 per key and $95 to program it). 
49300 mi

US $2300
Replace water pump, thermostat.  Front engine mount rubber cracked. High pitch noise from left rear wheel bearing. 
51000 mi

US $300
Right rear wheel bearing replaced 
51200 mi

US $450
Front left wheel bearing noise. engine oil filler tube leak.engine does not idle properly. 
52000 mi

US $2400
Front end made clunking noise. Upper strut mounts were bad. Replaced strut mounts, struts, control arms, track arms, tie rods, drop links for all 4 corners. 
53200 mi

US $1060
Convertible tension cable jammed to its rail. Top did not close properly. Water leak due to gap between rail and tension cable. 
86000 mi

US $2054
Clutch replacement, car still had original clutch so not unanticipated. Exhaust has to be removed to access the clutch and some bolts were too corroded to remove so had to be drilled out so there was more labor charge than expected. 
93000 mi

US $565
Front sway bar links needed replacing, oil change performed. Been noticing strange howl noise at 2400-2800: computer scanned, no codes everything okay, most likely an air intake resonance comes and goes but no worries 
102000 mi

US $640
Removed cat. heat shields which were rattling, replaced battery, oil change 
122100 mi

US $155
A wire connecting the emissions came loose and tripped a check engine light. Shop fixed, light came back same day. 
129000 mi

US $2500
The air pump on the emission went out, check engine light, won't pass inspection. About $1000 to fix. The AC condenser needed replacement, $1200. 
71000 mi

US $1000
Rattling noise from engine. Water pump and belt tensioners broken/worn out. Replaced water pump, thermostat. Replaced tensioners. Belt was replaced recently. 
57000 mi

US $600
Water pump replaced cured leak Added refrigerant, replaced low speed fan and low speed fan relay 
58300 mi

US $950
Taken in for headlight adjustment, observed RMS/IMS oil leak. Teardown revealed IMS leak, worn clutch Replaced RMS with factory part, replaced IMS with LN Engineering Retrofit Kit, replaced clutch (wear item), replaced case half screws Tech cracked plastic rear window when putting top into service position. Negotiated bill credit and owner to replace top. Plastic window cracked during previous visit to shop. Owner purchased used 2003 top w/glass window and retrofitted to 2002 vehicle. 
72000 mi

US $130
Headlight switch failed 
74000 mi

US $105
Window regulator, not motor, failed. Window operation was erratic, would go down when up button was pressed, etc. Replaced regulator. 
32000 mi

US $1000
Replaced alternator 
50000 mi

US $4500
My ims bearing was leaking due to the flange. The bearing was in good condition though also replaced. The starter was making noise. The thermostat was causing the car to run a little warmer. The water pump was slightly worn, but still fine. 
50000 mi

US $125
Drivers side cam cover leaking slightly , tightened bolts. Left alone. 
37400 mi

US $1800
New struts,strut mounts,bump stops,boots.Tires balanced,4 wheel alignment. New struts,strut mounts,bump stops,boots.Tires balanced,4 wheel alignment 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

250-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

43200 mi

US $200
Cracked rear CV joints. Removed rear axles from vehicle, replaced and repacked inner CV joints, re-booted outer CV joints 
46000 mi

US $1100
Replaced rear wheel bearings due to rear driver side wheel bearing being dead 
48000 mi

US $300
Replaced passenger side window regulator due to window not dropping upon opening, and grinding noise when rolling window up and down. 
55400 mi

US $15000
Upgraded engine to new high performance internals as well as upgraded IMS shaft, additional oil pickup, upgraded oil filter mounting. Oil seeping through porous aluminum block casting, possibly because of damage during mod process. Replaced block. Cracked block, leaking oil through porous aluminum casting. Replaced block, and at the same time upgraded engine to new high performance internals as well as upgraded IMS shaft, addditional oil pickup, upgraded oik filter mounting. 
66000 mi

US $500
Check engine light. bad oxygen sensor on bank two, rear, but replaced both rears sensors 
69000 mi

US $1200
Tie rod and bushings worn out. Replaced with M030 ROW suspension modification rather than stock parts. 
79000 mi

US $400
bad motor mount cv joint boot 
80300 mi

US $2200
Flywheel replaced. Did clutch ahead of time as there was some wear 
85000 mi

US $400
Ignition switch repair. Plastic part on rear of switch replaced. Common problem with m96 cars 
86000 mi

