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2001 Porsche Boxster repairs by problem area

Engine (56%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 280 repairs.
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2001 Porsche Boxster repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (16%)

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Chart based on 232 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2001 Porsche Boxster

Engine not specified

Porsche Boxster in Ohio, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

67000 mi

US $216
alternator went bad. replaced and all is well. 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

250-horsepower 3.2L H6 6-speed manual RWD

Porsche Boxster in Florida, United States
May 2013 - Jul 2016
Jun 2013

90000 mi

US $1340
CV boots were old and torn, some pretty badly. I went ahead and had the axles swapped out. 
Aug 2013

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. 
Sep 2013

93000 mi

US $400
Replaced key and key remote and had a second remote/key cut. 
Nov 2013

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. 
Oct 2014

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. 
Apr 2015

108700 mi

US $980
An air pump that provides clean air into the exhaust stream to reduce emissions was malfunctioning and was replaced. 
Nov 2015

116000 mi
The air/oil separator failed. It's a weak area on these cars. This part had been repaired before less than a year ago so the shop replaced it under warranty for no charge. While this part tested bad, it didn't solve my surging idle issue. Transmission mount was worn and causing excess movement in the drive train. I had noticed the issue before but the mechanic noticed it this time and diagnosed the problem as a transmission mount and replace the bad part. 
Dec 2015

117000 mi
Idle surge-tried new MAFS (2nd one) didn't fix issue. Other problems fixed and electrical/vacuum checked, still surges. Mechanic getting diagnostic equipment upgraded, maybe with the live engineering support they can figure out the issue. 
Feb 2016

118000 mi
Idle surge FIXED! Mechanic's diagnostic equipment software update allowing him to work w/Porsche engineering to diagnose the problem. Problem-car's ECU needed software update for new mass air flow sensor design installed earlier. No charge. 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Jul 2014
Feb 2010

76000 mi

US $120
Replaced right rear wheel bearing Replaced ignition switch Replaced headlight switch 
Sep 2011

91000 mi

US $100
Air/Oil separator blew. Replaced. 
Feb 2012

95300 mi

US $1000
Worn ball joint on both front lower control arms. 
Sep 2012

103000 mi

US $2600
Hydraulic unit (abs/psm control) developed fluid leak Headlight mounting bracket broke 
Apr 2013

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. 
Porsche Boxster in Georgia, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2018
May 2010

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. 
Dec 2011

66000 mi

US $500
Check engine light. bad oxygen sensor on bank two, rear, but replaced both rears sensors 
Mar 2012

69000 mi

US $1200
Tie rod and bushings worn out. Replaced with M030 ROW suspension modification rather than stock parts. 
Aug 2013

79000 mi

US $400
bad motor mount cv joint boot 
Oct 2014

80300 mi

US $2200
Flywheel replaced. Did clutch ahead of time as there was some wear 
May 2016

85000 mi

US $400
Ignition switch repair. Plastic part on rear of switch replaced. Common problem with m96 cars 
Oct 2017

86000 mi

US $1000
Mass air flow sensor, coil packs 
Porsche Boxster in Virginia, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2016
Nov 2011

27523 mi

US $679
Replaced Airbag Control Unit and clockspring, replaced contact unit for horn and airbag.  Replaced Airbag Control Unit and clockspring, replaced contact unit for horn and airbag.  
Mar 2015

35000 mi

US $495
Replaced CV joint boots, CV joint was fine 
May 2015

36000 mi

US $250
Oxygen Sensor , pre-CAT , passenger side 
Apr 2016

38000 mi

US $25
Replaced both horns, one horn had failed so it would not pass inspection 
Porsche Boxster in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Jun 2018
May 2011

67580 mi

C $500
CEL came on. O2 sensor replaced. 
Jul 2012

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 
May 2014

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. 
Porsche Boxster in Illinois, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2014
Jan 2014

