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M96 engine class cars
By Bruce Gray on
2001 Porsche Boxster S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Great car. Owned Porsche's for 35 years until this car began to mix coolant and oil. NO FIX except rebuilt engine. Discovered not unusual. I will perhaps buy a Porsche again but NOT with M96 engine (1999-2008). NO help from PCNA or Porsche even for car with only 39,000 miles. Since average Porsche owner drives 6,000 miles a year, cars are usually out of warranty when the trouble strikes. Problem seems that no mechanic wants to take the engines apart, so only fix is $15,000 factory rebuilt engine. There are estimates out there suggesting 20% of this engine group cars will fail before hit 100,000 miles. Kind of like playing lottery to buy one. Ask a few mechanics about this!!!
Most fun Porsche I have owned in 35 years in PCA, and these include 993's including turbo, 928's, 911's even 914's.
Porsche needs to step up to the plate with some help on these engine fixes or they will have a decade of cars no one will dare buy.