US $1000
Mass air flow sensor, coil packs 
57124 mi

C $1147
Waterpump, thermostat, and sway bar bushing replacement. 
74101 mi

C $889
Convertible top repair (cables and operating rods). 
80291 mi

C $175
Replaced right side radiator fan. 
82460 mi

C $625
Coolant recovery tank cracked, spilling coolant into the rear trunk area. Front left radiator fan not working. 
78260 mi

C $300
Alternator pulley seized, also replace worn tensioner pulley and lower idler pulley. Replace air/oil separator. 
82460 mi

C $293
Power steering pump squealing 
57044 mi

C $1793
Drive belt, Air Injection Valve, Rear pads and rotors. 
60000 mi

US $550
Oil separator failed and was replaced 
67000 mi

US $1100
Broken shift linkage. Gears could not be changed, so linkage was replaced 
69000 mi

US $640
Replace rear wheel bearing on drivers side Bad oxygen sensor 
71000 mi

US $100
Repaired leak in Windshield washer system 
71000 mi

US $1000
Water pump bearing failed 
71200 mi

US $1200
needed new catalytic converter 
41000 mi

US $2200
The catalytic converter on bank 2 failed requiring manifold and cat replacement. 
42000 mi

US $200
Pre-catalytic Oxygen Sensor on bank 1-3 failed. Replaced both pre and post cat oxygen sensors on bank 1-3. 
91987 mi

US $5108
Transmission failure. Used transmission and new shifter cables installed 
76000 mi

US $120
Replaced right rear wheel bearing Replaced headlight switch 
91000 mi

US $100
Air/Oil separator blew. Replaced. 
95300 mi

US $1000
Worn ball joint on both front lower control arms. 
103000 mi

US $2600
Hydraulic unit (abs/psm control) developed fluid leak Headlight mounting bracket broke 
103000 mi

US $250
Self-installed hydraulic unit. Went to dealer to have it activated by Porsche PIWIS system. Charged $250, probably took them five minutes. 
68000 mi

US $1500
failed tensioner pulley for serpentine belt 
70000 mi

US $9000
Rod bearing failure requiring engine replacement 
93000 mi

US $3000
replace clutch and flywheel 
105000 mi

US $890
Synchro 2nd gear New rear window Water pump failure 
108000 mi

US $271
rework of transmission over rebuild. while in transmission replaced a bearing, that was marginal. 
108000 mi

US $380
Air/Oil Seperator filure 
90000 mi

US $10000
Oil was getting into coolant, no coolant into oil. Diagnosed, I chose not to repair. 
43000 mi

US $12050
cracked head 
90000 mi

US $1340
CV boots were old and torn, some pretty badly. I went ahead and had the axles swapped out. 
92800 mi

US $300
Remote lock on the the key doesn't work. Mechanic says key seems to be functioning fine per his tester. The computer was throwing a code for the receiver in the car. Replaced the receiver and it still doesn't work. There was a broken aluminum support in the rear frame area of the car. I bought a used replacement part and had the mechanic install it. 
93000 mi

US $400
Replaced key and key remote and had a second remote/key cut. 
95000 mi

US $125
Replaced forward O2 sensor on the passenger side. My mechanic had found a fault when he scanned the codes stored in the car diagnostic computer. 
103300 mi

US $800
The air/oil separator failed. This is a pretty common failure. The part isn't that expensive but the labor is fairly extensive. 
108700 mi

US $980
An air pump that provides clean air into the exhaust stream to reduce emissions was malfunctioning and was replaced. 
104780 mi

A $1200
Replace water pump and serpentine belt $960.00. Service at same time. $$240.00. 
67000 mi

US $3500
Catalytic converter in the exhaust headers began to rattle annoyingly. Replaced the headers. Eye wateringly pricey. 
69000 mi

US $160
I purchased a modified 2nd gear detent to fix the common 2nd gear grinding/popout problem. Second gear still needs some finesse, but it's better than a multi $K repair. 
75000 mi

US $400
air oil separator failed spectacularly - batman's smoke screen style. Towed it to my independent mechanic and he replaced it quickly. 
79000 mi

US $1400
Clutch pedal suddenly went soft and clutch began slipping a lot within 100 miles of the incident. Replaced clutch, throw out bearing, and pressure plate. Flywheel looked okay. Did not replace oem IMS bearing. 
82000 mi

US $200
Coolant levels were continually falling and the trunk carpet was wet. The old tank was cracked from age on the bottom. I temporarily patched it until the new tank arrived. I replaced in my self - because I have small arms and hands. 
88000 mi