US $500
wheel bearing 
Porsche Boxster in Maryland, United States
May 2011 - May 2011
May 2011 Blown head gasket led to overheating of motor, 3 months after $1200 major service. 
Porsche Boxster in Michigan, United States
Sep 2013 - Jul 2017
Sep 2014

68000 mi

US $200
Passenger side window auto up down for top seating quit. Required replacement of regulator. 
Porsche Boxster in Texas, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2015
Dec 2014

69000 mi

US $100
CEL light on, Code 1128, issues with exhaust side measurement. Replaced pre cat O2 sensor. CEL / code still happening. Will fix it when I can get to buying the parts. 
May 2015

71000 mi

US $750
Replace split shaft boots 
Porsche Boxster in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2018
May 2013

99300 mi

US $535
AOS Air Oil Separator needed replacement Code reappeared 50 miles later, MAF - Mass Air Flow sensor 
Sep 2013

105000 mi

US $627
Driver side window regulator broke. 
Apr 2014

107200 mi

US $644
Replaced left rear wheel bearing. 
Jul 2015

115300 mi

US $517
Thermostat failed and engine overheated. Dealer replaced thermostat, radiator cap and re-filled coolant system. 
Jun 2016

122000 mi

US $306
Replaced both catalytic converters Replaced O2 sensor. 
May 2018

134000 mi
Oil pan drain plug replaced. 
Porsche Boxster in Oregon, United States
Apr 2010 - Dec 2011
Oct 2011

85000 mi

US $400
Water pump failure Inner and outer CV boots torn. 
Porsche Boxster in Washington, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2016
Jan 2012

US $200
Replaced oil cooler due to oil in coolant. Simple job to do with minimum skills. Cause of leak was bad seals. Oil cooler failures are not uncommon on Boxster. The S model cooler will directly replace a base model cooler. 
May 2012

101200 mi

US $118
Engine overheating in stop and go traffic. Replaced thermostat with LN Engineering 160 deg F unit. Flushed and filled cooling system. Problem solved. 
Porsche Boxster in Arizona, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2018
May 2011

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.  
Jun 2011

61000 mi

US $3007
Clutch adjustment; shift linkage repair and adjustment; clutch inspected and flywheel replaced. 
Aug 2011

61200 mi

US $1500
Rear window detached ... leaked into interior. Top completely replaced eith new glass window 
Oct 2011

61950 mi

US $25
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) seat heater switches had come loose and dropped into the center console. R&R the console, reattached the switches to their mounting clips. 
Nov 2012

64200 mi

US $190
Low battery causing alarm system issues 
Jan 2018

69000 mi

US $750
Electric window sensor - intermittently worked 
Mar 2018

69000 mi

US $300
Charging issues 
Porsche Boxster in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2015
May 2011

100000 mi

US $800
Rear wheel bearings bad and replaced rear brakes as well 
Jun 2011

101000 mi

US $250
o2 sensor pre cat 
May 2013

110000 mi

US $2600
along with some o2 sensors leaking oil pressure sending unit 
Porsche Boxster in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2011 - Oct 2016
Nov 2011

105000 mi

US $890
Synchro 2nd gear New rear window Water pump failure 
Mar 2013

108000 mi

US $271
rework of transmission over rebuild. while in transmission replaced a bearing, that was marginal. 
Apr 2013

108000 mi

US $380
Air/Oil Seperator filure 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2018
Oct 2012

36000 mi

US $110
Light switch failed showing flash of headlights, followed by inoperable headlights. Light switch replaced. 
Mar 2014

39000 mi

US $180
Emissions bank 1-3 pre cat 02 sensor 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2016
Oct 2010

60000 mi

US $550
Oil separator failed and was replaced 
Mar 2011

67000 mi

US $1100
Broken shift linkage. Gears could not be changed, so linkage was replaced 
Jan 2012

