My car at 8 years of age, but only 39,000 miles developed mixing of oil & coolant. There is no fix except a rebuilt engine ($14,000) from Porsche. One mechanic stated ran into problems needing parts on teardown that Porsche wouldn't supply. Turns out my problem not unique, Could not find one mechanic (coast to coast) or PCA or other tech advisers who had any other fix. Do your own research before buying any Porsche with M96 engine family which includes all Boxsters and 911's from 1999 through 2008. Bruce Gray, Roadrunner Region PCA
At 75 yrs of age, a Boxster S was the last thing I
had in mind. Contemplated an Audi A6 and saw this
little Lapiz Blue sculpture on the showroom floor.
I had to have it before I die. Have never regretted it.
Have owned exciting cars all my life but nothing
like this. The design and performance is a tribute to
man's quest for excellence. I hope they never
change the shape,..like the Taj mahal,..it's eternal.
When I got this Box 2 1/2 years ago, I had just finished driving a 1994 Honda Civic 220,000 miles from brand new. It was time for a new car. I love my Boxster. It's not the fastest car around but it drools every time we find a twisty back road. This car sticks like glue and I never feel out of control even in forced slides on wet pavement. (Hey, gotta have some fun some times!) I've taken it on long trips (over 600 miles in a day) and I have no back ache even though I'm 6'2". If you're thinking about getting one, do your research and get one now! I'm sorry I waited so long to do it myself.
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!!!
I am the third owner of this car and that may be one owner too many. Every 3 months or so something new goes wrong with it, and I have a laundry list of parts I need to restore it like new. Don't get me wrong, I love this car like the mother of a new born baby, but it just never stays in operation. I highly recommend it if you already have a daily driver and want a fun car for the weekend, but if you use it everyday like I do, your heart will be broken again and again.