US $400
Car overheated after sitting during a particularly cold spell. The water pump impeller had broken. New water pump installed. 
43400 mi

C $1400
needed O2 sensor 
99300 mi

US $535
AOS Air Oil Separator needed replacement Code reappeared 50 miles later, MAF - Mass Air Flow sensor 
105000 mi

US $627
Driver side window regulator broke. 
107200 mi

US $644
Replaced left rear wheel bearing. 
115300 mi

US $517
Thermostat failed and engine overheated. Dealer replaced thermostat, radiator cap and re-filled coolant system. 
122000 mi

US $306
Replaced both catalytic converters Replaced O2 sensor. 
47000 mi

US $155
Replaced failed motor mount. 
49000 mi

US $460
I replaced the original alternator, a remanufactured alternator, on a previous repair and the replacement unit also failed. I had to purchase another (more expensive Bosch Reman alternator) as the initial remanuf. vendor had none it their system. 
49000 mi

US $2700
Rear main seal all wheel bearings flywheel, clutch, half shaft boots 
100000 mi

US $800
Rear wheel bearings bad and replaced rear brakes as well 
101000 mi

US $250
o2 sensor pre cat 
110000 mi

US $2600
along with some o2 sensors leaking oil pressure sending unit 
67580 mi

C $500
CEL came on. O2 sensor replaced. 
69440 mi

C $3600
Steering rack had a bad bearing and leaked. Replaced rack with Porsche refurb New MAF and air regulator plus intake manifold gasket 
71920 mi

C $800
Electric mirrors stopped working - short circuit in system. Had broken wire in back up light circuit which took 6 hours to locate. 
73160 mi

C $2000
Replaced clutch and pressure plate. There was a noticeable rattling noise. Second clutch...first one was done by Porsche dealer at 56,000 km. Replaced IMS bearing while the clutch was being repaired. 
79360 mi

C $3000
Check engine light came on. Required a smoke test to identify an exhaust leak. Required new exhaust manifold gaskets. Also had to weld a crack in one of the exhaust headers. Broken stud added to the problem. Mostly labor cost, parts not so bad. Car is much quieter too. Car was jumping all over the road. Very unstable. Required all wheel alignment. Fixed it nicely. 
60000 mi

US $250
vehicle was inspected prior to a cross country drive - replaced hoses that were starting to fail, fluids, fixed some small leaks, etc.  
61000 mi

US $3007
Clutch adjustment; shift linkage repair and adjustment; clutch inspected and flywheel replaced. 
61200 mi

US $1500
Rear window detached ... leaked into interior. Top completely replaced eith new glass window 
62000 mi

US $120
seat heater switches had come loose and dropped into the center console. R&R the console, reattached the switches to their mounting clips. replaced worn tonneau cover - reinstalled two retaining zutz fasteners on the dashboard - removed and reinstalled existing fasteners on the auto body (4)with fresh sealant - intalled new cover on auto ($100 purchased on ebay) 
64200 mi

US $190
Low battery causing alarm system issues 
69000 mi

US $750
Electric window sensor - intermittently worked 
69000 mi

US $300
Charging issues 
70000 mi

US $730
Water Pump failed. Replaced Water pump, serpentine belt and new antifreeze 
78000 mi

US $1800
Check engine light and rough running idle; MAF cleaning and catalytic converter replacement 
84300 mi

US $500
Drivers side door power window regulator. 
89500 mi

US $300
Replace Oxygen Sensor before Catalytic converter 
89000 mi

US $1500
Had to replace manual transmission, due to bad second gear 
92000 mi

US $200
big puff of white smoke on start up, common problem, I've done this twice with this car. 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

250-horsepower 3.2L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

152800 mi

US $120
battery weak after 46 months - 58000 miles 
155000 mi

US $1200
Emissions air pump was failing 
166200 mi

US $568
air/oil separator replaced again. 80k mile each oil separator hose replaced, broken and "glued" on prior repair of AOS Replaced all CV joint boots. 
166000 mi

US $200
unknown Sound coming from right rear connected with rotating systems. Sounds like delaminated tire. Inspected tires, wheel bearings dropped trans pan - found no source of sound. 
167000 mi

US $700
Water pump failed again 
173000 mi

US $225
Cooling fan on left side failed 
130200 mi

C $524
replaced wheel well and rattle drive side door panel tail lights 
132060 mi