69000 mi

US $640
Replace rear wheel bearing on drivers side Bad oxygen sensor 
May 2013

71000 mi

US $100
Repaired leak in Windshield washer system 
Jun 2013

71000 mi

US $1000
Water pump bearing failed 
Oct 2013

71200 mi

US $1200
needed new catalytic converter 
Porsche Boxster in Alabama, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2014
Nov 2012

68300 mi

US $220
Light switch would not turn on the low beams. Switch replaced. Part cost $150. 
Porsche Boxster in South Australia, Australia
Sep 2012 - Dec 2015
Sep 2014

104780 mi

A $1200
Replace water pump and serpentine belt $960.00. Service at same time. $$240.00. 
Porsche Boxster in Texas, United States
Aug 2010 - Oct 2011
Dec 2010

51000 mi

US $300
Replaced Coolant reservoir 
Porsche Boxster in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2016
Jun 2015

122000 mi

US $760
Overflow tank was leaking coolant. Drops were coming down in front of the engine on the passenger side. Two shops diagnosed as the water pump, but it wasn't. No coolant in the trunk as is common for leaking resevoir. 
Porsche Boxster in Arizona, United States
Jun 2015 - Jul 2018
Jul 2016

42000 mi

US $200
Cracked rear CV joints. Removed rear axles from vehicle, replaced and repacked inner CV joints, re-booted outer CV joints 
Jul 2017

46000 mi

US $1100
Replaced rear wheel bearings due to rear driver side wheel bearing being dead 
Mar 2018

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. 
Porsche Boxster in Washington, United States
Nov 2015 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

43000 mi

US $12050
cracked head 
Porsche Boxster in Georgia, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2018
Oct 2015

73200 mi

US $600
A camshaft position sensor had to be replaced. The exhaust bypass valve for warming the catalytic converter right after starting up had to be replaced. 
Feb 2016

74000 mi

US $160
The alternator went bad and had to be replaced. 
Porsche Boxster in Texas, United States
Jun 2009 - Sep 2010
Aug 2009

47000 mi

US $155
Replaced failed motor mount. 
Sep 2009

49000 mi

US $90
7Replaced blown Air Oil Separator (AOS) 
Oct 2009

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. 
Jan 2010

US $2700
Rear main seal all wheel bearings flywheel, clutch, half shaft boots 
Porsche Boxster in Washington, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2012
Oct 2009

57000 mi

US $720
replaced LR wheel bearing 
Porsche Boxster in Texas, United States
Jun 2009 - Oct 2017
Mar 2010

70000 mi

US $730
Water Pump failed. Replaced Water pump, serpentine belt and new antifreeze 
Dec 2010

78000 mi

US $1800
Check engine light and rough running idle; MAF cleaning and catalytic converter replacement 
Oct 2011

84300 mi

US $500
Drivers side door power window regulator. 
May 2012

89500 mi

US $300
Replace Oxygen Sensor before Catalytic converter 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
- Mar 2013
Mar 2013

90000 mi

US $10000
Oil was getting into coolant, no coolant into oil. Diagnosed, I chose not to repair. 
Porsche Boxster in Colorado, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

91987 mi

US $5108
Transmission failure. Used transmission and new shifter cables installed 
Porsche Boxster in Virginia, United States
Feb 2012 - Feb 2015
Sep 2012

67000 mi

US $3500
Catalytic converter in the exhaust headers began to rattle annoyingly. Replaced the headers. Eye wateringly pricey. 
Nov 2012

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. 
May 2013

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. 
Jun 2013

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. 
Sep 2013

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. 
Jan 2014

88000 mi

US $400
Car overheated after sitting during a particularly cold spell. The water pump impeller had broken. New water pump installed. 
Porsche Boxster in Missouri, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2014
Apr 2012

89000 mi

US $1500
Had to replace manual transmission, due to bad second gear 
May 2012

92000 mi

US $200
big puff of white smoke on start up, common problem, I've done this twice with this car. 
Oct 2013

