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99 Boxster sudden engine failure


Vehicle Information: Year: 1999; Engine (type, size, modifications): standard boxster engine; Total Mileage: 14,800;

I purchased a 99 Tiptronic Boxster in May 2002 with 11,637 miles. The car was in pristine condition. I had it inspected at a Porsche dealership, and talked with the previous owner's Porsche mechanic before I bought it. Over the past two years, I've kept the car garaged and well maintained. Just had the 15,000-mile servicing done a couple of months ago, and the car got a clean bill of health. Then 1 1/2 weeks ago, without warning, the engine catastrophically failed. I was driving on the highway when the engine made brief clunking noise, then died. I had the car towed to a Porsche dealership, where they determined that the engine cannot be repaired. It has to be replaced at a cost of over $ 10,000. There was a crack inside the engine, with coolant in the exhaust, no compression on cylinder number 5, and damage to spark plug. This car only has 14,814 miles on it! I know there have been manufacturing defects in the Boxsters (mine was put into service in Dec 1998). I and dealer contacted Porsche of North America, but they are unwilling to set up to plate and give me a new engine, saying "the car is out of warranty." Can you point me in the right direction, so that Porsche will take care of the problem? No engine should fail after 14,800 miles! Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.Thank you,Tamara

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