C $600
Hose broke leaked anti-freeze. Replaced two hoses and fittings filled up anti-freeze. Had to bleed system as well. 
137020 mi

C $1650
Oil vapour canister replaced. Mass air flow sensor replaced. 
148220 mi

C $959
statrter 
161700 mi

C $4000
2 Radiators and coolant replacement. mass air flow replacement fuel pump replacement engine mount replacement rough idle (hunting) cleaned out the throttle body. 
167760 mi

C $1500
pass side axle rebuild middle radiator replaced thermostat and seal anti freeze 
171740 mi

C $360
new battery 
175460 mi

C $1900
front control arms and front shocks and upper struts 
176080 mi

C $430
shift push rod 
178560 mi

C $600
front truck wouldn't open new front truck switch. new key fob and reprogrammed. 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

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

48000 mi

US $1300
Wheel hub noises and loud. Took it to dealer to ensure it was done correctly. Also needed new key housing they were worn out car is old but looks like new. 
45000 mi

US $2000
Cracked ignition coil causing misfires. Additionally, bad speed sensor in passenger front wheel bearing caused PASM system to go into failure mode. Car remained barely driveable until engine warmed and water around coils evaporated. 
45900 mi

US $400
Washer hose popped off the pump, mechanic removed multiple body panels, re-attached hose to pump Front driver-side suspension became extremely squeaky. Technician lubed all joints, etc. and squeak went away. Alleged misfire caused CPU to issue CEL light. Not replicable, only one misfire in last year, so reset the computer. 
48050 mi

US $6200
Yearly Maintenance + Check Engine Light that had just come on. $240 for a new fob (the old one wore through after 9 years). The remainder was the maintenance. Variocam Actuator caused CEL fault - VA assy replaced. Leaking Cam covers removed, cheeks for both cam chains worn, replaced. Replaced IMS bearing with LN kit. New sway arms in front. Checked Clutch for wear, still 50% there. 
49000 mi

US $550
Finally managed to break rear window (vinyl) after 9 years of flawless service - my fault, it was too cold. Now it's fixed and clearer than ever. 
57000 mi

US $1300
Replace clutch 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

217-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

91000 mi

US $381
Smelled coolant, and had visible leaking under car. Had dealer flush coolant, change gear oil, motor oil & filter. Dealer pressure tested system, found no leaks and performed requested services. After I received car back from service for coolant leak, the dealer flushed and checked the sytem and found no leaks. I ordered a new coolant cap for the expansion tank and no more leaks. 
93000 mi

US $918
Coolant overflow tank (complete assembly)replaced. 
106000 mi

US $480
Right side lower control arm. 
118200 mi

US $2934
Noticed a disturbing grinding sound while at a drive through window. Caught the water pump and bearings failing just in time. Included all belt wheels (3) incl. tensioner and new belt. While replacing water pump my mechanic recommended the motor mount be replaced as well. This was the original motor mount as was the water pump. Mount was severely deteriorated. 
119700 mi

US $1450
Replaced right radiator 2 relays for A/C 
123200 mi

US $3000
Intermittent CEL, diagnosed as MAF. Noticed grease in rear right wheel.Dealer diagnosed as clamp replacement, and added grease. Replaced spark plug tubes due to appearance of oil on catalytic converter.  Replaced left headlamp bulb. Also replaced coil packs. 
124000 mi

US $550
LF inner fender liner Loose heat shields 
127000 mi

US $2190
L/F Lower control arm replaced. 10k service Headlight switch. Brake fluid flush 
111000 mi

US $1300
Oil separator, Mass air flow sensor, spark plugs. Solved CEL problem. Clunk in rear passenger side suspension still there after shock replacement. 
113000 mi

US $150
Key fob went bad. Bought new fob at $125, program for $85. Dealer wanted $170 to program and $180 for fob. Bought on-line, independant repair shop programmed for me. Saved approx $140. 
115000 mi

US $1050
Water pump went out and broke the belt.  40 miles later the Alternator went out. $950 + $1050. Oh well! 
71000 mi

US $150
Replaced Air Oil Separator 
71900 mi

US $100
Replaced engine mount. 
75000 mi

US $600
Coolant tank ruptured. Had to tow car home. Replaced coolant tank, coolant, and water pump. Water pump was preventative. 
79000 mi

US $1000
Replaced clutch. It broke apart into 2 separate pieces, the metal center part that engages onto the transmission and the outer part that has the disc material. The rivets just broke apart. 
35340 mi