99200 mi

US $6525
Had to replace motor due to cracked head, oil was mixing with coolant, bought motor off of ebay and replaced it myself. Replaced oil cooler replaced water pump replaced MAF sensor replaced motor mount 
Porsche Boxster in Washington, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2018
Aug 2009

51000 mi

US $500
Broken motor mount 
May 2014

58000 mi

US $300
Pre-cat oxygen sensor failed, replaced 
Porsche Boxster in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jan 2012
May 2011

43400 mi

C $1400
needed O2 sensor 
Porsche Boxster in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2009 - Jul 2012
Oct 2009

27900 mi

C $850
left wheel bearing was noisy 
Sep 2010

31620 mi

C $195
defective micro switch in door lock mechanism causing fault with window up/down 
Jun 2012

44020 mi

C $50
Cv boots replaced 
Porsche Boxster in Ohio, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2018
Jun 2010

52000 mi

US $647
Misfire CEL; turned out to be a bad coil pack (for some reason this one was harder than usual to diagnose). 
Jul 2010

53000 mi

US $242
I got a CEL indicating a bad O2 sensor (post-cat, bank 1); I replaced both post-cat O2 sensors myself; problem solved. 
Apr 2011

58000 mi

US $80
Heard a whining sound from R front, suspected wheel bearing. Replaced bearing, problem solved. Note: I bought a SIR tool to do this job -- $320. (Suspect eventually I will need to do other bearings on this car!) 
Jul 2011

58000 mi

US $520
Noted a small amount of coolant leaking below the water pump. When I looked, the serpentine belt was starting to get chewed up due to the w/p bearing failure. Replaced w/p & also (preventatively)installed a new thermostat. 
Nov 2011

61200 mi

US $577
Ignition switch was getting a little difficult to turn, and sometimes the key was a little tough to remove. Removed and replaced ignition switch. 
Porsche Boxster in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

110000 mi

US $400
Front drop links worn, replaced. 
Apr 2010

112000 mi
Failed water pump. 
Jul 2010

117000 mi
Four front control arms replaced to eliminate clunking noise. 
Porsche Boxster in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2009 - Mar 2016
Nov 2009

57124 mi

C $1147
Waterpump, thermostat, and sway bar bushing replacement. 
Sep 2012

74101 mi

C $889
Convertible top repair (cables and operating rods). 
Nov 2014

80291 mi

C $175
Replaced right side radiator fan. 
Jun 2015

82460 mi

C $35
Coolant recovery tank cracked, spilling coolant into the rear trunk area. Front left radiator fan not working. Replace front hood struts. 
Jul 2015

78260 mi

C $300
Alternator pulley seized, also replace worn tensioner pulley and lower idler pulley. Replace air/oil separator. 
Sep 2015

82460 mi

C $293
Power steering pump squealing 
Nov 2015

57044 mi

C $1793
Drive belt, Air Injection Valve, Rear pads and rotors. 
Porsche Boxster in Washington, United States
Jul 2009 - May 2010
Aug 2009

41000 mi

US $2200
The catalytic converter on bank 2 failed requiring manifold and cat replacement. 
Feb 2010

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. 
Porsche Boxster in Texas, United States
Aug 2009 - Jan 2016
Sep 2009

68000 mi

US $1500
failed tensioner pulley for serpentine belt 
Dec 2009

70000 mi

US $9000
Rod bearing failure requiring engine replacement 
Jan 2016

70000 mi

US $3000
replace clutch and flywheel 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2014
Nov 2013

133100 mi

US $600
MAF sensor failed 
Dec 2013

135000 mi

US $1100
Alternator dead 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

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

Porsche Boxster in Montana, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2011
Jul 2010

89000 mi

US $470
secondary air system, bad crossover valve and solenoid 
Aug 2010

89300 mi

US $700
Repair emissions system. 
Jun 2011

92000 mi
Convertible top became inoperable when a spring lock fell out of the support arms. Owner replaced the spring lock and reinstalled the top. Worked. 
Porsche Boxster in Florida, United States
Feb 2015 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