C $860
CV joint boots were leaking. Shafts were removed, checked for damage and there was none. CV joints cleaned, repacked, new boots installed. 
41540 mi

C $1050
During idle power only, there was noise coming from engine which was either alternator bearing, water pump or accessory belt tensioner. Have had replaced the latter plus install new accessory belt and new coolant reservoir cap. 
57000 mi

US $700
Replaced ignition switch 
57000 mi

US $18000
Mass air sensor 
76500 mi

US $1200
Ignition coil housing cracked and replaced.  Oil fill tube replaced. 
68200 mi

A $2000
Injectors replaced 
59700 mi

US $130
Pass side window regulator. 
66000 mi

US $1200
Water broke and needed a new battery. Thermostat replaced at the same time. 
89000 mi

US $100
Engine slipped timing while trying to start, now has no compression. Call to the local dealer resulted in being told this would be a $10,000 to $15,000 repair. I plan on removing the motor to see if I can fix it. 
106500 mi

US $3400
Vario cam pads needed to be replaced. Water pump replacement. Coil packs cracked. Spark plug tubes leaking. 
88200 mi

US $1000
original plastic window finally gave up the ghost. repair was to replace the entire top. wow it looks like new! I love this car. 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

133100 mi

US $600
MAF sensor failed 
135000 mi

US $1100
Alternator dead 

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2000 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

250-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

80000 mi

US $2500
Repair oil leak. Preventive replacement of IMS bearing and seal with PN ceramic. Transmission fluid leak. Replace CV boots. 
89000 mi

US $600
Replace engine mount, cracked rubber, front of engine. 
96600 mi

US $12000
Cylinder heads, main bearing, clutch 
62000 mi

US $100
A/C compressor failed- compressor was replaced and system was recharged Replaced Emergency brake shoes and springs in the back left wheel. Spring had broken which caused vibrations and noises. Because of this, the rear shoe was not held in properly and needed replaced. Not a major repair. 
62000 mi

€420
Replaced 3 CV joint boots which were damaged 
69440 mi

€1000
AC not working due to refrigerant leakage in condensers 
74180 mi

€2800
Oil leak at RMS (Rear Main Seal). Requires removal of transmission & flywheel to be changed. Replaced clutch at the same time. 
76240 mi

C $2169
plastic rear window cracked on convertible top; replaced entire top with upgraded after market kit 
89000 mi

US $1954
Leaking water pump was replaced. tie rods damaged thermostat replaced due to concern it was not functioning properly. 
91000 mi

US $290
oil tube cracked and leaking. Tube replaced. 
110000 mi

US $1300
rear struts 
58900 mi

C $1300
Cooling was less effective than new. Water pump replaced, along with thermostat. 
59300 mi

US $1000
Both CV boots on drivers rear axle were ripped- had the entire axle replaced. 
213500 mi

US $1200
significant oil consumption and leakage. A number of contributing problems were found, including damaged bellows, breather hoses, spark-plug tubes (unique to this motor). 

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2000 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

250-horsepower 3.2L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

71000 mi

US $1200
Air/Oil separator 
83200 mi

US $672
Engine noise due to bad idler pulleys and tensioner. All pulleys and belt were replaced. 

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2000 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

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

71000 mi

US $1000
passenger airbag sensor needed replacing. harness and airbag need replacing. 
30000 mi

US $1000
Crack in the coolant reservoir, losing coolant. 
30000 mi

US $100
Ignition key switch went out 
35000 mi

US $750
Alternator had to be replaced. 
43000 mi

US $650
air-water separator 
45000 mi

US $2000
Rear Main Seal 

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2000 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

217-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

76300 mi

US $2000
engine warning light 
94000 mi

US $125
Horn would sound for no apparent reason. Replaced airbag retaining frame, fuse, and horn. 
98000 mi

US $475
Bad horns Leaking spark plug tubes 
103000 mi

US $1250
water pump failed 
117000 mi

US $2750
Replaced struts and shocks front and back 
124000 mi

US $1800
Air oil separator failed - needed to be replaced. Fouled spark plugs also need to be replaced, not yet done. Found all four O2 sensors had also failed. 
132800 mi

US $800
Mass air flow sensor failed - replaced. Cracked oil filler tube - repaired. 
144500 mi

US $1917
Replace lower front control arms Check engine light Bad rear wheel bearing 
154000 mi

US $1500
Replace ignition switch module. Turn signal would not shut off. Replaced turn signal module. Replace front lower control arms 
178000 mi