69300 mi

US $190
Convertible top would not fully close. Due to a window regulator 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2017
Feb 2012

152800 mi

US $120
battery weak after 46 months - 58000 miles 
Mar 2012

155000 mi

US $1200
Emissions air pump was failing 
Jul 2013

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. 
Aug 2013

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. 
Sep 2013

167000 mi

US $700
Water pump failed again 
Mar 2015

173000 mi

US $225
Cooling fan on left side failed 
Jun 2016

179000 mi

US $71
Ac was making noise. Like a pump low on fluid. 
Mar 2017

186000 mi
Rod bearing spun. Engine not repairable for reasonable amount. Sold car to someone who will R&R engine with salvage engine 
Porsche Boxster in Texas, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2017
Oct 2013

41000 mi

US $40
Bad spark plug on cyl 2, caused P0302 code and Check Engine Light. New spark plug fixed it. 
Sep 2014

42000 mi

US $200
Alternator died. Replaced with rebuilt. 
Porsche Boxster in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2010 - Jul 2018
Nov 2010

130200 mi

C $524
replaced wheel well and rattle drive side door panel tail lights 
Jan 2011

132060 mi

C $600
Hose broke leaked anti-freeze. Replaced two hoses and fittings filled up anti-freeze. Had to bleed system as well. 
Jun 2011

137020 mi

C $1650
Oil vapour canister replaced. Mass air flow sensor replaced. 
May 2012

148220 mi

C $959
statrter 
Apr 2013

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. 
Nov 2013

167760 mi

C $1500
pass side axle rebuild middle radiator replaced thermostat and seal anti freeze 
Mar 2014

171740 mi

C $360
new battery 
Aug 2014

175460 mi

C $1900
front control arms and front shocks and upper struts 
Sep 2014

176080 mi

C $430
shift push rod 
Dec 2014

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

Porsche Boxster in Virginia, United States
Jul 2014 - Sep 2015
Jul 2014

45000 mi

US $750
Leaky coolant tank. 
Porsche Boxster in Maryland, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2018
Nov 2010

83000 mi

US $236
alternator 
Feb 2011

85000 mi

US $619
replace (R) side control arm 
Aug 2011

91300 mi

US $100
waterpump replacement 
Apr 2012

98500 mi

US $415
replace coolant tank, flush coolant replace air oil separator 
Porsche Boxster in Indiana, United States
Jun 2009 - Sep 2010
Jul 2009

72000 mi

US $50
ignition switch 
May 2010

75000 mi

US $100
Felt vibration at 3k rpm and slight clunk sound when down shifting from 5->4. Replaced front engine mount. Common problem for Boxsters around 50k or more miles. DIY @ http://pedrosgarage.com/Site_3/Install_Front_Engine_Mount.html 
Porsche Boxster in New York, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2018
Jun 2014

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. 
Porsche Boxster in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2009 - Jan 2014
Nov 2009

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. 
Aug 2010

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. 
Dec 2010

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. 
Mar 2011

49000 mi
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. After almost 9 years of service, original door key rubbers (lock/unlock) gave out in November 2010. Bought new new key at dealer that worked intermittently and then failed this spring. Dealer replaced failed key at no cost. New key works! 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible

217-horsepower 2.7L H6 5-speed manual RWD

Porsche Boxster in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2018
Aug 2010

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. 
Oct 2010

93000 mi

US $918
Coolant overflow tank (complete assembly)replaced. 
Aug 2011

106000 mi

US $480
Right side lower control arm. 
Apr 2014

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. 
Jul 2014

119700 mi

US $1450
Replaced right radiator 2 relays for A/C 
Oct 2014

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. 
Jun 2015

124000 mi

US $550
LF inner fender liner Loose heat shields 
May 2017

127000 mi

US $2190
L/F Lower control arm replaced. 10k service Headlight switch. Brake fluid flush 
Porsche Boxster in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2009 - Mar 2013
Jun 2012

61380 mi

C $40
Ignition switch replaced. Was having trouble getting the key in and out of the ignition, and sometimes the car would think the key was there when it wasn't. 
Porsche Boxster in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2015 - May 2017
Jul 2015

39060 mi
drivers seatbelt buckle/airbag sensor failed. replaced buckle under warranty 
May 2016

47740 mi
Coolant leak and they misdiagnosed it the first time so returned and they figured it out that it was the reservoir had a hairline crack so replaced. They covered the cost due to this was my 3rd time in and I suggested it was this first time 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2013
Mar 2010

52000 mi

US $86
Passenger headlamp burned out. Replaced all lamps. Passenger low beam headlight burned out. Replaced all bulbs (high and low beam, both sides). 
Porsche Boxster in Queensland, Australia
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2017

68200 mi

A $2000
Injectors replaced 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2018
Jul 2009

60000 mi

US $200
replace worn motor mount 
Feb 2010

63900 mi
Car had squeaking noise from front on twisty roads. Head mechanic went for extended test drive with me (2nd time) and was able to diagnose the problem. Was a worn hood latch. Mechanic adjusted the latch when we returned to the dealer & problem solved 
Mar 2013

79000 mi
Various internal squeaks appeared over the past two years. Dealer lubricated convertible top and adjusted internal dash components to eliminate squeaking noises. Done in conjunction with routine service 
Mar 2014

83000 mi
Replaced small shocks that hold rear trunk open 
Jun 2014

83000 mi
Clutch was hard to press and felt like it was binding. Mechanic spent half hour under dash with spray lube and took care of problem 
Aug 2014

83900 mi
Clutch was binding when pressed. Tech lubed area around clutch under the dash to solve problem 
Mar 2018

95000 mi
Unable to fully fill car with gas. Took car to dealer, head mechanic put up on lift, didn't see any problems. Tried disconnecting one valve, had me go to try filling with gas, then tried with another fuel fill valve with same results. Mechanic said he would ask around for suggestions 
Porsche Boxster in Missouri, United States
Sep 2009 - Aug 2016
Nov 2012

85000 mi

US $400
AOS failed at the track. Mechanic was in attendance and ordered and replaced it in one day. 
Porsche Boxster in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2018
Mar 2010

57000 mi

US $120
Air/Oil Separator unit was replaced 
Apr 2010

57000 mi
Replaced Rear Main Seal 
Porsche Boxster in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2011 - Jul 2013
Sep 2011

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. 
Jul 2013

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. 
Porsche Boxster in New Mexico, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

83000 mi

US $350
replaced coolant expansion tank 
Porsche Boxster in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2016
Jul 2009

52000 mi
Valve replaced in 2008. Replaced again in 2009.  
Mar 2010

57000 mi

US $700
Replaced ignition switch 
Jun 2010

57000 mi

US $18000
Mass air sensor 
Oct 2014

76500 mi

US $1200
Ignition coil housing cracked and replaced.  Oil fill tube replaced. 
Porsche Boxster in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Jun 2018
Jun 2010

55180 mi

C $400
Replaced cracked coolant expansion tank with new tank, coolant cap, and coolant top-up. A very common problem with all Boxsters. 
Mar 2014

57040 mi

C $160
New battery installed. 
Porsche Boxster in Kentucky, United States
Sep 2010 - Aug 2013
Aug 2012

59700 mi

US $130
Pass side window regulator. 
Jul 2013

66000 mi

US $1200
Water broke and needed a new battery. Thermostat replaced at the same time. 
Porsche Boxster in Virginia, United States
Dec 2011 - Aug 2018
Mar 2014

71000 mi

US $150
Replaced Air Oil Separator 
May 2014

71900 mi

US $100
Replaced engine mount. 
Jun 2015

75000 mi

US $600
Coolant tank ruptured. Had to tow car home. Replaced coolant tank, coolant, and water pump. Water pump was preventative. 
Jun 2018