US $1500
Replaced worn convertible top 
69000 mi

US $700
Water pump replacement 
71000 mi

US $540
Failed inner universal joint 
82000 mi

US $1200
Leaking coolant reservoir was replaced.  
83000 mi

US $770
Convertible top stopped operating. Replaced cable and top transmission. 
89000 mi

US $1100
water pump was making noise, bearing/pump replaced 
99000 mi

US $1200
front ball joint worn. Bal joint repaired and front end aligned. Tires worn so they were replaced also. 
110300 mi

US $650
ignition swirch/unit failed and replaced 
114000 mi

US $1200
radiator cracked, replaced by dealer 
117000 mi

US $960
MAF failure identfied by CEL and new air filter installed 
118000 mi

US $650
passenger side window not moving. motor/regulator replaced 
125000 mi

US $700
Drive side window would not drop when opening door 
126000 mi

US $125
CEL: code P0430. Dealer says new catalytic converter needed 
51000 mi

US $500
replaced headlight switch 
51000 mi

US $3600
replaced the clutch and replaced the bearing between the engine and transmission which showed wear 
55000 mi

US $3500
replace oxygen sensor and oil separator 
45000 mi

US $3600
Variable camshaft timing system failure. Variocam actuator replaced and DME computer repaired. 
54600 mi

US $1500
Water pump blew at track. 
55200 mi

US $1000
Power top motor went out. 
34000 mi

US $2400
Coolant bottle failed, dumped more than 50% of coolant in rear trunk and on garage floor. Did NOT happen while in motion. No engine damage. Vehicle was returned to me with a big dent in the door also. Fixed by dealer at no charge. 
89000 mi

US $1000
Air Oil Separator (AOS)failed, AOS replaced.Spark plugs fouled, replaced.  
89000 mi

US $1600
front control arm replaced.  started making very loud screech every 3rd start. starter replaced. thermostat stuck, engine overheated. 
89000 mi

US $800
losing coolant, water pump removal revealed impeller fins worn off. 
91000 mi

US $200
Could not open right side (passenger) door. Neither outside nor inside door handle would open door. Replaced electric lock mechanism also had to replace connector cable for inside door handle and plastic connector clip for outside handle. 
92200 mi

US $200
Remove & repair drivers side lock cylinder. remove and replace electric lock assembly, drivers side. 

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2000 Porsche Boxster 2-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

42160 mi

$4000
Regular service discovered MAF faulty and needed replacing. Replaced front/rear trunk gas struts. Replaced front spring struts. Replaced oil filler neck. 

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1999 Porsche Boxster

Engine not specified

61200 mi

US $5900
Clutch , flywheel, ims bearing retrofit, water pump horn 
70900 mi

US $1000
Coolant leak. Replaced coolant tank and cap. 
73000 mi

US $100
Check engine light. Vacuum line vibrating against engine. Cut and rerouted . Sensors checked. 

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1999 Porsche Boxster 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

94860 mi

C $1200
Second water pump within 1 year replacement. The pump rattled for 4 days before dying. Coolant spashed all over engine. Complete replacement 1000 tow 200. 
97960 mi

C $800
Key became corrupt after water leaked into the drivers computer. Cause was faulty drainage pipe behind drivers seat. 
99820 mi

C $200
Windshield convertible top sensor switch went kaput. After removing the hard top the switch worked for a few minutes then died. Had to manually put top up and order switch. 1 hour labour ($100) + parts ($56) + taxes. 
104160 mi

C $1000
Convertible top push rods broke. 
104780 mi

C $550
Convertible top push rods replaced. As well as drip trays in convertible top down position. Leak to front passenger side corrected with repair as well as top now functional. 
83000 mi

US $800
coolant storage tank cracked - typical of older Boxsters. 
89000 mi

US $120
Airbag light on. Stupid design of seatbelt with a resistor that will get dirty and / or fail. 
92000 mi

US $300
Convertible top arm socket broke. Typical failure mode for Boxsters. 
97000 mi

US $300
Some widget valve in the emissions system was bad (formerly this function was performed by PCV valves). 
102000 mi

US $3000
Rear main seal leaking.  New clutch/flywheel/release bearing (worn)& since the RMS was leaking it was a good time to replace. Also Intermediate Shaft Bearing replaced (known weakness of Boxsters), coolant temp sensor replaced, ebrake engmt sensor replaced. 
134000 mi

US $349
Broke turn signal stalk 
171793 mi

US $2500
Replace all 4 struts 

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