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. 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Oct 2011
Dec 2010

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. 
Mar 2011

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. 
Jun 2011

115000 mi

US $1050
Water pump went out and broke the belt.  40 miles later the Alternator went out. $950 + $1050. Oh well! 
Oct 2011

117000 mi
Clunk never went away. Could have been in top. Never heard it with the top down. 
Porsche Boxster in New York, United States
Aug 2010 - Dec 2015
Oct 2015

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. 
Porsche Boxster in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2018
Oct 2010

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. 
Apr 2011

89000 mi
Motor blew up in October 2010, slowly repairing it myself. Bent valves while trying to start it. 
Aug 2014

104300 mi
P0446 evaporate system. 
Jul 2015

106500 mi

US $3400
Vario cam pads needed to be replaced. Water pump replacement. Coil packs cracked. Spark plug tubes leaking. 
Porsche Boxster in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2012
May 2012

47300 mi
Replaced a weak battery 
Porsche Boxster in Virginia, United States
Oct 2009 - Jul 2011
Sep 2010

50000 mi

US $130
Replaced the front engine mount myself because I'd read that they tend to fail, and when we got the old one out it was broken. 
Apr 2011

54000 mi

US $75
Noticed car was leaking some oil (few drpos overnight). Researced problem and found spark plug tube o rings as most likely cause. Ordered new o rings online. Read online how to and replaced them myself. 
Jul 2011

55000 mi

US $500
Car started/continued leaking oil. A leaking rear main seal was the cause. Dealer replaced the seal. Also replaced the clutch plate (wear item) "while we were there". 
Porsche Boxster in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2016
Feb 2010

86000 mi
Electric issues with ignition, i.e., not starting, and the key was locking up. 
Mar 2010

87000 mi

US $700
water pump 
Mar 2013

105000 mi

US $200
Convertible top stopped working - gear/cable. Cost was est at $1150. I just had the shop switch it over to manual top. 
Jun 2015

125000 mi
Window motor repaired. In addition,the following items were done 1)car was painted, 2) new spoiler,3) speed humps, 4) rims painted black, 5) interior leather and dash dyed/painted to two-tone black and blue,6)two racing stripes, 7)etc. 
Sep 2015

129000 mi

US $600
AC condenser fan not working. Running hot when AC was on. 
Jan 2016

101800 mi

US $210
Vacuum leak -a hose had cracked 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Jul 2011
Sep 2010

62000 mi

US $120
Routine battery replacement ended up showing corrosion in compartment and wires.  
Jul 2011

66000 mi

US $800
Seat belt light. Replaced buckles. 
Porsche Boxster in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2014 - Sep 2014
May 2014

45260 mi

C $100
No rear lights on at all except one brake light. 
Jun 2014

45260 mi

C $110
Windshield washer hose disconnected. W/S washer not working. Got CEL steady light. Had code read. P1341. Ordered variable timing solenoid. Did not fix the problem. Will take car in again to the shop. Not happy. 
Jul 2014

45260 mi

C $360
Code P1341/ CEL light came on and was diagnosed - possible cam adjuster. More work to be done. CEL light has not come on again since reset but was assured it likely will. 
Aug 2014

45260 mi

C $900
Went to have cam deviation diagnosed again. The CEL light is out and has not come on again. Indy shop unable to locate problem because CEL light is out. However shop has recommended a IMS, Rms be replaced and clutch while in there. 
Sep 2014

45260 mi

C $300
Same problem but different shop. Unable to fix or diagnose properly. 

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2001 Porsche Boxster 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2009
Jul 2009

56000 mi
ignition switch had issue, the key failed to turn and was stuck. Happened over a year ago as well so this time was replaced under that repairs warranty 
Porsche Boxster in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

69000 mi

US $190
check engine light on. dealer found this to be a software fault and re-flashed the DME software. 

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